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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 (354 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 (354 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OHZL2G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,907 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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    98 of 101 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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    35 of 35 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 Five Stars
    exactly what i was looking for
    Published 5 days ago by terry
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love Monty Python. This movie is just soooooo funny.
    Published 8 days ago by Donna Glendening
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
    Hilarious film! If you haven't seen this movie, why not?! Monty Python has proven their worth and longevity over decades, and this film was a culmination of so many ideas and... Read more
    Published 11 days ago by Steven Brewer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Monty Python's last great epic.
    Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars You either love the Pythons or not
    An eternal-ish laugh classic. You either love the Pythons or not, but everyone should be entitled to view this work at least once! You'll be glad you did. Read more
    Published 17 days ago by LOB
    5.0 out of 5 stars here we go
    got this too but sent this and the others for my pops birthday this may and if you really look into it theres a lot of truth in a very warp sick twisted way that only mp can tell... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by bud lucas
    5.0 out of 5 stars And Now For Something Completely Different
    Has it all. Rapid fire wit, visual assaults, insanely funny music and huge, wonderful helping of irreverence. Golly good fun.
    Published 1 month ago by Toireasa
    5.0 out of 5 stars must seeeee
    there is fish in this film, a fishy fishy fishy fish, that went wherever i did go, but i cannot seem to find it anymore.
    Published 1 month ago by will crow
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great Python movies.
    One the best off-beat movies of the Python cinematic oeuvre. I highly recommend it for all Python fans.
    Great flick.

    One of the best of the Python flicks. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Christopher Will
    5.0 out of 5 stars so sick
    so educational. should be required viewing for 6th graders.. watch it with your children! i did, it was bonding. word.
    Published 2 months ago by jokermgp
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