Holy Grail!!!

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  1. CharlesD

    CharlesD Screenwriter

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    I saw the new print of Holy Grail last night!
    It was a lot of fun to see this movie with 600 other Python fans! The repetition of lines by the audience was kept relatively under control [​IMG] It was fun though when everyone let out a half-hearted "Yay!" when they were forced to eat Robin's minstrels.
    The new print looks good, with much better color saturation compared to the current DVD. I suppose theres only so much that can be done with this film, but overall it looked quite good. The new DVD should be a real treat!
    After many repeat viewings, I still think that this is the funniest movie every made!
    And there was much rejoicing!
     
  2. Mark Turetsky

    Mark Turetsky Supporting Actor

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    I also saw the new print yesterday at Cinema Village in New York. My experience was much like yours: The audience was surprisingly respectful of the movie, never really going so far as to recite the movie along with it, as I was half expecting. I also felt the entire audience sort of freeze up when the new footage started. That, and the nature of the new footage was kind of jarring, with Spoiler:Zoot/Dingo looking directly into the camera. I thought the new print brought some great changes in contrast to the movie. I could make out a lot more detail than I previously could in the movie. All in all, a fun time.
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  3. george kaplan

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    From the spoiler, this 'new' footage sounds like it's just the scene that was added into the criterion laserdisc. Does anybody know if that's it? I'm certainly happy to see the scene put back in, but I kind of half-hoped that the 'new' footage would be something I hadn't seen before.
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  4. Seth Paxton

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    No new footage other than the Criterion LD bit.
    Big News for Indianapolis HG fans - Grail is coming to Keystone Cinema in SEPTEMBER. Mark your calenders and lets all go and have a HTF meet there. I think it would be a blast.
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  5. Paul W

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    Dammit!
    I saw Holy Grail at the Rialto Theater in Pasadena (on a Thursday night).
    I think there were a total of 8 people in the theater. I could hear individual recitation of lines.
    Dammit!
    Oh and the extra footage: pretty useless, I think. Except for the bit about the pussy jokes (which I didn't think was _that_ funny).
    Oh well. I can't wait for the DVD.
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  6. Jeff Kleist

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  7. Jason Hughes

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    Does anybody know what is going to be on the new Holy Grail DVD? I currently have the Criterion LD. Not the greatest of picture quality, but a great disc to have. Will probably go see it at the Main Art theater in Royal Oak later in the month.
     
  8. Seth Paxton

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    Wow, this print looks really good. The film still has a lot of dirt on it, probably forever at this point, but the colors are often vibrant.
    The "extra" footage from the Criterion LD is, as you've heard, back in. But now it has been restored to a level that makes it's insertion almost unnoticeable. There were some guys behind me in the theater that had obviously not ever seen this footage and were surprised by it's sudden presence. It's not great stuff, but it's still a good joke.
    One other VERY NOTICEABLE change is that they altered the music within Castle Anthrax. When Galahad escapes the doctors and enters the bathing room with all the girls saying "hello". Previously it was a bit of string plucking with an almost Twilight Zone feel to it. Now it has a slightly livelier, maybe even happy tone to it.
    Not a "bad" thing, but I thought it was unneeded. I have no idea why it was changed. I didn't notice any other changes.
    Finally, just seeing the film on screen for the first time ever was remarkable. As we all know, film is just not the same experience as video. The film plays different on the big screen with a theater of strangers than it does on TV with your buddies. Different jokes get the biggest laughs and different things capture your attention.
    Definately spend the money and catch this at the theater.
    [Edited last by Seth Paxton on October 07, 2001 at 02:34 PM]
     
  9. Jeff Kleist

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    It started playing here in Philly, FINALLY about 2 weeks ago. Print had some nasty splices in it, but agreed it's MUCH improved. I loved seeing it theatrically, MUCH better than on TV [​IMG]. Another change that was made was Michael Palin's narration of the book was re-recorded. Knowing that fact, I was able to confirm it.
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  10. SteveGon

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    I'll have to wait for the dvd. There's no way in hell that the theaters here in Troy would play a cool movie like MPatHG... [​IMG]
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