In celebration of the 40th anniversary Blu-ray release of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 14 minutes of new Terry Gilliam animations have been released, complete with Gilliam commentary. I mean, they’re not new, they were created from the film and— as Gilliam sees it— stupidly discarded. If only the people in charge hadn’t been so short-sighted, they wouldn’t need to be shilling these dumb DVDs now. As he sees it, “If we’d kept this in the film, the film would have been a great success. We wouldn’t be selling Blu-rays.”
Look, you may think you don’t have 14 minutes to watch this video. But if you don’t, you’re going to be missing out on a LOT. Sure, you’ll miss 14 minutes of stunning animation and even some of Gilliam’s music. But more than that, you’ll miss out on 14 minutes of a super crotchety Gilliam complaining repeatedly about not getting paid extra for this, not knowing how to talk about animation, not knowing why anyone would want to rewatch this movie, let alone own it, bitterly lamenting the cuts made to his work, and multiple instances of him repeating that he has no idea how to fill 14 minutes. It’s a pure grumpy delight. Watch it.