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Monty Python: The Other British Invasion (2009)

John Cleese , Michael Palin , |  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones
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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KGREF6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,109 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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And now for something completely different, unless you own the Spiny Norman-sized The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus Collector's Edition Megaset, which includes this pair of authoritative, entertaining, and not at all silly 2008 documentaries as bonus features. Before the Flying Circus is present at the creation, chronicling the formative years of John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Terry Gilliam, and how they met, formed creative partnerships, and developed their singular comic voice. Monty Python Conquers America follows the troupe's long and winding road to the States and acknowledges the unsung heroes in the Python story, the tenacious marketing reps and risk-taking public television execs (Luke and Owen Wilson's father among them) and radio djs and program directors who helped to unleash upon unsuspecting citizens the troupe that conventional wisdom said was too crazy, too eccentric, too British, and too silly to be a success here. Both programs eschew the usual bits to present rarely seen footage. Before boasts a treasure trove of clips of pre-Python projects, such as the loony children's show Do Not Adjust Your Set. Conquers contains priceless home-movie glimpses of fledgling Python-mania as well as new interviews with the Montys and some admirers, including Hank Azaria, David Hyde Pierce, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Judd Apatow, and Carl Reiner. For passionate Pythoneers and the uninitiated who may be wondering what's all this then, The Other British Invasion is an invaluable addition to the Python canon. --Donald Liebenson

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As hard as it is to imagine, there was a world before Monty Python. And just like any other great historical epoch the Jurassic Period, the Age of Chivalry, The Dawn of Disco scholars have invested hundreds of hours examining the Rise of Python: that brief shining moment before the world knew how brilliant buffoonery could be.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A nod to fans October 2, 2009
By Howie
A&E has seen fit to finally release the only true "bonus" material from the last iteration of the "Monty Python's Flying Circus" Megaset in a stand-alone version. This allows those of us who already own one of the previous Megasets to pick up this material without a somewhat expensive double-dip.

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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not The Usual Rubbish! ( Mostly. ) January 4, 2010
As with most documentaries on Monty Python , they tend to drone on too long , or just repititiously cover the same old garbage. ( Yes, we get it , "Dead Parrot" inspired by "Automobile Sketch" from "How To Irritate People"...now,move on. )

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.

Disc.2 is in Colour.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Python history on video December 31, 2010
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I'm not a Python completist, but I do have the DVDs, the 40th anniversary Almost the Truth, the 30th anniversary Life of Python, and a few other things. For some reason, I found this to be the most entertaining and understandable. Disc 1 clearly lays out the origins of the group, telling the story more clearly than the other works. It doesn't get bogged down in the movies or the various solo careers. The second disc is a good retelling of their success in America, a story which does not seem to be told in any of the other discs I have seen (though, like I said, I'm not a completist).

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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