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What was the Special Subtitle Track Featured in Some Monty Phython and the Holy Grail DVD’s?

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a film directed by Gilliam and Jones and written and performed by the Monty Python troupe. The troupe rose to fame from the 1970s and throughout most of the 1980s. But did you know their DVD features an interesting subtitle track?

Some DVDs of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” include a subtitle track called “Subtitles For People Who Don’t Like The Film,” which is made up of sentences from Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 2 that sound remotely like what the performers are saying.

About the Monty Python Troupe

They were a British surreal comedy troupe who created Monty Python’s Flying Circus, a sketch comedy television show that first aired on the BBC in 1969. Throughout four series, 45 episodes were produced. The Python phenomenon grew from the television series to include touring stage shows, films, albums, books, musicals, and a larger scope and influence. The influence of the Pythons on comedy has been compared to the Beatles’ influence on music.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus was created, written, and performed by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin and aired on the BBC between 1969 and 1974. (Source: Monty Python Fandom)

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Monty Python’s Flying Circus was a British sketch comedy television series that aired on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) network from 1969 to 1974 and became popular with American viewers thanks to rebroadcasts on public television. The unconventional program was a huge hit, and it was a turning point not only for British comedy but also for international television comedy.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus was unlike anything else on television initially aired. It was both a symbol and a product of the late 1960s social turmoil and youth-oriented counterculture. Although sketch comedy was not new, television had never shown anything as weird, audacious, or unconventional as Monty Python, and its value to television cannot be overstated. 

The Goon Show which aired from 1951 to 1960 and featured the character-driven, absurdist humor of Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, and Harry Secombe had an unquestionable impact on Monty Python’s anarchic approach.

Monty Python’s free-form sketches rarely followed a theme and were only similar in their raucous disregard for convention. The show’s opening title sequence, for example, might be moved to the middle or removed entirely. 

A few characters often returned throughout the series, while most were created just for the skit they appeared. The show’s humor may be intellectual, scatological, and sarcastic all at the same time. (Source: Brittanica)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

In April 1975, Monty Python and the Holy Grail were released in theaters. It was then published on videocassette and, more recently, on DVD and Blu-ray discs.

The 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Gift Set Blu-ray was released in the fall of 2015, and it comes in a castle-shaped box with an ersatz catapult and miniature livestock. It should be included in the packaging’s additional features. This is the real deal.

If you’ve gone disc-less and know how to work with SRT files, you can go to opensubtitles.org and download the file. (Souce: Edevere 17)

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