In honor of the 40th anniversary of the cult classic comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing an updated Blu-ray of the film that has become a source for many a hilarious quote for film and comedy geeks around the world.
The Blu-ray will include an extensive selection of bonus features, most of which have appeared before on previous DVD and Blu-ray editions. Exclusive to the 40th Anniversary Edition will be a filmmakers’ Q&A from the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and an assemblage of newly discovered unused animated sequences created by Holy Grail‘s co-director, the legendary Terry Gilliam.
Those sequences have made their way online through the official Monty Python YouTube channel. You can check them out here below; it’s enlightening and humorous to hear the man who would one day bless the world of cinema with Brazil, The Fisher King, and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas explain the reasons for their deletion.
Here’s the official text introduction to the video:
“To celebrate the 40th anniversary theatrical re-release of â€˜Monty Python and the Holy Grailâ€™ and the release of the 40th anniversary Blu-Ray, DVD & limited edition castle gift set weâ€™ve put together this video of Terry Gilliamâ€™s lost animations from the film.
The video includes an introduction from Terry G to his lost animation reel where he talks about where the artwork came from and the inspiration behind some of the animation, music by Neil Innes that didnâ€™t make it into the final cut, new animations and deleted animations of â€˜The Tale of Sir Robinâ€™, â€˜Elephant & Castleâ€™, â€˜Meanwhile, King Arthur & Sir Bedevereâ€¦â€™, â€˜Run Away!â€™ and â€˜The Tale of Sir Lancelotâ€™.”
Certainly has a lovely, studio-sanctioned, press release-y tone to it, don’t you think? But still…Neil Innes!
Gilliam makes much merriment of the deleted animated sequences’ quality and importance as a marketing tool for this Blu-ray reissue in his own introduction:
“This in fact is probably the only reason to buy this new Blu-ray version of the film, for the new animation. In fact, it’s old animation, but it’s the animation that was cut out by the rather envious members of the group, who were trying to restrain a young, talented animator. A man who could have gone on to be a great animator, but no, he was forced into live-action filmmaking to cover the scars.”
The Monty Python and the Holy Grail 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray will be available for sale on October 27, 2015 in both a standard edition and the Limited Edition Castle Catapult Gift Set edition. If you don’t already own this timeless masterpiece of verbose hilarity, then you’re a empty-headed animal food trough wiper and I pity your poor soul. Oh, and you should definitely pick this Blu-ray up.