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Monty Python's The Meaning of Life [HD DVD] (1983)

Carol Cleveland , Matt Frewer , Terry Jones  |  R |  HD DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Carol Cleveland, Matt Frewer, Simon Jones, Andrew Maclachlan, Monty Python
  • Directors: Terry Jones
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2007
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OHZL2G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,714 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam Commentary
  • Soundtrack for the Lonely: Prologue - Eric Idle Introduction
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Meaning of Making the Meaning of Life
  • Education Tips
  • Un Film de John Cleese
  • Remastering a Masterpiece
  • Song & Dance
  • Songs Unsung - 3 alternative song versions
  • Selling the Meaning of Life - 6 Promo Spots
  • Fish Virtual Reunion
  • What Fish Think

  • Editorial Reviews

    Amazon.com

    Perhaps only the collective brilliant minds of the Monty Python film and television troupe are up to the task of tackling a subject as weighty as the Meaning of Life. Sure, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, and their ilk have tried their hands at this puzzler, but only Python has attempted to do so within the commercial motion picture medium. Happily for us all, Monty Python's the Meaning of Life truly explains everything one conceivably needs to know about the perplexities of human existence, from the mysteries of Catholic doctrine to the miracle of reproduction to why one should avoid the salmon mousse to the critical importance of the machine that goes ping! Using fish as a linking device (and what marvelous links those aquatic creatures make), The Meaning of Life is presented as a series of sketches: a musical production number about why seed is sacred; a look at dining in the afterlife; the quest for a missing fish (there they are again); a visit from Mr. Death; the cautionary tale of Mr. Creosote and his rather gluttonous appetite; an unflinching examination of the harsh realities of organ donation, and so on. Sadly, this was the last original Python film, but it's a beaut. You'll laugh. You'll cry (probably because you're laughing so hard). You may even learn something about the Meaning of Life. Or at least about how fish fit into the grand scheme of things. --Jim Emerson

    Product Description

    Those six pandemonium-mad Pythons are back with their craziest adventure ever! Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin have returned to explain The Meaning of Life. These naughty Brits offer the usual tasteful sketches involving favorite body parts and bodily functions, the wonders of war, the miracle of birth and a special preview of what's waiting for us in Heaven. Time pronounces it "an exhilarating experience!" Newsweek agrees, calling it, "the best movie from England's satirical sextet."

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    92 of 95 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Vulgar, tasteless, sickening and worth every minute. August 15, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:VHS Tape
    Seeing this movie for the first time when it came out back in 1982, I remember telling my friend, "This is the coolest movie ever!" Coming back to it, I can proudly say my feelings for it have not diminished one iota.Its detractors say, "It's disgusting!" Yes, it is. An impossibly fat man explodes in a miasma of viscera and puke. But if you take note of the personality of the character in question, you could look at it as the Pythonian equivalent of Karma.It's oppnents scream, "It's filthy". Bingo. A stuffy schoolmaster and his wife demonstrate coitus for a bored classroom of schoolboys during sex-education class. During the lesson, the teacher admonishes a student to pay attention. "After all, this is for your benefit," he chides. A man so cut off from his own emotions, that not even sex interests him on a personal level.Its nay-sayers chant, "It's blasphemous!" You betcha. In a production reminiscent of the ones in 'Oliver', a Catholic family, apparently numbering in the hundreds, sings "Every Sperm Is Sacred". Maybe so, but why is papa so anxious to sell them all off for medical experiments?Fans say, "It's clever". I defy anyone to find a more clever song in a movie than "The Universe Song", a hummable Cole-Porterish ditty containing a pocketful of useful factoids about this wonderful material plane which we call home.Python disciples say, "It rings true". It does for me. That's why I laugh so hard.The usual Python targets are all here, all to illustrate a very valuable point. I think it's something like: Life is really short, the world is a confusing mess, hypocrites and scoundrels are plentiful, stupidity is more plentiful than any other substance in the universe. Read more ›
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    34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, not that necessary on HD-DVD... June 17, 2007
    Format:HD DVD|Verified Purchase
    Although this is probably the most inconsistent film that Monty Python made, it's still fantastic. It ends up being a series of sketches loosely tied together around the meaning of life. Some are the absolute highlights of the Monty Python canon (e.g. the sex education scene and the disgusting Mr. Creosote), while others are much less successful. This was essentially the last material made by the Python troupe.

    This HD-DVD release contains the exact same features as the recent 2-disc DVD special edition. The extra features are superb with a hilarious and insightful commentary by director Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, who aren't afraid to admit its faults. The trouble with this release is that the film is now over 20 years old and was shot with a relatively low budget so it doesn't look that good to start with. So by getting the HD-DVD you're just seeing the graininess and clunky special effects more clearly. If you already have the DVD there's really no need to get this, but if you're looking to buy it for the first time and you have an HD-DVD player then it's a no-brainer...

    ...and yes, the meaning of life is revealed in this movie!
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    40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Of course it's great! It's Monty Python! October 29, 2004
    Format:DVD
    Up to their old tricks again, the Pythons finally brought their sketch comedy to the big screen. Putting together a series of unconnected skits with a common theme, they actually pulled it off, though most said it could never be done. As with all of their work, this movie contains several lines that fans will repeat over and over. "Every sperm is sacred!" Most of the skits went down as some of their greatest work, from Cleese teaching Sex in a private school by demonstrating it with his wife in front of the class, to the grossest scene ever performed in cinema, "Mr. Creosote." Absolutely a must-see for anyone with even the faintest of senses of humor.

    This DVD presentation is also very solid, including a Making Of feature that lets the personalities of the individuals show through, including Cleese's disdain for doing this film. Some of the extras can be ignored, but I still found myself sitting down for over two hours to check them all out, and I was not disappointed.
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    20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    Format:HD DVD
    The Movie Itself is in my own personal opinion the best of the films by the British comedy troupe Monty Python which included (the late) Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin. The group made a total of four motion pictures aside from their widely popular television sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus. This was the last of those films and was released in 1983. The whole plot to this movie as you guessed even if you're not a Python fan is obviously about The Meaning of Life. And it's pieced down into 8 stages with a little bit of fun thrown in before, during and after. The film has a lot of musical numbers that are absolutely hilarious and extremely catchy to boot (refer to my audio quality review for song titles).

    If you're a fan of British sketch comedy or even Canadian sketch like The Kids in the Hall you're going to love this if you've never seen it before. This is sketch comedy at it's finest in the form of a film. The film was directed by Terry Jones who was a member of the comedy troupe and obviously acted quiet a bit in this as well as bossed everyone around. It's obvious that some people will clearly argue the best Python film would be "The Quest for the Holy Grail" or "Life of Brian." They are all great films by me and I look forward to the three others eventually making their way to High Definition disc release. This is encouraging to see one being released you have to admit either way.

    Video Quality on this release is presented in 1080p VC-1 encoded on a 30gb disc. First off, yes this is an improvement over the DVD version(s) of this film available in the past but at the same time it's not really the best video transfer to High Def.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies ever
    I have been a fan of MPFC since the first time I saw their TV show on PBS back in the early '70s. I first saw "Meaning of Life" in a theater in Culver City, CA, and when I... Read more
    Published 10 days ago by G. Smith
    2.0 out of 5 stars Worst, but it is still Monty Python
    I saw this movie decades ago on cable and remembered very little of it. Watching it again now, I know why. Read more
    Published 19 days ago by Steve
    5.0 out of 5 stars The comedy of being human
    I can't count how many times I've watched this movie and each time I find something new to laugh about because I've been laughing too hard from a previous scene the last time I... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Katie De Luca
    5.0 out of 5 stars Like an excavation site worth digging through to get to the Pearl of...
    Within this movie is something worth digging for. Endure all the "dirt" thrown at our covetous, greedy, sexual natures, and listen for the voice of wisdom buried deep... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Jane Lois Lane
    5.0 out of 5 stars funny, wise, thought provoking, about serious things but not too...
    this is a great script, great performances, and a great movie. Also raises questions about philosophy of life, meaning, and the serious issues we face, in a very light and funny... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Janice M. Marshall
    1.0 out of 5 stars Just no funny..
    I love crude humor like most other people, but this movie just wasn't funny in anyway. It was over the top without any type point or sense of humor. Meaning of life? Get a life
    Published 1 month ago by Jude
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Monty Python film. Sometimes totally over the top, but that is...
    Great Monty Python film. Sometimes totally over the top, but that is Monty Python. Where else would someone sing "Every sperm is sacred"?
    Published 2 months ago by Mark F.Goldfield
    3.0 out of 5 stars Why Are We Here? What's Life All About? damned if we know.
    it has enough good stuff in it to of earned it's own place in the collective heart of the fanbase, but well, it didn't exactly become the least revered of the three Python feature... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by jude pepper
    1.0 out of 5 stars Could not finish it - very boring
    Not entertaining and the beginning is very unentertaining and boring.. I remember that it was funny , but i guess i was wrong
    Published 2 months ago by Edina Wappler
    5.0 out of 5 stars 1980s best of the decade Blu Ray Review
    Not a review of the film but a quick note regarding the two different blu rays. This release of The Meaning of Life is the same release as the 30th Anniversary Edition complete... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by johnny on the spot
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