It might have been 40 years since Monty Python and The Holy Grail first arrived on cinema screens around the world, but the endlessly quotable comedy classic still has some secrets up its sleeves.
To celebrate the film's 40th anniversary, a new Blu-Ray edition of Monty Python and The Holy Grail is hitting stores and it comes packed with some never before seen deleted scenes.
The scenes, all of which are from the characteristically bizarre animated sections created by Terry Gilliam, have now been placed online with additional narration by Gilliam himself. Although the clips themselves are rather short, Gilliam's commentary -- plus the return of some Pythonesque humor -- certainly makes it worth watching. Check it out below:
The Tale of Sir Robin
Elephant and Castle
The Tale of Sir Lancealot
Of course, Gilliam's animation became one of the trademark elements of the Monty Python comedy troupe, with his strange cutout creations featuring in both the group's films and television series. As the troupe moved into more big screen productions, the animation component became less marked, while Gilliam also moved onto directing elements of the Python's later live-action movies. With this in mind, catching a new glimpse at some never-before-seen Gilliam-esque animation is even more exciting. As he jokes in his narration:
"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 its 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."
If you want to see what other treasures are hidden among the goodies in the 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray, you'll be able to pick it up from stores and online from 27th October.