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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
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.5 x 4.75 inches; 3.46 Pounds
- Director : Ian MacNaughton, Terry Hughes
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 29 hours and 9 minutes
- Release date : September 27, 2005
- Actors : John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones
- Language : Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1), English
- Studio : A&E Home Video
- ASIN : B0009XRZ92
- Writers : Angus James, David Lipscomb, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, John Cleese
- Number of discs : 16
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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...
BUT---this is not the "complete" Python show, as they would have you believe on the outside of the box. For some unexplained reason, four episodes have a few bits missing or censored:
"It's The Arts"---the sketch about the composer with the frighteningly long name, "Johann Gamboleputty....". Eric Idle had a brief bit as an old man who dies halfway through saying Gamboleputty's full name. It's no longer there.
"Blood, Devastation, Death, War & Horror"---in the "Bus Conductor" sketch, Graham Chapman briefly sang a spoof version of "Tonight" from "West Side Story" ("Tonight, tonight, I'm getting p----d tonight!"). It's been cut. Maybe for legal reasons? Who knows.
"A Book At Bedtime"---there were opening captions prior to Terry Gilliam's opening title animation in this episode ("Tonight we start the show straight away with the opening titles.....No you didn't, you started with that caption....Oh yes."), as well as a concluding sketch about upcoming British comedy TV shows (including "Dad's Pooves" and "Up The Palace"). Both have been cut. Why?
"The All-England Summarize Proust Competition"---in the title sketch, Graham Chapman is censored from saying the word, "masturbating". Very silly.
So, this box set is the *Not Quite* Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus, which is disappointing, but I'll still take it. It's a comedy classic by a classic comedy troupe, easily the groundbreaking comedy equivalent of The Beatles. Thank you so much, Monty Python, for all of the great laughs. Albatross!!!
Society,shot it up,turned it upside down,flattened it and called it Mr.Gumby!!
What on the surface seems a simple enough point about the troupe but usually goes unnoticed today is their original appeal and impact.Python came out of the 60s rebellious era and while that trait alone wasn't surprising what was was their own nationality(British),their feigned attempts at portraying themselves as part of that staid and stuffy society all the while taking stabs at every English sacred cow and then some such as the police,the armed forces,the BBC,war vets,etc. which made it definitely "something completely different"! There has never been a program like it before or since.
Each program was filled with several sketches tied together more or less with animated segments by Terry Gilliam,the only Yank in the group.
Having watched the entire set with it's 16 DVDs I was favourably impressed by the quality of the transfers.They are pretty sharp and crisp.The only disappointment is the "Live at the Hollywood Bowl" film.The film is not in good condition and the colour is quite washed out.It is a full screen version and I wonder since some of the credits disappear off the screen that there isn't a widescreen version out there,hopefully in better condition than this.Time will tell.
I also noted that the sketches "Proust","Bruce" and "Biggles" have some quick moments that have slight cuts/jumps in them.I know the BBC is responsible for the first one but the other two I'm not sure of the who or why.There may be others but those are the three I noticed off hand.One will also notice that there are some film glitches and other various defects.From what I can determine these are things that are inherent in the original film and there's nothing that really can be done to excise them.
All 16 discs come in their own thin slip cases and are one sided(less chance of scratching!).Each DVD interactive menu if quite neat and each has its' own trivia spot about the particular ep you're watching and some neat special features including trivia question contests and more.There are alas no interviews with the cast mano a'mano but the 'Live at Aspen' DVD makes up a little for this.
Overall this is a set every Monty Python fan should own or a lover of good comedy.If you're one of the politically correct crowd I wouldn't advise you to buy this set as the guys leave NO stones unturned in their comedic efforts to offend and delight us all at the same time.It's a set I will certainly be watching again and again and you will too.
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!"
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Actually only the packaging has been slightly modified. While on the Amazon-page only the DVD-case is shown, the DVD actually comes in a slip-case which is similar to the original release. The difference is, that this is no more a die-cut sleeve and instead of having a multi-fold dvd-tray this is simply a (big) armary case.
The discs themselves are identical to the 2008-version (they even have the same number and year on the label). This means it has Arabic, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish subtitles and the first season is also dubbed in Polish and Hungarian (which still leaves me wondering if this is part of the joke or of its a true hungarian translation) and also all extra features are left intact: "Before the Flying Circus", "Conquer America", "Animated Gilliam" and "Politically Incorrect", so it has an overall running time of 1327 minutes (like the original release).
So, get it if you don't have it - this is the real deal!
Coming back to this review after 6 years, I'll have to clarify a few points, which may be confusing to a today's reader:
- when doing this review in 2014 there were two different versions available (the 2008 release and the 2012 re-release).
- the 2008-version (costing roughly #80) had the full and correct amazon-data, the 2012-version (costing roughly #15) had the incomplete / incorrect data
- the links above pointed to the respective versions
- as of 2020 amazon has removed the 2008-version and only kept the 2012-version, fixed the the info for the 2012-version and also merged the reviews of both versions - thus, the above links do now point at the same product now.
- also the price got "adapted" to the original version
- still, this is the essential Monty Python-collection you need!
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And now for something completely expected..
The best fish and chips I ever had were in Aberdeen in about 1970
The stegosaurus had two brains, one in its head and the other one in its genitals which, unisuaually, were located on top of its head and a bright lilac in colour
The M'gaqui tribe of Eastern Umpopoland have a law which states that all cattle must be named individually and that name must be Gnaqqwai, which translates roughly as "Daisy." Breeding bulls also have the same name, but prefixead by G'tan, which means "Mister."
As the series contained very little that was topical, even thought the first episode dates all the way back to 1969 it still stands up very well today. It still feels fresh and original, and above all, funny! The Pythons played around as much as possible with the sketch form, managing to elicit huge laughs with the most bizarre situations and in the face of all comedy convention.
If you are looking here you probably don't need to be told how funny the series is, so I shall review the release as a whole.
All 44 episodes are contained on 7 discs, with an eighth disc of extras. Menus are a little clunky, with no `play all' feature which I find a little irritating, but no matter. The picture is original 4.3 aspect with a mono sound. Both sound and picture have been nicely remastered and cleaned up, leaving the picture as sharp and clean as it can be. There are subtitles in a whole range of languages, as well as Polish or Hungarian dubbing for series 1 only. The discs are collected into a foldout card case collected into a thin card slip case. The whole thing is about the size of three standard DVD cases.
The extras are so-so - the usual `how it all started', a look at the way they took over America, an interesting film where Terry Gilliam discusses his animations. OK, but personally I usually just watch the episodes.
An excellent set, especially for the price being asked. Well worth getting.
Inevitably some sketches will have you laughing out loud (and far more of them than just the famous ones) and others might leave you blank faced. In a similar way, some episodes are consitently brilliant and others are more patchy, with the odd episode falling flat. (This is still true for the short 6-episode series 4 sans John Cleese. Although painfully apparent at first, I hardly noticed his absence by episode 4 and there are some brilliant sketches.) Having said that, the only way to fully appreciate Monty Python's brand of humour is to watch this whole set. Otherwise you are never likely to see some of the great sketches and will miss the effect of the integrated episodes that have recurring themes or motifs. Personally, I love this set much more than the films and there are just so many episodes here for a very reasonable price.
The bonuses include one very good documentary about the pre-Python days and another documentary about the success of Monty Python in America. The best extra is the "politically incorrect" sketch, which was dropped after its first showing at the beginning of a series 3 episode and is only now available as a stand alone poor quality copy. It is still a brilliant sketch.
Excellent set, well done Sony!