There is not a single joke, sight-gag or one-liner in Monty Python's Life of Brian that will not forever burn itself into the viewer's memory as being just as funny as it is possible to be, but--extraordinarily--almost every indestructibly hilarious scene also serves a dual purpose, making this one of the most consistently sustained film satires ever made. Like all great satire, the Pythons not only attack and vilify their targets (the bigotry and hypocrisy of organised religion and politics) supremely well, they also propose an alternative: be an individual, think... for yourself, don't be led by others. "You've all got to work it out for yourselves", cries Brian in a key moment. "Yes, we've all got to work it our for ourselves", the crowd reply en masse. Two thousand years later, in a world still blighted by religious zealots, Brian's is still a lone voice crying in the wilderness. Aside from being a neat spoof on the Hollywood epic, it's also almost incidentally one of the most realistic on-screen depictions of the ancient world--instead of treating their characters as posturing historical stereotypes, the Pythons realised what no sword 'n' sandal epic ever has: that people are all the same, no matter what period of history they live in. People always have and always will bicker, lie, cheat, swear, conceal cowardice with bravado (like Reg, leader of the People's Front of Judea), abuse power (like Pontius Pilate), blindly follow the latest fads and giggle at silly things ("Biggus Dickus"). In the end, Life of Brian teaches us that the only way for a despairing individual to cope in a world of idiocy and hypocrisy is to always look on the bright side of life. On the DVD: Life of Brian returns to Region 2 DVD in a decent widescreen anamorphic print with Dolby 5.1 sound--neither are exactly revelatory, but at least it's an improvement on the previous release, which was, shockingly, pan & scan. The 50-minute BBC documentary, "The Pythons", was filmed mainly on location in 1979 and isn't especially remarkable or insightful (a new retrospective would have been appreciated). There are trailers for this movie, as well as Holy Grail plus three other non-Python movies. There's no commentary track, sadly. --Mark Walker [show more]
This has got to be the best Monty Python film ever, if there was any crew that could take the @~@~ (mickey) out of the Christian faith this has to be it.
I am A Christian by the way, also my father was a Catholic so it's no wonder I don't know right from wrong......but please just sit back and enjoy a truly funny funny film
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. You could say this is one of the greatest comedies ever, but the Monty Python team said it first! Life of Brian is all about (and here's the big surprise) the life of Brian, who was born in a Bethlehem manger next door to Jesus. Three wise men believe he is the messiah, but it becomes apparent that he is only Brian. It's written and performed by the Monty Python lads, so you know what you're in for; if you don't, put this disc down and go out while it's safe! Actors Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Carol Cleveland & Spike Milligan Director Terry Jones Certificate 15 years and over Year 1979 Screen Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1) Additional Languages Dolby Digital (5.0) Surround: Hungarian ; Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono: German Subtitles Arabic ; Bulgarian ; Croatian ; Czech ; Dutch ; English ; English for the hearing impaired ; Finnish ; French ; German ; Hebrew ; Greek ; Hindi ; Hungarian ; Icelandic ; Italian ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Portuguese ; Slovene ; Swedish ; Turkish Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes (approx)
Notorious religious satire from the Monty Python team which was banned in 17 countries on release. Set during Biblical times, the film tells the story of Brian (Graham Chapman), an accidental messiah whose life runs in eerie parallel to that of Jesus Christ. His misadventures come to the attention of Pilate (Michael Palin), crucifixion inevitably follows, and the film ends with the infamous group rendition of the song 'Always Look On the Bright Side of Life'.