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    DVD Video - Reviews [Monty Python's Flying Circus, Set #7]


    Monty Python's Flying Circus Set #7

    Release Date:

    Studio: A & E
    Year: 1972
    Run Time: 210 minutes
    Rating: Not Rated
    Starring: Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
    Directed by: Ian McNaughton
      Movie Summary: [TV Classics]

        The mad geniuses of Month Python are at it again in this, the complete and final season of the Flying Circus collection. The 4th and fatal final season consists of six servings of silliness. Episodes include: The Golden Age of Ballooning, Michael Ellis, Light Entertainment War, Hamlet, Mr. Neutron and Party Political Broadcast.

    DVD Details
    • Full Frame, Color, Subtitles: English
    • Box Set, Subtitled for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Useless Tid Bits, Pythonism Glossary, MontyKaraoke, Video Clips from Seasons 1-3
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    Reviewer: Fred E. Fischer, IV


            Y ou値l laugh, you値l cry, you just might throw up, and then you値l watch Monty Python痴 Flying Circus on DVD. You値l watch in digital awe as Mr. Neutron tinkers in his garden. You値l wonder at the marvel of a man purchasing an ant as a pet. You値l probably also wring my neck if I don稚 stop telling you what 土ou値l do. Anyway, this particular DVD boxed set, set 7, contains the entire fourth and final season of Britain痴 wildly successful and original sketch comedy television series. The troupes are all here save for John Cleese who quit the show after the third season as he felt the show was becoming too repetitive. Though Cleese leaves a noticeable void, the final season does not disappoint. Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and the late Graham Chapman will have you in adult diapers with their unusual comic styling. All this and it痴 digital too? Tell me more about this fantastic set, you ask. And I will oblige.

    The video quality and sound are not altogether something to write home to your mum about, but this part of the series ran in the early to mid seventies so what do you expect you appalling individual you? The set contains two discs and six episodes. As you might have guessed, there are three episodes per disc. Math is fun isn稚 it? Well anyway, what you get here is 180 minutes of solid belly laughs and if your bag is special features, you致e got quite a few things to peruse on each disc. In the section entitled 禅he Loony Bin one can find a wide assortment of special features. For instance, in this section you will find a glossary of pythonisms, a dictionary where you will get a better grasp on what a gumby is or what camel spotting entails. You will also find a section devoted to Terry Gilliam痴 animation, a trivia game, previews of other episodes, and filmographies of the entire cast. These features can be found on just about every Monty Python boxed set, but as an added bonus, on this particular set you get a glimpse of one of the rare German episodes and a look at the Life of Python documentary. This is some hilarious stuff, I知 telling you.

    All pleasant things aside, there are a few problems with this set and all the Monty Python boxed sets. An example of these problems would be the fact that you have to sit through an A & E introduction every time you pop in one of the discs. That痴 right. Don稚 even try to fast forward or hit the menu button. Nothing痴 gonna happen, junior. You池e gonna have to sit through that intro whether you like it or not. Another beef I have with the discs is the fact that every now and then, and it doesn稚 happen all the time, but every once in a while the sound will cut out for less than a second. Less than a second isn稚 very long but maddening nonetheless. This happens during the episode entitled 閃ichael Ellis. Eric Idle screams, and during said scream there is a brief lack of audibility. I don稚 know why this is. It might be that A & E made a mistake in the production of the disc or it could just be because the show is so old. Whatever the case, this little bug could very well bother DVD extremists. I have also recently been warned that on some DVD players, the feature that allows you to play all of the episodes in a row doesn稚 function properly. I haven稚 had any problems with this feature but apparently on some DVD players when you click to play all of the episodes the sound is somehow disabled. None of these problems warrant one not to buy the set though. When you see the content, you値l know what I知 talking about. Once you view one episode of Monty Python痴 Flying Circus, you値l be addicted. These British chaps can even make the Spanish Inquisition a hilarious affair. I also almost forgot to mention one of the set痴 most endearing features: the subtitles. These have been put together so well that I put them on almost every time I watch an episode so that I, being a Yank, can better understand what these Englishmen are saying. You have to see them to know what I知 talking about though so why don稚 you get out and buy this DVD boxed set. I promise you will not be disappointed. You might even become a Python addict. The only problem you値l have is finding enough money to pick up the entire set so that you can get an adequate fix.

    Breaking it all down, I would give the video and sound both a 7. This is not because these attributes are bad but simply because this is an older television show and you can稚 expect THX quality sound from them. As far as content, I would say 9. These discs do supply a good amount of special features. Finally, as the overall movie goes, or in this case, the episodes, I would give them an overall 10. The total score on this boxed set rests at 8. Not a bad deal, eh? Pretty sweet if you ask me.


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