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The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus Collector's Edition Megaset (1969)

Eric Idle , John Cleese , Terry Hughes , Ian MacNaughton  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (473 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Carol Cleveland, Terry Jones
  • Directors: Terry Hughes, Ian MacNaughton
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 21
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 1869 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (473 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E77XNA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,136 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Very possibly the most tragic waste of Oxbridge educations ever broadcast. The programme that made all of America sit up and say: what? That put Spam back in the national pantry, launched crossdressing as a national craze, and made Rene Descartes a household name. That dramatically streamlined the high-school geek identification process.

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563 of 573 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Nearly Complete MPFC..... June 30, 2002
Format:DVD
I just couldn't bring myself to give this set 5 stars. I wish it were possible to give it 4 1/2 stars.
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.
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395 of 410 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wiped clean by A&E May 28, 2006
By vlad48
Format:DVD
As some of the other reviews have pointed out, some bits from the original series are missing or dubbed over. Those writers noted changes in the Summarizing Proust and Australian Philosopher sketches. Add to that list the removal of most of Terry Gilliam's religious animations from the "Not Being Seen" episode. (The show ends with a fast-forward summation of the episode and you can see a glimpse of what was expunged.)

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.
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223 of 230 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its...every single episode! - "Can't be bad." July 27, 2002
By B-MAN
Format:DVD
This is a set of 14 DVDs which contain all 45 episodes, every sketch you know and love (all 4 seasons, 1969-1974) of the ground-breaking Monty Python's Flying Circus starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. It comes in a neat and pretty orange and pink box that's roughly 5.5 x 8.5 inches. In terms of digital format there are some minor blemishes but this show dates back to 1969! Get a grip! Its almost as if the presenters new that people would be complaining about this and wrote on the DVD cases - "...enjoy the original scratches, pops and hisses with crystal clarity." The bigger complaint you will hear or read about is the fact that somethings (mostly a word or two) have been censored from the original episodes. I admit there is nothing sillier than censoring a completely normal word and yet leaving the topless woman in, but this is a minor detail to having the entire series at the push of a button. I'm not about to hunt down all the VHS tapes just so I can have a few (and I do mean a few) words. I also don't plan on aging a decade to see if they will bring out another set. If you love this show, I don't recommend you do that either. This will be the definitive set for quite some time, if not until the next new format arrives, so why wait? Start the lunacy right now! Here are the episode titles and corresponding DVDs. Why? Because I care, silly. Read more ›
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136 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Already a great DVD set made even BETTER! September 22, 2005
Format:DVD
4.5 (almost 5!) Stars

Take a fantastic set of shows from an excellent British series, add two more discs of the troupe doing the classic bits live, and give it to the customer for practically the same price and you've got something for every Python fan.

First, my review of Monty Python's Flying Circus. I love the show. I think it is groundbreaking in its style and is still incredibly funny today. However, a type of humour doesn't appeal to 100% of the people and this is British humour so I know it won't appeal to a larger percentage. That being said, if you like British humour or sketch comedy, you will probably like Monty Python's TV show.

But, I am here to review the DVD set more than anything since that is what you are considering to buy. I am no Python expert so I can't tell you every little nook and cranny that should or should not exist on this collection. Like most box sets, it is missing something here and there and some of the other reviews point this out. For the most part, unless you are saturated in Python lore, you will not notice.

What you get is every episode put out on the BBC and I think they did a fine job working with the product. This isn't digital transfer so there are limitations. All of the skits I knew were on there, many that I had forgotten and many that I hadn't seen broadcast in the U.S. It is great to see them one after another in their original form. It is also great to have them all together in one box. If you are looking to find just a few specific skits or episodes, you may only need one disc or one of the smaller sets. But the price adds up if you get several, making the box set worth it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What's to say it's the full Monty!
Published 1 day ago by Michael E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment piece
Yes it is the only. Imagine having the book that has every sketch. It does exist and I have a copy. Great entertainment piece. You should read the banter sketch then watch it. Read more
Published 10 days ago by mr j
5.0 out of 5 stars he loved it.
Ordered this as a gift for my husband, he loved it.
Published 19 days ago by D. K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't lift alone
Heavy comedy found here, beware.
Published 23 days ago by D. Eriksen
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm reporting for my wife on this
I like Monty Python, but my wife is really the fan. She loved this box set, and we bust it out occasionally for viewing. Great price for the entire TV series.
Published 1 month ago by shopperwhale
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ingenious Original Comedy Iconoclasts = fostering the second...
Monty Python = a true original, iconoclastic, insanely inspired (and inspiring) comedy series and troupe that has had an immeasurable indelible impact on Comedy ever since first... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Book & Music thief, from HI
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Monty Python...Nuff said!
All this fun in one place? and for the price I paid? Can't be beat. Has all the favorites and so many that you man not have seen. A MUST BUY!
Published 1 month ago by Geoff Goldsmith
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not the Spanish Inquisition!
Everything Monty Python and then some. A gift for my daughter and she was over the moon about it. Hearing quotes all the time.
Published 1 month ago by Laura Wirkkala Ostling
5.0 out of 5 stars I think i've been pranked with this
Not saying it's a bad product, or anything, it's awesome

but it arrived today after 2 years and i felt like i was in one of their sketches.
Published 1 month ago by Ivan dos Santos Freire Magalhães
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
I got this for someone birthday and they really loved it and I got it at a good price too
Published 2 months ago by msadder
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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.

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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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