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Monty Python’s Flying Circus – Looking fresh and fully restored to celebrate 50 Years!

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of a genuinely iconic series, Monty Python’s Flying Circus is presented as nature intended! With Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin now in HD glory, this ground-up restoration has been produced from the best available materials, painstakingly restored, and garnished with larks’ vomit…

Previously edited sketches have been returned to their original length while filmed sketch sequences and Terry Gilliam’s animations have been newly scanned in High Definition, adding unimaginable depth and clarity to some classic moments. Terry Gilliam recently dropped by the restoration studio to have a look.

From the archive come genuine rarities including previously unseen studio outtakes and extended versions of filmed sketch material, making this the ultimate in television restoration and a must-have for every generation of Python fan! The Digipak edition features an exclusive packaging design using original Monty Python animation work blessed by Terry Gilliam, and an extensive book on the series’ production history from noted TV historian Andrew Pixley.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus: The Complete Series 1 DigiPak and Standard Blu-ray and DVD editions are released on Monday 4th November and will be followed by:

  • Monty Python’s Flying Circus: The Complete Series 2 on Monday 27th January 2020
  • Monty Python’s Flying Circus: The Complete Series 3 on Monday 30th March 202
  • Monty Python’s Flying Circus: The Complete Series 4 on Monday 25th May 2020

So it’s time to pre-order your copy now. Nudge nudge! Know what I mean? Say no more…

If you’d rather “av’ the lot” all at once the Limited Edition 50th Anniversary box-set, including all four series and special features, is exclusively available to pre-order from Network, also released Monday 4th November:

Monty Python’s Flying Circus Norwegian Blu-ray Edition

THE RESTORATION

After nearly a decade of research and planning, this is a ground up restoration by Network’s award-winning in-house team working from the best available materials – from first generation 2-inch videotape masters to surviving negative and print film material, scanned in 2K. The wildly varying picture sources have been graded scene-by-scene and intensively cleaned up.

State of the art upscaling of SD videotape has been deployed with careful use of noise reduction for both video and film grain, resulting in a vastly improved viewing experience all round on Blu-ray HD format, far exceeding anything previously available.

Network’s Archive Colourist Jonathan Wood has said “The Monty Python series restoration is a huge jigsaw puzzle but one that is slotting together as well as the original sketches did. Hard work but satisfying for all the team.”

Tim Beddows, MD of Network Distributing, is “thrilled that we’ve been given the opportunity to restore Monty Python’s Flying Circus. It’s long overdue and the results our award-winning team have yielded from the original materials are just staggering. One of the best restorations I’ve ever seen.”

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