Monty Python and the Holy Grail Comedy DVD

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail
On the DVD: Disc One contains a digitally remastered anamorphic (16:9) print of the film--which is still a little grainy, but a big improvement on previous video releases--with a splendidly remixed Dolby 5.1 soundtrack (plus an added 24 seconds of self-referential humour "absolutely free"!). There are two commentaries, one with the two Terrys, co-directors Jones and Gilliam, the other a splicing together of three separate commentaries by Michael Palin, John Cleese (in waspish, nit-picking mood) and Eric Idle. A "Follow the Killer Rabbit" feature provides access either to the Accountant's invoices or Gilliam's conceptual sketches. Subtitle options allow you to read the screenplay or watch with spookily appropriate captions from Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part II.

The second disc has lots more material, much of it very silly and inconsequential (an educational film on coconuts, the Camelot song in Lego and so on), plus a long-ish documentary from 2001 in which Palin and Jones revisit Doune Castle, Glencoe and other Scottish locations. Perhaps best of all, though, are the two scenes from the Japanese version with English subtitles, in which we see the search for the Holy sake cup, and the Ni-saying Knights who want... bonsai! --Mark Walker

The complete Python troupe is cast in this parody of the legend of the Holy Grail. The Knights of the Round Table battle dismembering foes and killer rabbits on their perilous quest.


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Once in a lifetime, there comes a motion picture that changes the whole history of motion pictures. Films such as Ivan the Terrible, and Herbie Rides Again. And then there are also-rans like 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail'.

This film is a series of (barely) connected sketches which end up just being a feeble excuse for six grown men to be extremely silly in a muddy field next to a castle (or is it only a model?). But it's all the better for it. You can marvel at the magnificence of the Knights of Ni, insult French people, fight killer vorpal rabbits, have both your arms and legs chopped off and call it a draw, and still get flattened by a flying cow or a large wooden duck, all from the comfort of your living room. All this and more in a well padded 90 minutes of cinematic hilarity. No mean feat.

If this sort of humour appeals, then this DVD is for you. It's packed with special features (I particularly liked the Lego musical number, which is simply inspired), but there's plenty of other silliness there for you to enjoy. Also a nice retrospective with Terry Jones and Michael Palin as they wander around Sloane castle to find where it all went horribly wrong 28 years ago. The film itself is transferred lovingly & beautifully, and is a joy to behold.

If you've never seen Python before, this is a good place to start, as I would argue that its easily the 2nd-most Pythonesque film they made.

So, bring out your dead, bang your head against a plank of wood & chant: "One copy of Monty Python and the Holy Grail please!"

By User - bil1010105 from Stockport, Cheshire United Kingdom

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