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Monty Python's the Meaning of Life
This commentary is only on the Universal "Special Edition" DVD release.
Commentaries on this disc:
Writers/directors/actors Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones
Rating:7.7/10 (14 votes) [
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Reviewed by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr on March 30th, 2008
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MEANING OF LIFE was the last PYTHON film due to the difficulties of getting them all together at the same time and this is reflected in this commentary with only the two Terry's participating.
Things get off to a great start with Terry Gilliam covering his accompanying short THE CRIMSON PERMANENT INSURANCE, and it's full of the same entertaining insights and infectious enthusiasm you find in the commentaries on his feature films.
Moving on to the main feature, Gilliam is joined by Terry Jones (though not literally as the 2 tracks were recorded separately). As director, Jones dominates and offers much "making of" information (e.g. filming "Mr Creosote" took 4 days and utilised 90 gallons of "vomit", PYTHON fact fans!) along with plenty of enjoyable anecdotes - my favourite was learning that most of the Zulus were played by "blacked-up" white actors after the black actors originally employed revolted over the cold/conditions in Scotland; which sounds like a PYTHON sketch in itself!
Gilliam meanwhile restricts himself to more general comments, and clearly enjoys reliving the film, at one point even declaring it "the best thing PYTHON ever did"! He also discusses some of the intriguing original ideas for the film that were eventually rejected.
Both commentators clearly rue the passing of PYTHON, with Gilliam in particular gently (and none-too-seriously) admonishing the group members for their post-PYTHON output.
While inevitably you miss the other PYTHONs - and only Chapman has a valid excuse for not participating! - there's more than enough here to make it an essential listen.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on February 16th, 2013
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Both are recorded separately. Gilliam doesn't say much, strangely. He was mostly directing the short film so he was on Meaning of Life as much. There's a bit of pausing. Jones isn't the best at doing commentaries. As you can tell from his disastrous tracks on Wind in the Willows and Erik the Viking.
It's a good track but not as interesting as the tracks on the other Python movies.
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