Monty Python and the Holy Grail
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The Monty Python team are at it again in their second movie. This time we follow King Arthur and his knights in their search for the Holy Grail. This isn't your average medieval knights and horses story - for a start, due to a shortage in the kingdom, all the horses have been replaced by servants clopping coconuts together!
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Monty Python is an acquired taste, and this is their best film to help in the acquisition. Holy Grail is a highlight of a youngster's coming of age, providing a host of quotes and situations that are referenced forever after: the buxom maiden whom the duke tells his effete son to marry because she has "vast [slight pause] tracts of land"; the French knights somehow ensconced in a castle in England, who tell Arthur they don't want to join the quest for the Holy Grail because they "already have one"; the knight who suffers a "flesh wound" as his limbs are lopped off one by one; and the blessing of the Holy Hand Grenade for use against the killer bunny.
The Holy Grail was filmed with modest production values, but the Blu-ray picture quality is surprising, showing greatly improved colors and details. Although not the type of film one watches for reference quality video, it is nonetheless very pleasant to take in all the hilarious nonsense with a better picture. Numerous special features are offered on the Blu-ray, mostly ported over directly from the two-disc DVD edition. Like most Python productions nothing is taken too seriously, not the characters, nor the sets and costumes, and certainly not the story. But this casual appearance should not hide the fact that these guys are seriously funny, their stories endearing, their films memorable. King Arthur decides at one point that they will not return to Camelot just now, because it is "a silly place". Holy Grail is a silly movie, and it should be visited early and often in hope of finding still further silliness.
The duel with the Black Knight would stand up.... but what about the Killer Rabbit? The banquet scene a la songfest... "Whot? THE CURTAINS?" The French guard... "Run away!" "Run away!" "Help! Help! I am being oppressed!" Yes, no, not even the Killer Rabbit paled with age. Someone get me a tissue -- I laughed until I cried.
The DVD quality is astonishingly good for an (originally) low budget flick. You are offered the options of 5.1 Dolby, Dolby Digital or good old mono. Like everything Python, even the number of commentary and subtitle options are beyond the beyond. I particularly enjoyed the cast bitching. Excellent. Just excellent.
The bonus materials add an exorbitant amount of value. The Monks sing-a-long segment is extremely well done. I was able to figure out the difficult hand movements immediately. "THWACK"
There is a lovely travelogue. Michael Palin and an old guy go wandering around some Scottish castles and glens. You get to see the inside of the castle on the island in the middle of the lake. "Do they host B&B guests?" was my only question.
Legos. The singing knights recreated in plastic animation. Near 'bout priceless.
But, even with all the extras: moaning and groaning, dancing Legos and at least, every bit of 10 minutes of additional animations -- not to mention the incredibly useful short about coconuts -- I think it is worth buying just for the film. Just to have it in your possession. So at anytime, you are a mere flick of the remote away from "Ni!! Ni!!"
And I would positively say this, even if they had left out the additional 24 seconds: it's worth it. It is cheaper than a single hour with a mental health professional, even after you have met your deductible.