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The Personal Best of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)

Graham Chapman , John Cleese  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones
  • Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones
  • Producers: John Howard Davies
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 1325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,313 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Personal Best of Monty Python's Flying Circus" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

These six discs contain the most famous and frequently quoted moments from the entire Flying Circus series, as selected and introduced by the very lunatics who made Monty Python the world’s premier comedy troupe. And just to prove who benevolent they are, each Python has contributed NEW material to his disc. So it doesn’t matter if you’re a complete rooky or hold a Master’s Degree in Monty, this collection has something for you. In fact, it’s the perfect package for: THE NEWCOMER: Nothing beats a nice Spanish Inquisition to get you up to speed with your Python-passionate friends. THE MONTY-CURIOUS: Satisfy that inner craving for something completely different with a warm dollop of Whizzo Butter on Spam! THE FANATIC: A concentrated blast of buffoonery--and a reunion with your favorite characters--hand-picked by your idols themselves. THE PURCHASE-RESISTANT: Seen it, liked it, but never bought it? This veritable collection features the dead parrot, Cheese Shop, Lumberjack Song, and more--and is precisely formulated to whet your appetite for more! More! MORE! DVD Features: Behind the Scenes of John Cleese’s Personal Best; Terry Gilliam’s Featurette "A Retrospective of Python’s Animation"; Personal Second-Best Featurettes from Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin; Six 15-Question, 15-Ton Megaquizzes; Python Troupe Biographies and Selected Credits; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

Customer Reviews

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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Do the 16 DVDs of the 16-Ton Megaset seem over-the-top to you, or at least more than you will ever watch? They do to me, which is why I purchased this 6-hour 6-DVD set (brand spankin' new, I might add) for the paltry sum of $8.99 (+$2.99 shipping). As of this writing, the box is still available at that price through Amazon from several sellers who bought it wholesale. Most of your favorite bits are here:

Batley Townswomen's Guild Presents the Battle of Pearl Harbor
Upperclass Twit of the Year
Sit on My Face
Nudge Nudge
Lumberjack Song
Fish Slapping Dance
Vocational Guidance Counsellor Sketch
Ministry of Silly Walks
Dead Parrot Sketch
Exploding Penguin on TV Set
Argument Clinic
Dirty Hungarian Phrase-Book
Architect Sketch
Cheese Shop
Funniest Joke in the World
Spanish Inquisition
Man with Three Buttocks
and much more

Plus, you get 45 of Terry Gilliam's best animations, amusing introductions by all of the Pythons (save the late Graham Chapman, whose best sketches the other five members chose), and several extras. Yes, some of the sketches are truncated, and John Cleese's introductions aren't funny, and the set could use an index, but for $9, this box is a great deal, so snap it up!

A complete index follows:

Graham Chapman's Personal Best

1. The Colonel (3:14)
2. Agatha Christie Sketch (2:30)
3. It's the Arts (Sir Edward Ross) (3:38)
4. Colin "Bomber" Harris Versus Himself (2:08)
5. Theory on Brontosauruses by Anne Elk (3:20)
6. Fish Slapping Dance (2:46)
7. Oscar Wilde Sketch (5:11)
8. Vocational Guidance Counsellor (3:30)
9. Molluscs - Love TV Documentary (5:22)
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing set has more interviews than skits August 30, 2007
By mlh
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We ordered this set to see the best skits, not listen to endless droning on about the personal lives of the guys. We were very disappointed that there is no way to watch the skits without the interviews, and, on top of it all, the entire skits aren't even shown but frequently have the beginning or end cut off!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Retrospective January 15, 2007
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I really enjoyed seeing the old sketches, although some of the commentary was a bit forced and boring. John Cleese as a crotchety 92 year old was pretty lame. (I am a fan of most of Cleese's work.) It was a Christmas present for my teenage son, who LOVES it and has watched it over and over again, so it was money well spent. It's great to hear my boy singing the Lumberjack Song in German.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not full sketches April 7, 2009
Be aware that most (or at least many) of the sketches in this collection are clipped, i.e. they are EXCERPTS of the different sketches, and not necessarily the full sketches. For example, the Dead Parrot sketch stops after the Cleese character throws the dead parrot in the air. The rest is cut -- the funny euphemisms on dying (pining for the fjords, being an ex-parrot, etc.), as well as the the Bolton/Ipswich part, are NOT on here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! December 11, 2007
I loved seeing the old skits and it was refreshing to see the boys as they are now. Considering the cost of the complete set this is a nice compromise and even had a few skits i'd completely forgotten about.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Monty Python Fan January 1, 2010
By pnickel
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I rarely rate things I buy at Amazon because for the most part I'm always happy with what I get. This time I had to say something if for no other reason than to save someone else from purchasing this set and being disappointed. First off Amazon is COMPLETELY blameless. The set arrived on time as stated.
If you're a Monty Python fan and like to remember the old skits and hope to be able to see them then DON'T buy this set. The skits are all cut up and shortened and bleed into totally unrelated skits. The interviews are convoluted and void of any REAL knowledge. After reviewing the entire set my opinion is that there is about one DVD's worth of value here if you combine all 6 DVDs and get rid of the chopped up scenes and skits and boring convoluted interviews. I would not pay more than $10.00 for this set or you WILL be dissatisfied.

The Personal Best of Monty Python's Flying Circus
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All clipped up. January 30, 2009
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I was disappointed with how much filler was included. It's what aired on A&E (I think) and so it's more of a "clip-show" format. Lots of interviews and commentary breaking up what I really wanted to see--the sketches.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some skits are truncated May 10, 2008
I agree with another reviewer - it really would be beneficial to have some sort of index either as an insert or on the individual DVDs. Some skits seem misplaced - I had considered certain skits to be the forte of different Python members than what ended up on other member's DVD.

Additionally, a few skits are truncated. For example, the main skit I wanted (in full, thank you very much) was "The Argument Clinic". Although this skit is primarily Michael Palin and John Cleese, it ends up on Graham Chapman's disc (he does appear for perhaps 60 seconds). To add insult to injury, they stop the skit as soon as his part is over. The skit itself continues on for another few minutes, and most of the truly funny parts never make it on this DVD.

All-in-all, this is a good sampler set but definitely falls short of capturing all the best. Some selections are questionable at best (i.e., not the ones you remember as being truly hilarious), but it is a decent collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Briyish Comedy
If you love the dry British wit, then you will love this Monty Python selection. It is funny, funny, funny! You can watch it over and over, and it doesn't get old in humor. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Scott Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Python Fans
I watched Monty Python every Sunday night on PBS in the 70s has every skit I ever loved good stupid interviews
Published 6 months ago by kenneth
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny
This is a collection of favorite skits performed by some of my very favorite comedians. True classic comedy sketches, without the vulgarity that is ever-present in contemporary... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Margaret DuMont
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Monty Python
WHat else can be said? It's Monty Python, you know it will be hilarious. If you like British comedy and you haven't seen it, or if you HAVE seen it a million times, its def one to... Read more
Published 16 months ago by RFY
5.0 out of 5 stars ITs Monty Python
if you like to laugh this is for you

Shipping was fast, well worth the money.

I love british comedys, and this was my introduction to it
Published 17 months ago by Trynguess
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious
Monty Python is one of those things you either love or get it or you dont....well, I LOVE IT and I GET IT! This dvd set will not disappoint! Hilarious!!!
Published 21 months ago by Mia
4.0 out of 5 stars My grandson loves Monty Python
What better way to grow his sense of the ridiculous than to give him Monty Python's Personal Best as a 15th birthday gift?
Published 22 months ago by Sheila Berry
4.0 out of 5 stars If You Look Up 'Zany' in the Dictionary...
Years before "Saturday Night Live" in the United States, sketch comedy had a presence on British television with "Monty Python's Flying Circus. Read more
Published on April 3, 2012 by Eric Mayforth
5.0 out of 5 stars Monty Python never disappoints!
The DVDs arrived as promised. The first time I saw Monty Python on Television in Europe in the 1980s, I immediately took a liking to this group of incomparable comedic genius of... Read more
Published on January 3, 2012 by Steve Horvath
4.0 out of 5 stars Great price, lot's of fun!
Gift for my son who is 13 and fell in love with "The Holy Grail". He loves it! Very funny!
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