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Holy Flying Circus Blu-ray

United States
Blu-ray + DVD Acorn Media | 2011 | 89 min | Not rated | Sep 04, 2012

Holy Flying Circus (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 2.00:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio
English: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
DVD copy

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Slipcover in original pressing

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Region A (B, C untested)

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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 3.0 of 53.0
Extras 1.0 of 51.0
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Holy Flying Circus

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Holy Flying Circus Blu-ray delivers stunning video and decent audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Comic docudrama about the controversy surrounding Monty Python's 1979 film, Life of Brian.

For more about Holy Flying Circus and the Holy Flying Circus Blu-ray release, see Holy Flying Circus Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Darren Boyd, Charles Edwards, Tom Fisher, Steve Punt, Rufus Jones, Phil Nichol
Director: Owen Harris

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Holy Flying Circus Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

According to IMDb, Holy Flying Circus was shot on the Red One system, and the image on Acorn Media's 1080i, AVC-encoded Blu-ray bears out that description. The image is framed, for the most part, at 2.00:1, which is one of the available settings on the Red One. I have been unable to confirm whether the film was shown this way during its original British broadcast, or whether it was matted to an HD-standard 1.78:1. Regardless, the framing on the Blu-ray feels neither cramped nor compromised.

I said that the image was framed "for the most part" at 2.00:1, because some sequences have had the aspect ratio deliberately altered for effect. For example, specific scenes (e.g., the mock opening in heaven) have been matted to 2.35:1, while a few others (e.g., a mock commercial for Monty Python Christmas Crackers) have been created for 1.33:1 display to reproduce the style of the old Monty Python TV shows.

Whatever the AR, the image is clean, smooth and detailed, as we have come to expect from digitally captured footage. Some scenes have been purposely "distressed" in post-production, but these are obvious. Colors range from slightly faded and dusty in the 1979 scenes to a more fluorescent look in a few scenes intended to represent the present, to unnaturally flushed NTSC-style chroma values for the mock commercial, to the overlit, overcontrast-y look of the telecast debate. There's also an old black-and-white segment with fake scratches and print damage, a mock spaceship sequence (a hommage to a similar sequence in Life of Brian) and, of course, various animations. Each of these has been given its distinctive appearance in post-production, and not one of them looks real.

Since there appears to have been no analog stage in the path from capture to disc, concerns about filtering, artificial sharpening, etc. do not apply, and indeed I saw no indications of such problems. The 89-minute program fits comfortably on a BD-25, with minimal extras, all of them in standard definition.


Holy Flying Circus Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

The PCM 2.0 audio track is solid and serviceable, delivering the film's dialogue, sound effects (frequently exaggerated and unrealistic) and madcap musical score by Jack C. Arnold (a prolific British TV composer) with clarity and fidelity.



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