WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Monty Python And The Holy Grail

Reviewed In Issue 03 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1311L
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $$49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 91
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1975
(LD Release Date): 01/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones
(Screenplay/Written By): Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
(Story): NA
(Music): Neil Innes & Dewolfe
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Roy Smith
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): John Hackney
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): John Goldstone
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Mark Forstarter

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.78:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Monty Python And The Holy Grail is the second feature film from the acclaimed comedy troupe. This time itís a medieval story, with King Arthur and his Knights of the Roundtable in their search for the Holy Grail. The story is told by the Python team in their familiar bizzare and witty style, as a series of sketches with Arthur and his Knights wandering the medieval countryside in their quest for the Holy Grail. Their journey takes many strange turns until they finally arrive at Castle Arrghhh to lead their legions to battle with an ending that only a Monty Python movie can do. This is an out-loud laughable loused-up reworking of the legend of the Grail hunt that will have you gleefully smiling

LaserDisc Picture:
The digital transfer at 1.78:1 is from a 35 mm print struck from the original negative. The contrast and black level is superb, although the flesh tones tend to be a bit on the red side. The color fidelity and balance is excellent with strong hues throughout. The animation sequences are first rate in their color richness. There is an occasional bit of noise and negative/print damage artifacts, but overall the picture is terrific.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is mono, but full-bodied nevertheless with excellent dialogue intelligibility.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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