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And Now For Something Completely Different (1972)

John Cleese , Michael Palin , Ian MacNaughton  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle
  • Directors: Ian MacNaughton
  • Writers: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle
  • Producers: David Gil
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 1999
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767827724
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,221 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "And Now For Something Completely Different" on IMDb

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A collection of re-filmed sketches from the first and second series of the cult TV comedy show, "Monty Python's Flying Circus". Includes such classics as "Nudge, Nudge", "Hell's Grannies", "Killer Cars", "Dead Parrot", "Lumberjack Song", "Blackmail" and "Upper Class Twit of the Year".

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT introduction to the funniest troupe of all time January 21, 2000
This was America's first big-screen look at the Pythons -- not a film, per se, but some of the troupe's best sketches from the early years of the TV show, reshot for the screen. As such, yeah, if you've seen the TV shows, you'll know all the words, but isn't that part of the fun?
Actually, some of the sketches DO work better in this film -- the Restaurant Sketch, for example (where every member of a restaurant staff comes to one diner's table to apologize for a dirty fork) comes together better here, if only because it doesn't have the jumpy close-ups of John Cleese ("You bastards!") that break the rhythm of the original TV sketch. Others, such as Dead Parrot and The Lumberjack Song, will work, no matter HOW you do them, and they're just as funny here as they are on TV or live. And the Upperclass Twit of the Year remains a highlight of this film, and of the early TV years as well.
If you're collecting the complete TV series that A&E is presently releasing, then you've already got all the sketches shown here. But that's no reason to stay away from ANFSCD -- it's a great way to introduce the uninitiated to the Pythons. And for those who are already fans and may own the TV sketches, it's STILL interesting to compare the filmed sketches with their TV counterparts.
Ultimately, ANFSCD still holds up, even three decades later. Check it out.
"And now, a man with a tape recorder up his brother's nose..."
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clean, Clear, and Funny October 17, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This movie introduces no new material to Monty Python's body of work. It selects several key routines from the first two series of Monty Python's Flying Circus and reshoots them. So why bother?
Because this is easier to watch.
This film was shot as part of an abortive attempt to introduce Monty Python to an American audience (which wouldn't actually be accopmlished for another three years). Where the original series suffered from a low budget and spotty production values, this film has high-end production quality, including clean sound, a single variable-angle 35mm camera, and the exclusion of the laugh track that muddied the sound on the TV series. There was obviously money for retakes, allowing the boys to edit out minor line muffs and giving them permission to experiment with their character delivery.
The picture is clear and organic. The sound is clean and audible. The characters are fun and believable. Just what we've always loved about Monty Python, isn't it?
But be warned, except for one or two linking jokes, this is material that you've already seen. Don't expect anything that will take your beloved boys in new directions, and don't think you'll get anything new. Just sit back, hear the jokes you've never heard clearly before, and laugh out loud. That's what they wanted, isn't it?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Monty Python Anthology! June 17, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This film is a lovely collection of Monty Python's favourite sketches,some new sketches,and some generalized re-workings of some other sketches.( At least that's what the package says,Guv.)
Originally created as a showcase of their work,up to 1971,and to introduce them to American audiences,it goes beyond that.
A lot of classic Python skits are included here,"The Lumberjack Song","The 127 Annual Upper Class Twit of the Year Show","The Dead Parrot Sketch","Defense Against Fresh Fruit","The World's Deadliest Joke","How Not To Be Seen",and "The Marriage Guidance Counciller",among others. ( Which is much more than you deserve! )
As an introduction to Python,this makes for a good starting place. For the Monty Python affectionato,this collection is great because it contains variations of classic sketches,including some alternate endings,and some "only seen here" stuff. And....nearly 98% of the material was all re-filmed for this collection,including Gilliam's wonderful animation! ( It's amazing what a few broken fingers can achieve,eh Mr.MacNaughton?)
Whether you're an original fan or new to the scene,this video is a must for you!( Don't force us to come 'round to your house and MAKE you buy a copy,alright squire? Very good. )
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
And now for something completely different...if you've never seen the first two seasons of the series.
"And Now..." was put together with the specific purpose of "breaking" Python in the States and never meant for British audiences already familiar with the group. In one of the great ironies of showbiz history, it was a flop Stateside but a hit in England!
The film collects skits from the first two seasons and redoes them with a series of linking devices like the Colonel and Gilliam's animation to form a cohesive form. On some levels, it feels a bit stale compared to the original. While the Pythons have complained about the harsh TV lighting and studio audience, the film with the same skits seems lifeless at times. But the humor still comes through, and I can't knock this film as it was my own intro to the more surreal side of the group.
There's some great familiars such as "Dirty Fork", "Dead Parrot", "The Two Kilimanjaros", "Hell's Grannies" and so on. This film works best for those unaware of Python, but the diehard fan will find this enjoyable as well (though, again, it suffers in comparison to the actual TV series). Share it with your friends and neighbors, force it on them. They'll either laugh or wonder what the f#$k is the big deal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, that would never fly today's liberal media ...
Great stuff , that would never fly today's liberal media marketing trend, this great team is the last of the bio good era , if they offend you , they did there job. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jeff H. Del Mastro
5.0 out of 5 stars legendary
I have to give my pop credit to have me watch and understand english comedy and after I got out of the corps I began watching it again on knpb on Saturday nights well this and the... Read more
Published 16 days ago by bud lucas
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing adolescent humor
I was familiar with Monty Python only from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" which I loved and have seen repeatedly over the years. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert C. Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars Monty Python
Love Monty Python's Flying Circus. Had this on VHS at one time, and haven't been able to find it. I ran across the DVD on Amazon while searching for something else, and ordered it... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars The Pythons rule!!
I have always loved the Pythons since they appeared on PBS years ago. I always like to get a bit of informal background on the guys. I adore their humor.
Published 4 months ago by Barbra A. Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Cleese. Need any thing more be said!!!
Great video. As are all the Monty Python videos, Have enjoyed these guys humor since they first hit air ways many years ago.
Published 5 months ago by treebeard
5.0 out of 5 stars Wacky Pythons
This is a representative example of a typical episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus. My 15 year old has been bitten by the Anglophile bug and loves it.
Published 5 months ago by Yeti Botanizer
3.0 out of 5 stars It faded some over the years!
Can't say I thought it was as funny as when I saw it years ago on PBS. Maybe my funny-bone has become jaded over the years. Sorry.
Published 5 months ago by G. Sitton
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Who doesn't love Monty Python.. Great show Enjoyed very much. Would recommend to others. Wish they would create more. two thumbs up
Published 5 months ago by Barbara J. Rumschlag
2.0 out of 5 stars None for me, thanks..
Sorry that I got this. I didn't laugh much at it in the 70's and I'm not laughing at it much today either it seems..
Published 7 months ago by Red Cholla
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