Monty Python: The Holy Book of Days for iPad is a wonderful, typically Python, journey back to the filming of Monty Python & the Holy Grail. The app was developed with the Pythons themselves and the short story here is that if you’re a Monty Python fan you’re going to enjoy the heck out of it.
Just to give you a quick idea of the Pythonesque feel of the app, here’s a bit I love from its App Store page:
Early buzz for The Holy Book of Days:
“HOW DO I GET OUT OF THIS THING SO I CAN CHECK MY EMAILS?” — John Cleese
“WILL IT SYNC UP WITH MY VHS COPY?” — Terry Gilliam
“MICHAEL IS OUT OF THE OFFICE RIGHT NOW BUT WILL BE BACK ON THE 10TH APRIL” — Michael Palin
“WOW!” — Eric Idle
“I CAN’T SEE A THING WITHOUT MY GLASSES” — Terry Jones
“WHAT’S AN IPAD?” — Graham Chapman
Here’s part of the App Store into and feature details for the app:
Submerge yourself in the world of Monty Python & the Holy Grail as the six members of Monty Python take you on their foolhardy quest to make an epic film in just 28 days (coconuts not included) through this interactively interactive Holy Book of Days.
In order to re-create authentically all 28 shooting days of The Holy Grail, the Pythons have gone back to their vaults and pulled out a treasure trove of never-before-seen (or heard) outtakes, rehearsals, songs, sound effects, scripts, dozens of stills, and much much more.
The Holy Book of Days also provides a Second Screen companion to the Blu-ray release of Monty Python & the Holy Grail. With your iPad and Blu-ray player synced via your WiFi network, the app becomes your remote control and lets you see the exact scenes talked about in The Holy Book of Days. It’s an entirely new way of watching the film.
The Holy Book of Days is crammed with over a gigabyte of media, including:
* More than 70 minutes of never-before-seen video, including outtakes and visits to the Holy Grail locations.
* Interactive 360° Props
* More than an hour of audio, featuring rehearsals, wild tracks, songs, sound effects and your favorite quotes from the film
* Interactive map
* Original animations
* Never-before-seen stills
* An introduction by John Cleese
* The screenplay
* Continuity Sheets
* Michael Palin’s Diaries
I guess it would be a copout to say ‘everything’ but I’m tempted.
— Right off the bat this app is full of win (as those internet kids say) if you’re a fan of Python and of this epic movie. It opens with an Intro from John Cleese where he offers this opinion on whether you’ve done well in buying the app:
Now you’re probably feeling a certain amount of trepidation – I mean was this really worth the money? And I’m here to tell you No it wasn’t. You’ve just paid good money to relive the utterly miserable experience of filming The Holy Grail, day by tedious day …
— Even without the companion Blue-ray version of Monty Python & the Holy Grail (which I don’t have), the app is great fun to go through and offers a fascinating look at what went on during the shooting of the film. You get Diary pages from Michaal Palin’s diary detailing how awful each day was in a myriad of ways. From fear of heights at the Bridge of Death (even from the one cast member who was a mountaineer but was apparently drinking heavily during that time and suffering from DTs and full of fear), to boredom when waiting to be in a scene. These are often hilarious.
— The illustrations are Python style and brilliant, and you get a funny sound effect on every page as you go through – “That’s no ordinary rabbit!”
— It’s full of quotes from the Pythons on how daunting the project was:
Michael Palin: Five weeks, very little money, a huge effort and long, uncomfortable days, without any feeling that this was actually going to work.
— There are wonderful clips of Pythons revisiting original locations and talking about them – like the remote gorge they filmed the Bridge of Death scene at.
— There are lots of superb stills from all the best-know scenes too.
— There’s AirPlay support so you can enjoy the content up on an HDTV as well.
None to speak of.
I’m a huge Monty Python fan and I love Monty Python & the Holy Grail, so I had high expectations for this app. Happily, those have been met and exceeded. This is an iPad app that just feels like Monty Python throughout – from the whimsical illustrations and funny sound effects to the witty humor on all its pages.
It offers great insight into how this classic film was made, with a healthy dose of Python humor to keep you entertained throughout your time with the app.
Here’s an App Store link for Monty Python: The Holy Book of Days; it’s priced at $4.99.
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