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5.0 out of 5 stars Most of the best Python sketches are on this disc, August 11, 2001
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This review is from: Monty Python's Flying Circus: Set 2, Episodes 7-13 (DVD)
The chaps must have been particularly inspired by the muses during the latter half of the first season of the Flying Circus, which makes up the material for these two DVD's. (Episodes 7-13) Almost all of my favourite sketches are on these discs, including Blancmanges Playing Tennis, North Minehead Byelection (with "Mr. Hilter"), Buying a Bed, and, of course, the definitive Dead Parrot Sketch. There is really very little else to say about the material except that if you've never seen Monty Python in its original form, this is the disc to buy, and if you're a fan and can only afford to buy this collection one at a time (like me), this is the one to start off with.
The quality is very good - the sound is much clearer than I ever heard on those PBS marathons. Although the discs were produced by A&E, they are the full episodes as they were meant to be seen ("full frontal nudity" and all), not the hatchet jobs they broadcast on their network. Of great use is the subtitle feature - the laugh track is so overbearing it's next to impossible to hear some lines, which the subtitles can rescue for you. Also, if you're not used to British slang, this should help you out as well.
The extra features are not great. Mostly they are clips from other episodes - basically little teasers to get you to buy more episodes, I think (and also "Live at the Hollywood Bowl" versions). There are little production tidbits (in the form of text) about each episode, usually explaining the origin of one of the sketches. All-in-all, don't buy the DVD for the extras, buy it for the quality of the video and audio, and the subtitles, if you think they would be useful.
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