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Network Distributing reveals its Monty Python’s Flying Circus: The Norwegian Blu-ray Edition!

July 29, 2019 - 12:51 pm   |   by
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It’s finally available for pre-order and we have the details for you here, Bits readers...

Network Distributing is now officially taking pre-orders for its long-awaited Monty Python’s Flying Circus: The Norwegian Blu-ray Edition box set, with a street date of October 7. [Editor’s Note: This set has been delayed to 11/4. Adjust your plans accordingly.]

The 7-disc set includes all 45 episodes plus extras in the original 1.33:1, restored in 1080 HD, with the original mono audio. The set will be coded for Regions A, B, and C, it’s available in 50i and 60i versions (which you get will be determined by your shipping address), and subtitles will be included in English, French, German, Spanish, Polish, and Portuguese.

Here’s more information on the set, straight from Network themselves... [Read on here...]

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“Years in the making, Network is proud to present the entire original television series of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, fully rejuvenated for the first time. Sketches, some edited for timing, taste and copyright reasons, have been carefully restored to their intended length and the majority of Terry Gilliam’s animations have been newly scanned in High Definition and restored to a specification way beyond their original format. Hitherto unseen outtakes, film inserts and studio recordings have been retrieved, adding yet another dimension to this exclusive release. This is the ultimate television restoration and a must for every generation of Python fan.”

  • 7 discs featuring all 45 episodes presented series-by-series, for the first time totally uncut and beautifully restored from original film and videotape elements.
  • Limited exploding box Norwegian Blu-ray Edition
  • Each of the four series comes individually packaged with a book by Andrew Pixley (four books in total) detailing an exhaustive episode-by-episode production history.
  • Previously unseen outtakes
  • Extended scenes and sketches
  • Restored-to-full-length sketches including Ursula Hitler, Cartoon Religions, A Book at Bedtime, and more.
  • Rare promo films
  • And more to be announced…

“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 Standard Definition 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 High Definition format, far exceeding anything previously available.”

So there you go. The set IS available for shipment to the U.S. – the total with shipping is about $120. You can pre-order directly from Network.

Here’s a look at the packaging (with the pre-order link)...

Monty Python's Flying Circus Norwegian Blu-ray Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

Monty Python's Flying Circus Norwegian Blu-ray Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

And here’s a promo video just released by Network on YouTube...

So there you go!

Back with more later. Stay tuned...

-Bill Hunt

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