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"Monty Python's: The Meaning of Life" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Those six pandemonium-mad Pythons are back with their craziest adventure ever! Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin have returned to explain The Meaning of Life. These naughty Brits offer the usual tasteful sketches involving favorite body parts and bodily functions, the wonders of war, the miracle of birth and a special preview of what's waiting for us in Heaven. You'll never look at life in quite the same way again!

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2013,Color
  • Rated R
  • 1 Hour, 38 Minutes
  • 1.37:1, 1080p, MPEG-4 MVC
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Raunchy, tasteless, vulgar, funny, zany, insane, wacky, musical, shocking and all of it is just classic Monty Python! (Oh, and I forgot blasphemous…but the musical number "Every sperm is sacred" is so jaunty). Though not as popular with the critics as The Life of Brian and not as hilarious as Holy Grail, if the mad cap antics of British comedy are your cup of tea, you will want to run our and complete your set with this, the final film from the group. I still don't know what the meaning of life is, but it was very fun not finding out. Oh, and the copious amounts of gratuitous topless women should keep you from letting the kids watch this on a Saturday night.

Technical

The picture quality runs the gamut from good to fair. Though the overall presentation is better than the DVD version, the picture often looks a bit soft and film grain can be quite pronounced in some scenes. The deeper blacks are still a bit washed out and the colors rarely pop. Scratches and dirt rear their ugly heads often. Sound quality was good, but nothing special with little usage of surrounds or sub. Dialog is clear though, and the musical numbers fill the room with wonderful sound. In spite of its flaws, this is about as good as this movie is probably going to look in your home. (Seriously, 4K is not going to improve the picture, so just buy this and be done with it). And now for something completely different

Extras

Bonus material includes the "making of", insights from the cast members, a spoof on the "re-mastering" of this epic film. A DVD and digital copy are included as well.