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Monty Python's Flying Circus: Hidden Treasures Hardcover – March 28, 2017
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There is a two page spread , that constitutes a "new" introduction piece written by The Pythons themselves.( Giving the book their "official" stamp of approval. ). There are a handful of previously unseen photos. BUT , the real reason you'll buy this , is for the "treasures"! Many of these reproduced items , I hadn't seen before , over my 43 years as a Pythophile. Also , a nice touch , is when referencing a sketch , there is one of those little postage stamp things you wave your iToy over , and you can SEE the referenced sketch! Nifty!
But … it's not without it's warts. I found a few errors , which , frankly , bothered me , and made me wonder just how much Adrian Besley was paying attention when cobbling this together or how much was just lazy research. Some examples:
1) There is no album titled , "The Album of the Soundtrack of the Trailer of the MOVIE of Monty Python & The Holy Grail".
2) "How Sweet To Be An Idiot" is NOT a cover of a Bonzo Dog Band song. It's a Neil Innes solo career song , from the album of the same name.
3) Terry Gilliam , no matter how much Kim Johnson insists otherwise , DID play a "Gumby" in the original television series. ( Just click on the postage stamp for the "Gumby Brain Specialist" sketch , and , during the surgery part , there is Gilliam , third Gumby from the left , attacking Gumby patient Palin's knees! )
Nit picking or a want for better accuracy?
I did have one complaint about the treasures themselves. The script pages for the "Ursula Hitler" sketch , end , mid-monologue. It seems like there is an additional page missing … there's no stage directions for fade out or cut to animation or end caption.
Over all , a fun idea and concept , just not the definitive book on The Pythons.