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The (Non-Inflatable) Monty Python TV Companion
The (Non-Inflatable) Monty Python TV Companion
by Jim Yoakum
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.95
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Standard, March 3, 2003
From what I gather in the introduction, this book has taken more than ten years to compile and was written because when the author first started writing it, there were no books about Monty Python. However, the book is now about ten years too late, because we've seen so many Python books since then (First 280 Years of Monty Python, First 200 Years of Monty Python, Life of Python, Life After Python, Monty Python Speaks, Monty Python: A Celebration, Monty Python Encyclopedia), much of them containing more substance than this. The book's format is very similar to the studies by Kim "Howard" Johnson, only with less information. There is a chapter of pre Python days, an introduction to each of the seasons, and a listing of sketches from each show. Sometimes the shows are accompanied by a paragraph of critical analysis, but not always.
There is very little else, other than a bibliography and a few frills. I'd say that really the only reason to buy is for the brief explanation of the lost "Wee-Wee" sketch and Graham Chapman's hilarious introduction (written about a year before he died.)


Monty Python Speaks
Monty Python Speaks
by David Morgan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.15
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Monty Python Book on the Market, March 3, 2003
This review is from: Monty Python Speaks (Paperback)
Monty Python Speaks!
To this date, the best Monty Python resource available, it consists of interviews with the five surviving Pythons, along with some interviews with folks close to the Pythons (Graham Chapman’s partner David Sherlock, leading lady Carol Cleveland, Chapman’s friend Douglas Adams). There are interviews for the films, the TV shows, Chapman’s death, and an invaluable section about the future of Python (which looks pretty bleak.)


A Pocketful of Python: Pocketful Of Python Vol 1 (Pocketful of Python Series) (Volume 1)
A Pocketful of Python: Pocketful Of Python Vol 1 (Pocketful of Python Series) (Volume 1)
by Terry Jones
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Material, February 28, 2003
There is some very, very excellent stuff in here, and enough to make up for the fact that it's a very blatant repackaging of old Python material. It seems a little like exploitation to tell you the truth, but the skits are so good that it's forgivable. Some of the best are Lumberjack Song, Madame Palm, Constitutional Peasants, Every Sperm is Sacred, and especially the Oxford Simplified Dictionary. Also included is a very funny preface by Terry Gilliam.


Godzilla's Revenge
Godzilla's Revenge
DVD ~ Kenji Sahara
Offered by Roses Are Read Books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously Bad Kaiji Eiga, February 28, 2003
This review is from: Godzilla's Revenge (DVD)
This is one of the cheapest entries in the series. Godzilla does not actually have a revenge. Instead, we're treated to watching stock footage from "Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster," "Son of Godzilla," "Destroy All Monsters," and others as Godzilla's son (who looks and sounds like Barney the Dinosaur) watches with a little kid named Ichiro. And it's all a dream. HAHA!
The DVD is presented in full frame (1.33:1) and widescreen (2.35:1). I haven't actually watched the full frame version, but the widescreen has few scratches and strong colors, even if there are some heavy signs of compression. The sound is great. On the special features front, there's a collection of theatrical trailers from other Godzilla movies (not the originals, however), a trivia game, and an art gallery. The box advertises film facts, but they were nowhere to be found on the disc.


Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1998 Re-Release of the American Version)
Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1998 Re-Release of the American Version)
DVD ~ Takashi Shimura
Offered by Jleski
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Generally Considered the Best, But..., February 28, 2003
This is normally considered the best Godzilla movie among fans, but I don't know. Please don't hold it against me if you disagree with me, but I just found the whole enterprise kind of boring. Frankly, a nuclear message movie and a giant monster movie just don't mix. Likewise, it's too somber a movie. It just doesn't have the fun, silly elements that I see a Godzilla movie for. It takes itself too seriously. "Godzilla 2000" is my favorite of the series because it was constantly winking at its audience.
The DVD is about as good as you'd expect. There is a full frame version (1.33:1), and a widescreen version (1.37:1). The letterboxing is so modest it really doesn't matter which version you choose. The picture is about what you'd expect. Night scenes are murky and the picture is sometimes scratchy and sometimes clean. On the special features front, there is a collection of trailers (not the originals, unfortunately), an art gallery, a trivia game, and some hidden film facts and biographies on side one. On side two there is a sci-fi monsters documentary, which is basically a collection of theatrical trailers for movies from "War of the Worlds" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still" to "Robot Monster" and "The Giant Claw." It's not very professional, but it's enjoyable.


Night of the Living Dead (30th Anniversary Limited Edition)
Night of the Living Dead (30th Anniversary Limited Edition)
DVD ~ Night of the Living Dead
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Miserable Disgrace, February 28, 2003
The day they decided to add awful, awful, awful new scenes to the masterpiece "Night of the Living Dead", change the music, and screw the whole thing up was in my mind one of the darkest days in cinema history. The new music is shockingly bad, and the new scenes (with terrible acting and unneccessary new plot details) basically should never have been filmed. Really, this whole "30th Anniversary Edition" thing is the worst treatment of a classic movie since colorization was briefly popular. I think every copy of this should be burned.
What's really a shame is that the image quality of the original movie is pretty dang good (it's also good on the disc released by Elite. The one without the new scenes. Hint hint.) There is a boatload of extras, including a documentary on the making of the new footage (which actually manages to be worse than the new footage itself), a trailer for this rerelease, and a clip of something called "Flesheater" that the director of the new version made.
THIS IS NOT THE VERSION OF "NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD" TO BUY. IF YOU EVEN CONSIDER BUYING THIS, YOU ARE NO LONGER MY FRIEND.


Monty Python's Flying Circus: Set 2, Episodes 7-13
Monty Python's Flying Circus: Set 2, Episodes 7-13
DVD ~ Graham Chapman
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Show Ever, February 28, 2003
This, the second half of the first season, is I think the best period of "Monty Python's Flying Circus." A vast majority of the best sketches are here ("Lumberjack Song," "Dead Parrot," "Upperclass Twit of the Year," "Albatross," "Pet Conversions," and "Hell's Grannies), along with what I think are the two single best episodes. Episode 8 ("Full Frontal Nudity") and Episode 9 ("The Ant, an Introduction").
The DVD set looks slightly better than the videos released in 1989 by Paramount. The filmed, location sequences look pretty grainy, but that's how they've always looked. With every episode, there is an opprotunity to jump straight to the sketches, or to read a tidbit.
On the extras front, there's a clip from "Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl," scenes from other TV episodes, biographies, Pythonisms, a weblink, trivia games, and the always excellent Gilliamnations art gallery.


Monty Python's Flying Circus: Set 1, Episodes 1-6
Monty Python's Flying Circus: Set 1, Episodes 1-6
DVD ~ Graham Chapman
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Show Ever, February 28, 2003
The first half of the first season of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" has some of the best Python episodes ever. I especially liked Episode 3 ("How to Recognize Different Types of Trees From Quite a Long Way Away") and Episode 4 ("Owl Stretching Time"). While not quite as polished as some of the later episodes, it was all equally funny.
The DVD set looks slightly better than the videos released in 1989 by Paramount. The filmed, location sequences look pretty grainy, but that's how they've always looked. With every episode, there is an opprotunity to jump straight to the sketches, or to read a tidbit.
On the extras front, there's a clip from "Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl," scenes from other TV episodes, biographies, Pythonisms, a weblink, trivia games, and the always excellent Gilliamnations art gallery.


Roger Ebert's Book of Film: From Tolstoy to Tarantino, the Finest Writing From a Century of Film
Roger Ebert's Book of Film: From Tolstoy to Tarantino, the Finest Writing From a Century of Film
by Roger Ebert
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $43.82
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13 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmm..., February 28, 2003
Roger Ebert's a very good writer of critical analysis, and I read his reviews every week religiously. However, there's something that just doesn't seem right about this book. It just seems like there wasn't much effort put into it. Ebert pieced together a book made from essays and chapters from other books by other people, and he gives an unenlightening introduction to each of them. There are some good pieces in here (I especially like the ones by Klaus Kinski, Charlie Chaplin, Woody Allen, and John Waters), but it's hardly a major work by the respected film historian.
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They Saved Hitler's Brain
They Saved Hitler's Brain
DVD ~ Walter Stocker
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars They Saved Hitler's DVD, February 28, 2003
This review is from: They Saved Hitler's Brain (DVD)
This is one for bad movie fans. UCLA film student picked up the rights to an unreleased turkey called “Madmen of Mandoras,” added some incompetent, unrelated new footage at the beginning, and released it under the new, more lurid title “They Saved Hitler’s Brain.” The result is the absolute bottom of the barrel of cinema – and a delight for bad movie fans like myself. Night turns to day turns to night during a car chase, the plot suddenly changes around the 20 minute mark, and der fuhrer’s head melts in a fiery car crash.
The DVD, released by Rhino, claims to be “remastered from original film elements.” It still looks pretty miserable and sounds absolutely atrocious, but I suppose that should be expected. It’s presented in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio, despite being shot at 2.20:1. There are no special features unless you count a list of similarly themes Rhino titles. The menu is absolutely hilarious.


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