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review added: 8/27/99
Monty Python's And
Now For Something Completely Different
1971 (1999) -
Playboy/Columbia (Columbia TriStar)
review by Bill Hunt,
editor of The Digital Bits
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras): B/B/D-
Specs and Features
89 mins, PG, letterboxed widescreen (1.85:1), 16x9 enhanced, full
frame (1.33:1), dual-sided, single-layered, Amaray keep case
packaging, cast & crew bios, film-themed menu screens, scene
access (28 chapters), languages: English (DD 2.0), subtitles:
English, Spanish & French, Close Captioned
So you say you like
the chaps of Monty Python's Flying Circus,
do you? Well, until A&E's DVD set of episodes of the British TV
series comes out later this year, there's no better way to enjoy the
boys' on-screen antics than Monty
Python's And Now For Something Completely Different.
Watching the film, you'll probably recognize much of what you see
here as familiar. That's because And Now
For Something Completely Different is made up entirely of
the best sketches the group did on British TV, simply restaged for
the big screen. The film was shot in the early 70s, for American
college audiences, who hadn't quite discovered the Python
boys yet in syndication. The result is absolutely hilarious, and
just downright silly (for which one of the Pythons
apologizes profusely several times during the film). You get "The
Lumberjack Song", "The Dead Parrot" sketch, and "A
Man with a Tape Recorder Up His Nose". You get "Upperclass
Twit of the Year", "Nudge, Nudge", and "Silly
Army Drills". Hell, you even get "The Funniest Joke in the
World". There are some 28 bits in all, and lots of Terry
Gilliam's goofy little animated interludes are there along the way.
How's that for a comedy-loaded film? If you're a Python
fan, you probably remember every bit that I just mentioned. But if
any of this sounds unfamiliar to you, then you absolutely don't know
what you're missing.
On DVD, this film is presented in fairly good quality. You get
anamorphic widescreen on one side of the disc, and full frame on the
other. The video is very good-looking, given the age of the film,
and its low-production value. It's a little on the soft side, with
some light film grain and print dust visible. But the colors are
accurate (if muted), and the contrast is generally good. The audio
is in Dolby Digital 2.0 only, but that's just fine with me - this
isn't a surround sound fest anyway. Extras on the disc include...
well there really aren't any except bios of director Ian
MacNaughton, and the rest of the Pythons.
And the scene selection menu is setup by "sketches", so
that you can jump from one funny bit to the next as you please -
okay, not really an extra, but convenient.
By now it's obvious that And Now For
Something Completely Different isn't going to win any DVD
awards. But who cares? Columbia gives you exactly what you need on
this disc - decent quality, anamorphic widescreen, and plenty o'
Monty. So what are you waiting
for? Pick yourself up some Python
on DVD and give it a spin! You'll be glad you did. Wink, wink,
nudge, nudge... know what I mean?