All four Monty Python films are gathered together on one side-splitting four-disc collection.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT consists of some of Monty Python's funniest sketches from their earliest years together. Director Ian MacNaughton leads John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Terry Gilliam on a hysterical romp through pet shops, odd London streets, fields filled with singing lumberjacks, dead parrots, hungry babies, upper-class twits, people trying not to be seen, old ladies on motorcycles, fighting off milkmen, bank robbers, crazy flashers, dirty forks and killer jokes. The sketches have been re-created for the big screen, without the ever-present laugh track. As in the television show, the skits are linked together through Gilliam's clever animation. Among Monty Python's favorite targets are the military, the police, the government, the courts, Mao, Uncle Sam, and television reporters. As always, there are lots of men in drag. Even the closing credits are a riot. But watch out for that 16-ton weight....
MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, directed by Pythons Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, is a hilarious send-up of the grim circumstances of the Middle Ages as told through the story of King Arthur and framed by a modern-day murder investigation. When the mythical king of the Britons leads his knights on a quest for the Holy Grail, they face a wide array of horrors, including a persistent Black Knight, a three-headed giant, a cadre of shrubbery-challenged knights, the perilous Castle Anthrax, a killer rabbit, a house of virgins and a handful of rude Frenchmen.
In addition to the set pieces, the film also includes the same kind of surreal animation that Gilliam contributed to the television series. Throughout the irreverent adventures, the Python crew eschews realism in favor of anachronistic social satire. Melding the ridiculous with the sublime, the film quickly inspired a cult following, generated a host of quotes, and even inspired a computer game 20 years after its release. The numerous songs and hysterical vignettes are sidesplittingly unforgettable.
Monty Python delivers a scathing, anarchic satire of both religion and Hollywood's depiction of all things biblical with MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF BRIAN. The setting is the Holy Land in 33 A.D., a time of poverty and chaos, with no shortage of messiahs, followers willing to believe in them, and exasperated Romans trying to impose some order. At the center of it all is Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman), a reluctant would-be messiah who rises to prominence as a result of a series of absurd and truly hilarious circumstances that parallel the life of Christ--providing ample opportunity for the entire ensemble (John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Chapman) to shine in multiple roles as they blaspheme and mock everyone and everything from ex-lepers, Pontius Pilate, the art of haggling, Roman centurions and crucifixion.
Directed by Python Terry Jones, MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF BRIAN is an uproarious biblical parody. Rome is run by pathetic wimps, liberation groups fight with each other over acronyms, and gladiators put on bloody children's matinees as the people search desperately for someone to lead them out of their life of misery and poverty. And Brian is that man. Sort of. Well, not really. Chapman excels as Brian, a simple, quiet man suddenly thrust in the role of leading the revolution--while constantly being yelled at by his mum.
Monty Python explains it all in MONTY PYTHON'S MEANING OF LIFE. This episodic comedy that dares to take on the most sacred aspects of life -- sex, food, politics and religion -- and bring them hilariously down to earth. Also includes The Crimson Permanent Assurance, a B-Movie epic of what can happen when the little man turns against the business world.