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Monty python and holy grail, and now for something completely different, adventures of baron

"[Baron] Yet another of the brilliant Terry Gilliam's wonderful, witty flights of fancy.
"[Now] Fine introduction to their peculiar brand of humor...  Leonard Maltin
"[Grail] An incredibly silly film of great humor, brilliant design and epic insanity.  Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

Editor's Note
MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL: This classic Monty Python comedy, directed by Pythons Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, is a hilarious send-up of the Middle Ages as seen 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 lascivious virgins, and a handful of rude Frenchmen. Melding the ridiculous with the sublime, the film quickly acquired a cult following, generated a host of quotes, and even inspired a computer game 20 years after its release. The numerous songs and vignettes are sidesplittingly unforgettable.

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 hilarious romp through familiar Python locales. These include pet shops, marriage counselor offices, and odd London streets, populated by upper-class twits, old ladies on motorcycles, bank robbers, crazy flashers, dirty forks, murderous chefs, and jokes that kill--literally. The sketches have been re-created for the big screen, without the ever-present laugh track, but are still loaded with Gilliam's outrageously funny surreal animation. As in the television show, the skits are linked together through Gilliam's clever animation as well as by characters in uniform (Graham Chapman, in this case) proclaiming sternly, "I'm warning this film not to get silly again." Among Monty Python's favorite targets are the military, the police, the British 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! AND NOW is a perfect introduction for the viewer who is new to Monty Python's unpredictable comic stylings and brilliant wit in performance.

THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN tells the legend of an old man who has lived a fairy-tale life. In the late 18th century, the Age of Reason has no room for fantasy. In a town besieged by murderous enemies, a traveling company is putting on a stage show about the apocryphal Baron Munchausen, who, with his motley crew of servants, supposedly circled the globe and the universe, following each bizarre adventure with one even more strange and ludicrous. But then a man appears at the theater claiming to be the real Baron, and to prove it, he goes off on one final journey to save the town, chased all along the way by the winged specter of death.

Terry Gilliam never met an epic spectacle he didn't like. MUNCHAUSEN is loaded with brilliant set pieces, including spinning heads on the moon and a giant Botticelli clamshell in the bottom of a hellish volcano. Gilliam has assembled a stellar cast, including John Neville as the Baron, Oliver Reed as Vulcan, Jonathan Pryce (BRAZIL), Jack Purvis (Wally in TIME BANDITS), Robin Williams (credited as Ray D. Tutto), Eric Idle (who contributes "The Torturer's Apprentice" with Michael Kamen to the soundtrack), Charles McKeown (LIFE OF BRIAN), a cameo by Sting, and early appearances by Sarah Polley (as young Sally Salt) and Uma Thurman. Gilliam's special-effects bonanza is a modern retelling of THE WIZARD OF OZ, a fabulous adventure filled with daring feats, preposterous nonsense, danger galore, and the overall belief that a world without fantasy is a sad world indeed.


Video Features DVD, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/16/2012
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1971
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 12941
Video UPC UPC: 00043396129412
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 3

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1/1.33:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Eric Idle
Video Cast Info Graham Chapman
Video Cast Info John Cleese
Video Cast Info John Neville
Video Cast Info Oliver Reed
Video Cast Info Sarah Polley
Video Cast Info Terry Gillian
Video Cast Info Uma Thurman
Video Cast Info Terry Gillian - Director (All)


Oscar (1990)
   Video Award Name Dante Ferretti, et. al., Nominee, [Baron] Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
   Video Award Name Gabriella Pescucci, Nominee, [Baron] Best Costume Design
   Video Award Name Richard Conway, et. al., Nominee, [Baron] Best Effects, Visual Effects
   Video Award Name Maggie Weston, et. al., Nominee, [Baron] Best Makeup

Professional Reviews

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 10 of 10
[Grail] Monty Python and the Holy Grail features the same kind of brilliant comic writing that characterized the best episodes of the television series. Everything, from Marxist rhetoric to scientific observations to religious doctrine, takes a beating. Most comedies saturate the audience with gags and jokes in the hope that one-third to one-half of the material might be funny. But, in The Holy Grail, there's hardly an attempt at humor that fails. That's a rare claim for any movie to make, but, even when a viewer isn't laughing aloud at this film, he or she will almost certainly appreciate the incisive intelligence evident in the Pythons' approach. The quality of the humor - irreverent, smart, and challenging - is one of the things that differentiates Monty Python and the Holy Grail from so many other motion picture comedies. - James Berardinelli

Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 8 of 10
[Now] First feature by the Monty Python troupe is a kind of ``Greatest Hits'' album, with some of the most popular sketches and animated bits from their long-running TV series. Fine introduction to their peculiar brand of humor includes Dead Parrot, The World's Deadliest Joke, Upper-Class Twit of the Year, and memorable Lumberjack Song. - Leonard Maltin

Chicago Sun-Times 6 of 10
[Baron] I was confused sometimes during Baron Munchausen, and bored sometimes, but this is a vast and commodious work, and even allowing for the unsuccessful passages there is a lot here to treasure. Gilliam says it is the third part of a trilogy. His first film, Time Bandits, was about childhood. His second, Brazil, was about adulthood. Baron Munchausen is about old age. He may be telling us the truth. He may also be telling us he has tethered his film to a twig in a snowstorm. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Monty Python
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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