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Could this be the funniest movie ever made? By any rational measure
of comedy, this medieval romp from the Monty Python troupe certainly
belongs on the short list of candidates. According to Leonard Maltin's
Movie & Video Guide, it's "recommended for fans only,"
but we say hogwash to that--you could be a complete newcomer to
the Python phenomenon and still find this send-up of the Arthurian
legend to be wet-your-pants hilarious. It's basically a series of
sketches woven together as King Arthur's quest for the Holy Grail,
with Graham Chapman as the King, Terry Gilliam as his simpleton
sidekick Patsy, and the rest of the Python gang filling out a variety
of outrageous roles. The comedy highlights are too numerous to mention,
but once you've seen Arthur's outrageously bloody encounter with
the ominous Black Knight (John Cleese), you'll know that nothing's
sacred in the Python school of comedy. From holy hand grenades to
killer bunnies to the absurdity of the three-headed knights who
say "Ni--!," this is the kind of movie that will strike
you as fantastically funny or just plain silly, but why stop there?
It's all over the map, and the pace lags a bit here and there, but
for every throwaway gag the Pythons have invented, there's a bit
of subtle business or grand-scale insanity that's utterly inspired.
The sum of this madness is a movie that's beloved by anyone with
a pulse and an irreverent sense of humor. If this movie doesn't
make you laugh, you're almost certainly dead. --Jeff Shannon
Starring: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle,
Graham Chapman & Michael Palin
Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably
NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
DVD Release Date: June 8, 2005
Commentary by Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones, plus general
complaints and back-biting by John Cleese, Eric Idle &
High Definition widescreen presentation with pink frilly
Soundtrack in glorious 5.1 Dolby Digital!
Subtitles in English, French and Spanish!
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
Extraordinary Animated Menus with very loud 5.1 Dolby Digital
Fascinating Scene Selection feature: all-moving, all-singing,
Exciting "follow The Killer Rabbit" Feature!
A special feature for the Hard of Hearing!
A glorious extra 24 seconds absolutely free!
Mono soundtrack in glorious old-fashioned mono!
Three Mindless Sing-Alongs!
Join Michael Palin and Terry Jones in their special feature
documentary: The Quest for the Holy Grail Locations!
Monty Python and the Holy Grail in Japanese! (With English
On Location with the Pythons: genuine 18 min. location report
made in 1974 by BBC Film Night (broadcast 19th Dec., 1974)
An Interactive Cast Directory: discover just how many roles
Michael Palin plays!
Theatrical trailers and, of course, Weblinks for real nerds!