Monty Python's Life of Brian (Immaculate Edition) (Widescreen) (2-DVD)

Starring: Monty Python Cast Director: Terry Jones  Rated: R: Restricted
Monty Python's Life of Brian (Immaculate Edition)
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1979
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Collectors Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English, French, Hungarian
    • PCM Stereo - English, French, Hungarian
    • Subtitles - English, Portuguese (Brazilian) - Optional

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , , , , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by , , , , &
Composition by , , &
Art Direction by
Produced by
Director of Photography:

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"What is myrrh' It sounds like some kind of animal to me. Something with horns..."
  - Mandy (Terry Jones), Brian's mum
"What was that'--Gregory (Terence Bayler)
"I don't know. I was too busy talking to Bignose."--Cheeky (Eric Idle)
"I think it was 'Blessed are the cheesemakers.'"--crowd member
"Ah, what's so special about the cheesemakers'"--Mrs. Gregory (Carol Cleveland)
"Well, obviously, it's not meant to be taken literally. It refers to any manufacturers of dairy products."
  - Gregory
"Hear that' 'Blessed are the Greek.'"--Spork
"The Greek'"
  - Gregory
"If you want to join the People's Front of Judea, you have to really hate the Romans."--Reg (John Cleese) to Brian (Graham Chapman)
"I do!"--Brian
"Oh yeah, how much'"--Reg
"A lot!"--Brian
"'re in."
  - Reg
"I'm Brian!"
  - Brian (of course, you silly person)
"He's not the Messiah! He's a very naughty boy!"
  - Mandy speaking to a crowd about Brian
"You are all individuals!"--Brian to a huge crowd of his followers
"We are all individuals!"
  - the crowd
"Apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system, and public health...what have the Romans ever done for us'"
  - Reg (John Cleese) to others in the People's Front of Judea (not to be confused with the Judean People's Front)

Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 08/17/1979
"...Just when you thought that the uproarious English comedy troupe had taken bad taste as far as it could go....Bad taste of this order is rare but not yet dead..."
Total Film - 07/01/2003
"...Always hilarious..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/30/2004
"[I]ts free-form humor and fearless blasphemy still intact and as potent as ever."
Empire - 12/01/2007
5 stars out of 5 -- "[It] might bear similarities to the greatest story ever told, but you'll be laughing too hard to take offense."
Total Film - 01/01/2008
5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a consistently high strike rate that puts this on a par with HOLY GRAIL as the team's best big-screen foray."
Ultimate DVD - 04/01/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his saucy, provocative satire on the sometimes ridiculous nature of religion is absolutely brilliant...the effervescent gags never grow tired."

Plot Synopsis:

Monty Python's comic take on the New Testament tells the tale of Brian Cohen, a highly unlikely candidate for messiah-hood who has the miserable luck of always being in the wrong place at the right time. Born in Nazareth, baby Brian is mistakenly visited by the Three Wise Men, who were actually looking for a different infant--the one born down the street in the glowing manger. Brian leads a fairly normal life while growing up: He works as a vendor at the local coliseum, gets involved in terrorist activities, and paints anti-Roman slogans around town, but he soon finds his life changed forever when he is abducted by aliens and taken on an excursion through the cosmos. Upon his return, a group of locals decide that he's the messiah and begin worshiping him--but he wants them to start the revolution without him.

Plot Keywords:

Ancient World | Black Comedy | British | Farce | Recommended | Religion | Satire | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: August 17, 1979.
  • Filmed on location in Tunisia, Africa.
  • The film includes the opening-credits song "Brian" (sung by Sonia Jones) and the grand finale "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" (written and sung by Eric Idle).
  • Executive producer George Harrison makes a cameo as Mr. Papadopolous.
  • Costume designer Charles Knode makes a cameo as a passerby.
  • Maggie Weston, who did the hair and makeup, and Terry Gilliam were married in 1973.
  • On the video box cover, some people in the crowd are holding up signs; one of the signs calls out for the Rutles, referring to the legendary group that appeared in the 1978 mockumentary ALL YOU NEED IS CASH.
  • The closing credits end with the following line: "If you have enjoyed this film, why not go and see 'La Notte''"--referring to Michelangelo Antonioni's Italian classic.
  • Total Film called THE LIFE OF BRIAN the funniest film ever made.
  • The film includes only one animated sequence; instead, animator Terry Gilliam spends more time than ever actually onscreen, playing various crazy roles.

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