Python special features revealed

Monday 21st October 2019, 5:38pm

  • Special features have been announced for restored Monty Python's Flying Circus releases
  • The new DVD and Blu-ray versions have been completely restored, frame-by-frame
  • Cut-down and deleted sketches are amongst the wealth of features
Monty Python's Flying Circus. John Cleese. Copyright: Python (Monty) Pictures Ltd.

An extensive list of special features has been announced for upcoming Monty Python's Flying Circus Blu-ray and DVD releases.

The international smash-hit sketch show has been fully remastered and restored from the original film and video tapes for the very first time, mastered at HD resolution for the highest possible quality presentation of the comedy series, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this month.

Network Distributing has been working on a frame-by-frame restoration of the BBC comedy, the initial release of which has been postponed from the end of September to early November, following the last-minute discovery of yet more original material.

A complete Blu-ray box set, dubbed the 'Norwegian Blu-ray Edition' - in reference to the infamous Parrot Sketch - will be issued on 4th November, with DVD, Blu-ray, and limited edition DigiPack-boxed Blu-ray editions of Series 1 also released on the same date.

Series 2, 3 and 4 will be separately released at the end of January, March and May, respectively.

Each series will be accompanied by a new book detailing their production history, by historian Andrew Pixley. The 45 episodes will span seven discs in total, with out-takes, studio footage and original, full-length versions of cut-down sketches all reinstated.

By series and episode, the full list of additional material is as follows.

Series 1

1, Sex And Violence: Reinstated content, studio out-takes
8, Full Frontal Nudity: Studio out-takes
9, The Ant, An Introduction: Studio out-takes
10, Untitled: Extended Ron Obvious filmed material and clean end titles footage

Series 2

4, The Buzz Aldrin Show: Extended & unused filmed material
5, Live From The Grill-O-Mat: Extended Ken Clean-Air System filmed material
6, It's A Living: Reinstated content & alternative, censored sketch audio, extended Election Night Special and School Prizes filmed material
9, How To Recognise Different Parts Of The Body: Reinstated content & alternative, censored sketch audio
10, Scott Of The Antarctic: Extended filmed material
11, How Not To Be Seen: Restored animation, unused film material, extended Conquistador Coffee sketch
And Now For Something Completely Different: Vic Jamison's 1970 student film shot on location with the Python team
Interview with Ian MacNaughton: Recorded in November 1971 at Imperial College London

Series 3

1, Whicker's World: Extended Mrs Premise & Mrs Conclusion Travel to Paris filmed material
4, Blood, Devastation, Death, War And Horror: Extended The Pantomime Horse is a Secret Agent filmed material and Bus Conductor extended scene
5, The All-England Summarise Proust Competition: Reinstated content
7, Salad Days: Reinstated content
9, The Nude Organist: Reinstated content with extended Trees animation, studio out-takes, alternative Terry Gilliam-approved sound mix
10, E. Henry Thripshaw's Disease: Extended Gay Boys in Bondage animation and Sir Philip Sidney filmed material
11, Dennis Moore: Extended Redistribution of Wealth filmed material
12, A Book At Bedtime: Reinstated content, original opening, extended Heath Tango animation
13, Grandstand: extended Grandstand filmed material, studio out-takes, extended Charwoman animation, unused Betty Blood Donor animation
Series 3 monologue rushes (mostly mute)

Series 4

1, The Golden Age Of Ballooning: Extended Barry Zeppelin filmed material
2, Michael Ellis: Deleted Icelandic Honey Week filmed material, extended Toupee Department and Football Pundits filmed material
3, The Light Entertainment War: Repeats extended voiceover & unused M2 filmed material, When Does a Dream Begin (clean closing titles)
4, Hamlet: Extended Queen Victoria Handicap filmed material
5, Mr Neutron: Reinstated content, extended Mr Neutron Takes Tea filmed material
6, Party Political Broadcast: Extended Fanshawe-Chumleigh Dinner Party filmed material, deleted Ursula Hitler filmed material
Restoring Flying Circus with Terry Gilliam
In Vision archive interview from December 1974
Birds Eye Peas, Harmony Hairspray and Close-Up Toothpaste product relaunches


A trailer for the releases has been published:

Additionally, a teaser video has been released that sees Terry Gilliam shown the restoration of his animations and surrounding sketches for the first time.


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Monty Python's Flying Circus - Complete Series 4

A meticulously restored, HD-remaster of the complete fourth series.

Further details and extras to be confirmed.

First released: Monday 25th May 2020

  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: All regions
  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: All regions
  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: All regions

Monty Python's Flying Circus - Complete Series 3

A meticulously restored, HD-remaster of the complete third series.

Further details and extras to be confirmed.

First released: Monday 30th March 2020

  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: All regions
  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: All regions
  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: All regions

Monty Python's Flying Circus - Complete Series 2

A meticulously restored, HD-remaster of the complete second series.

Further details and extras to be confirmed.

First released: Monday 27th January 2020

  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: All regions
  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: All regions
  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: All regions

Monty Python's Flying Circus Norwegian Blu-ray Edition

Monty Python's Flying Circus Norwegian Blu-ray Edition

Years in the making, Network presents the entire original television series of Monty Python's Flying Circus, fully rejuvenated for the first time.

Sketches, some edited for timing, taste and copyright reasons, have been carefully restored to their intended length and the majority of Terry Gilliam's animations have been newly scanned in high definition and restored to a specification way beyond their original format. Hitherto unseen outtakes, film inserts and studio recordings have been retrieved, adding yet another dimension to this exclusive release. This is the ultimate television restoration and a must for every generation of Python fan.

7 discs feature all 45 episodes presented series-by-series, for the first time totally uncut and beautifully restored from original film and videotape elements.

The restoration
After nearly a decade of research and planning, this is a ground up restoration by Network's award-winning in-house team working from the best available materials - from first generation 2-inch videotape masters to surviving negative and print film material, scanned in 2K. The wildly varying picture sources have been graded scene-by-scene and intensively cleaned up.

State of the art upscaling of standard definition videotape has been deployed with careful use of noise reduction for both video and film grain, resulting in a vastly improved viewing experience all round on Blu-ray high definition format, far exceeding anything previously available.

First released: Monday 4th November 2019

  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: All regions
  • Discs: 7
  • Minutes: 1,333
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese
  • Catalogue: 7958226

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Monty Python's Flying Circus - Complete Series 1

Monty Python's Flying Circus - Complete Series 1

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of a genuinely iconic series, we present Monty Python's Flying Circus as nature intended! This ground-up restoration has been produced from the best available materials, painstakingly restored, and garnished with larks' vomit...

Previously edited sketches have been returned to their original length while filmed sketch sequences and Terry Gilliam's animations have been newly scanned in high definition, adding unimaginable depth and clarity to some classic moments.

From the archive come genuine rarities including previously unseen studio outtakes and extended versions of filmed sketch material, making this the ultimate in television restoration and a must-have for every generation of Python fan!

First released: Monday 4th November 2019

  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: All regions
  • Discs: 3
  • Minutes: 393
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Polish
  • Catalogue: 7956020

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  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: All regions
  • Discs: 2
  • Minutes: 393
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Polish
  • Catalogue: 7958224SC

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  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: All regions
  • Discs: 2
  • Minutes: 393
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Polish
  • Catalogue: 7958302

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