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Re: Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

Originally Posted by milo bloom View Post
That box looks like the kind of cardboard they use for boxes of Pop-tarts. And they put Blurays in that?!
Yup!

Watched another episode last night. The restoration and books... just awesome.
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Re: Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

Originally Posted by milo bloom View Post
That box looks like the kind of cardboard they use for boxes of Pop-tarts. And they put Blurays in that?!
If it was just Blu-rays it probably would've been fine. The issue is that each season set comes with a substantial book which makes up the bulk of the weight of each set, and appears to be more than those separators can handle with anything more than a light jostling.
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Re: Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

Two more reviews, one for the series 1 set, and one for the box set:
Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Complete Series 1 - Network - Blueprint: Review
https://setthetape.com/2019/11/11/py...lu-ray-review/

Also, the Digital Bits review has been updated to cover the whole set.
https://thedigitalbits.com/item/mont...rwegian-bd-box
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Re: Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

New email from Network about the damaged boxes.

Dear Monty Python fan

Many thanks for your patience whilst we’ve been investigating problems with damaged boxes. Having listened to the feedback from everyone in the chain including the box manufacturer, the packers, the couriers, but most of all you, our customer, we’re delighted to tell you that we are now implementing some measures to make up for the disappointment of receiving a damaged box.

If you are one of those affected, we’re happy to offer one of the following :
  1. An unconditional refund of £10.
  2. An empty replacement box at no cost. We do have a reasonable quantity of spare boxes but they are limited.
  3. A full refund should you decide to return the complete deluxe boxset to our freepost address.
In order for us to arrange this for you as quickly as possible, please can you reply to this email supplying:
  1. Your 6 digit networkonair order number
  2. Photographic evidence of the damage to your order
The offer of a replacement box is made on a first come first served basis. The teams are in place to deal with your choice as quickly as we can, we look forward to receiving your instructions.
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Re: Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

Yeah I'm sending my photo evidence in ASAP... That's BS on "first come first served basis". If they have to have more manufactured to make up for their stupidity in the box design...
Old 11-13-19, 08:17 AM
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Re: Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

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Yeah I'm sending my photo evidence in ASAP... That's BS on "first come first served basis". If they have to have more manufactured to make up for their stupidity in the box design...
They might be able to get away with not making more. I asked for the £10 refund because I personally don't care about the box that much.
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Re: Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

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They might be able to get away with not making more. I asked for the £10 refund because I personally don't care about the box that much.
Good point... I'm going to end up keeping the sets out of the box as I don't see the dividers holding up in the long run. For the price thou... I wanted the undamaged box assuming UPS can deliver it without putting it thru the meat grinder again. Shouldn't be an issue without the weight of the sets inside.
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Re: Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

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Good point... I'm going to end up keeping the sets out of the box as I don't see the dividers holding up in the long run. For the price thou...
I did some math. Now, the US hasn't had any standalone releases yet, but the UK got two standalone releases of series 1. the £20 standalone Series 1 doesn't come with the book, only the £32 digipak version does:
https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Monty-Pyt...dp/B07XN4BKQC/
https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Monty-Pyt...dp/B07XW6SNQG/

The complete set comes with the digipak version of each series, with 4 books, and was £100. So assuming all 4 standalone series digipaks cost the same, that's £128. Even if Series 4 turns out to be half price due to half as many episodes, that's still £112. So even not counting the box, those in the UK who wanted all the discs and books likely saved money buying the full set from Network over buying them separately.

Now, in the US it gets complicated due to the removal of VAT and the higher shipping costs. Still, I paid £104.33 for the set shipped, so subtract £10 equals £94.33 total. At the exchange rate of $1.28 : £1, that's $121.08. That's more than the cheapest Amazon has had the set, ($115) but cheaper than it is now by about $20.

Now the Network site mentions that it's a "Limited exploding box Norwegian Blu-ray edition," So I imagine there's a non-exploding box edition. I feel like they should fast-track that release, and put it out side-by-side with the limited edition box, so people can buy it with a box that works, for Christmas presents and the like where dealing with a return or an exchange would be a headache. Or pull the limited box, pull out the digipaks inside and repackage them in a simpler box, and set the limited boxes aside for replacements.
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Re: Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

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Now the Network site mentions that it's a "Limited exploding box Norwegian Blu-ray edition," So I imagine there's a non-exploding box edition. I feel like they should fast-track that release, and put it out side-by-side with the limited edition box, so people can buy it with a box that works, for Christmas presents and the like where dealing with a return or an exchange would be a headache. Or pull the limited box, pull out the digipaks inside and repackage them in a simpler box, and set the limited boxes aside for replacements.
I don't see that edition... I see "Box that Explodes! (sort of)" in the description but that was there when I ordered.

And wait... didn't us unlucky ones get the exploding box?
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Re: Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

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I don't see that edition... I see "Box that Explodes! (sort of)" in the description but that was there when I ordered.
Lower on the page.
https://networkonair.com/all-product...lu-ray-edition


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Re: Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

Amazon US and Amazon UK also refer to is as a limited edition.
https://smile.amazon.com/Monty-Pytho...dp/B07YMFVQ3M/



https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Monty-Pyt...dp/B07YMFZ5MP/
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Re: Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

Now the Network site mentions that it's a "Limited exploding box Norwegian Blu-ray edition," So I imagine there's a non-exploding box edition. I feel like they should fast-track that release, and put it out side-by-side with the limited edition box, so people can buy it with a box that works, for Christmas presents and the like where dealing with a return or an exchange would be a headache. Or pull the limited box, pull out the digipaks inside and repackage them in a simpler box, and set the limited boxes aside for replacements.
Would've been nice to see the four digipacks inside a sturdy slipcover akin to the ones used, for example, on the Powerhouse Indicator Hammer sets or even some of Arrow's more recent deluxe editions; really thick, hard-box material that withstands the shipping process and doesn't waste real estate on the shelf.

That said, this thread has convinced me to wait these out. I've had both the digipack-only and blu-ray case-only editions in my UK cart for ages now. The only difference appears to be the book, and as the owner of several Python books, including at least one that goes into details on each episode, I'm not sure how essential I'll find the new ones. Guess I'll wait until someone posts pics or video of the contents. As for pricing, these will drop inevitably. I remember buying the A&E sets for what I thought were reasonable sale prices back in the day, only to have them drop considerably more months later. When the 16-ton Megaset came out, I skipped that one and eventually it was reissued with slimcases, and eventually I got that for a song. I'm confident these new individual sets will go on sale . . . some day.
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Re: Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

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Ah... now I see it. Isn't it the same set we have? With the box flaps open it looks like the box exploded...?
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Ah... now I see it. Isn't it the same set we have? With the box flaps open it looks like the box exploded...?
Yes, I'm saying the current packaging is a limited edition.

Presumably, that means there's non-limited edition packaging that is planned to be used once the limited edition sells out. Unless they plan to only sell the seasons individually, which seems unlikely.

So if such a "standard" box set is planned, and they have those boxes already, they could start selling those now, and disassemble the existing limited editions into the digipacks, which can go into the standard box set, and the limited edition box, which can be sent out as replacements.
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Re: Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

I got my set in on Saturday in mint condition and it is something else. It is a bit of a pain to get the four inner walls up and together to get the box top on.
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Re: Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

I finished series 1 of the set, watching all the episodes, the extras, and reading the book.

The episodes looked great, although of course the filmed material that they still had film to scan from looked a lot better than the upscaled video. It was all pretty seamless though.

The extras were basically interesting outtakes they discovered during the restoration process. It was interesting, but most of it I probably wouldn't watch again. The best bits were the original 2 takes of the flying sheep demonstration sketch, where the fake moustache swap kept failing, and the extended Ron Obvious sketch, with extra bits that were funny, although I understand why they cut them to make the sketch shorter and punchier.

The book was extremely comprehensive. If you want to know each and every work the Python team worked on before the show, this book has it. It also has info on each and every sketch, each and every taping and filming, and even info on the original versions of some sketches, either as they were originally written, and some even as they were originally performed and cut, only to be performed later for another episode.

Overall, despite my damaged box, I'm happy with my purchase.
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Overall, despite my damaged box, I'm happy with my purchase.
Definitely... the restoration and books are top notch.

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