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Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five to Go - At The 02 London (2014/Eagle Blu-ray)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: C Film: B+

As apparent from the title Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five to Go is a Monty Python reunion show that took place in June of 2014 at the O2 Arena in London, England. Also clear from the (joking) title only 5 of the original 6 cast members remain; with Graham Chapman having passed away in 1989.

The cast pokes fun at their ages and inabilities for sure, even unabashedly mocking Graham Chapman for being gone; but concurrently the gang displays that they still have what it takes to make comedy gold, while paying homage to a fallen brother. This live 2014 show features the remaining cast of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin; as well as 'featuring' Carol Cleveland. The stage production acts as a 'best of' or 'greatest hits' for the Python cast as we are treated to fan favorites like The Dead Parrot Sketch, The Spanish Inquisition, and The Four Yorkshiremen. A host of old musical numbers are also presented like The Lumberjack song, Every Sperm is Sacred, Always look on the Bright Side of Life; albeit this time around the Python crew are joined by quite a large cast of performers.

Sure some of the sketches go on too long or are sensationalized by cuss words/phallic symbols, and yes the old boys show their age; BUT COME ON IT'S MONTY PYTHON HERE?!

In the end, Monty Python's creative cast were pioneers that paved the way for much of the outlandish comedy styling we have today. This presentation gave us a taste of the past (relying heavily on old favorites), but showed us they still got it!

The technical features for this single disc Blu-ray are about what you would expect for a live performance; looking very nice, but more so middle of the road for a high definition presentation. The picture is presented in a 1080i, MPEG-4, AVC encoded, 1.78 X 1 widescreen that gets the job done with a clear image, solid black levels, and balanced/bright colors; but nothing out of this world or demo quality as sharpness is lacking and only on close shots can finer detail be appreciated. The sound is lossless 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) that is more impressive than anticipated as surrounds are well utilized with solid directionality/panning effects, as well as the big musical numbers (which combine voice and orchestral accompaniment) being in fine balance. Dialogue is spot on.

Extras are present, but only amount to 20 minutes of material; being all too short for this classic comedy troupe. Extras include:

  • Green Screen Shot 2014

  • Highlights from the 10 Shows at the O2 in London

  • Backstage at the O2 in London

  • The Production November 2013 to June 2014

    • Longest and best featurette in the lot as it briefly chronicles the creative process once the gang was back together

  • The Announcement November 2013

    • Press event reveal

  • The Reunion November 2013

    • A quick table read

- Michael P. Dougherty II


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