Monty Python's the Meaning of Life
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Monty Python's The Meaning of Life might be the most bare-bones DVD released to the market thus far. Compared to Criterion's extensive Life of Brian disc, Meaning of Life does nothing short of fall flat on its face. Considering that this film was Python's most professionally made foray into feature film (it even won the 1983 Cannes Film Festival Special Jury Prize) the low grade of the picture and sound is truly unforgivable. While distributor Image Entertainment is not exactly known for high-end DVDs, one would hope that it would see better treatment since Universal owns the film. The only advantage the DVD has over the video is the non-anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer. There is no main menu, only a chapter menu. The disc does not even include a trailer. The picture, while looking a little sharper due solely to the digital format, is shoddy and full of grain and dirt, while the sound is muddy and unspectacular. The Meaning of Life is a great film, but the DVD should be left alone until either Universal or Criterion has the good sense to improve it.
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- Image Entertainment
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital Surround]
Cast & Crew
|Graham Chapman||First Fish, Tony|
|John Cleese||Second Fish, Grim|
|Terry Gilliam||Donor,Howard,Max,Private Walters,Third Fish|
|Eric Idle||Fourth Fish|
|Terry Jones||Fifth Fish,Mrs. Brown|
|Michael Palin||Carter,Chaplain,Father,Sixth Fish, Lady,Spadger|
|Carol Cleveland||Headmaster's wife|
|Simon Jones||Chadwick, Jeremy|
|Patricia Quinn||Mrs. Williams|
|Mark Holmes||A Severed Head,|
|Valerie Whittington||Mrs Moore|
|Imogen Bickford-Smith||Second Nurse|
|Peter Lovstrom||Young Man|
|George Silver||Creosotish Man|
|John Scott Martin||Actor|
|Terry Gilliam||Director,Animator,Screenwriter,Special Effects|
|Terry Jones||Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter|
|James Acheson||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jim Acheson||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Graham Chapman||Score Composer,Screenwriter|
|John Cleese||Score Composer,Screenwriter|
|Ray Corbett||Art Director|
|Richard Dawking||Production Designer|
|John Du Prez||Score Composer|
|George Gibbs||Special Effects|
|Dave Howman||Score Composer|
|Eric Idle||Score Composer,Screenwriter|
|André Jacquemin||Score Composer|
|Harry Lange||Production Designer|
|Michael Palin||Score Composer,Screenwriter|
2. Main Title.
3. Part I: The Miracle of Birth.
4. The Miracle of Birth Part 2: The Third World.
5. Part II: Growth and Learning.
6. Part III: Fighting Each Other.
7. The Middle of the Film.
8. Part IV: Middle Age.
9. Part V: Live Organ Transplants.
10. Part VI: The Autumn Years.
11. Part VI B: The Meaning of Life.
12. Part VII: Death.
13. The Finale.
14. End Credits.
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All I have to say is greatest opening scene ever, Otherwise film is full of hit or miss humor. Not the best Monty Python film made.
THIS MOVIE IS SOOOO FUNNY! THE SCENE WHERE THE FAT GUY BLOWS UP MADE ME TINKLE IN MY UNDEROOS.
Absolutely the best of Monty Python's work! A few scenes fall flat but several of them you'll remember, with a goofy smile, forever - especially the sex education class and the musical swipe at the Catholic Church's prohibition on birth control. The meaning of life, it turns out, is to enjoy every moment you can of it and not take it all too seriously.
A perfect showing of a MP comedy. The best of all Monty Python movies. A must see!
I love this movie so much...I flip back and forth on if this is my favorite or if The Holy Grail is. But there are so many funny, different scenes in this one---from the "machine that goes 'bing!", to the fat guy exploding, to the "every sperm is sacred" scene---you will laugh out loud. If you don't, you probably don't have a pulse.
I saw this movie when it came out in the early 80's. Guess I only remembered a few funny scenes because most of this movie is typical British "junior high" sexual jokes/humor (think Benny Hill).
When we went to see this movie, it was partly to get out of the heat. There were 16 people there. As the movie progressed, some of the people left. Our group thought it was hilariously funny. I was in my 50's at the time with my 20 to 30 year old children. We all liked it. I might add that my children were National Merit finalists. I think I can only recommend this movie to smart people who can understand the paradoxes and subtle jokes.