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  • Life of Brian / Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Set [DVD] [2011] Life of Brian / Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Set | DVD | (03/10/2011) from £7.33  |  Saving you £0.30 (3.80%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail:Arthur, King of the Britons (Graham Chapman) assembles his Knights of the Round Table and takes them swiflty from Camelot, after a message from God, on a quest to find the Holy Grail! As they travel to the sound of their coconut banging servants, the banner of Knights encounter a castle of heavy resistance; guards throwing cows and chickens, Knights in the forest who say 'Ni!' and a cute looking rabbit that only the 'Holy Hand Grenade' can deal with. Satirising events of that time (including witch trials and the black plague), Monty Python create an hilarious take on the well known story and deliver some unforgettable moments.Life Of Brian:The second movie from the comedy team of Monty Python takes them back to biblical times, following Brian; born just a few doors down from Jesus, growing up a jew in Roman occupied Judea. As he falls for an attractive young rebel, Brian joins the separatist movement that will lead him to confront Roman Centurions and the well-known Pontius Pilate to determine his fate! Again satirising the times, Monty Python bring laughter to spectacles that at the time would be no laughing matter. Filmed in Tunisia, and with guest appearances including George Harrison and Spike Milligan, Life Of Brian is another hit from the comedy genius that is Monty Python.

  • Jabberwocky [The Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] Jabberwocky | Blu Ray | (20/11/2017) from £17.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Welcome to the kingdom of Terry Gilliam: his solo-directing debut, a gonzo medieval comedy Amid the filth and muck of England in the Dark Ages, a fearsome dragon stalks the land, casting a shadow of terror upon the kingdom of Bruno the Questionable. Who should emerge as the town's only possible saviour but Dennis Cooper (Life of Brian's MICHAEL PALIN), an endearingly witless bumpkin who stumbles onto the scene and is flung into the role of brave knight? The first outing as a solo director by TERRY GILLIAM (Brazil)inspired by Lewis Carroll's poem Jabberwocky and made on the heels of Gilliam's success as a member of the iconic comedy troupe Monty Pytho - showcases his delight in comic nonsense, with a cast chock-full of beloved British character actors. A giddy romp through blood and excrement, this fantasy remains one of the filmmaker's most uproarious visions of society run amok. BONUS FEATURES DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES New 4K digital transfer from a restoration by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation, approved by director Terry Gilliam 5.1 surround mix, supervised by Gilliam and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio Audio commentary from 2001 featuring Gilliam and actor Michael Palin New documentary on the making of the film, featuring Gilliam, producer Sandy Lieberson, Palin and actor Annette Badland New interview with Valerie Charlton, designer of the Jabberwock, featuring her collection of rare behind-the-scenes photographs Selection of Gilliam's storyboards and sketches PLUS: An essay by critic Scott Tobias

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail -- Two-disc set [1975] Monty Python and the Holy Grail -- Two-disc set | DVD | (04/03/2002) from £4.49  |  Saving you £14.25 (71.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The second best comedy ever made, Monty Python and the Holy Grail must give precedence only to the same team's masterpiece, The Life of Brian (1979). Even though most of this film's set-pieces are now indelibly inscribed in every Python fan's psyche, as if by magic they never seem to pall. And they remain endlessly, joyfully quotable: from the Black Knight ("It's just a flesh wound"), to the constitutional peasants ("Come and see the violence inherent in the system!") and the taunting French soldier ("Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!"). Not forgetting of course the migratory habits of European and African swallows... The film's mock-Arthurian narrative provides a sturdy framework for the jokes, and the authentic-looking production design is relentlessly and gloriously dirty. The miniscule budget turns out to be one of the film's greatest assets: Can't afford horses? Use coconuts instead. No money for special effects? Let Terry Gilliam animate. And so on, from Camelot ("it's only a model") to the rampaging killer rabbit glove puppet. True it's let down a little by a rushed ending, and the jokes lack the sting of Life of Brian's sharply observed satire, but Holy Grail is still timeless comedy that's surely destined for immortality. On the DVD: Disc One contains a digitally remastered anamorphic (16:9) print of the film--which is still a little grainy, but a big improvement on previous video releases--with a splendidly remixed Dolby 5.1 soundtrack (plus an added 24 seconds of self-referential humour "absolutely free"!). There are two commentaries, one with the two Terrys, co-directors Jones and Gilliam, the other a splicing together of three separate commentaries by Michael Palin, John Cleese (in waspish, nit-picking mood) and Eric Idle. A "Follow the Killer Rabbit" feature provides access either to the Accountant's invoices or Gilliam's conceptual sketches. Subtitle options allow you to read the screenplay or watch with spookily appropriate captions from Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part II. The second disc has lots more material, much of it very silly and inconsequential (an educational film on coconuts, the Camelot song in Lego and so on), plus a long-ish documentary from 2001 in which Palin and Jones revisit Doune Castle, Glencoe and other Scottish locations. Perhaps best of all, though, are the two scenes from the Japanese version with English subtitles, in which we see the search for the Holy sake cup, and the Ni-saying Knights who want... bonsai! --Mark Walker

  • Brazil [1985] Brazil | DVD | (19/05/2003) from £5.78  |  Saving you £10.21 (63.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    If Franz Kafka had been an animator and film director--oh, and a member of Monty Python's Flying Circus--Brazil is the sort of outrageously dystopian satire one could easily imagine him making. In fact it was made by Terry Gilliam, who is all of the above except, of course, Franz Kafka. Be that as it may, Gilliam captures the paranoid-subversive spirit of Kafka's The Trial (along with his own Python animation) in this bureaucratic nightmare-comedy about a meek government clerk named Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) whose life is destroyed by a simple bug. It's not a software bug but a real bug (no doubt related to Kafka's famous Metamorphosis insect) that gets squashed in a printer and causes a typographical error unjustly identifying an innocent citizen, one Mr Buttle, as suspected terrorist Harry Tuttle (Robert De Niro). When Sam becomes enmeshed in unravelling this bureaucratic tangle, he himself winds up labelled as a miscreant. The movie presents such an unrelentingly imaginative and savage vision of 20th-century bureaucracy that it almost became a victim of small-minded studio management itself--until Gilliam surreptitiously screened his cut for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, who named it the best movie of 1985 and virtually embarrassed Universal into releasing it. --Jim Emerson On the DVD: Brazil comes to DVD in a welcome anamorphic print of the full director's cut--here running some 136 minutes. Disappointingly the only extra feature is the 30-minute making-of documentary "What Is Brazil?", which consists of on-set and behind-the-scenes interviews. There's nothing about the film's controversial release history (covered so comprehensively on the North American Criterion Collection release), nor is Gilliam's illuminating, irreverent directorial commentary anywhere to be found. The only other extra here is the ubiquitous theatrical trailer. A welcome release of a real classic, then, but something of a missed opportunity. --Mark Walker

  • Twelve Monkeys [1996] Twelve Monkeys | DVD | (04/10/1999) from £5.59  |  Saving you £5.40 (49.10%)  |  RRP £10.99

  • Jabberwocky [1977] Jabberwocky | DVD | (17/02/2003) from £4.29  |  Saving you £8.70 (67.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A medieval comedy-adventure starring Michael Palin and directed by Terry Gilliam, Jabberwocky is an episodic adaptation of Lewis Carrolls surreal poem. Having previously directed Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975) with Terry Jones, Jabberwocky marked Gilliams solo directorial debut--is it coincidental that Jones is killed by the titular monster in the opening scene? Palin plays the naive Dennis Cooper, a man seeking his fortune just as the Jabberwocky is laying waste to the country. Its much the same world as Holy Grail, with all the trappings of the romantic Hollywood epic being liberally coated with literal and metaphorical muck. Palins character causes unwitting mayhem wherever he goes--one stand-out scene involves the destruction of a maintenance shop for damaged knights-in-armour--though as much humour comes from exposing the foibles of the people he meets. And those people constitute a roll call of contemporary British comedy: Harry H Corbett as a sex-mad squire, Warren Mitchells Mr Fishfinger, plus Annette Badland, Max Wall, John Le Mesurier, Rodney Bewes, John Bird, Neil Innes and John Gorman. Jabberwocky lacks the hilarity of Holy Grail, but is a consistently amusing, exceptionally atmospheric, gleefully gory yarn which points the way to Gilliams Time Bandits (1981) and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988). On the DVD Jabberwocky is distinguished by an engaging and enthusiastic commentary from Gilliam and Palin, in which they delight in the amazing cast and ponder how such a handsome film was made. Otherwise the extras are a short sketch-to-screen comparison, three posters and three trailers (only one for Jabberwocky). Transferred anamorphically enhanced at 1.77:1, the picture is variable, with many beautifully lit indoor scenes looking fine, while other exterior, daylight shots appear washed out. There is some minor print damage. The sound is a revelation for a low-budget 1970s film originally released in mono. Given a full Dolby Digital 5.1 remix the tremendously detailed, rich and involving soundscape really brings Gilliams world alive and puts many much more recent and expensive titles to shame. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail [Blu-ray][Region Free] Monty Python and the Holy Grail | Blu Ray | (26/03/2012) from £7.28  |  Saving you £12.71 (63.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Hailed by Time Magazine as ?a movie? and the Chicago Reader as ?full of stuff?, MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL follows King Arthur and his band of less-than-merry men across the English countryside as they search for the elusive Grail. See flying cows, killer rabbits, vestal virgins and various forms of shrubbery as the Knights of the Round Table run away from peril at every possible moment. See the movie which critics universally agree is about 92 minutes long!

  • Monty Python And The Holy Grail (Extraordinarily Deluxe Edition) [1974] Monty Python And The Holy Grail (Extraordinarily Deluxe Edition) | DVD | (09/10/2006) from £4.79  |  Saving you £20.20 (80.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Yoiks! Here be the Python's tale of good King Arthur (Graham Chapman) and his knights as they quest for the Holy Grail. Watch as they face great odds and silly sods. See them wage battle against the fierce Killer Rabbit (""Run Away! Run Away!"") and (oh horrors!) see them confront the dreaded Knights Who Say ""Ni!"". Oh these be trying times. Can these good knights pass the test of valour and cut down yon tree with herring? Or will they blow themselves to smithereens with the Holy H

  • Twelve Monkeys [Blu-ray] [1995] Twelve Monkeys | Blu Ray | (07/09/2009) from £7.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A lone time traveller from the year 2035 must solve a riddle that may save his people... but it may also take him to the brink of madness. Bruce Willis Madeline Stowe and Brad Pitt star in this brilliant sci-fi masterpiece from Terry Gilliam. After the world's population is devastated by a killer virus survivors must live in dark underground communities. Cole (Willis) volunteers to travel into the past to obtain a pure virus sample thereby helping scientists develop a cure. Along the way he crosses paths with a beautiful psychiatrist (Stowe) and a one-card-short-of-a-full-deck mental patient (Pitt). But the race is on as Cole searches for The Army of the 12 Monkeys a radical group linked to the deadly disease. With unforgettable performances and imaginative special effects 12 Monkeys is a modern-day classic laced with Gilliam's trademark wit and dazzling visual style.

  • Time Bandits BD [Blu-ray] Time Bandits BD | Blu Ray | (26/08/2013) from £11.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (40.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The film that established Terry Gilliam as more than just Monty Python’s resident animator this delightfully inventive children’s fantasy is about young Kevin (Craig Warnock) who finds himself travelling through holes in the space-time continuum in the company of half a dozen fractious dwarfs. Along the way he encounters Agamemnon (Sean Connery) Robin Hood (John Cleese) Napoleon (Ian Holm) and winds up as a passenger on the Titanic although not necessarily in that order. But is this just random entertainment laid on for history fan Kevin’s benefit or part of a wider struggle between the forces of good (Ralph Richardson) and evil (David Warner)? At the time this was a rare example of a small-budget British film successfully taking on American blockbusters. Now it's a much-loved fantasy classic bursting with inspired images and ideas: Gilliam and co-writer Michael Palin (who also appears) are clearly enjoying themselves as much as their audience. Special Features: Brand new 2k-resolution restoration of the film from the original camera negative approved by director and co-writer Terry Gilliam Original uncompressed PCM Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio options Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Chasing Time Bandits: A new interview with Terry Gilliam Writing the Film that Dares Not Speak its Name: A new interview in which Michael Palin discusses co-writing and acting in Time Bandits The Effects of Time Bandits: A new interview in which Kent Houston founder of the Peerless Camera Company discusses Time Bandits’ optical effects Playing Evil: A new featurette in which actor David Warner remembers producer George Harrison and playing Evil in Time Bandits The Costumes of Time Bandits: A new interview with costume designer James Acheson The Look of Time Bandits: A new interview with production designer Milly Burns From Script to Screen – A new animated featurette in which Milly Burns takes us through her production notebooks locations photographs and storyboards revealing how twentieth century Morocco was transformed into Ancient Greece Original Trailer Restoration Demonstration Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic James Oliver “An extraordinarily inventive fantasy” - Time Out

  • Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas [1998] Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas | DVD | (05/09/2005) from £3.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    ""We were somewhere around Barstow when the drugs began to take hold."" It is 1971: journalist Raoul Duke barrels towards Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race accompanied by a trunkful of contraband and his slightly unhinged Samoan attorney Dr. Gonzo. But what is ostensibly a cut-and-dry journalistic endeavor quickly descends into a feverish psychedelic odyssey and an excoriating dissection of the American way of life. Director Terry Gilliam and an all star cast (headed by

  • Time Bandits [DVD] Time Bandits | DVD | (12/10/2015) from £6.95  |  Saving you £8.04 (53.60%)  |  RRP £14.99

    From a script cowritten with his fellow Monty Python veteran Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam pulled out all the stops on his prodigious imagination for this comedy-fantasy from 1981. Film critic Pauline Kael was right when she wrote, "This may be one of those rare pictures that suffers from a surfeit of good ideas," because there's not enough plot to keep pace with the sheer inventiveness of Gilliam's filmmaking. That hasn't stopped Time Bandits from becoming a classic, of sorts, attracting a cult following as a semi-reunion of the Python gang (with Palin and John Cleese making splendid appearances) and a rousing adventure of near-epic proportions. It's about a kid named Kevin (Craig Warnock) who joins a band of mischievous dwarves on a jaunt through various eras and epochs. They've stolen a map to holes in the space-time continuum that belongs to the Supreme Being (suitably played by Sir Ralph Richardson), and as Kevin survives a variety of heroic adventures, including an encounter with King Agamemnon (Sean Connery) and an Evil Genius (David Warner) who pursues the coveted map using his nefarious magical powers. As a warm-up for Gilliam's later, even more ambitious fantasies, Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, this is a dazzling dose of cinematic whimsy, and Gilliam doesn't compromise the darkness of his tale with an artificially upbeat ending. There's as much menace in Time Bandits as there is an awesome sense of wonder, and that gives the movie an extra kick of timeless appeal. --Jeff Shannon

  • The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen [Blu-ray] [1988] The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen | Blu Ray | (07/04/2008) from £6.15  |  Saving you £13.84 (69.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From Terry Gilliam director of Time Bandits and Brazil comes The Adventures of Baron Munchausen a spectacular epic fantasy quite unlike any other film ever made. Just who is Baron Munchausen? Liar? Rogue? Madman? Or the greatest superhero ever to battle and triumph against unbeatable odds? Did he really ride through the air on a cannonball slay a three-headed griffin journey to the moon all before breakfast? Helped and hindered by a cast of quite literally thousands including Vulcan Berthold and many more the indomitable Baron succeeds in overcoming every obstacle to face his final greatest challenge: Death itself! There's never been a film remotely like this but then there's never been a hero to compare with the Baron...

  • Monty Python's Flying Circus - Series 1-4 - Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus - Series 1-4 - Complete | DVD | (03/11/2008) from £18.40  |  Saving you £24.99 (55.50%)  |  RRP £44.99

    The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas [Blu-ray] [1998] Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas | Blu Ray | (01/03/2010) from £7.54  |  Saving you £12.45 (62.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The original cowriter and director of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was Alex Cox, whose earlier film Sid and Nancy suggests that Cox could have been a perfect match in filming Hunter S. Thompson's psychotropic masterpiece of "gonzo" journalism. Unfortunately Cox departed due to the usual "creative differences," and this ill-fated adaptation was thrust upon Terry Gilliam, whose formidable gifts as a visionary filmmaker were squandered on the seemingly unfilmable elements of Thompson's ether-fogged narrative. The result is a one-joke movie without the joke--an endless series of repetitive scenes involving rampant substance abuse and the hallucinogenic fallout of a road trip that's run crazily out of control. Johnny Depp plays Thompson's alter ego, "gonzo" journalist Raoul Duke, and Benicio Del Toro is his sidekick and so-called lawyer Dr. Gonzo. During the course of a trip to Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, they ingest a veritable chemistry set of drugs, and Gilliam does his best to show us the hallucinatory state of their zonked-out minds. This allows for some dazzling imagery and the rampant humour of stumbling buffoons, and the mumbling performances of Depp and Del Toro wholeheartedly embrace the tripped-out, paranoid lunacy of Thompson's celebrated book. But over two hours of this insanity tends to grate on the nerves--like being the only sober guest at a party full of drunken idiots. So while Gilliam's film may achieve some modest cult status over the years, it's only because Fear and Loathing is best enjoyed by those who are just as stoned as the characters in the movie. --Jeff Shannon

  • Brazil [Blu-ray] Brazil | Blu Ray | (05/12/2011) from £9.49  |  Saving you £6.50 (40.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Acclaimed story of an unambitious civil servant who escapes the harsh realities of a totalitarian future with frequent daydreams. Jonathan Pryce and Robert De Niro star with Michael Palin and Bob Hoskins in this chilling black comedy directed by former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam.

  • Tideland [2005] Tideland | DVD | (29/01/2007) from £6.29  |  Saving you £-1.95 (-39.10%)  |  RRP £4.99

    Jeliza-Rose is a young child in a very unusual situation - both parents are junkies. When her mother dies she embarks on a strange journey with her father Noah a rock 'n' roll musician well past his time. The film drifts between reality and fantasy as Jeliza-Rose escapes the vast lonliness of her new home into the fantasy world that exists in her imagination. In this world fireflies have names bog-men awaken at dusk and since separated from their bodies keep her company: Mystique Baby Blonde Glitter Dickens a mentally damaged young man with the mind of a ten year old. As optimistic as it is surreal as humourous as it is suspenseful - Tideland is a celebration of the power of a child's imagination...

  • The Fisher King [The Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]  [1991] The Fisher King | Blu Ray | (19/06/2017) from £12.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Arthurian mythology and modern-day decay seem perfect complements to each other in Terry Gilliam's drama/comedy/fantasy The Fisher King. Shock jock Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges) makes an off-handed radio remark that causes a man to go on a killing spree, leaving Lucas unhinged with guilt. His later, chance meeting with Parry (Robin Williams), a homeless man suffering from dementia, gets him involved in the unlikely quest for the Holy Grail. The rickety and patently unrealistic stand that insanity is just a wonderful place to be and that the homeless are all errant knights wears awfully thin, but, there are numerous moments of sad grace and violent beauty in this film. The screenplay by Richard LaGravenese launched his successful career and his smart wordplay helped garner Mercedes Ruehl an Oscar as Lucas' girlfriend. --Keith Simanton

  • The Zero Theorem [Blu-ray] The Zero Theorem | Blu Ray | (21/07/2014) from £7.37  |  Saving you £15.62 (67.90%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Near-future London. Shut-in mathematician Qohen Leth (Waltz) is assigned by his employer (Damon) to work at home on solving the near-impossible Zero Theorem. Qohen begins a virtual and perhaps actual relationship with cyber-companion Bainsley (Thierry): either a distraction or the means to find an answer.

  • The Zero Theorem [DVD] The Zero Theorem | DVD | (21/07/2014) from £3.86  |  Saving you £11.84 (65.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Near-future London. Shut-in mathematician Qohen Leth (Waltz) is assigned by his employer (Damon) to work at home on solving the near-impossible Zero Theorem. Qohen begins a virtual and perhaps actual relationship with cyber-companion Bainsley (Thierry): either a distraction or the means to find an answer.

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