Review by Lauryn Angel
It’s hard to believe that we’ve been banging coconuts together and repressing peasants for forty years, but it’s true: Monty Python and the Holy Grail turns forty years old in 2015, and there is an anniversary Blu-Ray to mark the occasion.
If you haven’t seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail, you are either not a Monty Python fan in the first place, or you have never encountered Monty Python before. Holy Grail is the Pythons’ second film, and the film through which most people encounter the troupe for the first time. The film follows the adventures of King Arthur (Graham Chapman) and his trusty servant Patsy (Terry Gilliam) on their quest to find the Holy Grail. On the way, they recruit Sir Bedevere (Terry Jones), Sir Galahad (Michael Palin), Sir Lancelot (John Cleese), and, of course, Sir Robin-the-not-quite-so-brave-as-Sir-Lancelot (Eric Idle). The Pythons each take multiple roles in addition to their primary roles, and regular collaborators Carol Cleveland and Connie Booth also appear in the film.
Special features to this edition include an educational film entitled “How to Use Your Coconuts,” a Q&A session with the members of Monty Python from the Tribeca Film Festival, hosted by John Oliver, letters from directors Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, and outtakes from the film. There are also commentaries with John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. The gem of the extras, however, is the feature with Terry Gilliam’s lost animations. Those who splurge for the limited edition Blu-ray will receive their discs in packaging shaped like a castle, accompanied by a working catapult and rubber farm animals. (What? You were expecting a shrubbery? Maybe with the 50th anniversary edition.)
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