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Life of Brian [Criterion Collection]

Format: DVD     Release Date: 11/16/1999
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On a midnight clear 2,000 years ago, three wise men enter a manger where a babe is wrapped in swaddling clothes. It is an infant called Brian...and the three wise men are in the wrong manger. For the rest of his life, Brian (Graham Chapman) finds himself regarded as something of a messiah -- yet he's always in the shadow of this other guy from Galilee. Brian is witness to the Sermon of the Mount, but his seat is in such a bad location that he can't hear any of it ("Blessed are the cheesemakers?"). Ultimately, he is brought before Pontius Pilate and sentenced to crucifixion, which takes place at that crowded, nonexclusive execution site a few blocks shy of Calvary. Rather than utter the Last Six Words, Brian leads his fellow crucifixees in a spirited rendition of a British music-hall cheer-up song &"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." The whole Monty Python gang (Chapman, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, and Terry Gilliam) are on hand in multiple roles, playing such sacred characters as Stan Called Loretta, Biggus Dickus, Deadly Dirk, Casts the First Stone, and Intensely Dull Youth; also showing up are Goon Show veteran Spike Milligan and a Liverpool musician named George Harrison. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Menu Group #1 with 19 chapter(s) covering 01:33:45

1. Logos/Three Wise Men. [:12]
2. Opening titles animation. [4:08]
3. Judea AD 33. [2:34]
4. "Alms for an ex-leper". [7:22]
5. "You're one of them". [2:05]
6. The People's Front of Judea. [1:51]
7. "Romans go home". [5:39]
8. Raid on Pilate's palace. [7:09]
9. Pilate. [7:18]
10. Crash landing. [4:17]
11. Haggling. [3:39]
12. The shoe and the gourd. [6:11]
13. Hail Messiah. [5:19]
14. "A very naughty boy". [2:35]
15. "One cross each". [2:33]
16. Pilate's Passover address. [8:36]
17. The Jewish section. [2:42]
18. The rescue committee. [8:17]
19. "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life". [2:39]


1. Prologue: Graham Chapmer Rests [3:33]
2. The Phenomenon [1:41]
3. Hail, The Pythons [12:29]
4. Py.thon.esque/pi-tne-nesk/ [2:37]
5. Insomniacs, Intellectuals, And Burglars [4:26]
6. Nth-rate Philosophers With Attitude [7:12]
7. Judea Ad 33 [3:53]
8. Tunisian Tummy [1:19]
9. Transplants, Teeth, And Tax Evasion [3:16]
10. Python On Python [6:29]
11. Fellow Travelers [2:15]
12. Epilogue: An Orgy With Cherryade [:35]
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: November 16, 1999
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Region: 1
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Length: 94 minutes
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Format: Wide Screen Enhanced (16x9)
  • Discs: 1
  • Language: English
  • Subtitle: English
  • UPC: 715515010320
  • Product ID: 1010597
  • Genre: Comedy

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