by Hans ten Cate
Wednesday, 7 April 1999

Good news for DVD ROM and DVD Player owners! The classic Monty Python series will finally make its way to DVD this fall after a new agreement made with A&E Home Entertainment. The studio, also responsible for releasing many films and television shows on video and DVD (including "The Avengers" series), will make history with the arrival of the complete series of British comedy skits, "Monty Python's Flying Circus."

A&E will make the official announcement of the specific features on the Monty Python discs at the 18th Annual Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) Home Entertainment Convention and Exhibition in Los Angeles (July 8-10, 1999).

The studio is expected to release the DVD's in a box set similar to "The Avengers" DVD set released by A&E recently. One season of the series will be included in each box set, so expect a lot of episodes. A&E is also currently in negotiations with the former group members to possible provide a number of "special features" on the discs. Expect "behind-the-scenes" featurettes and documentaries, interviews with the surviving cast and crew of the show and a special inclusion of the PC game "Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time" (currently in copyright negotiations).

In other Python DVD news, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is back on for a DVD release. After a series of postponements, reschedules, and cancellations, the title is allegedly back on for release this Christmas. The disc will be available in stores on December 28, 1999.

Fans probably know that Meaning of Life has been available since December 1, 1998. Soon, you will be able to enjoy Life of Brian as well. That particular title will hit store shelves April 27, 1999.

Other Python-related titles to be released this year are The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and the widescreen version of Time Bandits (both on April 27, 1999). A DVD copy of Voyager's Criterion Collection Time Bandits has been out since March 30. This expanded version, like the Criterion laserdisc, has audio commentary by Gilliam and the actors as well as numerous scrapbook photos.