on 7 February 2006
If you're a serious Monty Python fan then this set will probably upset you due to the major lack of content, but if your the occasional Python fan who just likes the classic sketch then this is just right for you.
Being a compilation of the best moments from the series it features such classics as 'Hells Grannies', 'Dead Parrots', 'Spanish Inquisition' and of course 'Ministry of Silly Walks'.
This limited edition Box-Set contains 4 DVDs in total, The Best of Monty Python volumes 1-3 each lasting well over an hour, and the fourth DVD features the Pythons live at Aspen filmed in 1998 where the team discuss and perform their favourite sketches. It was the first time in 18 years that all the Python's had appeared on stage together (the late Graham Chapman making his appearance in an urn).
A great comedy DVD set to own for any real comedy lover and at a fantastic price from Amazon, contains over 5 and half hours.
Hope my review helped someone.
on 3 November 2015
Python completists hear this: the 'Live At Aspen' disc in this set contains some cracking extras which have not been well highlighted in the Amazon Product Description or the Customer Reviews, but which are a must for any MPFC fan – namely most of the content of the BBC-2 'Python Night – 30 Years of Monty Python' special broadcast on 08 October 1999. Features: 'It's... The Monty Python Story', a history of the troupe sloppily hosted and narrated by Eddie Izzard, 'Pythonland', a spoof Palin travelogue in which he revisited some of the exterior locations where classic Python sketches were filmed, 'Spam to Sperm', a short doc hosted by Meatloaf about Python's song successes (or rather, a few of them), 'The Real Monty Python', a spoof biog by Eric Idle, and the selection of newly-written, newly-performed linking sketches put together specially for 'Python Night', featuring Cleese, Palin, Jones and Gilliam. If you weren't one of the hundreds of thousand of viewers who video-recorded 'Python Night' off-air all those years ago, here's a brilliant chance to fill the gap in your Python collection.
Also worth noting that the three compilation discs seem to have been sourced from the original PAL video master tapes of the shows, so the quality – sound and image – is exceedingly good. Shame same can't be said for the series-by-series DVD issues, the quality of which looked like they'd been originated from intermediate masters made for the old VHS issues. What's more, there are extended versions of at least two Series 4 sketches - i.e., extra bits (only maybe 10-15 seconds) that were not included in the edit of the original shows as broadcast; again these Python finds are not flagged-up on the packaging blurbs, and have not been well highlighted in reviews.