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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)

Cast: John Cleese, Eric Idle, Connie Booth, more...
Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Terry Jones, more...
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Rating:
Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Comedies, Cult, Foreign, British Comedy, Camp, Parodies, Slapstick, UK
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Bonus Disc) (1974)
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, All Movie Guide

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Collector's Edition) (1974)
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 & 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, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Audio commentary with Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin
  • "Follow the Killer Rabbit" feature
  • Subtitles for People who Don't Like the Film (taken from Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part II)
  • On-screen screenplay: read the screenplay while you watch the film!
PLEASE NOTE: This disc contains the feature film.

GreenCine Member Ratings

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Bonus Disc) (1974)
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8.22 (107 votes)
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Not worth the queue spot by dh22 March 29, 2004 - 10:51 AM PST
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1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
While Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a great film, the bonus disc isn't worth the cost of a rental. The only redeemable feature is the "quest for locations" documentary. It follows Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin as they visit the various locations where scenes were shot, and reminisce about the film production. There is a lot of information in the documentary for Python fans, and I did enjoy it, however, the other features were a waste. There is a photo section of film posters in different languages, a few sing-a-long clips from the film, and some other stuff, but most of it is too short to be worth wild. Some of the bits may be a bit funny, and worth seeing for a fan, but in general I wouldn't waste my money. If you are a big enough fan, you'll own the DVD set. If you are only a casual fan, however, just borrow it from a friend.

People shouldn't be rating this in the 8s and 9s. I suspect they are just voting on it based on the film, without ever actually seeing the bonus disc.

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