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The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus 16 Ton Megaset (1982)

John Cleese , Michael Palin , Ian MacNaughton , Terry Hughes  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones
  • Directors: Ian MacNaughton, Terry Hughes
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 16
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 1749 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (462 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009XRZ92
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,353 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus 16 Ton Megaset" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The complete 14-disc megaset plus the two-disc Monty Python Live
  • Meet the Chaps
  • Pythonisms Glossary
  • Gillianimations
  • Art Gallery
  • Troupe Career Highlights
  • Trivial Quest
  • Useless Tidbits
  • Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus: German Episode #1
  • Post-Python Troupe Highlights
  • Pythonisms
  • Bleeding Critics
  • Confusing Musings

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New for 2005, The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus 16-Ton Megaset packs together the original 14-DVD megaset with the two-disc Monty Python Live in space-saving Thinpaks. While more cautious fans may want to pick and choose among the previously released individual volumes of Monty Python for their collection, true Pythonites will want to own this definitive megaset that contains all 45 episodes (in chronological order) of Monty Python's Flying Circus. This "persistently silly" collection encompasses three-and-a-half seasons of dead parrots, cross-dressing lumberjacks, loonies, upper class twits, and spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, and spam. Click past the occasional clunker and go directly to such signature sketches as the Ministry of Silly Walks, the Spanish Inquisition, the Fish-Slapping Dance, the Dead Parrot Sketch, the Lumberjack Song, the Cheese Shop, the Argument Clinic, and Nudge, Nudge. Taken as a whole, one marvels at how Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam thoroughly subverted television convention with "something completely different," like sketches with no punch lines ("Your average TV viewer isn't going to understand this"). A warning to the uninitiated: there is much "material that some may find offensive, but which is really smashing." Violations of something called the "Strange Sketch Act" are the least of the troupe's offenses, as witness the Oscar Wilde Sketch, the Dirty Vicar Sketch, and the Most Awful Family in Britain Sketch, all of which achieve "the really gross awfulness" all Python fans are looking for. Say no more.

Monty Python TV shows, movies, records, and books are a time capsule of their anarchic lunacy. But more precious is an audience with Python, and as close as we can get is Live at the Hollywood Bowl, the long-sought-after 1982 concert film in which the Fab Six perform their greatest hits before a wildly enthusiastic crowd. Robert Klein moderates Live at Aspen, the irreverent 1998 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival tribute that reunited John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, and Terry Jones onstage for the first time in 18 years on the occasion of the troupe's 30th anniversary. Highlights include a shockingly funny moment involving Graham Chapman's ashes, and a joyous "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" sing-along. Less essential is 1989's clip show Parrot Sketch Not Included: 20 Years of Python, which also does not include "The Oscar Wilde Sketch," "Cheese Shop," "Nudge-Nudge," and many other signature sketches. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

Product Description

This unassuming case is packed with 16 tons of funny: 14 discs of MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS, packed with every episode from the programme's four year run, plus 2 MONTY PYTHON LIVE! discs featuring - well, you figure it out.

While to the uninitiated they may look like ordinary .65 oz. digital video discs, due to the unique physics of comedy (it's like quantum but with fewer dead cats), each disc actually weighs a full metaphoric ton! Please remember to lift with your knees.

Jump right to your favorite sketches in The Flying Circus with this index!

Disc 1: The Funniest Joke in the World, The Wrestling Episode, and Nudge Nudge

Disc 2: Art Critic, Silly Job Interview, and Crunchy Frog

Disc 3: Dead Parrot, Lumberjack Song, and Vocational Guidance Counselor

Disc 4: Undertaker's Film, Upperclass Twit of the Year, and Albatross

Disc 5: The Ministry of Silly Walks, The Spanish Inquisition, and Complaints

Disc 6: The Bishop, Blackmail, and Dung

Disc 7: Attila the Nun, Silly Vicar, and Exploding Penquin on the TV Set

Disc 8: Scott of the Antarctic, Dirty Hungarian Phrase-book, and Exploding Blue Danube

Disc 9: Icelandic Saga, Fish-Slapping Dance, and Argument Clinic

Disc 10: 'Blood, Devastation, War, and Horror', Mount Everest Climbed by Hairdressers, and Gumby Brain Specialists

Disc 11: Cheese Shop, A Naked Man, and The Olympic Hide and Seek Final

Disc 12: Elizabethan Pornography Smugglers, Kamikaze Scotsman, and Penguins

Disc 13: Montgolfier Brothers, Department Store, and RAF Banter

Disc 14: Hamlet and Ophelia, Mr. Neutron, and Most Awful Family in Britain

Disc 15: Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Monty Python Live at Aspen

Disc 16: Parrot Sketch Not Included, Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus: German Episode #1

Special Features

  • Weblink to PythonShop.com
  • Meet the Chaps
  • Pythonism Glossary
  • Gillianimations Art Gallery
  • Preview Upcoming Episodes
  • Troupe Career Highlights
  • Post-Python Troup Highlights
  • Pythonisms
  • Bleeding Critics
  • Confusing Musings
  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Selection

Customer Reviews

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551 of 561 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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391 of 404 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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222 of 229 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 Complete Monty Python? What more could one want!??!
16 tons and smothered by all of it. As noted (reviews, wiki's) this is as close as you'll get to the original shows, with some lost footage, and some necessary selections of edited... Read more
Published 10 days ago by M. H.
3.0 out of 5 stars Eeeh
As a Monty Python fan, I was surprised to discover that I remembered this show as being more funny than this megaset would seem to indicate. Read more
Published 11 days ago by David Nathanson
5.0 out of 5 stars What could be better than this? Unless you had time for something...
Just crazy, insane humour you will love or cant see the point of...poor creatures. Never a dull moment or missed line and just absolutely crazy, if your like me you'll watch this... Read more
Published 29 days ago by jordyn skye
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Not Dead Yet!
What more could a Monty Python fan hope for? It's all here with an excellent index that allows you to jump around to favourite skits. Well worth the investment.
Published 1 month ago by Dr Y
5.0 out of 5 stars This next week the fun begins
Taking these to my daughters in Taos this next week. We are already looking forward to a Monty Python marathon.
Published 1 month ago by Billie J. Kersey
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh, Laugh and then Laugh!
Reminds me of my miss spent youth.
Fun times with alot of laughs, wouldn't change a thing.
"Bring out your dead!"
Published 1 month ago by Lee E Stark
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 tons of fun!
The lumberjack is in the house! And he's ok. This is a great set of dvd's. My teenage daughter has become a big fan of most things Monty Python. This set is worth it.
Published 1 month ago by Robyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Prompt
Very prompt! Got it just before I needed it. I now have the series! Love it; love it; love it; love it!
Published 2 months ago by Elaine Childers
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
My husband and I were teens when Monty Python first came to the US in the late 70's. We wanted to introduce our son to its absurdity, but PBS only shows MP during Beg-a-thons, and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Julie R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Watching
Monty Python is an essential part of pop culture. Flying Circus is still hysterical, still surprises. This is a very decent set and I recommend it highly.
Published 2 months ago by Brendan J. Lasalle
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