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Life of Brian (Criterion Ed)

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Squirrel God, Jun 28, 2002.

  1. Squirrel God

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    Why is this so damn expensive? :(

    Futureent - £29.99 :eek:

    Play.com - £25.99 :eek:

    It's not even 2 disks :( Yet it's the only version of this movie that is widescreen anamorphic - the rest are 4:3 :mad:

    Anybody seen it cheaper? :(
     
  2. gringottsdirect

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    Dear God,
    Yes, I seen it in 1979 at my local Odeon, my mum was an ice cream lady so we used her free pass.
     
  3. mcmullanbrush

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    Squirrel

    This post is probably as much use as the one by gringotts but i have this DVD and I am certain I payed 17.99 for it.

    Thing is I cant remember where from:(
     
  4. Squirrel God

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    £17.99 for the Criterion edition? :eek:

    Try to remember pleeeeeeaaaassssseeeeeeeee :(
     
  5. mcmullanbrush

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    Squirrel

    I will look through my receipts, dont get your hopes up though because I may have got on specials offer.
     
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    Thanks Mac :)

    My hopes are firmly grounded for the time being, but I will be looking on the bright side of life ;) :p
     
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    Awww. Arse! That sugests that the £6.99 copy I've just ordered from HMV is 4:3.

    Checked it and the title claims w/s but the detail says 4:3. I'll watch it first then send it back as it wasn't correctly described.
     
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    The reason the Criterion edition is so expensive is that it's now a deleted title.

    I bought it for £30, but felt that it was worth every penny.
     
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    Ouch! Thanks Xusia. Maybe they will be releasing an anamorphic widescreen version on other regions soon then......... hhhhhmmmmm...... I can't bring myself to spend £30 on a DVD :(
     
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    Sorry Squirrel

    I cant find the receipt, I am sure it was from Play247 so it looks like the price has changed since release
     
  12. Squirrel God

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    Okay :( Thanks anyway Mac :)
     
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    I too have thought about this one but as yet not managed to cough up the best part of £30 for it.Although expensive,the majority of Criterion titles either hold or increase in value and are considered a worthwhile investment as far as dvd's go.
    I only own Robocop and Silence Of The Lambs which are both out of print and i could easily recoup the £25 i paid or each of them.
     
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    I bought mine from DVD Express ages ago and only paid about £18 (with a couple of quid for postage).

    As the dollar is low at the moment try some US based sites.

    Excellent disk. PQ is superb and the documentarys are almost as good and funny as the film.

    Well worth even the £27 or so from a UK site.
     
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    Thanks Bill. Will check it out :)

    BTW, they're called DVD.com now :eek:
     
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    If you haven't bought it already then don't. Anchor Bay (UK) are bringing out a new edition in the UK later in the year, with full input from the Pythons and it should have the extras from the Criterion disc, plus some new ones aswell.
    The MP team were so peeved at the shoddy treatment Paramount gave to the UK disc that they actually did a press release telling people not to buy it and wait for the SE from Anchor Bay. Should be 2 discs aswell. And you can guarantee it won't be £30.

    Keep your wallet in your pocket.
     
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    Rambo,

    You're a star!!! Thanks for that.

    I'll shall wait patiently now!! :D
     
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    Thanks indeed Rambo.I too shall hold on now :)
     
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    I bought this over a year ago, about £25 quid as far as I can remeber - worth every penny for the deleted scenes, but particularly the deleted alternative beginning entitled 'sheep' - anyone who's seen it will know what I mean!!! :D :D :D
     
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    And don't forget "the sign that is the sign"................
     
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    Is this the one ?

    Due out 14/04/2003 & £9-99 according to play
     
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    it has only taken nearly a year since SG first enquired

    that post was a blast from the past

    whatever happened to IJS etc

    nice av;)
     
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    Cheers JohnG, am tempted to pre-ordered it but it doesn't appear to have any extras though ..... And that doesn't look like an Anchor Bay emblem on the spine in the picture Play have put up.... No one else seems to have it listed either :(
     
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    But.........

    It does say it's anamorphic widescreen. Perhaps neither the cover nor the extra's are confirmed yet.

    I'm ordering it as my existing copy currently holds the 'most pointless upgrade from VHS' award.

    :)

    Ben.
     
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    What do you think the chances are they will put the extra 40 mins cut from the original cinema release? I really hope they do cos some of the scenes just don't make sense, particularly the suicides at the end!
     
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    This is confusing. I wonder if the SE has been scrapped, or the details aren't being released yet? It'll be a shame if the only improvement over the 4:3 Paramount release is that it's anamorphic after the Pythons went out of their way to do the press release and sort out some extras for it:confused:
     
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    Apologies for my ignorance, but I've never heard of this.

    Why the cuts? Have a full version not been shown since the cinema release?

    My favourite film, and I obviously know nothing about it!!!!!

    :blush:

    Ben
     
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    I've got a book about Monty Python so i'll type out what it says about the cuts made to Life Of Brian.

    'The finished film weighed in at two hours, 15 minutes and great chunks of class material were edited - though much of it was later reinstated. There was talk within the group to release it as it was, with an interval break, or even put it out as a two-part film, but in the end, the group decided to cut it down. Missing pieces include the shepherd in the next field, the kidnap of Pilate's wife (played by massive John Case), and, most penetrating of all, Idle's Nazi Jew Otto and his suicide army's main scene - their only appearance in the final cut is at the very end and leaves most of their comedy unexplained. After all the editing and fiddling Terry Gilliam was disillusioned, considering the result 'an ordinary comedy'. In 1989, following Graham Chapmans's memorial service, several people urged Julian Doyle (who was the film's editor) to release the full, uncut two and a quarter hour version of the film for a limited, special tribute presentation. Cleese, wary of facing a new backlash of controversy, exercised his Python veto to stop the idea.'

    Next year will be the 25th anniversay of Life Of Brian so it would be nice if they could edit the missing bits back in and release it as a special anniversary edition.
     
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    ...these are all on the criterion and run to about 15 mins. IMO they don't add a great deal to the film
     
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    Wonderul creatures sheep.
     

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