THE MONTY PYTHON FILMS

And Now For Something Completely Different (1971)

(Monty Python's first film; a collection of their most popular sketches and animations which were re-filmed for five weeks in October and November 1970 at a former dairy in north London)

  • Columbia Pictures / Kettledrum-Python Productions Film, distributed by RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video (1991), 43396 6013 (ISBN 0-8001-1171-0), 88 minutes
  • Columbia Pictures / Kettledrum-Python Productions Film, distributed by *** (U.K.) (19***), CC7149, 88 minutes

And Now For Something Completely Different (1971)

(laser disc version of the film; presented in the original (letterbox) theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66 to 1; a review from Time Magazine (May 26, 1975) is printed on the back cover; the sketches are chaptered into 35 segments; the disc is in extended play (CLV) format which also allows chapter search)

  • Columbia Pictures / Kettledrum-Python Productions Film, distributed by Columbia Tristar Home Video (1994), 76826 (ISBN 0-8001-3813-9), 89 minutes

Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1974)

(Monty Python's first successful full-length feature film; traces King Arthur's quest for the Holy Grail with his Knights of Round Table; filmed in Scotland, it is a true classic and perennial favorite on college campuses)

  • Cineplex Corp., distributed by Pan-Canadian Video (1983, 1984), **, 92 minutes
  • Almi-Cinema 5/Python Pictures-Michael White Film, distributed by RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video (1991), 43396 92253 (ISBN 0-8001-1329-2), 90 minutes
  • Almi-Cinema 5/Python Pictures-Michael White Film, distributed by Brent Walker Video (19***), ***, 90 minutes
  • RCA Videodisc, RCA/03040/1974, 96 minutes


Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1974)

(special laser disc version of the film; includes a "coming attraction" trailer, a bonus 24-second sequence from "The Tale of Sir Galahad" not previously released, an analog track featuring audio commentary by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, another analog track featuring the entire movie dubbed in Japanese, and various silly photos taken on location during the film's production; shown in its original aspect ratio of 1.85 to 1)

  • National Film Trustee Company, Ltd., distributed by The Voyager Company and Columbia/Tristar Home Video (1992), "The Criterion Collection", CC 1311L (ISBN 1-55940-324-1), 91 minutes


Monty Python And The Holy Grail: 21st Anniversary Edition (1974)

(the 21st anniverary edition of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, digitally remastered and featuring the missing 24-second Castle Anthrax scene as well as the theatrical trailer; it is only playable in PAL mode)

  • National Film Trustee Company Ltd., distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (1996), 2146C, 89 minutes


Monty Python And The Holy Grail: Widescreen Edition (1974)

(American widescreen edition of the film; presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.75:1)

  • National Film Trustee Company Ltd., distirbuted by Columbia Tristar Home Video (1997), 22623 (ISBN 0-8001-3799-X), 92 minutes


Monty Python's Life Of Brian (1979)

(Monty Python's second major movie success; filmed entirely on location in Tunisia from September 16 to November 12, 1978; film is about a man in biblical times who is mistaken for a messiah; funding problems for the film led to the creation of Handmade Films by George Harrison and Dennis O'Brien which later produced a number of other Python-related films: "Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl," "Time Bandits," "Privates on Parade," "Nuns on the Run," "A Private Function," and "The Missionary")

  • Warner Brothers/Orion Pictures, Handmade Films, distributed by Paramount Home Video (1990), PAR 12871 (ISBN 0-7921-1904-5), 94 minutes
  • Warner Brothers/Orion Pictures, Handmade Films, distributed by Warner Home Video (19***), 2003, 94 minutes


Monty Python's Life Of Brian (1979)

(the Criterion Collection version of Life of Brian, available only on laserdisc; includes a new digital widescreen transfer approved by Terry Jones; two commentary tracks featuring John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle Terry Jones, and Michael Palin; original theatrical trailer; original radio advertisements; deleted scenes with audio commentary; documentary film "The Pythons" shot on location during the making of "Life of Brian")

  • Anchor Bay Etnertainment, distributed by The Voyager Company (1997), "The Criterion Collection", CC 1504L (ISBN 1-55940-849-9), 94 minutes


Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl (1982)

(film of the stage show performed at the Hollywood Bowl during September 26-29, 1980; their most elaborate presentation of their stage show ever; also contains material from "Monty Python's Contractual Obligation" album which was released earlier that year)

  • Handmade Films and Columbia Pictures, distributed by Paramount Home Video (1991), PAR 12872 (ISBN 0-7921-1906-1), 81 minutes


Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life (1983)

(Monty Python's biggest budget production ever; filmed during the summer of 1982 at a variety of locations in England and Scotland as well as the EMI-Elstree studios in Borehamwood, England; the film is actually a series of sketches linked by a common theme; includes a short film by Terry Gilliam: "The Crimson Permanent Assurance")

  • Celandine Films, distributed by MCA Universal Home Video (1991), 71016 (ISBN 1-55880-676-8), 107 minutes
  • Celandine Films, distributed by MCA Universal Home Video (1996), 71016 (ISBN 1-55880-676-8), 108 minutes