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Not the Messiah (2010)

Eric Idle , Michael Palin  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003DF44SI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,417 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Not the Messiah" on IMDb

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

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In 1979, Monty Python’s Life of Brian turned the Biblical epic on its head. Now, the makers of SPAMALOT turn classical music on its ear! Prepare for Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) – the comedic masterpiece that combines all of the unforgettable humor of the Python’s most celebrated film with the overblown grandeur of a symphony orchestra. Don’t miss your chance to share the one-night only performance featuring a rare on-stage reunion of Python troupe members Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam.HD.

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

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44 of 52 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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52 of 66 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Like Brian himself, close but not quite. August 2, 2010
Call me weird, but I saw this *before* I saw Life of Brian, even though I've been a Python fan all my life. It just never came up. I laughed a lot while watching this DVD, and the various appearances of many of the old gang was awesome. There was one thing, however, that irritated me to the point of anger. I apologize in advance for random capsing, but seriously people. Seriously.

Whoever was filming/editing this forgot that Carol Cleveland was just as much a part of the Monty Python experience as anyone, and she was completely skipped over. When she came in with the sheep costume I had to rewind to be sure it was really her so quickly did they take the camera off her. I was so excited to see that she was featured, but the camera spent that WHOLE NUMBER looking at the stupid sheep puppets and the choir. Yeah it was a funny image for the first twenty seconds, but Carol Cleveland, not a substitute, not a look-alike, the REAL LADY who played so many of the genuine female parts on that show for YEARS got ignored. Why? To what purpose? Surely they knew who she was. I'm pretty sure the crowd recognized her. I just don't get it.

We'd rather spend almost an hour looking at Michael Palin in a dress but the awesome lady who could hold it together with those guys gets a few seconds of screentime? Any of the parts she rocked? The actress from Scott Of The Antarctic? The Science Fiction Sketch? "But it's my only line!" She was Zoot and her twin in Holy Grail for heaven's sake! That should mean something!

For shame! Editors, director, Python men, for shame for not making sure one of your troupe members was featured. Carol Cleveland, you are still awesome and deserved better representation.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it. Great movie!
LOVE this movie. Perfect for any Python fan!
Published 8 days ago by cairogirl
5.0 out of 5 stars MP fans only.
For Monty Python fans only, if you don't like MP I don't think this is for you.
Published 1 month ago by GUSR19
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A fantastic and funny spetacle!
Published 2 months ago by Auro Lucio Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great concert
Published 2 months ago by Lawrence A. Robison
1.0 out of 5 stars Much weaker than the Holy Grail, Life of Brian ...
Much weaker than the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, or Meaning of Life. Snore. Yes, this is a true snore.
Published 3 months ago by Johnny P
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I had heard it with Boston Pops on TV and loved it. Had to have it. Play it every now and then.
Published 3 months ago by Katharine A. Borthwick
5.0 out of 5 stars No he is definitely NOT the Messiah
Not the Messiah is an oratorio in the Handel style (sort of) as only the Pythons could present it. It is a joyous reunion of the famous cast and believe it or not a really good... Read more
Published 5 months ago by DONA
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 7 months 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 8 months 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 9 months ago by Col William Russell
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