And Now For Something Completely Different
However, by refilming the sketches for a cinematic format, with new editing, camerawork, close-ups, and other la-di-da flourishes, yet without the give-and-take energy of a live studio audience, what on TV was seat-of-the-pants fresh is here flat and overproduced. The lines as written are funny, but the brilliance of team players Cleese, Idle, Palin, Chapman, et al. shines through slat blinds instead of a fully open window. Like the Dead Parrot, it lacks a certain voom!
Today, with the entire Python oeuvre on DVD (several times over), this one is for completist collectors only. Bereft of life, it is an ex-parrot.
Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment's DVD brings us the film with a faultless print and transfer (1.66:1 widescreen) and good DD 2.0 stereo audio. The only extras are thumbnail text screen bio/filmographies on the main Python members and director Ian MacNaughton.