The Life of Python
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- Includes a location tour with Michael Palin and a mock "countdown" of Python's greatest musical numbers hosted by Meatloaf
- Special appearances by Kevin Kline, Eddie Izzard, Sir David Frost, and Comedy Central's South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone
Top Customer Reviews
Inexplicably, A&E includes only the second (of two) German episodes on the second disc. Why not include both? ("Never broadcast in the United States"... unless you count the few times its been on PBS).
There are several actual attempts at doing new sketches throughout the first disc. Although they are mostly bizarre misfires (The Gorilla skit ranks right up there with "Find the Fish" in the Python pantheon of oddball concepts), it is nice to see that Michael Palin hasn't lost a single step, and its always a treat to see Terry Jones doing comedy again. It is nice that the Pythons made the extra effort here. (Cleese's comment at the end of the "Mayday" film is priceless!)
With that said, this 2-disc set still makes a fine companion piece to the 45 'Flying Circus' episodes. In addition to 'Fliegender Zirkus #2,' it's got an almost definitive documentary of the Monty Python story, a travelogue of the locations of where the group filmed many of their beloved sketches, a Python song review, new material by the surviving boys (though none of it really adds anything to the Python legacy, but it's still interesting to watch), AND the somewhat legendary, long-lost 7-minute May Day special from 1971 (though, again, it adds nothing to the Python legacy [especially since it uses bits from other 'Flying Circus' episodes], but is still interesting to watch -- and, yes, John Cleese's comment after it ends is priceless....classic Cleese). So pick up a copy of "The Life of Python" today. Apart from that glaring omission of 'Fliegender Zirkus #1,' it's still a must for any Monty Python fan.
On DVD, the anniversary show looks broadcast quality, showing no visual flaws (except in old clips and the lost Mayday special.) The German episode looks fairly grainy, but that is to be expected from a rarely restored show. DVD features are on the second disc with the German episode (unless you count the weblink on disc one.) There is a preview of the first German episode, as well as a quiz and clip show from the "Monty Python's Flying Circus" Season Four discs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A collection of classics. If you love Python and remember the BBC original TV series, this will take you straightaway right back to those good old days of Sh175 & Grins!!!Published on July 10, 2014 by LOB
I'd been looking for this on DVD for some time, and was delighted to be able to find it available for a great price. Read morePublished on May 13, 2014 by Edward J. Barczak
good item and well decribed. tells you everything you need to know in disciption. great for anyone who wants to add to collection.Published on February 6, 2013 by alto
This collection features the Python's 30th Anniversary Special from BBC Two, which aired in America as Life of Python on A&E. Read morePublished on June 8, 2008 by K. Scheck
I LOVE Monty Python. I have several of their specials taped off the TV. So when I saw Life of Python available on DVD, I jumped @ it. It wasn't really the one I wanted. Read morePublished on June 7, 2007 by Yolande Webster
While I must confess that I did not particularly enjoy the Fliegender Zirkus episode, the first disc alone is well worth the price of the entire product. Read morePublished on February 9, 2007 by km1372
This 2-disc set features fantabulous material. Disc one contains all sorts of oddball stuff including Graham Chapman's funeral, A python tribute from the South Park creators... Read morePublished on October 21, 2004 by Rotten Arsenal
I was very pleased to view this documentary and other various programs on this 2 disc set. First off it includes BRAND NEW sketches with all of the cast except for Eric Idle, who... Read morePublished on September 10, 2002 by Robert Bauer
This is a documentary of the men and work of Monty Python. Great video. I saw this on PBS and loved it.Published on April 8, 2002 by Moe811