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Holy Flying Circus [Blu-ray] (2011)

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008BJTQ7A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,210 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

SDH subtitles
EXTRAS Making of the Holy Flying Circus phonotrope, deleted scenes, outtakes, and production stills

Editorial Reviews

And now for something completely [true . . . ] untrue!

“Brilliant -Terry Jones
"A-…Hilariously profane 'docudrama'"-Entertainment Weekly

"A Sgt. Pepper's-like mash-up of animation, surrealism, fourth-wall breaking, and drag" -The Times (U.K.)

Holy Flying Circus reimagines the controversy surrounding Monty Python's 1979 film, Life of Brian, which was greeted with widespread outcry and accusations of blasphemy. Matters reached a head when Michael Palin and John Cleese agreed to take part in a BBC talk show about Life of Brian with a Church of England bishop and a staunchly Catholic broadcaster. The ensuing TV debate put the Pythons in their most absurd role yet: the voice of reason.

From Oscar®-nominated writer Tony Roche (In the Loop) and starring Darren Boyd (Little Dorrit), Charles Edwards (The Shell Seekers), Tom Fisher (The Illusionist), and Stephen Fry (Jeeves and Wooster), this fantastical docudrama is a Pythonesque peek behind the scenes of one of the most notorious-and beloved-films from the legendary troupe.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I've enjoyed the guys from Monty Python as clowns, as satirists, and as provocateurs. Some of their earlier material pushed the boundaries of good taste in the most progressive of ways. Perhaps the most incendiary project they ever worked on, though, was "Monty Python's Life of Brian" which specifically skewers aspects of Christianity. While the boys were certainly equal opportunity offenders, apparently this was one step too far and the film was labeled blasphemous and banned and/or condemned throughout England and many other countries. This untraditional biopic "Holy Flying Circus" tells the story of this controversy and how Michael Palin and John Cleese appeared on a weekly newsmagazine show to debate their opponents (including a Bishop). As fascinating as the topic alone is, though, it is really the presentation of the material that stole my heart. I can't imagine why it took so long for this to receive a proper North American DVD distribution!

This is an absolutely brilliant film. And, truthfully, its approach to the topic caught me by complete surprise. Instead of playing it straight, this is a hysterical interpretation employing many Python-esque bits of comedy. I found this to be devastatingly clever and smart (of course, it helps if you are familiar with Python). The principles who stand out are a blisteringly funny Cleese (Darren Boyd) as a contrary curmudgeon and his more beloved counterpart, The Nicest Man in Britain Palin (Charles Edwards). Boyd, in particular, really sends up Cleese in some of the movie's most inspired sequences. I also really enjoyed the unscrupulous BBC producer who sees the scandal as his opportunity to reap glory and awards.

The show utilizes animation, cross dressing, fantasy sequences, and absurdist humor to drive its narrative.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Look on the Bright Side of Life March 2, 2012
Format:DVD
As a committed Python fan I was really looking forward to viewing this DVD and I was not disappointed. It covers the period immediately after The Life of Brian was released. Today this film is rightly considered one of the masterpieces of comic cinema. However, at the time it caused an enormous furore. There were demonstrations, heated exchanges in the Houses of Parliament, Bishops denouncing it from their pulpits and numerous councils using their powers to ban the showing of the film in their areas.

The presentation is quite Pythonesque. The intro could be straight out of one of the episodes and the cut outs are very skillfully put together. The action is punctuated regularly by cartoon type interludes and dream sequences from the mind of Michael Palin which again could have been lifted straight out of Monty Python. The crew of Monty Python sound and behave closely to what one would have expected whilst John Cleese and Michael Palin do look extremely similar to their real life counterparts provided you do not look too closely!

The story builds up to a UK chat show, Friday Night Saturday Morning, which Cleese and Palin are eventually persuaded to appear on since, by that time, the aggravation over the film has reached such a crescendo that there seems nothing to lose. In the other corner are the late Malcolm Muggeridge, a media figure who was a leading campaigner for morals and the Bishop of Southwark. These characters are bombastic, bullying and, although they manage to effectively shout down the Python boys, show themselves up for what they are.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film, but I do have the right background, in that I have enjoyed The Life of Brian many times and seen the Monty Python episodes over and over. Whilst it is certainly Five Star material for me, I quite understand that anyone seeing this without the grounding in Monty Python would be left somewhat bemused and would probably give it quite a low rating.
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This is a BBC 4 programme that was first shown in October of 2011 and I missed it so this was a God send (if he truly exists obviously). It starts as it means to go on by being an homage to the Monty Python Crew and wearing its humour proudly on its sleeve. It says it is all a bit made up which is a bit like the Bible.

It centres around the furore and public hulabaloo that blew up around `The Life of Brian', and the handling that they did to try to get it shown. It was banned in more places than the Sex Pistols Tour had been, with only one London Cinema allowing a screening. In the midst of this Bible bashing self righteousness Mary Whitehousesque frenzy, the BBC waded in. They wanted the boys to appear on the current affairs talk show (not `chat' you understand) `Friday Night, Saturday Morning'.

Michael Palin (Charles Edwards who also plays his own mum!) is the nicest man in the World and John Cleese, well is the opposite and seen as a bit abrasive. As such the duo would be the perfect foils in a healthy adult debate about all matters ecumenical and stuff with some Bishop and womanising alcoholic and former comedian Malcolm Muggeridge.

The Python humour is at the centre of all of this with surreal moments galore which are sent up through out and men playing all the parts. Rufus Jones plays both Terry Jones and Michael Palins wife - without adequate `shaver time'. There are animation sequences to honour Terry Gilliam and a BBC team straight out of `In The Thick of It' with a producer who just wants a BAFTA. There is also a lot of modern satire and clear references to the future through out. Stephen Fry makes a short appearance as God too.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
A weak screen play,poor direction(one could drive entire army battalions through the holes in the pacing) albeit interesting performances by some prominent British actors... Read more
Published 28 days ago by D. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Creative!
The film was hilarious and all the actors were great. The film is very quirky and may not be for everyone. But for those who like quirky british humor, it's a must see.
Published 1 month ago by E. Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Very entertaining and funny. A story done about the Pythons using a sort of "comedic sketch" format. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kevin Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Sureal But True! A Great Watch For Python Fans
I've long known about the controversy surrounding the release of the film Life of Brian, but this dramatization of those events brought the history of it to life in an amazingly... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Matthew Atanian
4.0 out of 5 stars HOLY FLYING CIRCUS (Blu-ray)
Just GREAT. IT BROUGHT BACK MANY HAPPY MEMORIES OF MY PAST. I suggest you get a copy and enjoy the trip of the Holy Flying Circus in (Blu-ray)
Published 5 months ago by John F., Warris, III
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
If you're a huge Python fan like I am, you will not be disappointed by this movie. Hilarious and very well done - and all the casting (save for one person, I'll let you guess who... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Emily Padden
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent look at the "Brian" controversy, but some sellers are...
I luckily ran across a clip of this production on a British comedy website, and immediately ordered it from AmazonUK, since I have an all-region DVD player. Read more
Published on February 26, 2012 by Nagronsky
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