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Monty Python's Flying Circus Restored for Blu Ray

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  1. Bradley Newton

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    If is truly amazing what they were able to do with upscaling the original master 2" PAL tapes with their 600-line resolution into 1080, and digging out and rescanning the 16mm parts in true 1080 HD. My mind is blown. In think this is one of the year’s best releases.
     
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    Almost finished with series 2 and very impressed with the image quality. Colors are very good in certain scenes too.
     
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    Once again, I see technological miracles happening. Shows I thought would be locked into low-resolution forever suddenly spring to life anew with the technical flaws minimized so you can focus on the brilliance of the performances and the writing as they walk the fine tightrope between erudition and absurdity. No American TV sketch show ever came close. England needs it now more than ever. America needs it now more than ever. The world needs it now more than ever. What impressed me that I hadn't noticed as much before was that even with their use of quick-cut gags, other things like the "nudge, nudge, wink, wink" sketch were done all in one shot with no cutaways at all. That's the true test of how skilled the performers were when they were doing that live in front of an audience, and how they were able to take their show on the road and do it live.

    So what's left unreleased to Blu-ray? Just And Now For Something Completely Different, which should already have an HD remaster at least, and Monty Python: Live at the Hollywood Bowl, which will be the greater technical challenge to get up to snuff.
     
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    I think the later seasons benefit more from the upgrade than Season One.

    The animation sequences look superb. The studio sequences not so much. However, it is greatly improved as the seasons move forward. I am on Season 3 and it looks much better than 1.
     
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    One of the guys who worked on this restoration tweeted a pic indicating that he is currently working on “And Now For Something Completely Different.”
     
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    That's actually terrific news. I was going to pull the DVD out of my library to watch once I finished the TV series.

    I guess I am going to put that on hold.

    Question: Were all those sequences re-done for the movie or did they pull the clips from the TV show?
     
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    I believe the sequences were redone for the movie.
     
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    The evidence seems to support that, as there are no sequences with the telltale signs of being converted from video to film.
     
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    All of them were remakes of existing sketches in 35mm. The first US release was received inauspiciously, but a rerelease after the series proper and Holy Grail came out fared better. That used to be the only way to see the Prince's mole sketch uncensored.
     
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    I have And Now on a German blu-ray. It looks fine. The versions of the sketches on it aren't as good as in the TV show though.
     
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    Exactly. It has nothing to do with who shipped it.
    What they should have done is put in foam or cardboard removable inserts so that the sets couldn't move from side to side. It was inevitable, for the most part, given the way they sat in the box.
     
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    amazing finding out that MIke and Terry wrote most of the TV series ,I never would have guessed how much of there material got in the shows, some are almost completely written by them
     
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    It reminds me of a wonderful Hitchcock set on DVD (remember them?); the MGM Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection. Lovely looking set, but so tightly packed for shipping that every disc buckled. The set was so fantastic though that I managed to score replacement discs for them all, and retain the original packaging. And that packaging, free of its shrink wrap, is perfect.
     
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    Email submitted with photo and order number, refund received.
     
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    Ok, so where can i buy this?
     
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    nevermind.
     
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    Amazon, AmazonUK, Network depending on which encode you want

    The individual season -- add Zavvi though only S1 has been released so far. No US edition of the Separate exist yet.
     
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    I would like to get the NTSC version, the box set. Can someone post a link? Either network or the best price?
     
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    Definitely the 1080/60 encode -- 140 + TAX or you could wait and see if it drops back to 115-120 again.
    https://www.amazon.com/Monty-Pythons-Flying-Circus-International/dp/B07YMFVQ3M


    Network's site now lists the set as "(European TV Standard - PAL ONLY" and " 25fps Video, may not play on all devices internationally. Please do check your player's user manual."
    Network does not appear to selling the US standard anymore - it was APPROX $132-135 shipped. May not matter since they appear to be no longer shipping this set to the US. Not sure if that's due to the shipping damage or other reasons.

    AmazonUK is shipping the 1080i50 encode and around 140-160 shipped now.

     
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    I have been plowing through this set as I watch two episodes every morning while on the treadmill.

    I am on the last 4 discs of Season 4.

    A few things...

    My favorite Monty Python sketch of all time, oddly, is "The Golden Age of Ballooning" which is in the very short Season Four which does not feature John Cleese as he had left the troupe.

    Just love this sketch and all the craziness happening all at once. "The Spanish Inquisition" comes in as a close second.

    I am really surprised by how racist some of the sketches are. For instance, there is a character called "Mr. N-word Baiter." There is also lots of use of blackface. Back in the early 70s, it wouldn't raise any eyebrows, but interesting to see how it plays in today's culture.

    The shows look very good. Season One doesn't benefit as well from the restoration as the others, I think. It probably has to do with the source material. What really shines here is the animation sequences. They look spectacular.
     
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