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Life of Brian

The Monty Python troupe's irreverent religious comedy Life of Brian comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Neither subtitles nor closed captions are accessible on this release. Supplemental materials are limited to a theatrical trailer and biographies of the Monty Python members. This is a decent disc from Anchor Bay, but true Python enthusiasts should seek out the Criterion release of the film that is loaded with extras.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/2004
UPC: 0013131067491
Original Release: 1979
Rating: R
Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital]
Time: 1:33:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation; Theatrical trailer; Talent bios

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

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Start Program/Mandy [4:08]
2. Credits [2:35]
3. "Blessed are the meek" [4:41]
4. Stoned [2:40]
5. Ex-Leper [2:05]
6. "I'm not a Roman!" [1:52]
7. "My right as a man!" [2:42]
8. People's Front of Judea [2:57]
9. Romanes Eunt Domus [3:48]
10. "What have the Romans ever done for us?" [3:20]
11. "What's your plan?" [4:16]
12. Locked In Cell [3:02]
13. Pontius Pilate [4:17]
14. "Seize him!" [2:15]
15. "We're supposed to haggle" [3:26]
16. "Hiding Brian of Nazareth?" [4:07]
17. Boring Prophet [3:37]
18. "His shoe!" [1:44]
19. "A miracle!" [5:11]
20. "No Messiah here!" [6:15]
21. "You said it, Brian!" [:53]
22. Biggus Dickus [1:27]
23. Enough Talk [1:46]
24. "Next!" [:56]
25. "Whom would you have me 'welease?" [5:13]
26. Crucifixion Party [1:15]
27. "Release Brian" [1:56]
28. "I'm Brian!" [4:56]
29. Judean People's Front [1:50]
30. "Bright side of life" [2:59]
31. End Credits [1:18]

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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
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.
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.
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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.