Life of Brian (Blu-ray)

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The Gospel according to Monty Python: In Judea, a boy is born in a manger a short distance from, and about the same time, as Jesus Christ. Three wise men from the East are for a time deceived by this proximity into believing that he is the promised Messiah, but it soon becomes apparent that he is, in fact, only a hapless peasant named Brian. However, the Life of Brian causes plenty of commotion for the Roman Empire and leaves him desperate to escape his burgeoning popularity.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 205562725
UPC 043396225947
UPC 14 00043396225947
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/6/2010
Rating UR
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Cleese,John
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Cast & Crew
Charles McKeown - Actor
Eric Idle - Actor
Geoffrey Burgon - Original Music By
George Harrison - Actor
George Harrison - Executive Producer
Graham Chapman - Actor
Graham Chapman, et. al. - Writer
John Cleese - Actor
Julian Doyle - Editor
Michael Palin - Actor
Peter Biziou - Cinematographer
Roger Christian - Art Director
Terry Gilliam - Production Designer
Terry Gilliam - Actor
Terry Jones - Actor
Terry Jones - Director
Tim Hampton - Producer
Reviews
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Review The middle [Monty Python] film, The Life of Brian, may not have as many laugh-aloud moments as The Holy Grail or The Meaning of Life, but it is more pointed in its satire than either, and, beneath the comedy, there's real substance to this motion picture...There is little doubt that The Life of Brian represents some of the most daring and cutting edge comedy of the 1970s. It is a testimony to the force and timelessness of the material that it is as effective today as it was when it was initially released more than 20 years ago, and that, more than either of the other two Python movies, it stands up to multiple repeated viewings. Over the years, few comedies have dared to confront religious hypocrisy with the uncompromising fervor of this one (Kevin Smith's inferior Dogma is the only other one that immediately comes to mind), although the charges of blasphemy are both unfair and unfounded. It has been said that a Monty Python movie is only successful if it offends everyone in the audience at least once. By that measuring stick as well as nearly any other, The Life of Brian is an unqualified triumph. It makes us confront our foibles and laugh at them.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review For those who think that Kevin Smith and Dogma are the cutting edge in sacrilegious humor, think again. Smith was but a schoolboy in 1979, when Monty Python's Life of Brian, a not-quite-Biblical satire raised a firestorm of protest...Of all of the Monty Python films, Life of Brian is, by far, the most tightly structured, which is not to say that it is totally without the Pythons' trademark anarchic humor or penchant for taking multiple roles. Palin, in particular, scores as the ineffectual rebel Francis; a speech-impaired Pontius Pilate who enables Brian to escape when he reduces his guard to helpless laughter at the sound of his some of his more outrageous pronunciations; and an ex-leper whose chief complaint is that Christ laid hands on him and cured him, robbing him of his livelihood as a beggar...Brian is very much the Flying Circus on the big screen, but with a beginning, middle, and an end, and a sublime logic that evaded all of the Pythons' other cinematic efforts. Providing suitable ballast for the film's more buoyant flights of fancy is Chapman, in a sweet, good-natured performance as Brian.
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Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 9
Features
Collector's Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, Dubbed & Subtitled, English, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Cleese,John
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...[the] funniest and most sustained feature yet from Britain's bad boys.
Marc Mohan, Portland Oregonian As far as a coherent, hilarious story line, as well as sheer blasphemous glee, you can't do much better than "Life of Brian."
Robert Abele, L.A. Weekly Astringently funny masterpiece.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Probably the group's most daring, controversial venture.
Vincent Canby, The New York Times A non-stop orgy of assaults, not on anyone's virtue, but on the funny bone.

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