The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus Collector's Edition Megaset
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First of all, it's true, the episodes are not 100% complete, however, many people, in my opinion, have been over-reacting about the cuts. Actually, the A&E DVD #1 has a sketch in the 2nd episode called 'The Wacky Queen', which was edited out of the show after the first broadcast & was never shown again on TV in the UK or abroad, as far as I know. Seasons 1 & 2 have no cuts, at least none that I spotted when comparing the DVDs to the synopsis in the Monty Python books by Jim Yoakum & Kim "Howard" Johnson. There is a slight edit of one word in the 5th episode of the 3rd season during the 'Summarize Proust Competition' which the BBC made to the episode before broadcast. Broadcasts outside of the UK had the uncensored version of the sketch. Unfortunately, A&E got a censored master. In the 7th episode of the same season during the 'Biggles Dictates a Letter' sketch, there is a slight glitch which can be blamed on slopply mastering on A&E's part. It doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the sketch very much. The episode that appears to be worst hit is the 12th episode of season 3. A&E goofed when they included 'Party Political Broadcast' on the box to this episode. The sketch was edited from the master tape and hasn't been seen since the original broadcast in 1973. This material is very probably lost forever. The very end of this episode, which has a trailer for Dad's Doctors & Dad's Pooves, is also missing from the episode. This was probably sloppy editing on the part of A&E video as the episode does a fade to black with the BBC TV logo then fades up again with the BBC TV logo again and the 'Dad's...' trailer.Read more ›
I saw all of these episodes uncensored in Canada when they were originally broadcast -- now 35 years later A&E decides what we can and cannot see, even as we pay to own the set. It's disturbing for many reasons that BBC comedy that pushes the boundaries with religion and philosophy is wiped clean by the hand of A&E.
Thus, I was a little disappointed when they re-released the Season set a few months ago, and it turned out to be the same thing, only in thinpacks. Don't get me wrong, the slim cases are nice, but I really wish they had gone the distance and repressed the DVDs, and put 6-7 episodes per disc, cobbled together some commentary tracks from archived recordings, and at the very least fixed the mistake where they deleted a skit from the end of one of the episodes.
Instead, we still have DVDs that are looking rather outdated, complete with a really long, unskippable intro that's the same on every disc, and "Special Features" that are mostly redundant. Why include clips from the episodes when we could just watch the episodes? Not to mention that we know A&E can do better now, as seen by their work on the Kids in the Hall DVDs and other sets.
As you can see, this is just a review of the DVD set. As for Python itself, there not much I can say that hasn't been said already. I give the material SIX stars, and the DVD set three stars, which averages out to four. I am a little disappointed, but this remains a must-buy for fans of Python.
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Every episode from the TV series. I was hoping the 90s A&E special reunion stuff was on here but it's not. There are some cool extras though. The color seems weak...Published 3 months ago by M. Kellar
I was lucky enough to be able to get CBC back when I was growing up and was able to watch the Flying Circus and this collection packs everyone of those classic episodes. Read morePublished 3 months ago by BVJim
I'll tell you what's wrong with it, my lad. He's dead, that's what's wrong with it.
No no, he's uh... he's resting.
We interrupt the Internet Movie Database because it's gotten too silly! I've noticed a tendency for the IMDb to get rather silly. Read morePublished 5 months ago by classicalsteve
great gift for my husband he will love it i buy christmas ealy every year this one was on sale thank you for a great produtPublished 5 months ago by Michael B. Barron
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|"All-England Summerize Proust Competition" Sketch Comment/Question...||
No, it's censored, just like the A&E 16 Ton set. I received this set in the mail today and watched it just now to answer your question. In fact, I just also confirmed that Netflix has the uncut version so I could compare it against this episode.
I have to say that I'm supremely disappointed... Read More
Oct 28, 2009 by edamame | See all 3 posts
|Is the new Python megaset uncut and uncensored?||
The missing bits from the previous sets are still missing, but an extra bit can be seen on one of the two new discs. See my review for more details.
Dec 27, 2008 by Michael R. Powell | See all 3 posts
|Benny Hill considered funnier and better than Monty Python by two TV...||
Benny Hill was asinine. Not even in the same league as Python. Not even close.
Oct 15, 2009 by Tim Grady | See all 5 posts
|Benny Hill was considered funnier than Monty Python by a UHF station...||
Only Americans and the French think that Benny Hill was funny.
Nov 4, 2008 by Elliot Cross | See all 3 posts
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