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Monty Python: Almost The Truth [Blu-ray] (2009)

Terry Jones , Michael Palin , Alan Parker  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Terry Jones, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam
  • Directors: Alan Parker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B002FE5XUG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,878 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Monty Python reunites in this outrageous comedy and also features some of today's biggest comedians including Jimmy Fallon, Eddie Izzard, Dan Aykroyd, and Seth Green. The Pythons are matched against their contemporaries: rock stars, comedians, actors, politicians, Python-haters and potential axe murderers, in this never-before-seen outrageous comedy from the biggest comedy troupe of all time. Watch as Monty Python is brought to life on-screen in this six part mini-series which is airing on the IFC Chanel. The Monty Python troupe includes John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Graham Chapman.

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89 of 95 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Forty Years ago five "silly" (but educated - Oxford and Cambridge) British comic actors joined with one American animators to for what is collectively known as Monty Python's Flying Circus. After the BBC ran a pilot and it worked they got a contract and produced 39 half-hour-long shows. Yes, there were only 39. Of course, the team later made some feature films before disbanding.

This documentary, shown originally in October 2009 on the Independent Film Channel on cable, runs six hours! There also bonus material. This is a serious documentary on comedy. The five living members (Graham Chapman, deceased, is showing with early interview clips) each provide comments on their beginning, career as part of the team and life after Python. None of these members are interviewed together. Though they don't trash one another, you get the feeling, after a while, that they had fun when they were doing it but saw it as a job and its past history. They have gone on to other ventures. Their interviews are not funny. But there are plenty of clips from the show and the films inserted that ARE funny - often hilarious. Most of these are not shown in their entirety. That's because the director of this film wanted to spend more time interviewing current comedians, most of who the average American has not hear of. And some have real egos.

The first few episodes are devoted to the original show. Later ones are devoted to specific films ("Life of Brian", "The Holy Grail").

So, if you truly love the Pythons, and have about eight hours to spend time with them as they tell you about their lives, this is a set you will want. If you are looking for laughs of the continuous type you might be better off revisiting one of the classic films or getting the DVD sets of full episodes.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Faithful, the Obsessed and our last best hope October 29, 2009
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Warning: The five stars hold true if and only if you annoy other people with your grasp of Python and quote at length at every opportunity. To only those of you who hold well and truly that all important moments of life has a Python quote at the ready. If you have never been told to "Shut Up", you will have only the four star edition of this review. The rest will be bored to tears.

We are at home as soon as the familiar 17" diagonal TV is exploded. An unfamiliar face fills our screen, but he is just a lawyer, hence the overflight of the Soviet TU-85 dropping a bomb with parachute. Incongruity follows reassuringly, with the atomic detonation on Bikini Atoll. This is the Lawyers' Cut and it cuts both ways. Film is cut and they take their pound of flesh. But this is old business in Python history. All will be made clear.

These short six hours are for us lifers. There is a bonus disk above what was aired, which has a starter sample of the popular skits. You can show those to other people. For us, we get the extended interviews with each of them; and you get to see how these interviews were scripted. It is instructive to see each and understand how the editing was done into the prior scenes.

You get to know that Cleese's name was originally Cheese, changed by his father. Freud would clap at and for the later skit. More importantly, we see the influence of 'The Goon Show", and "Beyond the Fringe" for all of the nascent pythons.

What struck me, at this advanced age, is their most important point for them and for the society. Python rode the crest of the wave destroying the deferential British Society. They grew up at end of empire. Their families were still hoping for some small facsimile.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Python in the Pantheon October 31, 2009
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For the first time ever the members of the comedy troupe Monty Python's Flying Circus are able to provide serious, insightful, meaningful historical information about the formation of a modern entertainment classic. This alone is worth every moment of your attention, and every penny, since getting the members of Python to be serious about anything was a violation of one of Newton's little known laws: "No member of Monty Python, when asked a serious question, can give a serious answer." And this violation of a natural law was possible only because the makers of this documentary were wise enough to prevent any member of the Python group from being in the same room at the same time with any other member. Monty Python was more than just a comedy group inspired by the courageous and intrepid post-WWII comic geniuses like Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan, who dared to make the British people laugh after their somber, dour, ordeal, and to do so with the audacity of satirizing their own culture and society. This was a tremendous cathartic transformation, and on its heels came younger wits like Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Theirs was a kernel of creative and witty genius not seen since before the Victorian era, and sorely needed. The fact that this kind of humor requires an intellect to appreciate it only enhances its value. From Cook to Python, these writers were university educated, and this is abundantly clear in their work. In the entire body of their work, especially Python's, nearly every aspect of human society and culture, history and philosophy, is commented on; you can teach philosophy, history, or just about any subject, with Python skits, if you don't have to worry about that silly nonsense called offending people. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome quick service great quality and overall satisfaction!
Published 1 month ago by William Moulton
5.0 out of 5 stars a gift to my son in law along with the ...
a gift to my son in law along with the tee shirt and other Monty Python Blu-rays and he loves all of them
Published 2 months ago by J.G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Re: Monty Python
I love everything the Pythons do. I have watched them for years. This is a good collection to get some behind the scenes info.
Published 6 months ago by James R. Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Info for Python Fans
This is much more of a history than a movie but very funny. Lots of great info for Python fans
Published 7 months ago by John MacLeod
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a movie, more a documentary of a sort
My husband loves Monty Python movies. This is more people talking about his style of humor with portions of his movies/programs put in to display a point. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gloria P
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A really great documentary that tells the story of one of the most iconic and famous comedy teams of all time. Read more
Published 9 months ago by L. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Documentary ever...about the Monty Python group...ever!
If you're a fan to any level of anything Monty Python then this documentary is for you. i caught it while it was airing on IFC and was instantly taken with the members of the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by T. Dahl
5.0 out of 5 stars The history behind the Python
Always loved Python and wanted to know more about them...their backgrounds, what made them tick, what the Python timeline looked like. This DVD will give you it all.
Published 12 months ago by Ross Pollack
5.0 out of 5 stars I love those Pythons. They were the best.
This intimate history was well-worth buying--at least for me. I had never figured out how they had named themselves--where did Monty Python's Flying Circus come from? Read more
Published 13 months ago by TOUDOLOUAUTOU
5.0 out of 5 stars History of Python & History Rocks!
I love the Monty Python movies, but never really watched the t.v show, this doc does a very thorough job of explaining where these guys came from and what effect they had on... Read more
Published 16 months ago by kubwell627
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Benny Hill considered funnier and better than Monty Python by two UHF...
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b) nothing to read - no contest - Python is so far beyond Benny Hill there is no contest - apples and oranges. Nice try.
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