Posted on Friday, October 16th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of those things that is actually as good as you remember. No amount of obnoxious over-quoting by comedy nerds trying out their best (i.e., terrible) British accent can ruin the best jokes. An amusing but safely mainstream Broadway musical adaptation cannot diminish its transgressive delights. 40 years later, it’s still one of the best comedies ever made, from one of the most inspired comedy groups to ever walk this planet.
So when long-lost animation from the film is unearthed for the new Blu-ray and DVD release, everyone with good taste has reason to celebrate! And when original Python troupe member/animator/token American Terry Gilliam is called in to provide commentary, everyone with the best taste has additional reason to break out the party favors.
Watch the deleted Monty Python animation, and Gilliam’s commentary, after the jump.
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail has been making us laugh, and prompting us to quote its absurd dialogue, for forty years. The 1975 release will enjoy a new anniversary blu-ray edition in October. One bit of packaging for the disc is meant to evoke one of the most ridiculous concepts in the movie — and that’s saying a lot when discussing this film.
The new Monty Python and the Holy Grail blu-ray will feature a working catapult — a tiny one, these people aren’t monsters, and the shipping for an actual war machine would be outrageous — that will fling appropriately-sized animal toys about your room.
Even better, there’s a video featuring the Monty Python crew (Terry Jones, Michael Palin, John Cleese, and Terry Gilliam, who is thankfully very much alive) playing with the modestly-sized weapon. The glee with which Michael Palin puts the catapult to work might be the best thing I’ve seen today.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
Simon Pegg has been through some very weird stuff on the big screen, including a zombie apocalypse and an attempted alien takeover. But his new movie Absolutely Anything gets even crazier, granting him the power to make “absolutely anything” happen.
Directed by Terry Jones, the sci-fi comedy stars Pegg as a schoolteacher named Neil Clarke who gains magic powers after a brush with aliens. The film reunites Jones with his Monty Python mates John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin, while Robin Williams joins in as the voice of a dog. See the first Absolutely Anything images after the jump.
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Earlier this week the five surviving members of Monty Python — all of the guys who aren’t Graham Chapman, in other words — announced plans for a reunion of some sort, with assumptions that the Pythons would do a stage show.
Eric Idle, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones took part in a press conference today (and in a not-terribly-revealing Reddit AMA), announcing that Monty Python Live will take place at the O2 Arena in London on July 1, 2014. The show will be televised, and a disc release will happen down the line. Right now it is planned as a one-off, though the Pythons admitted that a tour plan could come together. Phil McIntyre is producing, and Arlene Phillips is choreographing some bits. Read More »
The surviving members of Monty Python — Terry Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam, have revealed that months of “secret talks” have led up to plans to reunite for a new project.
The nature of the show isn’t quite known, though Terry Jones said to the BBC “We’re getting together and putting on a show – it’s real,” which is leading to the assumption that this will be a stage performance rather than a film or TV thing. (Jones also quipped “I’m quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!”) Read More »
Courtesy of the ever useful BBFC classifications website, we can see that just last week the upcoming, multi-part Monty Python doc Almost the Truth: The Lawyer’s Cut was granted a 15 cert. for DVD distribution. What’s more, they gave us a full break down of the series by episode, and also a complete listing of the bonus sketches, extra interviews and deleted scenes included.
Also noted is that the documentary has three directors, including Alan Parker who we already knew about, and Bill Jones and Ben Timlett, both of whom are news to me; and that Simon Pegg, Dan Aykroyd, Russell Brand, Tim Roth, Seth Green, Steve Coogan, Eddie Izzard and Jimmy Fallon will all be appearing.
I’ve tried to make sense of all of the extra info for you after the break.
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Some of the performers of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre have banded together to create a new comedy short which shows what some of the classic sketches might look like if they were directed by some of the famous film directors of today. The video imagines what it would be like if Wes Anderson directed Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s On First?”, Michael Moore directed Monty Python’s “The Ministry of Silly Walks”, and Quentin Tarantino directed The Kids in the Hall’s “I’m Crushing Your Head”? Watch the video after the jump.
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Terry Gilliam is the greatest film director in the history of cinema. I’m glad I got that of my chest so early in my /Filming career. Now we’ve covered it, we can move on… to a Gilliam-centric news piece.
iTunes are now offering the Monty Python back catalogue, including Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life and Live at the Hollywood Bowl, alongside the entire run of Flying Circus. The movies can be purchased for a cent under $10 or rented for a cent under $3, the shows purchased for a cent under $2. Grab the lot and put the saved cent in a jar each time and by the time you’re over-Pythoned you’ll have enough for a second hand DVD copy of Gilliam’s first non-Python work, Jabberwocky. Too tight for even that? Then you’re in luck: there’s a link to something free after the break. Read More »