Headsup: Two Fists of Flying Circus!

Trying to figure out what’s coming out and what you should buy vs. rent vs. back away from slowly is not for the faint of heart. It’s okay, though: I’m a professional. Here we go.

The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus Collector's Edition DVD cover art
Monty Python Fluxx game cover art

A&E returns to the Python well with The Complete Monty Python’s Flying Circus Collector’s Edition, a twenty-one disc monster of a set that contains every episode of Flying Circus and then, in a separate book that comes out of the box shown (“Monty Python’s Everything Else”), you get, well, just that–everything else. Monty Python Live is included, as well as each of the individual members’ “Personal Best” collections. Now, you might be saying, “Widge, is there anything new in here? I own the 16-Ton Megaset, why should I snag this?” As well you should ask that. The only thing that’s new and never before seen are the two docus included on separate discs, “Before the Flying Circus” which attempts to show the roots of the show and then “Monty Python Conquers America,” in which their storming of American shores is recounted. Beyond that, that’s it. And my understanding is that the episodes have been remastered and restored and whatnot, in preparation for being released on hi-def at some point in the future. If that is accurate, then I see no indication that we’re getting any version of those episodes here in lo-def. So while it’s a very nice set–I especially like how it’s compact, but only a completist who has no intention of upgrading to Blu-Ray at any point in the future would want to snag this. It’s $89.99 on Amazon, and while the Personal Best bits are nice for what they are, I would recommend aiming instead for the 16-ton Megaset. It’s priced at $57.99 and you can snag it here. I would recommend holding out for the Collector’s Edition in Blu-Ray–or at least the remastered episodes. Oh, and one last bit? My favorite perk of the set is the discounted Spamalot tickets, good January 6th through March 29th. But bear in mind, the show closes January 18th. So. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)


Stuff You Need to Know, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Brad Pitt from Troy
  • Somebody go check on Dindrane. George Miller and Brad Pitt are going to do The Odyssey for Warner Brothers. As a sci-fi story in outer space. At least that’s the word, the article doesn’t seem to say either is officially attached at the moment. The article also says that Miller still attached to Justice League, which I still, sorry, don’t think will ever happen. Pitt is also on tap for a movie based on the book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, about the manager of the Oakland A’s, who built his baseball team using computer analysis to help decide what players to draft. Steve Zaillian (All the King’s Men) is scribing and David Frankel (Devil Wears Prada) is to helm. Source: Variety.
  • Making the upcoming All About Eve reading even more of something they damn well better film, Brian Bedford (who’s done a lot, but you probably know him best as the voice of Disney‘s animated Robin Hood) Peter Gallagher, Angela Lansbury, Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) and John Slattery (Mad Men) have all joined the cast. And I had forgotten I actually reviewed the DVD here. Source: Variety.
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    Eric Idle’s Comic Oratorio at the Hollywood Bowl

    Eric Idle in tuxedo

    So Eric Idle was at The Hollywood Bowl the other night. He’s been there before. But this time it was to bring his comic oratorio, based on Life of Brian, to the stage. Entitled “Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy),” it has Idle, John du Prez (they’ve worked together on, oh, say, the original Brian movie–not to mention Spamalot), four full-on professional singers, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pacific Chorale.

    I’m sure a concert film and soundtrack will be released at some point–this is Idle we’re talking about here–but in the meantime, here’s a bootleg video taste of “Amazing Universe.”