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#1 of 68 ppltd

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Posted August 27 2007 - 08:00 AM

Another must have for me.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced it will bring a new version of Monty Python's 'Life of Brian' to Blu-ray this November. 'Life of Brian' has been released in many past incarnations on disc, most notably a Criterion Collection laserdisc as well as a previous Collector's Edition from Sony on standard-def DVD.

Now, the studio is preparing yet another new anniversary edition for November 6, due day-and-date on Blu-ray and DVD.

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#2 of 68 Paul Arnette

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Posted August 27 2007 - 08:23 AM

Excellent.

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Posted August 27 2007 - 11:01 AM

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Looks like a must have release (though I'm sure someone will find something about this to whine about). Posted Image I'm happy to retire my Criterion, the PQ looks like ass.

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Among the extras new to this release are "The Story of Brian," a 60-minute documentary, and "The Readthrough," an original illustrated 110-minute audio recording of the Pythons reading an early version of the film's screenplay. Also on the Blu-ray will be features from Sony's previous DVD release, including two audio commentaries with members of the Pythons, five deleted scenes and vintage radio spots.
Tech specs include a 1080p video transfer and uncompressed PCM 5.1 surround audio.
Sony has set a $28.99 list price for the Blu-ray.

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Posted August 27 2007 - 12:28 PM

I saw it in its theatrical rerelease, and it looked pretty grimy there too. That look isn't my cup of tea, but perhaps that's what the directors wanted?

Will we also be getting Monty Python and the Holy Grail?

Enough is enough, Disney. No more evasions or excuses. We DEMAND the release Song of the South on Blu-ray along with the uncut version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Blu-ray. I will not support anything your company produces until then.


#5 of 68 Paul Hillenbrand

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Posted September 14 2007 - 11:15 AM

Picture quality of "Monty Python's Life of Brian" (Blu-ray)?
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The title was extremely grainy so we tried the Lowry process and liked the results. There are a couple of scenes that show artifacts of the process (shots of the sky in particular), but the overall result was a big improvement. This will be something of a test for other titles that have similar issues, so I will be interested to read any and all comments from those who see the results.
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Posted September 14 2007 - 01:27 PM

Hopefully Lowry/DTS won't meddle with the colors and white levels the way they did on the Disney and 007 projects they were handed.

Enough is enough, Disney. No more evasions or excuses. We DEMAND the release Song of the South on Blu-ray along with the uncut version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Blu-ray. I will not support anything your company produces until then.


#7 of 68 Gregory Pauswinski

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Posted January 24 2008 - 12:49 PM

I've read a couple of reviews of the Blu-Ray release and I'm trying to determine whether I can retire my Criterion DVD or not.

Does anybody know whether all of the suppliments are actually carried over from the Criterion DVD? The review from DVD Authority says they are, but I don't see any mention of the 50 minute documentary, The Pythons.

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Posted January 24 2008 - 01:41 PM

It looks like the prices on the BD are only going to be a few dollars more than the SD version.

For example: Amazon.com: SD-$16.99 BD-$19.95 Posted Image

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#9 of 68 Gregory Pauswinski

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Posted January 24 2008 - 03:38 PM

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It looks like the prices on the BD are only going to be a few dollars more than the SD version.

I bought it in one of the amazon buy-one-get-one-free sales, so I only paid about $10. Posted Image

#10 of 68 Paul Arnette

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Posted January 25 2008 - 01:04 AM

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I bought it in one of the amazon buy-one-get-one-free sales, so I only paid about $10. Posted Image

Me too, except it was less than $8. Posted Image Man, I miss the BOGOs and 10% discount already.
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Posted January 25 2008 - 06:33 AM

Got it (it's been out in Region B for some time). Picture and sound are both fine, but not top notch demonstration quality (but who on earth would buy this movie as a demo disc anyway?). It easily beats the best SD version, and the extras are more than enough to satisfy anyone. The real gem is an audio-only recording of the original read-through of the script that the Pythons did prior to shooting the film, with pictures of the script accompanying it. [EDIT] Plus, there's a great new documentary that IMHO is a lot better than the documentary included in the Criterion release.

Is it worth buying? If you're a very casual fan and you already have the Criterion SD, then probably not. However, if you have any warmer liking of Python, then I'd say this is a no-brainer. FWIW, I'm not a particularly strong Python fan and I haven't regretted buying it.

#12 of 68 Gregory Pauswinski

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Posted January 25 2008 - 07:50 AM

I'm not crazy. This blu-ray release is missing the Criterion "The Pythons" documentary. It still sounds like a winner, though. Posted Image

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Posted January 26 2008 - 12:51 AM

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I'm not crazy. This blu-ray release is missing the Criterion "The Pythons" documentary. It still sounds like a winner, though.
It contains a brand new documentary instead. I personally thought it far better because it gave a lot more insight into the battle it took to get the movie made, the various protests and objections when it came out, etc. Plus, it contains a moment of Brit cultural history - the confrontation on a Brit TV programme between an Anglican bishop and a well known Brit religious commentator called Malcolm Muggeridge (loved by some and loathed by a great many more Brits) and Messrs Palin and Cleese. The Pythons won hands down because they were dignified and rational whilst the bishop and Muggeridge were patronising and childish. The incident promoted a lot of comment at the time in the UK. You also get details of the Brit towns that banned The Life of Brian. There's a wonderful piece of archive footage of one town councellor (i.e. local politician) who admitted he hadn't seen the film before he'd voted for banning it. The documentary on the Criterion was made contemporaneously with the film for the BBC, and lacks a lot of the insights that hindsight can bring, and of course contains very little detail on the behind the scenes fights and problems that were taking place.

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Posted January 26 2008 - 01:04 AM

Andrew,
On the Sony blu-ray release, did it have the original Orion or WB logo at the start of the film? Orion/WB originally released the film in the US in 1979? If not, what logo was there at the start of the film? Just curious.
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Posted January 26 2008 - 07:22 AM

Good to see this will be a must buy.

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Posted January 27 2008 - 12:27 AM

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did it have the original Orion or WB logo at the start of the film?
Didn't see any logo - went straight to the first scene of a starry sky (I thought it was going to turn into the Orion logo, but it didn't).

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Posted January 27 2008 - 12:31 AM

In my opinion the picture quality is simply fabulous on the Blu-ray release.

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Posted January 29 2008 - 04:01 AM

I've had the U.K. BD since it came out. I'm real impressed with the image. The several really weak scenes stille look weak but overall the image is considerably better than the Criterion DVD. I concur with Andrew that the new documentary is very good.

The only thing that leaves me curious is that everything is on one BD in the U.K. and two discs here in Estados Unidos.
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Posted January 29 2008 - 10:38 AM

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The only thing that leaves me curious is that everything is on one BD in the U.K. and two discs here in Estados Unidos.
Just received the Blu-ray from Amazon.com and the invoice reads "Monty Python's Life Of Brian - Two - Disc Collector's Edition...", but there is only ONE disc in the case and no mention of a second disc on the cover.Posted Image

Edit: The Title on the case-cover reads: "Monty Python's Life of Brian: The Immaculate Edition".

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Posted January 29 2008 - 11:08 AM

Does "Immaculate" = (or suggest) the use of DNR on 'roids? Posted Image Posted Image J/K of course. Posted Image

Now I kinda wish I had ordered it during the last BOGO sales on Amazon. Posted Image

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