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Monty Python's Life Of Brian - The Immaculate Edition
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2013
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This movie is incredible but if you are planning on buying it do not go the cheaper route and get the first version released on handmade films. The picture and sound quality are awful, seriously awful to the point of not clearly telling who is who during some scenes (unless your a python freak wink wink nudge nudge say no more!) and having to turn up your tv all the way and quickly turn it down during the music. Many older films on early dvd releases follow this trend but generally i like it (aside from the audio). A poor transfer of an older film sometimes gives it such an authentic feel, but it is NOT the case with this dvd. If you want a good copy that still isnt restored to all hell go for the 2 disc immaculate edition, its worth it. Looks clear but you can see still see the actual film film, ahhh I LOVE IT. If you want attemped perfection go for blu ray but personally, meh. When i only had the handmade film version every person new to python didnt even want to give it a chance it looked so bad
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2014
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Horrid quality both sound and picture, feels like some counterfeit copy. Bought another one from a different seller the difference is heaven and earth.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2013
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This was the worst HD Amazon Instant Video purchase I have made. Very poor quality on my big screen TV. I must warn other customers to purchase HD Life of Brian on disk rather than through Amazon Instant Video.

There are no refunds for digital purchases... but I always look on the bright side of life...
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2014
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Wish I could return this movie! I bought on a friend's recommendation but the movie was really bad.
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26 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2006
Format: DVD
Despite the fact that this is an awesome and humorous movie (The best monty python ever made). This gets a 1 from me for having no subtitles or close captioning since I am hard of hearing. Are there any versions with subtitles??
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3 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2013
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I can not rate this DVD as I have not yet received it. They took my money, I see the charge on my credit card, but it was NEVER sent to me!
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2 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2013
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I realize I'm going to take a few shots for saying this, but here goes. This movie is over-rated IMO. I'm a Python fan dating to the early '70s. I get them. I laugh out loud at them. I think Graham Chapman is one of the half-dozen funniest performers of the 20th century. I'm not keen on one or two members but big deal, they're a troupe. Somehow I missed this film until last night. I hit "Play" with delightful anticipation. Well, it seems to me to be amazingly unfunny. I laughed twice. I love what they're attempting - poking fun at things that need to be poked - organized religion, religious zealotry, the Roman Empire, etc. - but their efforts fall flat IMO. The exemplar of this for me is the endless minutes devoted to "biggus dickus." I emphasize "IMO." Humor is a really personal thing, needless to say.
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1 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2012
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Would not recommend bad comedy stupid storyline waste of money! Did not want to see nude man. If your a believer will piss you off!
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4 of 96 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2010
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After finding many Monty Python skits-and British comedy in general-hilariously funny, I bought this movie, expecting 90 minutes of uninterrupted laughs. To my great disappointment, I did not so much as smile throughout the entire movie. In my opinion, the movie was completely devoid of anything clever, original, or witty. It's very incongruous that Monty Python can make so many brilliantly funny skits, but could put together such complete rubbish into a full-length movie. This DVD went into the trash after I saw it once-definitely one of the two or three worst movies I've ever seen. It's utterly beyond me how anyone could be entertained by the idea of innocent people being crucified, to say nothing of the numerous other completely failed attempts at humor that fill this movie.

Be advised that, if you're of the Christian faith, you will find this movie very offensive. I'm not religious and so the satire of Christianity didn't bother me-my animus towards this movie has nothing to do with that. Religious or not, I suggest you pass on this movie and save your money, your time, and above all, your dignity.
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8 of 137 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2012
Format: DVD
I'm a big Python fan. Holy Grail is perhaps, for me, the funniest movie I have ever seen. I can watch it continuously and still get laughs. Its clever, witty, amazingly well performed, and (the Python hallmark,) incorrigibly silly. Perhaps the best comedy every made.

So for this troupe to come out with this movie - well, it certainly tempers my regard for them, (especially Cleese, so insistently irreligious.)

I have seen this movie only once, and that was in its theatre release in 1979. Even though I was extremely high at the time, and I laughed uproariously at the "funny bits," the lingering aftertaste is one of distaste and extreme revulsion.

Holy Grail was about a silly look at the iconic King Arthur and the Round Table knights. Plenty of glorious fodder in that, (and the "God scenes" are only marginally offensive.)

Life of Brian was their vehicle to attack their mutually disdained adversary, the Christian Religion, (manifested by the ordained Church of England and other church notables.) Surely there is a lot of humor to be found here, but Python goes for more than laughs. What comes across in this picture is not irreverence and silliness, but a very edgy and harsh commentary on religion and its forms.

Brian is a vehicle to mock Christ. The shallow "mistaken identity" device is very thin and ill disguised. Yes, we are supposed to understand that Jesus and Brian are two different people, but the satire is directed firmly at the historical record of these events. (You cannot satirize something previously unknown.) Therefore, the attack is directly on the Bible and its accounts.

The Biblical story of Jesus is a very touching and (dare I say,) HOLY. How He is born into this world, the things He says and does, how He is betrayed and ultimately crucified are exceptionally moving and critical events, the likes of which are not even REMOTELY humorous or even slightly funny. In my opinion, only people utterly detuned to the sincerity of Jesus Christ can accept this movie on its terms.

What exactly is funny about pretending the Virgin Mary was a rotten-tooth whore, ready to fellate a Roman soldier at a moment's notice? Even the notion is of such a thing is scandalous! (And that's saying quite a bit in this day and age.) Is this really something funny to consider?

Brian tells the people specifically they are not to follow him, but to be individuals and think for themselves, (responded to by unison replies by the mass of his unthinking, mindless followers.) And yet Jesus Christ says only by following Him can there be any entrance into heaven. So who is mocking Whom? And for what reason? Because Python thinks all believers in Jesus Christ are mindless robots, another thinly veiled attack.

Finally, the crucifixion is treated in an exceptionally foolish and naive manner. There is nothing even remotely funny about people dying on a cross, even in a comedy. That's why you don't see many comedy sketches treading on this ground. Its NOT FUNNY when people are left to die in the most horrific manner imaginable; all the more so when it is the very atonement for the sins of the whole earth that is in view. And to sing, "Always look on the bright side of life," is not funny, its moronic.

BAD movie. Poor performances. Cluttered and incohesive. Leaves a bad taste in your mouth. (I won't even watch the clips on YouTube.) Only watchable if you have a taste for blasphemy.
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