Blu-ray Release: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Blu-ray Release Date: March 6, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Monty Python and the Holy GrailGrab your coconuts! After being available for pre-order on for a long time, the awesome off-the-wall British comedy movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail is finally available on high-definition Blu-ray.

Co-directed by Terry Gilliam (Brazil) and Terry Jones (Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Meaning of Life), the 1974 film features the usual Python troupe, including John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Graham Chapman.

In the 92-minute Holy Grail, King Arthur (Chapman) and his knights go on a low-budget search for, you guessed it, the Holy Grail. Along the way, they encounter lots of silly obstacles, like the Killer Rabbit, The Knights Who Say ‘Ni!’ and the Black Beast of Aaaargh! It’s only a flesh wound!

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Blu-ray boxThankfully, Sony has remastered the PG-rated film and piled some new special features into the Blu-ray disc:

  • Lost Animations, with introduction by Gilliam
  • outtakes and extended scenes, with introduction by Jones
  • “The Holy Book of Days Second Screen Experience,” letting fans explore each of the 28 days of filming through movie outtakes, diaries, audio recordings, scripts and stills
  • digital copy through UltraViolet that can be downloaded or stored for instant streaming.

The Blu-ray also contains extras that are on previous DVD versions:

  • commentaries by Gilliam, Jones, Cleese, Idle and Palin
  • “Quest for the Holy Grail Locations” with Palin and Jones
  • “Lego Knights: The Knights of the Round Table in Lego”
  • special Japanese version
  • education film “How to Use Your Coconuts”
  • BBC Film “Night On Location”
  • three sing-along songs
  • cast directory photo gallery.

Available the same day is the iPad app “The Holy Book of Days,” which offers the Second Screen experience and lets users control their Blu-ray through their iPad. The app is $4.99 in the App Store, and for a limited time, Sony is offering a $5 mail-in rebate for those who buy both the Blu-ray and app.

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.