Special features included on this two-disc set are on Disc One: an option to view the film with one of two commentary tracks: one featuring Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, and Terry Jones; the second track features John Cleese and Michael Palin. Disc Two includes the featurette Le Story Of Brian (60 minutes); five deleted scenes available with or without commentary; Script Readthrough, which is an original recording of the cast reading the early script; four illustrated, vintage, theatrical radio ads; and a photo gallery.
Originally called Brian Of Nazareth, this outrageous comedy has probably offended every religious denomination on Earth. It follows the Life Of Brian (Chapman), a Canaanite born near and at about the same time as Jesus Christ, and through a series of misunderstandings is mistaken for the promised Messiah.
Compared to the Criterion Collection release that was reviewed in Issue 42, the anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD shows an improvement in overall resolution, with a slight increase in color fidelity. Black levels are also improved but are still not great. The haziness that is noticeable in the previous releases has been cleared up somewhat. Source element artifacts have been cleaned up well, but heavy film grain can still be a distraction at times. This is the best this movie has looked on DVD, but it still is not great. (Danny Richelieu)
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