MONTY PYTHON TITLES FOR THE COMPACT DISC INTERACTIVE
As for owners of the Philips-patented Compact Disc Interactive (CD-i) system, you too are in luck! There are a number of Monty Python related titles that, as of yet, cannot be purchased for any other system. Unless CD-i cards become mainstream add-ons for Macintosh and PC computers, you will have to find a way to get access to a CD-i player to see some of these extraordinary Monty Python titles.
CD-i was developed jointly by Philips and Sony during the early 1980s and has since grown into a respectable market for home entertainment. It is the first multimedia format to deliver full-motion video, text, graphics, sound and interactivity for home viewers on their television. Each title comes on a compact disc, but using the CD-i standard designed by Philips, these discs store more than the conventional CD-ROM.
There are hundreds of titles available for CD-i, including games, movies, reference titles, educational software, and instructional software. Interestingly, one of the earliest movie titles available for the CD-i was "A Fish Called Wanda," starring John Cleese and Michael Palin. Movies for the CD-i come on Digital Video discs which can be played on CD-i using the Digital Video cartridge.
Video Arts, the management training company co-founded by John Cleese in 1971, has also capitalized on this format. About 9 titles are currently available from Video Arts and 7 new releases are expected to be released soon. Each disc is a full-length training video (usually around 30 minutes) which trainers can use with a CD-i player. The following discs feature John Cleese:
Unfortunately, Video Arts is geared toward companies and corporations who can afford to spend big money on training videos. Each CD-i costs about $850 to buy or $250 for a five day rental. Fortunately, Python fans who want something a bit more affordable can now get three interactive Monty Python titles at about $30 (U.S.) a piece: "Monty Python's More Naughty Bits," "Live Without Monty Python," and "Invasion from the Planet Skyron." Note, however, that the third title was only recently released in Europe and won't be available in the United States for some time.