Life of Brian [Collector's Edition] [WS] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1979]

  • SKU: 8531305
  • Release Date: 01/29/2008
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (323 out of 337)

Special Features


  • The film immaculately re-mastered in high definition
  • An all-new hour-long revelation "The Story of Brian" from Monty Python
  • An original illustrated 110 minute recording by the Pythons of their early screenplay in progress
  • Commentary by Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle & Terry Jones
  • Commentary by John Cleese & Michael Palin
  • Original radio ads by Mrs. Cleese, Mrs. Idle, Mrs. Gilliam & Michael Palin's dentist
  • Deleted scenes:
  • "Shepherds" (Digitally enhanced)
  • "Pilate's Wife"
  • "Otto"
  • "The Sign That Is the Sign"
  • "The Souvenir Salesman"

Synopsis


The Life of Brian
On a midnight clear 2,000 years ago, three wise men enter a manger where a babe is wrapped in swaddling clothes. It is an infant called Brian...and the three wise men are in the wrong manger. For the rest of his life, Brian (Graham Chapman) finds himself regarded as something of a messiah -- yet he's always in the shadow of this other guy from Galilee. Brian is witness to the Sermon of the Mount, but his seat is in such a bad location that he can't hear any of it ("Blessed are the cheesemakers?"). Ultimately, he is brought before Pontius Pilate and sentenced to crucifixion, which takes place at that crowded, nonexclusive execution site a few blocks shy of Calvary. Rather than utter the Last Six Words, Brian leads his fellow crucifixees in a spirited rendition of a British music-hall cheer-up song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." The whole Monty Python gang (Chapman, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, and Terry Gilliam) are on hand in multiple roles, playing such sacred characters as Stan Called Loretta, Biggus Dickus, Deadly Dirk, Casts the First Stone, and Intensely Dull Youth; also showing up are Goon Show veteran Spike Milligan and a Liverpool musician named George Harrison. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Graham Chapman
    Graham Chapman - Brian Called Brian
  • Terry Jones
    Terry Jones - Mandy
  • Michael Palin
    Michael Palin - Wise Man
  • John Cleese
    John Cleese - Wise Man
  • Eric Idle
    Eric Idle - Stan



Customer rating

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96%
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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Hilarious, but watch out

    Posted
    Rallala2
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    This is without a doubt one of the best comedies of all time! One of my favorite parts was the beginning when there is about to be a stoning party, but the stoning party turns for the worse when the party host ends up getting stoned instead. Another one was when a spaceship accidentally takes Brian to outer space before crashing back on Earth. And, let's not forget the ending song, "Always Look On the Bright Side." However, this may offend Christians - I can see why because the plot revolves around Brian being mistaken for the Messiah. Nonetheless, this movie can be great if you can get past the plot.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    monty python in all it's fine glory

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    cenobite7

    although there is a somewhat superior version of this film o dvd released by criterion, you could save a ton of money if you just want the bare bones edition made available by anchor bay. fans of python in general will find themselves falling on their hands & knees with laughter. the greatest, wackiest story never told before remains one of the funniest films in history. i don't really think of this film as sacreligious. i think the film makers are simply poking fun at how quickly humans are apt to follow anyone for any reason. well, some don't really need to have a reason to seek leaders. brian, unfortunately isn't a leader but a very naughty boy as his mother will tell you.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Life of Brian in the Whoaman Empire

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    aerbeer
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    Monty Python's Life of Brian is a 1979 British comedy film starring and written by the comedy group Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin), and directed by Jones. It is the story of Brian Cohen (played by Chapman), a young Jewish man who was born on the same day as, and next door to, Jesus Christ. Brian is, subsequently, mistaken for the Messiah and crucified. This film, aside from the crucifixion, is incredibly funny and only someone deeply insecure with their faith would call is blasphemous or want it banned.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This movie has nerve!

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    ejkousc
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    Again with the British accents. If you have a problem with understanding brits then put on the subtitles. And also try not to be easily triggered just enjoy the film. Even if you are religious, if you have a good sense of humor there's nothing really blasphemous about this movie. The movie is told from the perspective of your common idiot surrounding the events of Jesus in Jerusalem. You think there was a time when idiots didnt exist? I think not. And Brian is your classic literary idiot.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    All Time Classic View on Religion

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    GemanTransplant
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    Monty Pyhton's Life of Brian is an all time classic and a satirical view on the origins of Christianity, without insulting Christianity by portraying Brian, who was born in a manger next to Jesus and had been mixed up with him for all of his life, until his own crucifixion. The Life of Brian used to be a staple in University towns in Germany for Christmas eve, along with the Blues Brothers and a surprise movie that was not at the movies at that time...

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Good Laugh

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    Sonicus

    This is probably the most contraversial Python film and it's also one of their best. This has the usual python humor involving stupid people and stupid situations. They are constantly throughing jokes at you while following the story which is about Brian. Some of the jokes can seem a bit odd. The entire movie takes place while Jesus is on earth so there are some instances in which you see Jesus. They never however make Jesus seem stupid. The video quality has been touched up alot for this version. Overall this is a great film.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Probably the best Python ever

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    AZdadoo
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    I won't dwell on the film itself, its your kind of thing or its not. If it is then this BluRay is the way you want to watch it. The film has never looked better (despite the fact that the original footage wasn't that great looking!) and the bonus material is top notch. Archive quality item, right here. So if you liked this film or any other Python film then you need this. And don't wear your best sandals.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as the Grail

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    cwink

    Among the three Python films, this is the second best in my eyes, as it is very funny, but not as classic as the Grail. The grail is funny throughout the whole movie, while this has many funny parts, but some parts were just not that good. Any Python fan will love this, but people who only like the Holy Grail may not find this as good and be turned off by it. This movie is controversial, and may be seen as blasphemous by making fun of all religions, so be warned.

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