UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME VIDEO ANNOUNCES 20th ANNIVERSARY DVD OF MONTY PYTHON'S THE MEANING OF LIFE SPECIAL EDITION ON DVD SEPTEMBER 2, 2003 2-Disc Special Edition Comes Complete with Newly-Created Special Features Including an Alternate Ending and Outrageous Gags from the Original Pythons * Universal City, California, July 16 2003 - Many of the unforgettable scenes that cemented Monty Python's legendary status in comedy are found in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, out on DVD in a 2-disc Special Edition September 2nd. Loaded with Python's trademark in-your-face wit and risque social barbs, this irreverent look at life's most serious subject will crack up both die-hard fans and the uninitiated. Animated characters from the film guide viewers to newly created bonus features from the original Pythons including an alternate ending, new versions of songs such as "Every Sperm is Sacred," and "The Meaning of Life" that have been re-recorded by their authors and deleted scenes spiced with no-holds-barred commentary on why they didn't make the cut. Plus, look out for an animated Martin Luther, whose sequence was cut from the film. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life co-stars Academy Award-nominated comedians John Cleese (all three Harry Potter features, Die Another Day, A Fish Called Wanda, and TV's Fawlty Towers) and Terry Gilliam (director of Brazil, Time Bandits, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), who also co-directed the film, along with Eric Idle (102 Dalmatians, Casper). In the true spirit of Monty Python, the Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Special Edition DVD with all-new hilarious bonus features from the original Python team to make this a must-have collectible DVD. The DVD has a pre-order close of July 29th and is priced at $26.98 S.R.P. Bonus Features Created By the Surviving Pythons Include New Versions of Songs and Hilarious Python-Narrated Deleted Scenes Aficionados will howl with laughter and bone up on Python lore with the Monty Python's The Meaning of Life DVD bonus features, many of which offer a contemporary take on the film from the surviving Pythons. An outlandish alternate, deleted scenes accompanied by scathing commentary from the Pythons; plus new versions of songs from their original authors make this special edition truly indispensable. A madcap 50-minute featurette, The History of the Meaning of Life is "guided" by animated versions of unforgettable characters Mr. Creosote, A Fish, The Headmaster and The Man in Pink. The feature offers a hilarious mix of contemporary footage and material shot during the production and release of the original movie. Must-see insights from the surviving Pythons are captured in candid interviews with John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin along with the film's co-writer/co-directors Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. Quirky interludes in the true spirit of Python include a digital Monty Python reunion, contemporary interviews with the children from the "Every Sperm is Sacred" sequence and a "where are they now" look at the film's topless runners. Plus, contemporary interviews with people who hated the film! Collectors won't want to miss The John Cleese Version, a newly created trailer for the film and The School Prospectus, offering a contemporary parody of an English Public School rife with sex education and corporal punishment. Furthering the hilarity is Fish, a unique option guiding viewers into the minds of fish. On a more serious note, The Re-Mastering of the Meaning of Life combines earnest and satirical takes on the restoration of the film. The DVD-ROM edition features the original screenplay, lost scenes, song sheets of music and lyrics from the film, Creosote cooking tips, and the Python's Good Death Guide. Showcasing the Talent Of Beloved Comedian John Cleese Monty Python's The Meaning of Life is as beloved as Monty Python and The Holy Grail for its hilarity, originality and close adherence to the Python credo that nothing is sacred. Skewering everything from death to procreation, the film features unforgettable scenes like the explosion of a stupendously obese man, a dinner party with Death and an elaborate song and dance number entitled "Every Sperm is Sacred". John Cleese, recognized as one of the geniuses of English comedy, began his collaboration with fellow-Pythonite Graham Chapman in the mid-sixties, creating the celebrated TV series Monty Python's Flying Circus. The troupe's outlandish spoofs of everyday life led to their first feature, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974), in which Cleese played (among other things) the Black Knight, who continues to duel with King Arthur despite the fact that his arms and legs have been lopped off. Cleese's stature in comedy continued to grow after his work with the Monty Python troup! e, writing the Ringo Starr/Peter Sellers vehicle The Magic Christian and co-creating the hit TV series Fawlty Towers. Cleese continues to work extensively in film and has performed in two James Bond films. Cleese won an Oscar(r) nomination and a British Academy Award for A Fish Called Wanda, which he wrote, produced and starred in. Today Cleese occasionally reunites with the surviving Pythons -- as he did for the creation of the Special Features on Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. Synopsis The comedy group's last full-length movie, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, is a collection of outrageous comedy sketches that irreverently take on weighty subjects like life and death. The vignettes offer surprising moments like a guest appearance by the Grim Reaper, an elaborately produced song and dance number entitled "Every Sperm is Sacred," and dinner with the world's most obese man who shows us just how he got that way. All of the scenes display the unmistakable brand of Python humor, which continues to win the hearts of comedy lovers young and old. CAST &*FILMMAKERS Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones Screenwriters: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam Producer: John Goldstone Director of Photography: Peter Hannan, Roger Pratt Production Design: Harry Lange Editor: Julian Doyle Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam DVD TECHNICAL INFORMATION Street Date: September 2, 2003 Pre-Order Close: July 29, 2003 Rating: R 2-Disc Special Edition: $26.98 S.R.P Selection Number: 21221 Running Time: 1 Hr. 48 Mins.