I'm glad that I bought the very reasonably-priced, Blu-ray version of this classic film. It allowed me to reacquaint myself with the classic sketches that made up Monty Python's final feature-length film. In addition, the many bonus features, some exclusive to the Blu-ray version, were entertaining and informative. The Pythons talk at length about how they wrote some sketches, but had trouble coming up with a unifying theme for the movie. One of them hit on the idea of addressing the meaning of life, and the film took shape from there. In true Python form, "The Crimson Permanent Assurance" short subject, directed by Terry Gilliam, precedes "The Meaning Of Life." The film itself proceeds chronologically as follows: "The Miracle Of Birth," "The Miracle Of Birth Part II — The Third World," "Growth And Learning," "Fighting Each Other," "The Middle Of The Film," "Middle Age," "Live Organ Transplants," "The Autumn Years," "Death" (including the after-life), and "The End Of The Film."
The Pythons were at their creative peak, and tackle their subjects brilliantly. As Eric Idle points out in the 30th anniversary reunion bonus feature, the movie is a musical disguised as a comedy. Classic songs include "The Meaning Of Life," "Every Sperm Is Sacred," "The Galaxy Song," and "Christmas In Heaven." Classic characters include Humphrey Williams, the sex education teacher (John Cleese), the morbidly obese Mr. Creosote (Terry Jones), the Catholic father with many children (Michael Palin), Gaston, the waiter (Eric Idle), Howard Katzenberg, the liver donor (Terry Gilliam), and the Vegas lounge singer in heaven (Graham Chapman). "Monty Python's Flying Circus" TV series was brilliant, ground-breaking, surreal, and hilarious. All of those adjectives apply to their final film, "The Meaning Of Life." Buy it before you die.