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DVD Review: “Monty Python’s The Life of Brian: The Immaculate Edition”

(Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 1979/2007. 93 Minutes. Rated R. 2 Discs. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Terry Jones.) Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin.

In the interest of fairness, I’ve been a big fan of Monty Python ever since I saw The Holy Grail when I was 8, so I’m not exactly unbiased when it comes to this group. Taking a satirical look at religion and the old Hollywood Biblical epics, The Life of Brian follows Brian Cohen, a young Jew in a Judea filled with fake messiahs, willing followers and the Romans trying to hold it together. Chapman plays Brian with an exasperated earnestness, but Cleese runs away with all of his scenes, especially his roles as Reg, the leader of the People’s Front of Judea, and the grammar-correcting centurion. The rest of the Pythons fill in admirably. The writing is tight, the humor is anarchic and Terry Gilliam’s art direction provides a spot-on spoof of the grandeur of the old Hollywood epics. The digital restoration and clever presentation round out a nice package. The special features include two commentary tracks, several deleted scenes, four hilarious radio ads (one is even from Michael Palin’s dentist), a making-of featurette and an entertaining read-through of an early version of the script by the Pythons. Sacrilegious? More like sacricilious.

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