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

  • SKU: 4293687
  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • Rating: PG
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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98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (720 out of 736)

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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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Monty Pythons Opus!

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    What can one say about this film, it is so weird and off the cuff crazy it might be the most difficult review I have ever had to do. Monty Python, a British troupe of Comedians from the 60's into the 70's employed British humor so dry it brought a tear to my eye with this being some of the funniest off the wall Brit wit you will ever see as Python takes you on a Quest for the Holy Grail! This films greatness is only magnified by the superb acting and comical timing of Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, John Cleese & Michael Palin. This team went on to create one of the most epic Britcom shows (Monty Python's Flying Circus) ever produced by the BBC. In this film you will witness classic scene's based loosely (and i do mean that) on the life & times of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. If you are a fan of British humor & have never witnessed the spectacle of " Monty Pythons Holy Grail" then you owe it to yourself to buy this Blu-ray and dive into its lunacy with no reservations, you will become a knight that says " Ni ! " or you can boil my bottom! Video - Looks superb, never better! Colors burst, clarity is startlingly accurate. Blacks are rich & deep without the use of filtering or enhancements this is a pure film, clean without meddling you will really treasure this copy of this film classic! What really stood out in my mind were the reflections and colors of the metals from King Arthur's crown to the Black Knights dark Armour just looked fantastic. Oh & the shrubberies looked very shrubbery! Audio - DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack extracts as much dynamic frequencies it possibly could but don't expect it to sound like today's standard HD this is a mono extract so don't expect miracles but it does sound better than I have ever sampled it. What does stand out was the bass tonal qualities from the boot stomping dance in the halls of Camelot to the thundering's of God above you will notice much more bass response this time around. SUPPLEMENTS - Scintillating Audio Commentary — Directors Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam host a terrific commentary for anyone interested in the film's production. My favorite anecdote is probably about how they accidentally dyed the living killer bunny permanently red. Even More Revealing Audio Commentary — John Cleese, Eric Idle, and Michael Palin are on this one. It's fascinating to hear Cleese talk about the co-directors' differing styles of direction. Apparently, Gilliam was more focused on the technical aspect rather than the comedy. Quest of the Holy Grail Locations (SD, 47 mins) — Terry Jones and Michael Palin buy a copy of their own script to tour around Scotland "England 932 AD". Lego Knights: (SD, 2 mins) — The Knights of the Round Table sequence, recreated in LEGO form. Sweet. Special Japanese Version (SD, 9 mins) — Two scenes dubbed into Japanese, which re-translated English Subtitles. How To Use Your Coconuts (An Educational Film) (SD, 3 mins) — A silly instructional piece about how to get the most horse out of your coconuts. BBC Film Night on Location (SD, 17 mins) — A 1974 episode where the BBC chronicles intercuts interviews with on set footage. Three Songs to Sing-Along (SD, 5 mins) — Now you'll know all the words to Knights of the Round Table, Sir Robin, and the Monks' Chant. Cast Directory Photo Gallery (HD) — This is a pretty awesome feature where you can see the small Python troop in the vast number of characters they each play. US 2001 Re-Release Trailer (HD, 3 mins). The Knights of Ni Highly Recommend this film so do yourself a favor and " Run Away!" hurry buy this Blu-Ray!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun to re-live childhood memories of the BBC!

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    This movie & these guys of which make up the hilarious & witty troup of Monty Python can never be duplicated!! I don't care how many comedians have come after...but the members of Monty Python had a sense of humor that will never be rivaled! These guys were brilliant in approaching everything. It's wonderful to watch this film & fun to introduce it to new generations to be able to show them how we used to be able to laugh at ourselves without the oppressive shadow of political correctness. I am sad that we've lost the ability to find humor even in the most serious & dire of dark times. One of our favorite scenes is from the Black Plague & the corpse remover is pulling a cart of dead & diseased corpses away for burial. Sounds awful & heartless to say that situation is funny right? WRONG! Not when you see Eric Idle pulling the cart!'s time to re-engage with our humanity by finding our humor again in difficult times....start by getting a copy of Monty Python's Holy Grail TODAY!!!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I am a sucker for double dipping with Python.

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    There are certain films that I will gleefully purchase every version of. I picked this up even after picking up the version of this release with the catapult? Why? Because I dearly love this silly film and didn't want to open the catapult version until I knew my kids wouldn't lose the flying farm animals. I really enjoy revisiting this movie every 5 years that I new version is released and the extras are always worth it. Loved flying circus on PBS and once I discovered this movie, it opened up a entire new level of appreciation for Monty Python. You either get it or you don't, but if you do, chances are you already own this or a previous release of this film. And, if you are like me, you're always willing to pick a new release of anything Monty Python regardless of how many other versions you own. No Python fan will be dissapointed with this release.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    King Arthur Commands You to - Laugh!


    From the country that brought us King Arthur, Shakespeare, and the Beatles, we are pleased and honored to have this great masterpiece of silly English humor! This parody of the King Arthur legend is silly and fun, and even has some of that crazy bathroom humor that is so good and outrageous. King Arthur is played by comic genius Graham Chapman, M.D., whose medical degree is from Cambridge University! This zany comedy blends, or rather smashes together, sharp exquisite cinematography worthy of a serious movie and authentic-looking medieval - and a few 1970's - costumes with wild and wacky non-stop jokes, fun songs, and the Knights of the Round Table dancing the can-can! The Extras section, on an ever so slightly serious note, has some great background video footage, complete with shots of a rather beautiful English castle, and some fun trivia quizzes. If laughter is, indeed, the best medicine, then Monty Python and the Holy Grail is clearly what the doctor ordered!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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    This classic Monty Python romp is non-stop cerebral slapstick. The Pythons take aim at the classic King Arthur Mythos in a timeless parody. They take on politics, medieval "science", religion and culture. The Knights who are supposed to represent chastity, honor, bravery and Justice attempt to enact the will of God and find the holy grail. They face ferocious beasts, magic and vicious French taunters letting nothing (not even their own incompetence) get in their way. Vignettes on each of the Knights is told once they separate and go on individual quests, only to fail and meet together again for one final attempt at the Grail... Enjoy British humor at its best with this film the must be watched more than once to get the nuances of the performances and jokes.. Silliness at its best!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the Funniest Movies of All Time


    I love this movie. From its delightful depiction of Republican health plan proposals ("Bring out your dead -- CLANG!") to the Occupy Wall Street protesters ("Help, help, I'm being repressed!"), it's as funny, intelligent, insightful, interesting, funny, timely, and did I already say funny, as it was back when it was made and hippies roamed the earth. My favorite scene, and it will always be my favorite scene, is Sir Galahad (Michael Palin) at the Castle Anthrax ("It's not a very nice name, but WE are nice!"). I have had such a crush on Carol Cleveland since the early '70s when the Flying Circus first invaded these shores, and I would happily spend an evening with either Zoot or Dingo (or, for that matter, with Winston and Piglet -- "We ARE doctors!"). It's time now to release the rest of the Python movies on Blu-Ray. Where's "The Meaning of Life" already?

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    "Bring out your dead!"

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    Monty Python In Search of the Holy Grail is one of my all time favorites and I've owned VHS and DVD versions for years. This blu-ray version is a nice upgrade. The color and sound is definitely improved but it is the exceptional detail that makes this worth owning. You can see every kink and ripple in the metal armor costumes. There are a few extended scenes that aren't really needed but provide some additional chuckles. I have not viewed all of the special features but in one I did Terry Jones explained that the reason there are so few out takes and deleted scenes is they needed almost all of the film they shot just to complete the movie. At $9.99 this was a real value. If you are Holy grail fan this is the version for you.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Completely Hilarious

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    Monty Python were uniquely hilarious. Their sketch comedy was often mind-bending and completely wacky, yet accessible enough where all generations could find it funny. It wasn't long before they branched out into movies. Monty Python and the Holy Grail was their second movie, but their first with a single plot. This is a spoof of the Arthurian legend and is silly and totally hysterical. If you like your comedy on the surreal side, this is for you. If you're a fan of more simple, less cerebral stuff, you might have trouble with this one. But, give it a try - you might be pleasantly surprised. This is one funny movie!

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