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Monty Python Live!

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5.0 out of 5 stars And Now For Something Not Completely Live! Dec 7 2003
A&E has done a great service to Monty Python fans the world over by finally releasing rare, out of print, or otherwise unavailable Python material. Disc # 1 starts with Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl. The group opens with the song "Sit On My Face" wearing long aprons and, when they turn to go off stage, reveal their bare buttocks! This is followed by Graham Chapman, playing Colin 'Bomber' Harris, who wrestles himself to a pinfall. The Crunchy Frog skit concerns the Whizzo Chocolate Company and their choice of chocolate-covered confectionaries, such as anthrax ripple and cockroach cluster. This sketch is highlighted by Terry Gilliam throwing up in his policeman's hat and then being forced to wear the hat! The Custard Pies sketch involves demonstrating the history of physical comedy with pratfalls and pie throwing, with Terry Jones getting the worst of it. Truly, this is Monty Python at their subtle best. The concert ends with a rousing version of the Lumberjack Song. That concert is followed by Monty Python Live At Aspen, hosted by comedian Robert Klein. The group members talk about their early days at the BBC and their transition into movies. For their film work in particular, they receive an American Film Institute Star Award. Since this show was taped in 1998, Graham Chapman sadly had passed away. An urn supposedly containing his ashes represents him and also gets the biggest laughs at the event!
Disc #2 starts with a 1989 retrospective of the group, hosted by Steve Martin. Steve talks about Monty Python for a few minutes, followed by an hour of sketches from their classic TV series. This is very much a hit or miss affair, as some of their weaker skits are included and some of their best sketches are not shown in their entirety.
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just one complaint but it's a big one. under the blurb on the hollywood bowl it states clearly that the "incomparable parrot sketch" is one performed along with the lumberjack song and the philosophers song. the only reason i bought the set was for the parrot sketch. CAVEAT EMPTOR---THE PARROT SKETCH IS NOT ON EITHER DISC! there is about a 2 minute clip of the parrot sketch included in the aspen part of disc 1. but that is all. terribly disappointed not to have the parrot sketch! but there is a bit in the aspen discussion group involving GRAHAM CHAPMAN'S ASHES that is worth the price of the 2-disc set. i saw it on tv when it initially aired and laughed probably as hard as i did the first time i heard the parrot sketch. when i saw it these 5 years later i was surprised that i laughed just as hard and as long as i did the first time. you have to see it to believe it.
just be aware of what you are and are not getting. would have given it 5 plus stars if the parrot sketch were included.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Careful to what is inside your chocolates Dec 20 2003
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More English humour. You will undoubtedly laugh at some jokes and antics. You will smile at most of them too. Monty Python is always the same group of weirdos who respect nothing and make fun of everything that is sacred in everyday life in England : the Queen of course, but gently ; the police, a little less gently ; the church definitely less gently ; and things like chocolates that contain dead frogs to make them crunchy or some other disgusting things like cockroaches or whatever including some vomit. They cannot resist comparing American beer with ditch water and there they are definitely right, and that explains probably why so many sportsmen in one sketch start a race by ending up in the toilet. Too much of that beer is not good at all for the bladder. We learn that Descartes wrote « I drink therefore I am » which is definitely French in inspiration and tone. But lumberjacks are also ridiculed, with a lumberjack who wears a bra, for instance. English judges are of course revealed as being effeminate, which is in complete phase with the fact that they wear wigs : you should see their nice and colourful underwear. Try Monty Python at least once or twice, but be careful with an overdose of that drug because you may become either bored or just mentally disoriented and corrugated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Python Fans Feb. 26 2003
This collection of odds, ends, and live performances will be appreciated mostly by die-hard Monty Python fans (like myself.) It contains on disc one "Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl" and the famous 1998 Aspen Reunion, and on disc 2 "Parrot Sketch Not Included" (hosted by Steve Martin) and the first German episode.
"Hollywood Bowl" is the Woodstock of Python concerts. It is extremely funny, and has some lesser known works like the Lecture in Comedy and several Neil Innes songs. The Aspen Reunion doesn't seem as spontaneous as it should, but has some interesting facts and some funny moments, and its great to see the elderly Pythons together on stage for the first time in many years. "Parrot Sketch Not Included" was released on video several years ago, and I watched it many times. Don't miss the very funny final segment (after the end credits). And the German show is...well, it has its moments.
DVD quality varies. The German show and Hollywood Bowl performance look grainy, the Aspen Reunion is broadcast quality, and "Parrot Sketch Not Included" generally looks a bit soft. The disc includes as special features some clips from the Flying Circus shows, "Pythonisms", and troupe filmographies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great comedy but....
It lacks replay value.You watch a few times and then,all of the funny is sucked out the next time.You can watch it about 3 times before you stop laughing. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better live!
Monty Python Live must have been such a treat to those lucky people you see at the beginning of the show, anxiously entering the Hollywood Bowl. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2003 by Michelle Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection, even if only half is live
"Live at the Hollywood Bowl" makes this whole thing worthwhile, and I love the new ones that they added (Michaelangelo, the Four Yorkshiremen, Neil Innes' songs, etc. Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Mis-titled, Disappointing Package
While it's great to get the ... "Live At The Hollywood Bowl" out on DVD, the rest of this pricey 2-disc set is just a catch-all for other existing Python programs and one of the... Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2002 by F. J. Hoffknecht
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff!
This will be a short one.....If you love Monty Python, the skits are great. Buy it, you'll like it. If you are new to Monty Python, this is a great DVD set to experience their... Read more
Published on April 10 2002 by Morley Dotes
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved it but I kid of felt cheated
I loved the whole thing, Live at Aspen, Not Included and even The German Show but I felt that the Live at the Hollywood Bowl featured on it left out some parts. Read more
Published on April 7 2002 by Arnie Sanchez
4.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Python
The single most common praise one hears from a critical review is: "If you only have one DVD/album/book by [Insert a well-known author here], make it this one! Read more
Published on April 1 2002 by Froggy5
3.0 out of 5 stars Great shows, but poor video quality and combinations
I bow to no one in my devotion to Monty Python, but I do have a few concerns about this set. First, the film quality for "Live at the Hollywood Bowl" is terrible and in... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2002 by Jonathan Crowe
4.0 out of 5 stars A good solid, entertaining Python set
I only give the set 4 stars because the Parrot Sketch Not Included special is terrible. Steve Martin is overly obnoxious as the host. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2002 by David L. White
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