I think it’s fair to say that Python fans are split fairly equally over which is the best Python film, Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life undoubtedly containing some brilliant material but also some stuff which doesn’t totally come off. So it’s down to Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Monty Python’s Life Of Brian. I love the latter film, but for me it’s the Arthurian spoof that wins hands down. For God’s sake even the opening credits make me laugh, and all I have to do is just think about the Killer Bunny, Lancelot getting “a bit carried away”, the Black Knight and a long list of other matchless scenes of comedy to start chuckling.
Anyway, to mark the movie’s 40th anniversary, Park Circus and Sony Pictures are to release a sing-a-long version of the film in the U.K., and it will also be released internationally by Park Circus and Rainbow Releasing. The UK release will hit 500 cinemas and will only be shown on October 14. The screening will be accompanied by a specially filmed introduction from Monty Python’s Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and John Cleese. Audience members are encouraged to come along dressed up as their favourite character as well of course, sing.
I’m never been one for all this singing, dressing up malarkey, probably partially stemming from many many years ago when I once attended a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and, never having seen the film before, just didn’t “get it” at all and felt totally lost. But I’ll be going to one of these if there’s a showing near me.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will then release Monty Python And The Holy Grail: 40th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray this autumn.