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on January 15, 2008
Do the 16 DVDs of the 16-Ton Megaset seem over-the-top to you, or at least more than you will ever watch? They do to me, which is why I purchased this 6-hour 6-DVD set (brand spankin' new, I might add) for the paltry sum of $8.99 (+$2.99 shipping). As of this writing, the box is still available at that price through Amazon from several sellers who bought it wholesale. Most of your favorite bits are here:

Confuse-a-Cat
Batley Townswomen's Guild Presents the Battle of Pearl Harbor
Upperclass Twit of the Year
Sit on My Face
Nudge Nudge
Lumberjack Song
Fish Slapping Dance
Vocational Guidance Counsellor Sketch
Ministry of Silly Walks
Dead Parrot Sketch
Exploding Penguin on TV Set
Spam
Argument Clinic
Dirty Hungarian Phrase-Book
Architect Sketch
Cheese Shop
Funniest Joke in the World
Spanish Inquisition
Lifeboat
Man with Three Buttocks
and much more

Plus, you get 45 of Terry Gilliam's best animations, amusing introductions by all of the Pythons (save the late Graham Chapman, whose best sketches the other five members chose), and several extras. Yes, some of the sketches are truncated, and John Cleese's introductions aren't funny, and the set could use an index, but for $9, this box is a great deal, so snap it up!

A complete index follows:

Graham Chapman's Personal Best

1. The Colonel (3:14)
2. Agatha Christie Sketch (2:30)
3. It's the Arts (Sir Edward Ross) (3:38)
4. Colin "Bomber" Harris Versus Himself (2:08)
5. Theory on Brontosauruses by Anne Elk (3:20)
6. Fish Slapping Dance (2:46)
7. Oscar Wilde Sketch (5:11)
8. Vocational Guidance Counsellor (3:30)
9. Molluscs - Love TV Documentary (5:22)
10. Ken Shabby (1:34)
11. Ministry of Silly Walks (2:46)
12. Albatross (:48)
13. The "Pantomime Horse Is a Secret Agent" Film (1:53)
14. Dead Parrot (1:16)
15. Exploding Penguin on TV Set (4:18)
16. Twentieth Century Vole (5:06)
17. Mrs. Premise and Mrs. Conclusion (1:25)
18. Spam (3:38)
19. Argument Clinic (1:58)
Graham Chapman's Second Best: Lifeboat (Cannibalism) / Dennis Moore (7:45)

John Cleese's Personal Best

1. A Fairy Tale (15:44)
2. The Epilogue (1:56)
3. Gumby Brain Specialist (3:00)
4. Self-Defense (Against Fresh Fruit) (4:11)
5. Exploding Version of "The Blue Danube" (1:14)
6. Life and Death Struggles (Pantomime Horses) (2:50)
7. Rival Documentaries (Fighting Interviewers) (2:25)
8. Confuse-a-Cat (4:26)
9. A Little Bit of "The Cheese Shop" (:11)
10. Rogue Cheddar (:10)
11. Raymond Luxury Yacht Interview (1:55)
12. Picasso (3:30)
13. Flying Lessons (2:35)
14. Animation: Baby With Pacifier (1:05)
15. It's Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Famous Deaths) (1:39)
16. The Batley Townswomen's Guild Presents the Battle of Pearl Harbor (1:38)
17. Fish-Slapping Dance (:58)
18. Upperclass Twit of the Year (7:05)
Behind the Scenes (4:57)

Terry Gilliam's Personal Best

1. Opening Titles (Third Series) (3:38)
2. Conrad Poohs and His Dancing Teeth (1:43)
3. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies (:27)
4. Catching a Bus (:39)
5. The Killer Cars (:29)
6. The Killer Cats (:44)
7. Securicor Ambulances, Ltd. (2:09)
8. Venus Dancing (:55)
9. Introduction, Fish Slapping Dance, and Nazi Fish (1:43)
10. Royal Navy Advert (:38)
11. "Sit Up" Sequence (2:17)
12. Garden of Hands (:52)
13. Cream Toothpaste (:43)
14. Charles Fatless (2:00)
15. Purchase-a-Past (1:47)
16. We're Being Watched (1:07)
17. Searching a Prisoner (2:13)
18. Cemetery (:14)
19. Apology for Repetition (:44)
20. Sexual Athletes (:20)
21. Jack and the Beanstalk (:32)
22. Five Frogs Curse (:42)
23. The Prince With the Black Spot (1:35)
24. Powder My Nose (1:13)
25. Charwoman (:34)
26. Opening Titles (Original) (:32)
27. Reconstructing an Elephant (1:26)
28. Baby Carriage (:32)
29. And Now - Music (2:22)
30. Acme Toilets (:34)
31. Lovely Weather (1:46)
32. Eggs Diamond (1:02)
33. Hands Up (1:21)
34. The Royal Society for Putting Things on Top of Other Things Escapes (:31)
35. Flying European Monarchs (1:31)
36. Shaving (:16)
37. Cartoon Religions Ltd. (1:31)
38. Full Frontal Nudity (2:11)
39. Caterpillar/Metamorphosis (1:02)
40. No-time Toulouse (:59)
41. Bad for Your Eye (2:01)
42. The House-Hunters (3:36)
43. Gay Boys in Bondage (:31)
44. 2001 (1:13)
45. Opening Titles (1:09)
Terry Gilliam's Featurette (13:31)

Eric Idle's Personal Best

1. Sit on My Face (7:28)
2. Greasy Comere - Kenny Lust (1:21)
3. Can I Have 50 to Mend the Shed? (:23)
4. World Forum - Communist Quiz (2:51)
5. Schoolboys (:57)
6. Nudge Nudge (2:41)
7. Silly Olympics (1:15)
8. Philosophers' Football (5:20)
9. Blood, Devastation, Death, War and Horror (1:33)
10. Mount Everest - Hairdresser Expedition (2:21)
11. Travel Agents Sketch (5:57)
12. Never Be Rude to an Arab (:51)
13. Face the Press (1:41)
14. Hermits (2:04)
15. Children's Story (1:29)
16. How to Do It - Rid the World of Known Diseases (1:20)
17. Army Camps It up (:33)
18. Bruces (3:01)
19. Queen Victoria Handicap (1:49)
20. Money Programme (2:28)
21. Sviatoslav Richter and Rita (1:01)
22. Pouffy Judges (1:46)
23. Climbing the Uxbridge Road (1:15)
24. Whicker Island (2:11)
25. Lumberjack Song (2:39)
Eric Idle's Second Best: Multiple Murderer Court Scene / Salad Days / Timmy Williams Interview (10:33)

Terry Jones' Personal Best

1. The Funniest Joke in the World (9:47)
2. The Ratcatcher (:43)
3. Wainscotting (:03)
4. Killer Sheep (1:47)
5. The News for Parrots (1:32)
6. Working-Class Playwright (2:54)
7. Housing Project Built by Characters From 19th Century English Literature (:44)
8. Mystico and Janet - Flats Built by Hypnosis (2:53)
9. Bicycle Repair Man (3:01)
10. The Olympic Hide-and-Seek Final (5:13)
11. Mrs. Niggerbaiter Explodes (1:13)
12. The Bishop (2:11)
13. Living Room on Pavement (:42)
14. Poets (1:17)
15. A Choice of Viewing (1:07)
16. Fish Slapping Dance (:15)
17. The Cycling Tour (Hospital Scene) (1:43)
18. Spanish Inquisition (2:55)
19. Homicidal Barber (1:25)
20. The Lumberjack Song (2:05)
21. Up Your Pavement (1:18)
22. RAF Banter (2:43)
23. Trivializing the War (1:44)
24. Court-Martial (5:24)
Terry Jones' Second Best: Hell's Grannies / Ron Obvious / Njorl's Saga (9:06)

Michael Palin's Personal Best

1. The It's Man (2:11)
2. Flying Sheep (1:59)
3. Dirty Hungarian Phrase-Book (2:33)
4. A Duck, a Cat and a Lizard (Discussion) (:52)
5. Come Back to My Place (:35)
6. Johann Gambolputty De Von Ausfernschplendensch...Von Hauptkopf of Ulm (4:11)
7. The Chemist Sketch (1:13)
8. School Boys (1:23)
9. The Piranha Brothers (Ethel the Frog) (13:21)
10. Undertakers (1:15)
112. Blackmail (3:01)
12. The Semaphore Version of "Wuthering Heights" (2:54)
13. Man With a Tape Recorder Up His Nose (:45)
14. Leaving the Army (1:07)
15. Man With a Tape Recorder Up His Brother's Nose (:48)
16. Architect Sketch (3:52)
17. Scotsman on a Horse (1:24)
18. Mosquito Hunters (2:50)
19. International Wife-Swapping (1:21)
20. Post Box Ceremony (2:36)
21. Cheese Shop (5:23)
22. Fish-Slapping Dance (:54)
Michael Palin's Second Best: Beethoven / A Man with Three Buttocks / Most Awful Family in Britain (11:37)
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on January 15, 2007
I really enjoyed seeing the old sketches, although some of the commentary was a bit forced and boring. John Cleese as a crotchety 92 year old was pretty lame. (I am a fan of most of Cleese's work.) It was a Christmas present for my teenage son, who LOVES it and has watched it over and over again, so it was money well spent. It's great to hear my boy singing the Lumberjack Song in German.
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on April 7, 2009
Be aware that most (or at least many) of the sketches in this collection are clipped, i.e. they are EXCERPTS of the different sketches, and not necessarily the full sketches. For example, the Dead Parrot sketch stops after the Cleese character throws the dead parrot in the air. The rest is cut -- the funny euphemisms on dying (pining for the fjords, being an ex-parrot, etc.), as well as the the Bolton/Ipswich part, are NOT on here.
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on January 5, 2017
Really enjoying having a combination of the old shows mixed with more recent interviews with the pythons.
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on January 19, 2016
this is hilarious and I have seen them all before/ my children and grandchild children found it just as funny/ I guess it scans the ages. Humor never grows old. thank you
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on January 8, 2017
The blackmail game, cheese shop, and fish slapping. Quite a pythonic compilation.
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on January 30, 2009
I was disappointed with how much filler was included. It's what aired on A&E (I think) and so it's more of a "clip-show" format. Lots of interviews and commentary breaking up what I really wanted to see--the sketches.
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on June 2, 2014
If you love the dry British wit, then you will love this Monty Python selection. It is funny, funny, funny! You can watch it over and over, and it doesn't get old in humor. It's well worth the purchase.
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on January 3, 2012
The DVDs arrived as promised. The first time I saw Monty Python on Television in Europe in the 1980s, I immediately took a liking to this group of incomparable comedic genius of Monty Python's Flying Circus. I could not have given myself a better present than hours of hysterical side-splitting laughter.
Regards, Steve Horvath
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on November 16, 2013
This is a collection of favorite skits performed by some of my very favorite comedians. True classic comedy sketches, without the vulgarity that is ever-present in contemporary comedians' routines.
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