BY EMILY BICKS
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the theatrical re-release of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Terry Gilliam has released a full 14 minutes of deleted animations from the classic comedy.
Gilliam himself narrates the video of never-before-seen footage, describing his creative process and what influenced him to create certain animations. There are cut scenes from “The Tale of Sir Robin,” “Elephant & Castle,” “Run Away!” and “The Tale of Sir Lancelot,” to name a few.
On Oct. 27, a standard Blu-ray/DVD, plus a limited-edition gift set will be released. Both versions will include bonus footage of the Holy Grail Q&A event from the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and more new artwork from Gilliam.
Those that opt for the gift set will also be able to fawn over exclusive letters from co-directors Giliam and Jones, outtakes and extended deleted scenes, plus catch the educational film, “How to Use Your Coconuts.”
However, the box itself might be the coolest part. Shaped like a castle, it comes with a fully functional catapult that launches rubber farm animals, which are also provided. If it seems impossible to wait another day to re-enact one of the funniest scenes in the film, the box set is available for pre-order on Amazon.
In collaboration with Rainbow Releasing, Sony will also be releasing the cult classic in theaters all over America. Exact locations and times are yet to be announced.
Screengrab via Monty Python/YouTube