Monty Python: The Other British Invasion
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Before the Flying Circus: Rare vintage footage and interviews trace the pre-Monty Python influences that honed the wit of the future Pythons and shaped their destinies as the world's most innovative comedy partnership.
Monty Python Conquers America: This is the story of the OTHER British invasion the funny one. Monty Python's astonishing American success was due as much to the passion of well-placed fans as it was to a string of absurdly lucky breaks. Being really, REALLY funny helped some, too. Featuring interviews with the Pythons, Hank Azaria, Jimmy Fallon, David Hyde Pierce, and others.
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This release contains two documentaries:
"Before the Flying Circus": Rare vintage footage and interviews trace the pre-Monty Python influences that honed the wit of the future Pythons and shaped their destinies as the world's most innovative comedy partnership.
"Monty Python Conquers America": The story of the OTHER British invasion - the funny one. Monty Python's astonishing American success was due as much to the passion of well-placed fans as it was to a string of absurdly lucky breaks. Being really, REALLY funny helped some, too. Featuring interviews with the Pythons, Hank Azaria, Jimmy Fallon, David Hyde Pierce, and others.
These were previously available only as part of the "Collector's Edition Megaset" which included the somewhat redundant "The Personal Best of Monty Python's Flying Circus".
A&E *finally* does something right for the fans!
4 stars *only* because it's documentary material and not sketches.
Apparently this affordably priced , double DVD , was part of the most recent A&E rip-off of a "Complete" Monty Python box set. ( More the fool you who bought it a Second time! ). So, it's nice to buy it seperately.
Disc. 1 is a pretty good, black and white documentary on the "Pre-Python" era.It has some additional , "unseen" ( well by most U.S. viewers , and certainly not on previous DVDs ), footage from things like "The Complete & Utter History of Britain" , and Michael Palin's earliest television pantomime items. ( It would be nice to have these full items on DVD! < HINT HINT > ). It also has some good interviews with folks like Ronnie Corbett , Robert Hewison ,and others of their ilk. This disc. features the BEST Bonus materials I've seen in a long time! First there is Terry Gilliam going over the opening credits animations for all 4 Series , and it's quite amusing to have his imput. ( Even if he's forgotten some of the inspirations.) Second is a MISSING SKETCH! Yes! Though broadcast on KQED every showing , and long denied as existing by A&E ( Thus missing from the above mentioned "Incomplete" Mega-Set. ) , "A Party Political Broadcast For The Conservative Party" - featuring John Cleese in a choreographed announcement.Originally shown in the "A Book At Bedtime / Penguins / Kamikaze Highlanders" episode , it is presented here in a scratchy form , but it's the only officially relased version - so that's good to have.
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Even though it seems to be cut from interviews done for the 40th anniversary set, there doesn't seem to be too much overlap. For my money, this is the best intro to the group's history, with something to interest newcomers and long-time fans alike.
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the most have dvd for the Monthy Python fan. great sketches, clip of movies, review of the popular 1970's BBC series.Published on March 25, 2013 by Michael E. Clark
This was exactly what I was looking for - a documentary about the origins of Monty Python and a behind-the-scenes look at their gradual success in America and the things that led... Read morePublished on November 21, 2011 by Orca17
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