Remember, Joe is reviewing the DVD, not the movie. A DVD of Batman &
Robin could get a 10, if the features are cool enough. And A Clockwork
Orange could wind up with a 1 if it got no features at all. Got it? Good.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Regular Edition (wide screen).
I'm going to keep this review short, as this is, of course, the 'regular edition',
and there's a new 'special edition'. The last time I checked Amazon.com, there's
a $1 difference in the price. I admit, I bought the regular edition over a year
ago, and with the special edition, and my VHS version, I'm up to three copies
of the movie. But, well, we all know the movie itself is worth it.
Just go and buy the special edition, already. Hell, you're probably going
to have a problem tracking down the regular version anyway these days, as it
might be out of print.
If you do get the regular edition, however, you do get a couple of special
features. Well, okay, I wouldn't count them as that special, really. You get
some 'bonus trailers'. I can understand putting in The Adventures of Baron
Munchausen, and even The City of Lost Children. There was a quote
from Terry Gilliam, so that one might have a slight connection to this movie.
I have no clue what the deal with Dr. Strangelove was, however.
I can't really say that there was anything truly special about this DVD. It's
not to say that the movie isn't worth shelling out $20 for, but well, you might
as well save up the extra $8.50 for the difference in MSRP for the special edition.
At least it had some picture menus. I give this a 2.
Holy Grail: Special Edition
I got my special edition in the mail and didn't get to opening it for almost
a week. When I finally got the chance to sit down so I could really enjoy it,
I was blown away. There were no 'security device enclosed' messages! I don't
know if it's because I got it mail order, instead of buying it locally, or what,
but I don't care. It didn't have 'em.
I don't know how many items I see on the special features that others don't,
but, in the case of this two disk set, sit on the menus for a few seconds, instead
of jumping straight in. You should also make sure to choose the menus for the
hard of hearing.
Anyway, the scene selection's animated, and you'll get a little bit extra
if you have surround sound hooked up while you're in there. As most of you have
seen the movie a dozen or more times, you'll probably want to turn on the 'killer
rabbit' feature for some random interludes in the middle of the film. If you
haven't seen the movie before, it might be distracting and keep you from being
able to follow the film the whole way through. (Of course, this is a Monty Python
movie, so, well, you can't follow the movie the whole way through, so
you might as well just turn it on.)
I really enjoyed the Palin and Jones video on re-visiting the film locations
25 years later, but it would have been nice if the production manager had been
miked. (You anti-Mac fans might want to skip this one, because Terry Jones has
a PowerBook G3.)
There are a few other completely random bits (it's Python, were you really
expecting non-random things?), including the Japanese dubbed version of a couple
of scenes, with English subtitles, as the knights search for the 'Holy Sake
Cup' and have to get bonsi for the Knights Who Say Ni.
For the section on Old Rubbish, I found the text was simply too small to read
all of it. They read one page out loud, but it'd have been nice to have known
what the rest of it said.
You also get two trailers (both the original, and re-release trailer), your
normal cast listing, and, for the first time that I've ever seen it, an actual
list of credits for the folks who did the DVD work. There's also the lego version
of the Camelot scene, a sing-a-long for "The Knights of the Round Table,"
"Sir Robin," and "The Monks' Chant," and, if you listen
to the commentary, you can find out how they managed to pull off the one-legged
special effects for the Black Knight scene.
My only real complaint is that the commentary was obviously done separately
by each of the folks, and then someone's gone and mixed everything back together
for the commentary tracks (one has the two Terrys, and the other is Cleese/Idle/Palin).
Of course, they help to make up for it with things like the ‘subtitles
for people who didn't like the film’. Overall, I'd give this one a solid