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Monty Python's Flying Circus - Terry Gilliam's Personal Best (2006)

Graham Chapman , John Cleese  |  NR |  DVD
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones
  • Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones
  • Producers: John Howard Davies
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 1325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CRR34W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,540 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Monty Python's Flying Circus - Terry Gilliam's Personal Best" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The 20-minute animated featurette A Retrospective of Python's Animation
  • The Terry Gilliam 15-Question, 15-Ton Megaquiz
  • Bio and selected credits

Editorial Reviews

The LORDS of LAUGHTER--The SAINTS of SATIRE--The HIGH PRIESTS of LOW COMEDY--have sold out once again. Terry Gilliam--the disturbed American animator who shifted Monty Python from "very strange" all the way to "totally bizarre"--has finally snapped. From Baron Munchausen to Time Bandits to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, no project has challenged Gilliam's unstable mind like this one: building an entirely new Monty Python experience out of the best pieces of the entire four-year Flying Circus run. The results, in this tiny unassuming package, are truly devastating. Brace yourself for the first-ever, ALL-ANIMATION Monty Python program--exactly as Gilliam would have done it if the BBC were crazy enough to put him in charge. Collect all six PERSONAL BEST collections. For the Python lover, they're concentrated joy. For the novice, a dangerously addictive substance to be administered with care. DVD Features: Terry Gilliam Featurette "A Retrospective of Python’s Animation"; The Terry Gilliam 15-Question, 15-Ton Megaquiz; Biography and Selected Credits; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is July 3, 2012
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The best bits of this DVD are an interview with Terry Gilliam, his animated introduction, and several of his favorite Monty Python animations edited together as a single continuous body of work.

Unfortunately, a superimposed border has been added around the perimeter of the animation, drawn to look like you're watching it through a TV set. This is likely to remind viewers with widescreen TVs that Python episodes were shot for square TVs, but it's distracting and appears to slightly crop the animation.

Also, frequent Python viewers will notice the shorts have been edited down. 'House Hunters' is included, but the joke where the house enters the woods followed by a flushing sound is missing.

As a fan of all things Terry Gilliam and animation in general, I had hoped that some of his earlier animated works would be included as extras, but the only worthwhile special feature is the interview.

Since this is the sole collection of Gilliam animation available on DVD (so far, outside of the Python sets), it's worth watching at least once while hoping for an eventual 'Terry Gilliam Animation Collection' with more content and assembled with greater care.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, great price! March 28, 2012
Bought this for my roommate and he loved it. It isn't very long but it is a nice abbreviated addition to a collection.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Terry Gilliam's Personal Best November 15, 2009
Extremely disappointing! Not only is there a VERY annoying "faux" television set illustration surrounding each and EVERY scene on the disc (a phenomena I can find NO logical explanation for), but some (all?) of my "personal" favorite bits are no where to be seen. Could Terry really want to leave out the Piranha Bros.? And what about those chaps with the rubber knees!? When I first heard about this disc I thought, "finally...a collection of this brilliant animation, all together in one place!" It is not the case. Perhaps some one other than Gilliam, madly brilliant as he is, should take on the task of doing the collection. I was not expecting to be left wanting more. I found my self rather annoyed at the end of the disc, and that is a very big shame.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars many sketches missing portions September 22, 2007
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Having bought this as a part of the box set of Personal Best disks because I saw that it listed a particular sketch I wanted, I was very disappointed to find out that there are only small portions of many of the sketches.
For example, every disk in its intro, references the Argument Clinic sketch, BUT, the sketch is never shown! There are a few seconds of the lead in to the sketch but not the argument itself!
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