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Friday, July 20, 2012

Killer Bunnies Need Remastering Too: Monty Python and the Holy Grail in HD

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 9:33 AM

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In the annals of film restoration -- and film restoration doesn't have all that many annals, at least not compared to most things that have annals -- there have been some truly noteworthy projects, but one stands out above all the others: Manos: The Hands of Fate. Coming in a close second is It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, for obvious reasons. And the third? Oh, what the heck, let's go with Monty Python and the Holy Grail, especially since it's playing July 20-26 at the Lumiere.

It's actually not so much "restored" as "remastered," but pick pick? What matters is that Monty Python and the Holy Grail is going to be playing in shiny, shiny High-Definition in a movie theater filled with other people who've also memorized it really well. It will be preceded by Terry Gilliam's Lost Animations, a 12-minute short in which Gilliam shows off all the animation he did for Lost, including his version of the Smoke Monster, and ... wait, that's not right. Turns out it's actually unused animation from Holy Grail, which makes a lot more sense.

Since I can't find a trailer for the restoration screening, not even on the official Facebook page, let's enjoy Weird Al Yankovic's "White and Nerdy," which introduced Monty Python and the Holy Grail to a whole new generation (probably):

Ticket-buyers may also win a movie poster and/or a coconut. The prizes are in limited supply -- it's not like they grow on trees or anything -- so the sooner you buy your tickets, the better your chance of getting that coconut.

Now, suppose you're a lifelong Python fan, but your boyfriend is not. A stone-cold comedy classic though it is, Monty Python and the Holy Grail can be a little bit overwhelming to the uninitiated, especially in a theater full of people who know it by heart. So here's what you do: Start him off on 1971's And Now For Something Completely Different. (Hear me out on this one, purists.) Essentially a collection of their best Monty Python's Flying Circus skits redone on film, it's like a greatest hits album. Next, show him 1979's Monty Python's Life of Brian, which, while never as cultishly adored as Holy Grail, is their best actual narrative movie. Then, finally, he'll be ready for Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Or, you could just lure him to the theater with the promise of free coconuts, and he'll end up having a great time anyway. I'm sure that'll work, too.

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Sherilyn Connelly is a San Francisco-based writer. She also curates and hosts Bad Movie Night at The Dark Room, every Sunday at 8pm.

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