Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Rutles: Anthology

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 3, 2013
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $29.95
Studio: Broadway Video

The Ruttles: Anthology scene

Meet Sgt. Rutter's Only Darts Club Band in The Rutles Anthology.

All You Need is Cash, the great 1978 rock mockumentary comedy created by Monty Python’s Eric Idle that outstandingly parodied The Beatles, makes its Blu-ray debut in The Rutles: Anthology.

Originally introduced by Idle in his post-Python BBC satire Rutland Weekend Television, the film All You Need Is Cash was brought to prime time in a 1978 TV special, produced by Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels, directed by Gary Weis and featuring the original Not Ready For Prime Time Players. The film follows the epic rise and fall of the tight-trousered lads from Rutland as they hit the top of the pops and the heights of absurdity. Needless to say, it became a major cult hit…

The Rutles are played by Idle, Neil Innes, John Halsey and Ricky Fataar, performing the Innes-penned Beatles sound-a-like songs “I Must Be in Love,” “Cheese & Onions” and “Ouch!,” among others. Innes’s tunes are close to Lennon and McCartney’s compositions that they can be heard on playlists of Beatles tribute bands today.

Bonus features on the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack include a new interview with Eric Idle, 2004’s sequel The Rutles 2: Can’t Buy Me Lunch and the original “Rutland Weekend” sketch from Saturday Night Live that aired in 1976 when Idle hosted the late night series.

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