Life of Brian

Life of Brian

4.4 19

Cast: Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, John Cleese

     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Criterion has released a superb version of Monty Python's Life of Brian on DVD. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The film has never looked this good on video before. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. The fantastic supplemental materials

Overview

Criterion has released a superb version of Monty Python's Life of Brian on DVD. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The film has never looked this good on video before. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. The fantastic supplemental materials include one commentary track by director Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, and Eric Idle, as well as a second commentary track by John Cleese and Michael Palin. Also available are the original theatrical trailer, deleted scenes with commentary from Python members, British radio spots, and a documentary film made during production. The film looks great and the bonus features give Python fans everything they could want.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Blissfully sacrilegious and completely irreverent, The Life of Brian was banned in a number of places upon its initial release. Any film that featured a messiah telling his followers to "f*ck off" and a musical interlude staged at a mass crucifixion was bound to seem objectionable to more than a few people. For those familiar with Monty Python's dependably absurd, subversive brand of humor, however, the film was an almost instant classic, the best of the four theatrically released Python excursions. Featuring some of the more memorable Python characters -- Biggus Dickus, Mr. Big Nose, Brian himself -- and scenarios -- a lesson in proper graffiti grammar, surprise alien abduction, and, of course, the crucifixion scene -- it is an intoxicating celebration of the bizarre, outlandish, and unthinkable. Or, simply put, it is Monty Python at their ridiculous best.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/1999
UPC:
0715515010320
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
R
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
3,820

Special Features

Widescreen digital transfer, approved by director Terry Jones and enhanced for widescreen televisions; Exclusive audio commentaries by Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, John Cleese, and Michael Palin; Original theatrical trailer; Five rarely seen deleted scenes with audio commentary by the Pythons; Four original British radio ads; Documentary film "The Pythons" shot on location during the making of "Life of Brian"; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Graham Chapman Brian Called Brian,1st Wise Man
Terry Jones Mandy,Colin,Simon,Bob Hoskins,Passerby
Michael Palin Wise Man,Big Nose,Francis,Pontius Pilate
John Cleese Wise Man,Official,Centurion
Eric Idle Stan,Mr. Cheeky,Loretta
Terry Gilliam Person,Revolutionary,Masked,Jailer, Prophet
Kenneth Colley Jesus Christ
Spike Milligan Spike
George Harrison Mr. Papadopoulis
Gwen Taylor Woman with Sick Donkey,Young Girl,Mrs. Big Nose
Terence Bayler Revolutionary/Masked Commando
Carol Cleveland Elsie,Mrs. Gregory
Neil Innes Samaritan at the Forum
Susan Jones Judith
Charles Knode Passer-By
Chris Langham Revolutionary,Commando,Guard,Alfonso
Andrew Maclachlan Revolutionary,Commando,Guard,Helper
Bernard McKenna Official Stoner's Helper,Centurion
Charles McKeown Revolutionary,Commando,Stig,Guard,Man
John Young Stonee
Peter Brett Actor

Technical Credits
Terry Jones Director,Screenwriter
John Beard Art Director
Jonathan Benson Asst. Director
Peter Biziou Cinematographer
Geoffrey Burgon Score Composer
Graham Chapman Screenwriter
Roger Christian Art Director
John Cleese Screenwriter
Julian Doyle Editor
Terry Gilliam Animator,Screenwriter
John Goldstone Producer
Tim Hampton Associate Producer
George Harrison Executive Producer
Eric Idle Score Composer,Screenwriter
Charles Knode Costumes/Costume Designer
Garth Marshall Sound/Sound Designer
Denis O'Brien Executive Producer
Michael Palin Screenwriter
Hazel Pethig Costumes/Costume Designer
John Stanier Camera Operator

Scene Index

Menu Group #1 with 19 chapter(s) covering 01:33:45
1. Logos/Three Wise Men. [:12]
2. Opening titles animation. [4:08]
3. Judea AD 33. [2:34]
4. "Alms for an ex-leper." [7:22]
5. "You're one of them." [2:05]
6. The People's Front of Judea. [1:51]
7. "Romans go home." [5:39]
8. Raid on Pilate's palace. [7:09]
9. Pilate. [7:18]
10. Crash landing. [4:17]
11. Haggling. [3:39]
12. The shoe and the gourd. [6:11]
13. Hail Messiah. [5:19]
14. "A very naughty boy." [2:35]
15. "One cross each." [2:33]
16. Pilate's Passover address. [8:36]
17. The Jewish section. [2:42]
18. The rescue committee. [8:17]
19. "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." [2:39]
Chapters
1. Prologue: Graham Chapmer Rests [3:33]
2. The Phenomenon [1:41]
3. Hail, The Pythons [12:29]
4. Py.thon.esque/pi-tne-nesk/ [2:37]
5. Insomniacs, Intellectuals, And Burglars [4:26]
6. Nth-rate Philosophers With Attitude [7:12]
7. Judea Ad 33 [3:53]
8. Tunisian Tummy [1:19]
9. Transplants, Teeth, And Tax Evasion [3:16]
10. Python On Python [6:29]
11. Fellow Travelers [2:15]
12. Epilogue: An Orgy With Cherryade [:35]

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Life of Brian 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Monty Python boys have always been known to satirize anything and everything, and ''Life of Brian'' is a great parody of Jesus Christ. Graham Chapman plays Brian, the pauper-turned-savior main character, whom everyone follows without question or hesitation. It's a great movie for any Monty Python fan or anyone who enjoys a laugh now and then.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The British comedy troupe Monty Python offended the pompous and pious with this stinging, satirical look at religion and how, desperate to believe in a higher power, people are willing to be blindly indoctrinated by anyone who claims to have all the answers. A great stocking stuffer for the iconoclast in your family!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the thrid of the films done by the infamous Monty Pyhton troupe, The others being "And Now For Something Completely Different" and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", they take the subject of religon. Well, not so much religon as the story of Christ. The film follows the story of Brain. A man born the same night and place as Jesus. And, with that little problem, he is constantly being mistaken for the messiah, and gets himself into a bit of a bind with the Romans. Said by John Cleese to be one of the best things the Pythons have ever done, it is a must have for any collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a good thing YOUR not stupid. I'm glad you shared YOU'RE enlightened opinion with us all. If you think about the spaceship joke you might realize that it was really playing on narrative unity and expectations, and so it wasn't just an immature prank. The Life of Brian remains one of the greatest comedies of cinema history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is amusing how many people totally miss the multiple layers of satire employed by the Python's in Brian. The fact is that the overt parody of Jesus the person is actually quite mild. The real TARGET is the political, social and religious society of the late 20th century. It is a still VERY relevant today. My favorite part remains the bit when the zealots are ranting about Roman oppression ( What have the Romans ever done for us...) yet concede they could not do without all the real benefits the Romans gave their society ( roads, safety, peace). Favorite line... I say he is the Savior and I should know... I have a followed a few! The Python's force us to laugh at ourselves, my bet is that the Big Guy upstairs got the joke too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fails in comparison to the Holy Grail. Minimal laughs but good plot to it. The jokes were childish and the part with the space ship was LAME AND STUPID. Not recremended for audiences over the age of 2 or if you have heart failure.