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Not the Messiah (2010)

Eric Idle , Michael Palin  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2010
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003DF44SI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,078 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Not the Messiah" on IMDb

Special Features

The Road to the Albert Hall
The Bright Side...
6 Sing-Along Songs!

Editorial Reviews

Something completely different is all well and good, but for Monty Python fans, there are few greater joys than hearing even for the umpteenth time a rousing live rendition of the troupe's adopted theme, "The Liberty Bell" march, or singing along to a bagpipes-enhanced "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" and "The Lumberjack Song." These pleasures frame Eric Idle and John Du Prez's 2007 comic "baroque and roll" oratorio inspired by Monty Python's Life of Brian. "Chaos and Confusion" (from the opening movement of the same name) reign in the first quarter hour, but things pick up once the hapless Brian Cohen (William Ferguson) enters the picture. For the uninitiated: "He's not the chosen one / Not the hero of his race / He's just a wrong man at the wrong time in the wrong place." The oratorio's best bits are lifted from the film, particularly "What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us," "The People's Front of Judea," and "Individuals," in which Brian tries to persuade his eager would-be followers that he is not the Messiah. Some of the jokes are inspired ("Is it A.D. yet?" "About a quarter to"). Others are nudge-nudge, say-no-more groan-worthy ("She was great with child / And not too bad without"). Not the Messiah is an easy-to-Handel mad mash-up of musical styles, including gospel, Gilbert & Sullivan, doo-wop, and Bob Dylan. In their fleeting bits, fellow Pythons Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam (as well as the ever-ravishing Carol Cleveland) are given rock star welcomes. This lavish 2009 live performance at London's venerable Royal Albert Hall commemorating Python's 40th anniversary, and featuring the not-at-all-shabby BBC Symphony and Chorus, may not have the kick or star power of Spamalot, but it is funny enough, at times lovely enough, and above all, silly enough to take its rightful place at the Python Round Table. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

A one-night only live stage show/musical based on the motion picture Monty Python's Life of Brian, written by Eric Idle & John Du Prez (the creators of Spamalot).

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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful
At the outset, I must admit that my view on this piece may be slightly prejudiced seeing as I was fortunate enough to have been in attendance at the Royal Albert Hall that wonderful night and saw this live.

Having been there and having seen this already, and that as a Python fan since 1973, I can not imagine not having this in my DVD library.

The sad truth is that it is rare for these amazing and gifted performers to get together at all as time goes on and since they are all in their late 60's (at best) future reunions are not quite bloody likely, so gang let's enjoy them while they are here. The only regrettable thing is that the great John Cleese chose not to participate in the grand evening.

The concert performance of HE'S NOT THE MESSIAH, HE'S A VERY NAUGHTY BOY is quite fun. Written by Eric Idle and Jon Du Prez (One Foot in the Grave) and accompanied by a rather impressive choir and the BBC orchestra is a adrenaline shot that most of us geezers-in-waiting really need.

Treasured moments include seeing the look on Eric Idle's face as he sees 6 Gumby's in the front row. Also a great deal of fun is the first appearance of "Mrs. Betty Palin". Not too mention the first note and the audience reaction as the orchestra begins THE LIBERTY BELL MARCH. Although the main focus of the evening is HE'S NOT THE MESSIAH, what Python "reunion" would be complete without a sing a long to conclude the evening.

This DVD is a must for all Python fans!!!!!!!!!
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51 of 64 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars And now for a completely different opinion June 20, 2010
Apparently I am the lone Python fan here who was not only less than thrilled by this show, but almost bored silly.

My MP credentials had me ready for hilarity: I've seen Brian dozens of times since the week it came out and know it pretty much word for word; love the Pythons in general, have seen all the tv shows many times and all the movies many times; have all the records and most all the '70s books, even the rare ones that only Cleese's Mum ever read; love their sense of humor in general and consider them some of the funniest and most literate of all comedians. So, you know, I was well disposed to liking this.

But, at the risk of being a heretic like Brian, and attacked for not agreeing with the herd here ("Stone him! Stone him!!"), I found Not The Messiah to be Not The Greatest, and possibly Yes The Worst Of All (Ever-Increasing In Number) Tertiarily Semi-Pythonic, Sadly Ironic, Somewhat Related, Eric Idleberg-hatched Further Chances To Milk The Python Catalogue.

"Spamalot made a LOT of money! What might we do next along that line?"

"Nothing, Eric. Bugger off. Python is over. Let it go. Haven't you enough money yet?"

"But John, the others have all agreed to do guest spots!"

"That's wonderful, Eric, and I wish you well, but I'd rather not be part of something that's a little too close to the sort of non-stop merchandising we used to mock on the BBC 40 years ago. All the best, but please don't call me for the next project, either. And we all know there WILL be a next one, Eric. You have indeed found a goldmine here. You can market the old bits with new window dressing to the old fans who will do anything to relive the glory days, and that's wonderful, but really....those bits have been done. Move on. Write something completely new.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT Monty Python! September 1, 2013
By Brian
Even though this movie holds the name "Monty Python" and has some cast members of the Python group, it isn't as Monty Python as I would like it to be. I'd much rather see a movie with all the surviving Pythons than to watch this or the other musical Eric Idle cooked up. Eric Idle has went down the hole since the Python days. There has been some semi Python projects coming out lately, including "A Liar's Autobiography" but Eric Idle for some reason refuses to get back together with the group for some reason. Yet he makes trash like this musical that is supposed to be "Monty Python" material. I don't understand it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for Everyone July 15, 2013
By Bob W.
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Based on "Life of Brian," this oratorio feartures fantastic music and voices, along with very clever lyrics. The show has something to offend nearly everyone. If you are Christian, Jewish, Roman, or a sheep, and you can laugh at yourself, you'll like "Not the Messiah." If you hated "Life of Brian," you almost certainly won't like "Not the Messiah," even though it is infinitely more polished and funnier. Incidentally, you must watch it with subtitles turned on, in order to catch every word of the clever lyrics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As winter closes in, just what immunity systems need October 27, 2012
Absolutely the giggle anyone with a Python sense if humor is needed. With many jokes about America that Americans will get; Brits did not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prelude to greatness July 23, 2012
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When it comes to "behind the scenes" material about a live production, you can't get any better than this short piece about the week leading up to the performance of "Not the Messiah" to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the "Monty Python" TV series. I really appreciated seeing short insights into the casting of the solo roles and the composition of some of the pieces, the amount of rehearsal it took, as well as hearing their un-polished thoughts on the entire rehearsal process. Composer John Du Prez's words about the musical choices are golden; I only wish that more focus had been placed on it. In fact, for a true Python geek or classical music geek, there probably should have been an entirely separate video about how the songs were composed and perhaps a different video on the first performance in Toronto.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Have loved Monty Python for years. This is wonderfully humorous and I enjoy watching it often. Thanks a bunch. ...
Published 1 month ago by Shannon Doiron
5.0 out of 5 stars Had Never Heard Of It.
I watched this on a rental and had no idea what it was about. I ordered it on DVD and am so glad I did. Really enjoying it and am recommending it to friends.
Published 1 month ago by Melanie Delgado
2.0 out of 5 stars a dull effort
I'm a big fan of Monty Python and believe "Spamalot" is the funniest show to reach the musical stage so I had high hopes for this. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Col William Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars BIG FAN OF MONTY PYTHON
I have always been a fan of their movies, so I wanted this one time concert. It really is an OPERA in CONCERT form. Read more
Published 3 months ago by belle kurz
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest things will ever see. As great as the Pythons are, for me the real treat was seeing Christopher Purves, one of the most stunningly underrated and fantastically gifted performers... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Daryl Wayne
1.0 out of 5 stars This was horrible!
I wish I was able to give it back to Amazon. What a ridiculous DVD. How did they ever get funded to make such a horrible presentation.
Published 8 months ago by Shari Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm really not into the Pythons but...
This was a most entertaining concert. My whole family loved it. And who can manage to come away from it without singing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"?
Published 8 months ago by Marcie Hoye Cumberland
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie
I bought this for my husband, so I can't really rate it. He loves it and that is all that counts.
Published 9 months ago by ditbjr
1.0 out of 5 stars Not To My Taste
Someone else may love this..but I simply could not sit and watch the entire DVD. When you hear the name: Monty Python or Eric Idol there is an expectation of laughter and comedy. Read more
Published 9 months ago by DommeMaggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Messiah
Purchased as a gift. From what I'm told this is a great, and funny musical performed by the Monty Python team.
Published 12 months ago by William R. Colosi
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