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Monty Python's Life Of Brian - The Immaculate Edition [Blu-ray] (1979)

Terence Bayler , Carol Cleveland , Terry Jones  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Terence Bayler, Carol Cleveland, Kenneth Colley, Susan Jones, Chris Langham
  • Directors: Terry Jones
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Hebrew, Hungarian
  • Dubbed: French, Hungarian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (423 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VECAC6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,716 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Monty Python's Life Of Brian - The Immaculate Edition [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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"Blessed are the cheesemakers," a wise man once said. Or maybe not. But the point is Monty Python's Life of Brian is a religious satire that does not target specific religions or religious leaders (like, say, Jesus of Nazareth). Instead, it pokes fun at the mindless and fanatical among their followers--it's an attack on religious zealotry and hypocrisy--things that that fellow from Nazareth didn't particularly care for either. Nevertheless, at the time of its release in 1979, those who hadn't seen it considered it to be quite "controversial." Life of Brian, you see, is about a chap named Brian (Graham Chapman) born December 25 in a hovel not far from a soon-to-be-famous Bethlehem manger. Brian is mistaken for the messiah and therefore manipulated, abused, and exploited by various religious and political factions. And it's really, really funny. Particularly memorable bits include the brassy Shirley Bassey/James Bond-like title song; the bitter rivalry between the anti-Roman resistance groups, the Judean People's Front and the People's Front of Judea; Michael Palin's turn as a lisping, risible Pontius Pilate; Brian urging a throng of false-idol worshippers to think for themselves--to which they reply en masse "Yes, we must think for ourselves!"; the fact that everything Brian does, including losing his sandal in an attempt to flee these wackos, is interpreted as "a sign." Life of Brian is not only one of Monty Python's funniest achievements, it's also the group's sharpest and smartest sustained satire. Blessed are the Pythons. --Jim Emerso

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On a Midnight Clear 2000 years ago, three wise men enter a manger where a babe is wrapped in swaddling clothes. It is an infant called Brian...and the three wise men are in the wrong manger. For the rest of his life, Brian (Graham Chapman) finds himself regarded as something of a Messiah, yet he's always in the shadow of this Other Guy from Galilee. Brian is witness to the Sermon of the Mount, but his seat is in such a bad location that he can't hear any of it ("Blessed are the cheesemakers?"). Ultimately he is brought before Pontius Pilate and sentenced to crucifixion, which takes place at that crowded, non-exclusive execution site a few blocks shy of Calvary. Rather than utter the Last Six Words, Brian leads his fellow crucifixees in a spirited rendition of a British music hall cheer-up song "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life." The whole Monty Python gang (Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, and Terry Gilliam) are on hand in multiple roles, playing such sacred characters as Stan Called Loretta, Deadly Dirk, Casts the First Stone, and Intensely Dull Youth; also showing up are Goon Show veteran Spike Milligan and a Liverpool musician named George Harrison.

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156 of 163 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double-dip is warranted January 30, 2008
Format:DVD
I suspect most fans of this film and Monty Python in general already own a copy on DVD. The bonus features in this new double-disc edition definitely make it worth the repeat buy. Most of the features from the Criterion edition (two commentary tracks, five deleted scenes, radio ads) are here. (The nice 1979 BBC documentary "The Pythons" is the only feature from the Criterion version missing from this new set.)

The new hour-long documentary included with this edition is worth the purchase alone. All five surviving Pythons are interviewed and offer a lot of insight into the film, from its conception, to the controversy surrounding its opening (in the US and in the UK), to its lasting standing as the Pythons' greatest work. (Yes, I know, many fans like "Grail" even more.) I'm always pleased to see up-to-date interviews with the team, now all in their sixties.

The other significant feature is an audio reading of the original script, recorded with all six members several months before filming began. This is much more enjoyable and watchable than you might expect, illustrated onscreen with storyboard drawings and script pages. The reading is 20 minutes longer than the film, and you hear some bits that never made it past this stage.

And the film itself, of course, is a treasure. A hysterically funny, yet thought-provoking satire whose target is group-think in general, and not merely religion or superstition.
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123 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blessed are the Cheesemakers!!!! January 31, 2008
Format:Blu-ray
This is the 4th iteration of this movie that I have owned. My first was on VHS, then came the Criterion LaserDisc, which was followed by the Criterion DVD edition. I really wasn't expecting much of an improvement over the Criterion DVD since this is an older movie. Regardless of what version you own, if you are a Python fan, you are in for a HUGE surprise with this latest edition on Blu-ray. The picture is near perfection with only a couple of scenes where I noticed the tiniest bit of film grain. Perhaps the biggest surprise for me was the remastered sound elements. After trying the different sound choices, I found the PCM soundtrack to be the best. I really wasn't expecting the sound to be that great for this movie, but BOY was I surprised. Sony has truly outdone themselves with this latest high def remastering of Life of Brian. This is the absolute best I have ever seen or heard of this zany film. There are details in the picture that I have NEVER seend before, and I have seen this movie MANY MANY times. If I had to complain about anything, it would be that the special features were not in HD, but that is not that big a deal since everything else about this title is just spot on.

There are many who would say this movie is a sacrilege. As a Christian, I would disagree with such a statement. I have heard some say that this movie is making light of Jesus' ministry, and especially his crucifixion. They are missing the whole point. I think this movie illustrates how some people will blindly follow religious leaders, or will just go with the crowd without really questioning what they're doing, or why they're doing it. The scene where Brian is mistaken for Jesus and chased by the crowd is a good example.
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56 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blessed are the Cheesemakers September 30, 2000
Format:DVD
...and blessed are the Pythons, the crackerjack British comedy troupe creating one of the most funniest movies I have seen in a long time.
The Life of Brian has long been one of my most favorite comedies, and no matter how many times I watch it, I cannot help but break out into raucous laughter at the insanity of this film. Truly blasphemous, truly hilarous, John Cleese and his troupe of merry men leave no stone unturned poking fun at anything and everything religious. From brainless mobs finding shoes as signs from God, to a lisping Roman emperor, to the classic cruxifiction song, this movie is not for the religious light-hearted.
Even better, this Criterion Collection version has so many extras, the true fan will be preoccupied for many hours enjoying it all. Especially wonderful were the deleted scenes and the running commentary by members of the troupe. Also, I appreciated the subtitles. For once I was able to get more of the jokes due to the British accents hard to understand with this untrained ear. If all DVD's were this rich, I'd be a happy camper. You are getting your money's worth for the price!
Rent or buy "Life of Brian - Criterion Collection" immediately!!
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monty Python's Life of Brian--Criterion Edition May 14, 2000
Format:DVD
You have to be a genius to be this silly. Monty Python has done a fantastic amount of research into Jewish history and the birth of Christianity to make a total mockery of the hypocrisy found in people who claim to practice these religions. As a deeply spiritual man, I found this film completely unoffensive. This film doesn't poke fun at those who are a part of their religion because of an informed, knowledgeable decision, but rather at those who believe what they believe despite all evidence to the contrary and can't offer any valid explanation for it. Most people have probably been embarassed by people of that sort even in there own religion. Anybody who thinks that Monty Python's sense of humor is stupid isn't smart enough to understand the vast amount of research they must have done to turn verifiable history into such a ridiculous commentary on unchanging human behaviour. From the political issue made out of Stan's irrational desire to be a woman so he could have babys (You haven't got a womb. Where's the fetus going to gestate? You gonna put it in a box?) to the embarrasing meeting where the PFJ finds out that maybe the Romans aren't so bad (Okay, they did provide the roads, the aqueduct, public sanitation, education, the wine, etc.) to Pontius Pilate's speech impedement (Who do you want weleased? And no more Wudolph the Wed-nosed Weindeer.) followed by his best friend's linguistic problems (Thampthon of Thithily the Thaduthee thtrangler wanted for theveral theditious crimeth) to the finale of optomistics on crosses singing "Always look on the bright side of life." If you don't get this epic joke and at least appreciate some of what they deleted to keep the plot tight (DVD--Criterion Edition only) I feel sorry for you. But I'm not your judge. Review this film for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always look on the bright side...
Do NOT by this film if you are a hard right-wing Bible thumper. You will easily be insulted. However, if you're secure in your relationship with God, this film will make you pee... Read more
Published 10 days ago by J. Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars E's Not The Messiah, E's A Very Naughty Boy
Just another fabulous Monty Python comedy. I remember seeing it in the theater as a teenager and laughing by butt off, and now having watched it again for the first time in over 2... Read more
Published 16 days ago by MuleHeadJoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking from a different perspective.
A typically funny python movie that was also thought provoking. It made you see how ordinary folk of that era would react to unexplainable happenings.
Published 19 days ago by Catherine J Coleman
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Love Monty Python's Flying Circus. Had this on VHS at one time, and haven't been able to find it. I ran across the DVD on Amazon while searching for something else, and ordered it... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful hysterical
Anyone who has a problem with this film from a religious standpoint hasn't seen the film. It is Python at its best (except for 1 brief segment). Read more
Published 23 days ago by earod
4.0 out of 5 stars Life of Brian rocks!
If anybody knows anything about Monty Pythons sense of the absurd, this shows it to the n'th degree.Irrelevant,crass,and downright hilarious.
Published 23 days ago by mike baglia
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorites
It was one of my favorite movies but never had it. It arrived quickly, secured and undamaged. Even better was that it was inexpensive for a Blu-ray.
Published 1 month ago by michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Monty Python Movie
This is by far my favorite Monty Python Movie. Can't say enough good things about it, but you have to have an appreciation for British humor.
Published 1 month ago by Mandy
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie
Love most of Monty Python's movies, but this is one of the best! Always look on the bright side of life!
Published 1 month ago by FL Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a movie.
What can I say? It's a movie. On DVD. It's funny. It's irreverent. It's Monty Python at its best. Oh yes, it has an extra DVD with deleted scenes.
Published 1 month ago by Marsha Wade
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Why is this rated X?
There is a full frontal nude male for less than a second and a nude girl (fleetingly). Also several curse words are said. I suspect some overzealous person at a local theatre decided to kill any potential customers by labelling it with an X. It was 1979.
Feb 15, 2009 by Mike Dupske |  See all 7 posts
Any word on if this has been remastered?
I just found this on a Brit DVD site. Looks like it's worth buying, although it is also included in the new Monty Python Monster Box set:

Disc 1: Main Feature
Immaculately Remastered Picture and Sound
1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
English and Italian DD5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English HOH, Arabic,... Read more
Nov 2, 2007 by J. Glahn |  See all 3 posts
I don't get it..
I think they mean Region A (North America and Japan), which still will not play on an European PS3 because that is Region B or C. Sony, Philips and the rest of the BDA want to continue Region Coding on the next generation format. Why...I don't know. Hopefully, we will begin to see Multi-region... Read more
Jan 21, 2008 by E. D. Stebbins |  See all 4 posts
Life of Brian DVD
I do not think so but i am not sure.
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