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Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus
     

The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus

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Director: Ian MacNaughton, John Howard Davies, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese

Cast: Ian MacNaughton, John Howard Davies, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese

 
And now for something completely different: every Monty Python episode in an 8-inch-long box. As the goofy back-cover copy states it, the 2.0 Dolby Stereo and 1.33:1 aspect ratio preserve "the original scratches, pops and hisses with crystal clarity." That about sums it up. It's all definitely circa 1970, but aesthetics aren't really the point here. What's

Overview

And now for something completely different: every Monty Python episode in an 8-inch-long box. As the goofy back-cover copy states it, the 2.0 Dolby Stereo and 1.33:1 aspect ratio preserve "the original scratches, pops and hisses with crystal clarity." That about sums it up. It's all definitely circa 1970, but aesthetics aren't really the point here. What's important is the chance to ditch those videotapes painstakingly dubbed off late-night PBS broadcasts and own the entire series in a convenient format. It's nice to have the episodes in chronological order, with the ability to jump to individual sketches, and some of the extra features are entertaining, like cute Terry Gilliam-animated menus and the one trivia tidbit per episode. Others are redundant since the discs were originally released separately and some of the extras overlap. At worst, the bonus material is semi-painful -- the live rehashes of classic sketches seem gratuitous and forced. This box set won't give serious fans too many surprises, but it gives them 45 episodes on 14 discs, which is probably enough.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Here it is -- the Big Bang of British Comedy in one beautiful box. 14 DVDs make up 45 episodes, i.e. the complete and entire Monty Python's Flying Circus television show, unadultered and totally insane. Drawing cues from Lenny Bruce, Sid Caesar, and UK comedy paratroopers Beyond the Fringe, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam et. al. created a new comedy that was as curious and lateral as it was hysterical. It's ALL here, from SPAM to "Cheese," the Lumberjack Song to the Dead Parrot Sketch, the eye-spinning groundbreaking animation to special outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage . . . and so much more. Whether you're a hardcore fan or a new convert, this is the set to keep you laughing 'till kingdom come. This second iteration of the Monty Python Megaset adds two discs not included in the previous release: Monty Python Live!, previously available separately, offers vintage and more recent live performances by the troupe, including the 20-year celebration of Monty Python Parrot Sketch Not Included, and the all-German Monty Python’s Fligender Zirkus episode #1.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2000
UPC:
0733961701746
Rating:
NR
Source:
A&E Home Video
Time:
24:39:00

Special Features

Meet the Chaps; Pythonisms gallery; Gillianimations art gallery; Troupe career highlights; Trivial quest; Useless tidbits; Weblink to PythonShop.com

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1
0. The Sketches
2. It's Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart [1:23]
3. Italian Lesson [2:37]
4. Whizzo Butter [2:48]
5. It's the Arts [:48]
6. Arthur "Two-Sheds" Jackson [3:18]
7. Picasso/Cycling Race [2:42]
8. The Funniest Joke in the World [6:20]
0. The Sketches
2. Flying Sheep [1:07]
3. French Lecture on Sheep-Aircraft [2:33]
4. A Man With Three Buttocks [2:05]
5. Musical Mice [3:08]
6. Marriage Guidance Counsellor [1:36]
7. The Wacky Queen [4:24]
8. Working-Class Playwright [2:04]
9. The Wrestling Epilogue [3:58]
10. The Mouse Problem [4:07]
0. The Sketches
2. Court Scene With Richelieu [1:15]
3. Bicycle Repair Man [8:31]
4. Children's Stories [3:40]
5. Restaurant Sketch [1:53]
6. Seduced Milkman [7:13]
7. Stolen Newsreader [:58]
8. Nudge Nudge [4:05]
Side #2
0. The Sketches
2. And Did Those Feet
3. Art Gallery
4. Art Critic
5. It's a Man's Life in the Modern Army
6. Undressing in Public
7. Self-Defence
8. Secret Service Dentists
0. The Sketches
0. The Sketches
2. Johann Gombolputty
3. Non-Illegal Robbery
4. Crunchy Frog
5. The Dull Life of a City Stockbroker
6. Red Indian in Theatre
7. A Scotsman on a Horse
8. Twentieth-Century Vole
Side #3
0. The Sketches
4. Camel-Spotting
5. You're No Fun Any More
6. The Audit
7. Science Fiction Sketch
8. Police Station
9. Man Turns Into Scotsman
10. Blancmanges Playing Tennis
0. The Sketches
4. Army Protection Racket
5. Art Critic - The Place of the Nude
6. Buying a Bed
7. Hermits
8. Dead Parrot
9. The Flasher
0. The Sketches
3. Llamas
4. A Man With a Tape Recorder up His Nose
5. Kilimanjaro Expedition
6. A Man With a Tape Recorder up His Brother's Nose
7. Homicidal Barber
8. Lumberjack Song
9. Gumby Crooner
10. The Refreshment Room at Bletchley
11. Hunting Film
12. The Visitors
Side #4
0. The Sketches
2. Walk-On Part in Sketch
3. Bank Robber in Lingerie Shop [1:40]
4. It's a Tree [1:07]
5. Vocational Guidance Counsellor [3:43]
6. Ron Obvious [6:41]
7. Tunnelling From Godalming to Java [4:08]
8. Pet Conversions [1:52]
9. Gorilla Librarian [2:01]
10. Letters to "Daily Mirror" [2:49]
11. Strangers in the Night [:55]
0. The Sketches
2. Lavatorial Humour [:42]
3. Interruptions [1:47]
4. Agatha Christie [1:38]
5. Undertakers Film [5:20]
6. Jimmy Buzzard Interview [:41]
7. Interesting People [3:37]
8. Eighteenth-Century Social Legislation [9:51]
9. The Battle of Trafalgar [2:11]
10. The Battle of Pearl Harbour [1:44]
0. The Sketches
2. Falling From Building [:46]
3. "Spectrum" Talking About Things [2:47]
4. Vistors From Coventry [1:29]
5. Mr. Hilter [1:23]
6. Silly Voices at the Police Station [6:45]
7. Upperclass Twit of the Year [2:24]
8. Ken Shabby [8:00]
9. How Far Can a Minister Fall? [2:18]
0. The Sketches
2. Restaurant Abuse [1:20]
3. Advertisements [4:14]
4. Albatross [1:30]
5. Come Back to My Place [1:19]
6. Me Doctor [:36]
7. Historical Impersonations [1:14]
8. Quiz Programme [2:43]
9. Probe - Around on Crime [1:26]
10. Mr. Attila the Hun [4:05]
11. Psychiatry [3:04]
12. Operating Theatre [4:17]
Side #5
0. The Sketches
2. "Face the Press"
3. New Cooker Sketch
4. Prostitute Advert
5. The Ministry of Silly Walks
5. The Piranha Brothers
0. The Sketches
1. Man-Powered Flight
2. The Spanish Inquisition
3. Jokes and Novelties Salesman
4. Tax on Thingy
5. Photos of Uncle Ted
6. The Semaphore Version of Wuthering Heights
7. Julius Caesar on an Aldis Lamp
8. Court Charades
0. The Sketches
2. A Bishop Rehearsing
3. Flying Lessons
4. Hijacked Plane
5. The Poet McTeagle
6. Psychiatrist Milkman
7. Complaints
8. Déjà Vu
Side #6
0. The Sketches
2. Architect Sketch [1:39]
3. How to Give Up Being a Mason [5:34]
4. Insurance Sketch [1:55]
5. "The Bishop" [2:45]
6. Living Room on Pavement [3:59]
7. Poets [1:23]
8. A Choice of Viewing [1:09]
9. Chemist Sketch [3:44]
10. Police Constable Pan-Am [4:59]
0. The Sketches
2. Live From the Grill-o-Mat [:00]
3. "Blackmail" [1:11]
4. Society for Putting Things on Top of Other Things [3:09]
5. Escape From Film [2:16]
6. Current Affairs [2:57]
7. Accidents [2:56]
8. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers [4:08]
9. The Man Who is Alternately Rude and Polite [3:29]
10. Ken Clean-Air System [1:36]
0. The Sketches
1. "It's A Living" [1:00]
2. The Time on BBC 1 [2:14]
3. School Prize-Giving [3:07]
4. Films by Dr. Dibley [2:14]
5. The News [2:48]
6. Free Prizes [3:26]
7. Timmy Williams Interview [3:59]
8. Raymond Luxury Yacht [1:38]
9. Getting Married [3:05]
10. Election Night Special [6:11]
Side #7
0. The Sketches
2. "The Attila the Hun Show"
3. Secretary of State Striptease
4. Vox Pops on Politicians
5. Ratcatcher
6. Killer Sheep
7. The News for Parrots
8. The Idiot in Society
9. Test Match
10. "Take Your Pick"
0. The Sketches
2. "Archaeology Today"
3. Silly Vicar
4. Mr. and Mrs. Git
5. Mosquito Hunters
6. Poofy Judges
7. Mrs. Thing and Mrs. Entity
8. Beethoven's Mynah Bird
0. The Sketches
2. How to Recognize Different Parts of the Body
3. Bruces
4. Naughty Bits
5. The Man Who Contradicts People
6. Camp Square-Bashing
7. Cut-Price Airline
8. Batley Townswomen's Guild
9. The Death of Mary Queen of Scots
10. Exploding Penguin on the TV
11. There's Been a Murder
Side #8
0. The Sketches
1. French Subtitled Film
2. Scott of the Antarctic
3. Conrad Poohs and His Dancing Teeth
4. Fish License
5. Derby Council V. All Blacks Rugby Match
6. Long John Silver Impersonators V. Gynaecologists
0. The Sketches
2. Conquistador Coffee Campaign
3. It All Happened on 11:20 From Hainault
4. Toothy Film Director
5. "Crackpot Religions Ltd."
6. How Not to Be Seen
0. The Sketches
1. "The Black Eagle"
2. Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook
3. Communist Quiz
4. Art Gallery Strike
5. "Ypres 1914"
6. Hospital for Over-Actors
7. Gumby Flower Arranging
8. Spam
0. The Sketches
1. The Queen Will Be Watching
2. Coal Mine
3. The Man Who Says Things in a Roundabout Way
4. How to Feed a Goldfish
5. Insurance Sketch
6. Hospital Run by RSM
7. Exploding Version of the Blue Danube
8. Girls' Boarding School
9. Lifeboat
10. Undertaker's Sketch
Side #9
0. The Sketches
1. Multiple Murderer Court Scene [7:11]
2. Njorl's Saga [5:20]
3. Eric Njorl on Trial [5:51]
4. Stock Market Report [1:16]
5. Mrs. Promise and Mrs. Conclusion Visit Sartre [8:28]
6. Whicker's World [2:31]
0. The Sketches
1. Emigration From Surbiton to Hounslow [5:40]
2. Schoolboys' Life Assurance Company [1:36]
3. How to Rid the World of All Known Diseases [1:21]
4. The Mrs. Explodes [1:53]
5. Vicar/Salesman [1:25]
6. Farming Club/Life of Tchaikowsky [3:35]
7. Sviatoslav Richter and Rita [1:06]
8. Trim Jeans Theatre [3:20]
9. Fish-Slapping Dance [2:37]
10. The BBC Is Short of Money [1:33]
11. SS Mother Goose [3:39]
12. It's Man Chat Show [1:14]
0. The Sketches
1. The Money Programme [3:15]
2. Erizabeth L. [2:47]
3. Fraud Film Director's Squad [2:48]
4. Church Police [3:51]
5. Jungle Restaurant [3:06]
6. Apology/Gardening Club [:59]
7. The Lost World of Roiurama [5:28]
8. Argument Clinic [6:21]
Side #10
0. The Sketches
1. The Man Who Speaks in Anagrams [2:10]
2. Anagram Quiz [:28]
3. Merchant Banker [4:10]
4. Pantomime Horses [1:31]
5. Life and Death Struggles [7:03]
6. Mary Recruitment Office [2:59]
7. Bus Conductor [:45]
8. The Man Who Makes People Laugh Uncontrollably [2:07]
9. Army Captain as Clown [:35]
10. Gestures to Indicate Pauses in a Televised Talk [1:23]
11. Neurotic Announcers/Richard Baker [3:32]
12. The Pantomime Horse Is a Secret Agent [3:02]
0. The Sketches
1. All-England Summarize Proust Competition [5:19]
2. Everest Climbed by Haridressers [4:40]
3. Fire Brigade [5:37]
4. "Party Hints" With Veronica Smalls [2:58]
5. Language Laboratory [2:08]
6. Travel Agent [4:54]
7. Theory on Brontosaurus Uses by Anne Elk [4:53]
0. The Sketches
1. Tory Housewives Clean-up Campaign [2:59]
2. Gumby Brain Specialist [5:17]
3. Molluscs - "Live" TV Documentary [5:27]
4. Report on the Minister Reports [1:42]
5. Tuesday Documentary/Children's Story [1:08]
6. Match of the Day [:35]
7. An Apology [1:03]
8. Expedition to Lake Pahoe [6:58]
9. The Silliest Sketch We've Ever Done [3:06]
Side #11
0. The Sketches
2. Biggles Dictates a Letter [:57]
3. Climbing the North Face of the Uxbridge Road [4:25]
4. Lifeboat [1:44]
5. Storage Jars [4:15]
6. The Show So Far [4:08]
7. Cheese Shop [1:16]
8. Sam Pekinpah's "Salad Days" [5:30]
9. Apology [2:58]
10. The News With Richard Baker [:47]
11. Seashore Interlude Film [:16]
0. Episode 34: The Cycling Tour
0. The Sketches
1. The Cycling Tour [3:58]
2. Prescription for Directions [1:31]
3. Break-Up at the Pub [1:32]
4. Mr. Gulliver/Clodagh Rogers [3:21]
5. Trotsky [3:32]
6. Smolensk [1:18]
7. Bingo-Crazed Chinese [3:58]
8. Not Secret Police [1:05]
9. Trotsky/Eartha Kitt [2:41]
10. Firing Squad [3:55]
11. Earth Kitt/Edward Heath [4:01]
0. The Sketches
1. Bomb on Plane [1:21]
2. A Naked Man [1:38]
3. Housing Project Built by Characters From 19th Century English Literature [1:09]
4. M1 Interchange Built by Characters From Paradise Lost [:30]
5. Mystico and Janet - Flats Built by Hypnosis [3:48]
6. Mortuary Hour [5:19]
7. Olympic Hide-and-Seek Final [7:35]
8. The Cheap-Laughs [2:04]
9. Bull-Fighting [2:40]
10. Prices on the Planet Algon [3:20]
11. Reading the Credits [1:09]
Side #12
0. The Sketches
1. Tudor Jobs Agency [1:44]
2. Elizabethan Porngraphy Smugglers [9:45]
3. Silly Disturbances [4:11]
4. The Free Repetition of Doubtful Words [2:13]
5. Is There?...Life After Death? [1:21]
6. Thripshaw's Disease [4:17]
7. Sherry-Drinking Vicar [4:12]
0. The Sketches
1. Boxing Tonight [1:48]
2. Dennis Moore [3:33]
3. What the Stars Foretell [3:08]
4. Doctor [4:07]
5. TV4 or not TV4? [1:35]
6. Lupins [4:59]
7. Ideal Loon Exhibition [3:36]
8. Off-Licence [1:24]
9. Dennis Moore Etcetera [2:33]
10. Prejudice [2:30]
11. Redistribition of Wealth [2:03]
0. The Sketches
1. A Book at Bedtime [2:27]
2. Kamikaze Highlanders [2:41]
3. No Time to Lose [5:51]
4. Frontiers of Medicine-Penguins [5:13]
5. Unexploded Scotsmen [2:16]
6. Spot the Loony [2:44]
7. Rival Documentaries [3:39]
0. The Sketches
1. Light Entertainment Award [3:18]
2. Oscar Wilde [4:41]
3. David Niven's Fridge [1:53]
4. Pasolini's Film "The Third Test Match" [1:24]
5. New Brain From Curry's [5:07]
6. Blood Donor [1:43]
7. International Wife-Swapping [4:30]
8. Credits of the Year [1:02]
9. The Cast of the Dirty Vicar [2:50]
Side #13
0. The Sketches
1. The Montgolfier Brothers [4:24]
2. Montgolfier Brothers in Love [1:37]
3. Louis XIV [5:10]
4. The Court of George III [6:55]
5. Party Political Broadcast on Behalf of the Norwegian Party [1:14]
6. Zeppelin [8:41]
0. The Sketches
2. Department Store [1:07]
3. Buying an Ant [5:32]
4. At Home With the Ant and Other Pets [4:00]
5. Documentary on Ants [1:47]
6. Ant Communication [:32]
7. The Anatomy of an Ant [1:45]
8. Complaints [2:38]
9. Ant Poetry Readings [1:09]
10. Toupees [4:50]
10. Different Endings [2:03]
0. The Sketches
1. Up Your Pavement [2:47]
2. RAF Banter [2:18]
3. Trivializing the War [1:54]
4. Courtmartial [1:37]
5. Anything Goes In [3:49]
6. Film Trailer [2:13]
7. The Public Are Idiots [1:23]
8. Programme Titles Conference [4:55]
9. Woody and Tinny Words [5:39]
10. Show-Jumping [1:20]
11. Newsflash-When Does a Dream Begin? [2:11]
Side #14
0. Episode 43: Hamlet
0. The Sketches
2. Bogus Psychiatrists
3. Nationwide
4. Police Helmets
5. Father-in-Law
6. Hamlet and Ophelia
7. Boxing Match Aftermath
8. Boxing Commentary
9. Piston Engine (A Bargain)
10. A Room in Polonius's House
11. Live From Epsom
12. Queen Victoria Handicap
0. Episode 44: Mr. Neutron
0. The Sketches
2. Post-Box Ceremony
3. Mr. and Mrs. Entrail (or) Mr. Neuton
4. F.E.A.R (or) Mr. Neutron Is Missing
5. Teddy Salad
6. Secretary of State and Prime Minister
7. Bombing
8. Mrs. Scum
9. Teddy Salad Explodes
10. Mr. Neutron Escapes
11. Conjuring Today
0. Episode 45: Party Political Broadcast
0. The Sketches
1. Most Awful Family in Britain
2. Icelandic Honey Week
3. Patient Abuse
4. Brigadier and Bishop
5. Appeal on Behalf of Extremely Rich People
6. The Man Who Finishes Other People's Sentences
7. The Walking Tree of Dahomey
8. Batsmen of the Kalahari vs. Warwickshire
9. BBC News

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The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I laughed so hard I stopped.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Beyond one's wildest dreams,'' ''they said it couldn't be done,'' ''a complete masterpiece,'' ''what size drink would you like with your meal?''...These are just some of kudos uttered by my learned (and terribly silly) friends as we stayed up for 42 hours straight (even though the collection is under 25 hours)laughing ourselves silly (and annoying the neighbours)as we relived our youth to the tune of all 45 episodes of the ''Flying Circus.'' Maybe someday we'll all grow up and get jobs! DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clearly the most academic and chaotic satire group of all time bring chaos in a complete boxset. Over 24 hours of complete madness. Its not too often that you could send yourself around the twist for a day hey!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For all of us that love Python, this is without a doubt the MOST comprehensive box set you will find. Not only does it have all of the episodes (in order), but it also has extras on every DVD such as trivia, fun facts, and cut scenes from their Live at the Hollywood Bowl show. I don't know how I was ever a real Python fan without this! With 14 DVD's, don't think you'll ever get tired of this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been a Monty Python fan, but I had only seen a few of the original episodes and the movies. When I logged on to www.barnesandnoble.com and saw the entire box set for sale, I had to have it. It's over 24 hours of footage. All of their best skits are here, from the Spanish Inquisition to the Ministry of Silly Walks to the Lumberjack Song. It's a must-have for Monty Python fans. You'll enjoy every minute!