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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

NOTE: The commentaries are only only the Collector's Edition and Special Edition DVDs, not the initial release. The Gilliam/Jones commentary was also on the Criterion laserdisc.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Writers/directors/actors Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones Rating:8.3/10 (28 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 31st, 2006:Find all reviews by pat00139
Mr. Gilliam talks a lot more than Mr. Jones, but this is still great. The two directors talk a lot about their inspirations and how the scenes were made. Like the second track, there are many, many anecdotes, and many behind the scenes stories. In the New York premiere, there was a really long queue, and Mr. Gilliam had no idea where the people heard of the movie, so he was very surprised. Mr. Jones talks a little about the original draft and talks about the changes they made. They both remember how the name ĎMonty Pythonís Flying Circusí came about. Theyíre pretty specific at times, and at other times they ramble on about things related to the movie. Itís all very interesting and on the same level as the second track.
Commentary 2: Writers/actors John Cleese, Eric Idle, and Michael Palin Rating:8.0/10 (30 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 31st, 2006:Find all reviews by pat00139
These guys are all separate, unfortunately, but itís still very nice. You learn what John Cleese and Eric Idleís favorite scene is, and a whole slew of anecdotes and behind the scenes stories. The three guys recall endlessly the shooting of the movie and events surrounding the movie. The movie was made for 220 thousand pounds, and the hotel they were staying at only had enough water for about 60% of the crew, and the castle at the end is a real castle. The track is really funny, and the stories they tell are extremely interesting. Itís definitely one of those tracks you can listen to many times without getting boring.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on March 5th, 2013:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
Eric explains that the opening credits got huge laughs whilst shown at Cannes and all of a sudden the film stopped and everybody roared with laughter thinking it was part of the film. But security escorted everyone out and made them stand in the street because there was a bomb scare.

Michael wrote the Swedish subtitles in the credits. He played the mud eater and he had to find chocolate in the mud. He asked "How am I going to tell the chocolate from the mud?"

John talks about him and Terry Gilliam training for the sword fight since both of them played the knights. Connie Booth brought hers and John's daughter Cynthia with them to watch the rehearsals. Cynthia being 5 at them time said to Connie "Daddy doesn't like that man."

Eric says that he was getting ready to laugh in the witch scene and had to bite on his scythe to prevent himself laughing. It was also his idea to end the film the way it does.