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Monty Python's Flying Circus, Vol. 7 (1970)

Graham Chapman , John Cleese  |  Unrated |  DVD
5.0 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: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 1999
  • Run Time: 1325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767018915
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,906 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Monty Python's Flying Circus, Vol. 7" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes Episodes 20-22
  • Exclusive Loony Bin DVD Extras: A glossary of Pythonisms, Troupe Bios, outtakes from Live at the Hollywood Bowl, sketch compilations, trivia & more!

Editorial Reviews

And now the news for Monty Python fans: this volume contains episodes 20, 21, and 22 from the second groundbreaking season of Monty Python's Flying Circus. By this time, audiences expected something completely different from Monty Python, and the anarchic troupe delivers. Highlights include The Attila the Hun Show with John Cleese as the barbarian who literally wants his children to "get a head"; Basil and his gang of killer sheep; the news for parrots, gibbons, and wombats; an examination of the role of the village idiot in society; a wildlife excursion with two mosquito hunters ("You hate him, then you respect him, then you kill him"); and "the story of one man's search for vengeance in the raw and violent world of international archaeology." And, of course, there's sport. Hitting their creative stride, the Pythons further delighted in subverting television convention. One sketch is abandoned before it even starts. At one point, they offer a nice version of a nastily funny sketch featuring Terry Jones as Sniveling Little Rat-Face Git and John Cleese as his wife, Dreary, Fat, and Boring. Episode 22 contains Killer Cars and the military precision camping-it-up drill, which were adapted for Monty Python's first film, And Now for Something Completely Different. Others, such as Norman Singent Polevaulter, the man who contradicts everything ("No, I don't"), The Death of Mary Queen of Scots, and the penguin on the TV set turned up on Another Monty Python Record. --Donald Liebenson

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5.0 out of 5 stars For lovers of the Completely Different June 29, 2000
The very first episode of <Monty Python's Flying Circus> was telecast on BBC1 in 1969 and the very last one in 1974. And so it came to pass that the four series of MPFC shows became a legend--and a top money maker for all its spinoffs (LPs, live shows), and future efforts of its 6 lunatics (7, if you count Carol). True Believers can sing every note of the "Lumber Jack Song" and repeat with proper inflections every word of the "Dead Parrot Sketch"--although I doubt if anyone, including Cleese himself, could name all the cheeses in the "Cheese Shop Sketch." Never since "The Honeymooners" has a comedy series gathered such a fanatic following.
Well, by this time in history, A&E has released the first three seasons on tape and DVD. Having already reviewed the first season (which I have on tape), I want to say a few words about the 2nd and 3rd seasons, which I have on DVD. Of course you will find all those classic sketches you love so much (or why else would you be reading this?): Silly Walks, Piranha Brothers, Blackmail, Killer Sheep, Fish License, Travel Agent, Cheese Shop, Lupins, and of course Dirty Vicar. We have yet to have available the fourth, last, series without Cleese (who wanted to quit after the second and get on to other things). The advantage of the DVD format over the tape is, of course, you can get direct access to almost any sketch you want. Now this is tricky. Each DVD holds three or four episodes. The main menu (which takes forever to set up) leads to a submenu that is quite confusing at first glance. Just keep hitting the select button on your remote and you will eventually see the episode. There is also a choice on the main menu to Play All.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Avangardists Of Modern Humour September 26, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
To this day, Monty Python remains THE idol and source of inspiration to humourists all around. »Monty Python's Flying Circus« made the group famous, and it is the best ever to come out, not only from Monty Python, not only from Britain... but humour in general!
Highlights on this tape are the two absolute classics »The Ministry Of Silly Walks« and »The Spanish Inquisition«. Fortunately, they left out the generally below-level Episode 13 on this tape.
Own it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC PYTHON October 26, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Where can you start? New Cooker, Face the Press, the Piranha Bros.....Ministry of Silly Walks!!! The second half contains yet another gem: The Spanish Inquisition!! The semaphore version of Wuthering Heights is kind of dull, but the court charades is funny.
"I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition!"
"NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this DVD. January 3, 2000
By Latka
i am rating it so highly so that others will be encouraged to buy it. Even though i have not seen it, it is monty python, so it must be good. i am just doing my part to ensure the widespread familiarity with monty python sketches will be reinforced and not lost and stuff.
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