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Monty Python and the Holy Grail [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1975]

Release Date:10/23/2001
The first feature film from the Monty Python gang comes to DVD in this spectacular twin-disc set. The film itself is presented in a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. The copious supplemental materials include a commentary track by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones that features the occasional remark from John Cleese, Eric Idle, and Michael Palin. The second disc contains singalongs, a version of the film created entirely out of Legos, a pair of documentaries about the creation of the film, an interactive cast directory, artwork from the film, a photo gallery, trailers, and a bunch of other material that will keep Python fans entertained for a very long time. This is probably the definitive home video version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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    Special Features

    • Subtitles for people who don't like the film (taken from Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part II)
    • Onscreen screenplay: Read the screenplay while you watch the film
    • Enlightening commentaries by Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones, plus general complaints and back-biting by John Cleese, Eric Idle, & Michael Palin
    • "Follow the Killer Rabbit" feature
    • A special feature for the hard of hearing
    • A glorious extra 24 seconds absolutely free
    • Three mindless singalongs
    • Join Michael Palin and Terry Jones in their special feature documentary: "The Quest for the Holy Grail Locations"
    • "How to Use Your Coconuts" (an educational film)
    • Monty Python and the Holy Grail in Japanese (with English subtitles)
    • Monty Python and the Holy Grail in Lego
    • "On Location With the Pythons": Genuine 18-min. location report made in 1974 by BBC Film Night (broadcast Dec. 19, 1974)
    • An interactive cast directory: Discover just how many roles Michael Palin plays
    • Tons of Terry Gilliam's original sketches plus posters
    • Behind-the-scenes photos: Hitherto unseen by human hand
    • A Load of Rubbish: A surprise package of mystery items specially included for the mentally challenged
    • Unused Locations!: How the directors' recce used up the budget
    • Unused ideas
    • Theatrical trailers
    • Web links for real nerds


    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    From its opening multi-language titles (that sure looks like Swedish) to the closing arrest of the entire Dark Ages cast by modern-day bobbies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail helped to define "irreverence" and became an instant cult classic. This time the Pythonites savage the legend of King Arthur, juxtaposing some excellently selected exterior locations with an unending stream of anachronistic one-liners, non sequiturs, and slapstick set pieces. The Knights of the Round Table set off in search of the Holy Grail on foot, as their lackeys make clippety-clop sounds with coconut shells. A plague-ridden community, ringing with the cry of "bring out your dead," offers its hale and hearty citizens to the body piles. A wedding of convenience is attacked by Arthur's minions while the pasty-faced groom continually attempts to burst into song. The good guys are nearly thwarted by the dreaded, tree-shaped "Knights Who Say Ni!" A feisty enemy warrior, bloodily shorn of his arms and legs in the thick of battle, threatens to bite off his opponent's kneecap. A French military officer shouts such taunts as "I fart in your general direction" and "I wave my private parts at your aunties." Rabbits are a particular obsession of the writers this time around, ranging from the huge Trojan Rabbit to the "killer bunny" that decapitates one of the knights. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin collaborated on the script and assumed most of the onscreen roles, while Gilliam and Jones served as co-directors. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Graham Chapman
      Graham Chapman - King Arthur
    • John Cleese
      John Cleese - Sir Lancelot
    • Terry Gilliam
      Terry Gilliam - Patsy/Soothsayer
    • Eric Idle
      Eric Idle - Sir Robin
    • Terry Jones
      Terry Jones - Sir Bedevere

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