The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus 16 Ton Megaset
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This unassuming case is packed with 16 tons of funny: 14 discs of MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS, packed with every episode from the programme's four year run, plus 2 MONTY PYTHON LIVE! discs featuring - well, you figure it out.
While to the uninitiated they may look like ordinary .65 oz. digital video discs, due to the unique physics of comedy (it's like quantum but with fewer dead cats), each disc actually weighs a full metaphoric ton! Please remember to lift with your knees.
Jump right to your favorite sketches in The Flying Circus with this index!
Disc 1: The Funniest Joke in the World, The Wrestling Episode, and Nudge Nudge
Disc 2: Art Critic, Silly Job Interview, and Crunchy Frog
Disc 3: Dead Parrot, Lumberjack Song, and Vocational Guidance Counselor
Disc 4: Undertaker's Film, Upperclass Twit of the Year, and Albatross
Disc 5: The Ministry of Silly Walks, The Spanish Inquisition, and Complaints
Disc 6: The Bishop, Blackmail, and Dung
Disc 7: Attila the Nun, Silly Vicar, and Exploding Penquin on the TV Set
Disc 8: Scott of the Antarctic, Dirty Hungarian Phrase-book, and Exploding Blue Danube
Disc 9: Icelandic Saga, Fish-Slapping Dance, and Argument Clinic
Disc 10: 'Blood, Devastation, War, and Horror', Mount Everest Climbed by Hairdressers, and Gumby Brain Specialists
Disc 11: Cheese Shop, A Naked Man, and The Olympic Hide and Seek Final
Disc 12: Elizabethan Pornography Smugglers, Kamikaze Scotsman, and Penguins
Disc 13: Montgolfier Brothers, Department Store, and RAF Banter
Disc 14: Hamlet and Ophelia, Mr. Neutron, and Most Awful Family in Britain
Disc 15: Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Monty Python Live at Aspen
Disc 16: Parrot Sketch Not Included, Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus: German Episode #1
- Weblink to PythonShop.com
- Meet the Chaps
- Pythonism Glossary
- Gillianimations Art Gallery
- Preview Upcoming Episodes
- Troupe Career Highlights
- Post-Python Troup Highlights
- Bleeding Critics
- Confusing Musings
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Selection
New for 2005, The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus 16-Ton Megaset packs together the original 14-DVD megaset with the two-disc Monty Python Live in space-saving Thinpaks. While more cautious fans may want to pick and choose among the previously released individual volumes of Monty Python for their collection, true Pythonites will want to own this definitive megaset that contains all 45 episodes (in chronological order) of Monty Python's Flying Circus. This "persistently silly" collection encompasses three-and-a-half seasons of dead parrots, cross-dressing lumberjacks, loonies, upper class twits, and spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, and spam. Click past the occasional clunker and go directly to such signature sketches as the Ministry of Silly Walks, the Spanish Inquisition, the Fish-Slapping Dance, the Dead Parrot Sketch, the Lumberjack Song, the Cheese Shop, the Argument Clinic, and Nudge, Nudge. Taken as a whole, one marvels at how Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam thoroughly subverted television convention with "something completely different," like sketches with no punch lines ("Your average TV viewer isn't going to understand this"). A warning to the uninitiated: there is much "material that some may find offensive, but which is really smashing." Violations of something called the "Strange Sketch Act" are the least of the troupe's offenses, as witness the Oscar Wilde Sketch, the Dirty Vicar Sketch, and the Most Awful Family in Britain Sketch, all of which achieve "the really gross awfulness" all Python fans are looking for. Say no more.
Monty Python TV shows, movies, records, and books are a time capsule of their anarchic lunacy. But more precious is an audience with Python, and as close as we can get is Live at the Hollywood Bowl, the long-sought-after 1982 concert film in which the Fab Six perform their greatest hits before a wildly enthusiastic crowd. Robert Klein moderates Live at Aspen, the irreverent 1998 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival tribute that reunited John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, and Terry Jones onstage for the first time in 18 years on the occasion of the troupe's 30th anniversary. Highlights include a shockingly funny moment involving Graham Chapman's ashes, and a joyous "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" sing-along. Less essential is 1989's clip show Parrot Sketch Not Included: 20 Years of Python, which also does not include "The Oscar Wilde Sketch," "Cheese Shop," "Nudge-Nudge," and many other signature sketches. --Donald Liebenson
- The complete 14-disc megaset plus the two-disc Monty Python Live
- Meet the Chaps
- Pythonisms Glossary
- Art Gallery
- Troupe Career Highlights
- Trivial Quest
- Useless Tidbits
- Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus: German Episode #1
- Post-Python Troupe Highlights
- Bleeding Critics
- Confusing Musings
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And I did not have to reveal my Lover in Bolton to make the Buy! These are the Complete and unedited bits of all their routines.
I started watching this British troope along with the Young Ones. And the Raw Albums of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.
Ahh , Yes, Finer days I must say...
You did not.
I did too.
You most certainly did not.
Excuse me, but is this the 5 minute review or the 30 minute one?
The 5 minute.
Oh, sorry about that. Well, let's get on with it. A major thrill of my adolescent life was to turn to PBS and watch that great BBC import, "Monty Python's Flying Circus." You actualy got to see the occasional bit of real boobie! Hey! When you're 13 you live for those cheap thrills. But I missed so many of the episodes that when I had the chance to get the whole series on DVD, I snatched it up. It's all there, every last bit. The last season is considerably less memorable than the early seasons. It seems that the steam had run out for the gang.
As I expected, the DVD reproduction is fine. Also to be expected, there are extras with each DVD and those all hold either 3 or 4 episodes of the show per disk. Also, as I expected, there are a lot of bits of trivia on the disk. But I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition.
"Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! Tie him to the rack for this review!"
In addition to the shows themselves, the discs have several extras, including biographical bits illustrated with representative clips of each Python, trivia contests (for both Gumbys and Upper Class Twits), bits of Gilliam animation (which, frankly is my least favorite part of the show, so I skipped much of this), random bits from the German shows and live shows, and direct scene access that is reasonably well catalogued.
"Monty Python's Flying Circus" is without question my favorite television show of all time, and this box set does it justice. When a collection is so enormous there is bound to be something that almost anyone can complain about (for me it is the excessive Gilliam animation introductions to the chapters and extras), but all in all this is excellent, and will likely be the definitive Monty Python set for all time.
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