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Old 10-13-19, 10:49 AM
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Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

Monty Python's Flying Circus has received an HD restoration by British distributor Network, and they're releasing an all-region complete series set on Blu-ray on 11/4/19.
https://networkonair.com/all-product...lu-ray-edition

AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE
REGION FREE
COMING 4 NOVEMBER 2019
AN EXCLUSIVE BLU-RAY RELEASE!



"Nobody expected Monty Python's Flying Circus to be restored on (Norwegian) Blu-ray!"
Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as:
  • The entire series, superbly restored from the originals by Mr Arthur Pewtey.
  • Naughty bits put back in their proper places!
  • Box that explodes! (sort of)
  • Mr. Neutron made even longer than before... and other extended bits...
  • Restored bits!
  • Nice red uniforms! (not included)
  • Free Norwegian Blue parrot with every edition (not guaranteed to be alive and/or included*)
  • Cheese! (sorry, sold out)
  • David Frost’s telephone number (disconnected)
  • Anything else we can think of!!
THE NORWEGIAN BLU-RAY EDITION

Years in the making, Network is proud to present the entire original television series of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, fully rejuvenated for the first time. Sketches, some edited for timing, taste and copyright reasons, have been carefully restored to their intended length and the majority of Terry Gilliam’s animations have been newly scanned in High Definition and restored to a specification way beyond their original format. Hitherto unseen outtakes, film inserts and studio recordings have been retrieved, adding yet another dimension to this exclusive release. This is the ultimate television restoration and a must for every generation of Python fan.
  • 7 discs featuring all 45 episodes presented series-by-series, for the first time totally uncut and beautifully restored from original film and videotape elements.
  • Limited exploding box Norwegian Blu-ray edition
  • Each of the four series comes individually packaged with a book by Andrew Pixley (four books in total) detailing an exhaustive episode-by-episode production history.
  • Previously unseen outtakes
  • Extended scenes and sketches
  • Restored-to-full-length sketches including Ursula Hitler, Cartoon Religions, A Book At Bedtime and more.
  • Rare promo films
  • And more to be announced…
THE RESTORATION

After nearly a decade of research and planning, this is a ground up restoration by Network’s award-winning in-house team working from the best available materials – from first generation 2-inch videotape masters to surviving negative and print film material, scanned in 2K. The wildly varying picture sources have been graded scene-by-scene and intensively cleaned up.

State of the art upscaling of Standard Definition videotape has been deployed with careful use of noise reduction for both video and film grain, resulting in a vastly improved viewing experience all round on Blu-ray High Definition format, far exceeding anything previously available.
I just found out about this via a restoration comparison video posted on the Monty Python Youtube Channel:

Network has the worldwide rights to this restoration, at least at the moment, so there doesn't look like there will be a US release in the immediate future, which is why the Network release is region-free. Not mentioned on the Network page is that they've made two versions, one 50i and one 60i, and which version you get depends on your shipping address, so US addresses will get the 60i version.
Network Distributing reveals its Monty Python?s Flying Circus: The Norwegian Blu-ray Edition!
The 7-disc set includes all 45 episodes plus extras in the original 1.33:1, restored in 1080 HD, with the original mono audio. The set will be coded for Regions A, B, and C, it’s available in 50i and 60i versions (which you get will be determined by your shipping address), and subtitles will be included in English, French, German, Spanish, Polish, and Portuguese.
There's a listing on Amazon US for the "International" edition, likely the 60i version. Currently $139.99
https://smile.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07YMFVQ3M/

It's also listed on Amazon UK, although that is likely the 50i version, so US buyer take note if you don't have 50i compatible equipment (or if you specifically want the 50i version):
https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Monty-Pyt...dp/B07YMFZ5MP/

Amazon UK also has just series 1 available, in either digipack or case form:
https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Monty-Pyt...dp/B07XN4BKQC/
https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Monty-Pyt...dp/B07XW6SNQG/

Network will probably eventually release all the series individually, and also a "standard" edition of the complete series, although that may take a while. It took them 2 years to release their standard release of The Prisoner after releasing their limited edition.

Edit 2019/10/15: added Amazon US listing.

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

This will tempt me. Not sure if I even opened my complete DVD set, since it’s always streaming somewhere.
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Streaming likely in the wrong frame rate. Funny how they can put THIS out on Blu-ray though but not many recent shows shot in HD.
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Wasn’t a lot of it on tape? All that will be upconverted. I’ve wanted to own this series for years but the DVDs were always so expensive and it was easy enough to find on streaming. Maybe if this can be had at a decent price.
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I've had this pre-ordered for a while now.
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I already have the 2008 UK PAL complete boxset, which I got for like $10, so I'll have to wait for reviews to see if this is that much of an upgrade.
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Re: Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

Originally Posted by milo bloom View Post
Wasn’t a lot of it on tape? All that will be upconverted.
The Network product page does mention the use of upconverted footage. All the studio footage was shot on tape, but external shots in skits, and sometimes whole skits, were shot on film. Also, all the Terry Gilliam animations were done on film as well. So there's a fair amount of film footage.

Also, for the studio taped footage, while it's technically SD, they went back to the 2" tape masters, so it should be of higher quality. Also, it was shot in PAL, so for the US, the 1080i60 is going to be an upconversion of the 576i PAL signal, instead of the 480i downconversion we've previously gotten on DVD here. So there's going to be a bit more resolution for the upconversion to pull from.

Edit: there's also a DVD release of the remastered Series 1 for those who think Blu-ray isn't worth it, although it's UK PAL DVD only at the moment, and you only save £3 over the Series 1 Blu-ray.
https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Monty-Pyt...dp/B07XW7DD1R/

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And now there's a listing on Amazon US for the "Norwegian Edition International" for $139.99:
https://smile.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07YMFVQ3M/

Updating the first post.
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And now there's a listing on Amazon US for the "Norwegian Edition International" for $139.99:
https://smile.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07YMFVQ3M/

Updating the first post.
Already down to $114.90
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Already down to $114.90
Just noticed it has a release date (Nov 12) a week after the Network's site release date (Nov 4).
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Re: Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

Just came across this video showing one of the original episode 2" master tapes being played. This video was released before the Blu-ray set was announced, but in hindsight was clearly work being done for that set.


The description on the video is almost better than the video itself:
What do you do with a tape that's been hidden away for over twenty five years? Why, get it played of course!

The tape is one of two original transmission tapes of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" that slipped through the net when the BBC made their digital masters in the early 1990s. The episode, "Déjà Vu”, the third episode of the second series, should have been part of that archiving process but for some reason the BBC's poorer quality sales copy was archived instead.

According to the paperwork, the tape hasn't been played since 1979, but it seemed fitting that it should be resurrected in Monty Python's 50th anniversary year.

The tape is a two-inch quadruplex recording, a format developed by Ampex in the 1950s. It was the workhorse of television broadcasters from 1958 until the late 1980s when it was superseded by more flexible formats. Ampex quad machines haven't been manufactured since the early 1980s, but working machines can still be found. This video shows the first time we played back "Déjà Vu", almost certainly the first time it has been played since the 1970s.
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Oh my god, that was like porn to me.
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Network has listed more details on the special features. Their pages has the info stored in pictures, but I found a site that has the text from those images.

https://www.comedy.co.uk/shop/news/5...cial_features/

By series and episode, the full list of additional material is as follows.

Series 1
  • 1, Sex And Violence: Reinstated content, studio out-takes
  • 8, Full Frontal Nudity: Studio out-takes
  • 9, The Ant, An Introduction: Studio out-takes
  • 10, Untitled: Extended Ron Obvious filmed material and clean end titles footage

Series 2
  • 4, The Buzz Aldrin Show: Extended & unused filmed material
  • 5, Live From The Grill-O-Mat: Extended Ken Clean-Air System filmed material
  • 6, It's A Living: Reinstated content & alternative, censored sketch audio, extended Election Night Special and School Prizes filmed material
  • 9, How To Recognise Different Parts Of The Body: Reinstated content & alternative, censored sketch audio
  • 10, Scott Of The Antarctic: Extended filmed material
  • 11, How Not To Be Seen: Restored animation, unused film material, extended Conquistador Coffee sketch
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Vic Jamison's 1970 student film shot on location with the Python team
  • Interview with Ian MacNaughton: Recorded in November 1971 at Imperial College London

Series 3
  • 1, Whicker's World: Extended Mrs Premise & Mrs Conclusion Travel to Paris filmed material
  • 4, Blood, Devastation, Death, War And Horror: Extended The Pantomime Horse is a Secret Agent filmed material and Bus Conductor extended scene
  • 5, The All-England Summarise Proust Competition: Reinstated content
  • 7, Salad Days: Reinstated content
  • 9, The Nude Organist: Reinstated content with extended Trees animation, studio out-takes, alternative Terry Gilliam-approved sound mix
  • 10, E. Henry Thripshaw's Disease: Extended Gay Boys in Bondage animation and Sir Philip Sidney filmed material
  • 11, Dennis Moore: Extended Redistribution of Wealth filmed material
  • 12, A Book At Bedtime: Reinstated content, original opening, extended Heath Tango animation
  • 13, Grandstand: extended Grandstand filmed material, studio out-takes, extended Charwoman animation, unused Betty Blood Donor animation
  • Series 3 monologue rushes (mostly mute)

Series 4
  • 1, The Golden Age Of Ballooning: Extended Barry Zeppelin filmed material
  • 2, Michael Ellis: Deleted Icelandic Honey Week filmed material, extended Toupee Department and Football Pundits filmed material
  • 3, The Light Entertainment War: Repeats extended voiceover & unused M2 filmed material, When Does a Dream Begin (clean closing titles)
  • 4, Hamlet: Extended Queen Victoria Handicap filmed material
  • 5, Mr Neutron: Reinstated content, extended Mr Neutron Takes Tea filmed material
  • 6, Party Political Broadcast: Extended Fanshawe-Chumleigh Dinner Party filmed material, deleted Ursula Hitler filmed material
  • Restoring Flying Circus with Terry Gilliam
  • In Vision archive interview from December 1974
  • Birds Eye Peas, Harmony Hairspray and Close-Up Toothpaste product relaunches
Over on the Blu-ray.com forums, someone involved with the release has posted more info:
https://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.p...&postcount=967
Just to clarify, every episode is being presented as originally broadcast, with the exception of four episodes. These are:
  • S02E06 - It's a Living (The 'Cancer' line was muted on original TX)
  • S02E11 - How Not to be Seen (Cartoon Religions and Conquistador Coffee Campaign were both cut on original TX - we are reinstating Cartoon Religions only as we only have an off-air VHS of Coffee. This will still make it longer than original TX)
  • S03E05 - Summarize Proust (The 'masturbating' line was cut on original TX)
  • S03E09 - Nude Organist - This is a biggie. We are reinstating the entire animation, so it is longer than TX by quite a bit. We had some difficulty with the sound on this but it will be presented as it would have been seen if Ian MacNaughton hadn't cut it. In addition, there is a second Terry Gilliam approved soundtrack to go with it. So, you will see it as it was originally broadcast, but with the full animation within the body of the show.

Other highlights for me are the extra content on Scott of the Sahara, Ken Clean Air System, Ursula Hitler...all of it really. The only disappointment was not finding a broadcast quality version of material such as Mr. Neutron. Most of it is fully restored, but there are two sections from videotape where we had to go with an inferior quality recording. But it's presented in context.
Even more details (spoilerized for length)
https://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.p...&postcount=972
Spoiler:

I'll try and answer as best I can, but some material may be included in the Andrew Pixley book, so I don't want to tread on his toes.

In 'How to Recognise Different parts of the Body', no original broadcast versions survived. For a time, we were going to use an off-air VHS to replace the sound. However, circumstances changed and the original sound is intact on the episode as presented. Once people have had a chance to see what we've done, I can go into more detail, but I suspect that people will be rewriting Python history once the Bluray is released. Girl from Ipanema was on both the original broadcast and repeat and I have no idea where the 'Jeannie With The Dark Brown Hair' appeared in the timeline. But it's not on any BBC version, so we've not gone there.

Silly Bunt. Well, unlike the Bus Conductor sketch, that was cut during the original VT edit, so only appeared in scripts and to those lucky few present at the studio recording. Bus conductor was in an early edit which did in fact survive until around 1980. More on that later, but the only copy we could find wasn't good enough quality to put back in to the episode and it wasn't present in the original broadcast anyway.

What I can say is that there was a big change in October 1979. Those with an historical perspective will understand the significance of that date and I'll be able to elaborate further once the Bluray has been released.

The reinstatement in 'Salad days' is in fact the restoration of the 'Biggles Dictates a Letter' sketch. Sometime after 1979, the original tape was damaged at the BBC. It was physically ripped in two and when it was repaired, almost 3 seconds were missing. I can tell you now that it is a miracle that we have been able to fully restore it seamlessly. I know that the Sony release was intact, but that release was heavily compromised in quality.

Finally, the 'And Now for Something Completely Different' feature is the title of a short film made by film student Vic Jamison in 1970. It's a remarkable thing, behind the scenes footage of Monty Python series two being shot on location with contemporary interviews with the Pythons.

But that aside, the sheer amount of negative material that I have tracked down, including material in the BBC archive that they didn't know they had is remarkable.

One further point as it has been discussed here. Someone said that "interlacing won't make any visual difference". This is true from the standpoint of already having an interlaced version of some sort. The image will look the same (although unrestored) if you watch the older, zoomed in version side by side.

He also said "I defy you to see modern interlacing running at speed. It's a lot easier to see frame dropping or doubling. That is what causes judder."

Whatever he is talking about (and I haven't a clue what he actually means) interlaced video material is a lot smoother in visual appearance than the current 24/25/30p alternatives. Studio content of Monty Python's Flying Circus originated in 50i. That's 50 pictures per second for the studio content. Because I was concerned about how that material might be presented on certain older LCD screens, I did consider creating a 720/50p master, which would have created an entirely progressive master. However, this would have compromised the quality of the large amount of film content I had found. So you have smooth 50i for the UK etc... and extremely good 60i versions for the US, Canada and Japan. I have viewed the check discs of these and you will be hard pressed to tell the difference between the 50i and 60i versions. You would have to play them side by side to see a difference and anyone in the US, Canada or Japan used to the old conversions will see a revelatory upscale in quality.
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Pre-orders from the Network site will ship out November 1:
Dear Customer

Thank you for your Monty Python’s Flying Circus Norwegian Blu-ray Edition pre-order. Here at Network we like pre-order titles to be in your hand on the day of release. However, due to the popularity, demand and scale of the Monty Python’s Flying Circus Limited Edition release, this time we will be shipping your pre-order from Friday 1st November. Precisely when this great set arrives with you will depend of course on your location. But rest assured, all orders will be sent as soon as possible, we will provide fully trackable methods to ensure safe delivery (we’ve even designed specially made shipping packaging, so the beautiful box-set is protected and arrive safe and sound) We can’t wait to share this unique, historic set with you.

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More details about how the video transfer was done.
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https://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.p...postcount=1011
We used the Snell & Wilcox software version of their hardware solution. It's the industry standard converter, the best there is.

However, we upscaled using different kit. We looked at both software and hardware upscaling and did tests using two different hardware scalers. In the end, we ended up using the identical upscaling and conversion solution we use for Doctor Who.

When I went back to source, I also captured entirely from PAL sources using the BBC's Transform Decoder. This has never been done before for Monty Python. In total, only two episodes are entirely new transfers from original Quad tapes. These are Archaeology Today and Deja Vu, the original TX masters. I also transferred both copies of the Python's Quad dubs of Spam. The BBC's tape is badly scratched. Unfortunately, it must have been damaged prior to 1979, because both the Python's masters have the scratch copied in.

When I went through the Python's quad tapes, I also identified other useful recordings. The two most important (apart from the two original TX tapes) were Salad Days and How to Recognise Different Parts of the Body. Salad Days features the intact 'Biggles Dictates a Letter' sketch. The BBC's TX master was damaged in the 1980's and the tape torn in two. About 3 seconds was lost from the tape, but the Python's quad (a dub of the same tape prior to the damage) was intact. The tape I found of 'How to Recognise Different Parts of the Body' turned out to be the BBC Enterprises copy of the original TX master. It was made about three months prior to the 1971 repeats. The repeat version of this episode was cut; the pre-title scene was overdubbed with music. Subsequently, the original TX master was wiped. Although I had access to an off-air NTSC VHS recording, a broadcast copy was much more desirable, so I elected to use the pictures from the repeat version (which were the same generation as the repeat, but unchanged) and the sound from the Ents master, which is as the original show.

I also checked other master tapes in the Python's archive, including Book at Bedtime, How Not to be Seen, It's a Living etc... in the hope that I might find longer copies from original tapes or second best, NTSC masters. I only found one original NTSC tape, Face the Press.

For the rest of the episodes, I used the BBC's D3 copies of the original tapes. The BBC no longer officially archive these tapes, because they have been transferred to new component masters. However, I wanted to make uncompressed capture files via the Transform Decoder, hence going back to the D3's.

I did find some discrepancies. The BBC's master of Full Frontal Nudity was a salvage copy made back in the late 70's. It was really in a pretty poor state. However, in the Python's archive, I found the BBC Enterprises master, made in March 1970, but there was a D3 copy of this tape in the BBC Archive made in 1993. As it was a much better transfer and the same physical generation as the salvage copy, I used that.

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Well, although the Transform Decoder is a magical thing, it can't completely remove every PAL artefact seamlessly. But it does a better job of any converter. Having the material in true component video allows higher quality upscale, better noise reduction that is complimentary to the material and the ability to make minor colour correction changes without damaging the integrity of the image luminance. I haven't spotted any moire issues so far. The other advantage of going back to the Quads/D3's was the ability to make burst to chroma phase corrections that had previously been burnt in. This means that for the first time we have corrected phase errors that were part of the original tapes and that results in correct colour saturation for the first time. Another advantage is the ability to correct for camera registration errors. The downside is that the cleaner sharper pictures reveal some of the PAL artefacts and other artefacts that can't be removed, that were previously hidden in noise. You're just going to have to live with those!

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More info on the The BBC transform PAL decoder:
The BBC transform PAL decoder

These two pictures show how effective the transform PAL decoder is at removing cross-colour. The first picture shows how fine detail (such as the mesh on a dalek) can cause cross colour, even with a top-quality professional decoder. The second picture is from the transform PAL decoder — cross-colour is almost entirely exterminated.

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Waiting for this to make it across the pond...
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Arrived today... and I'll be waiting for a replacement. Thanks to UPS for kicking the box around! The inner cardboard separating the seasons all ripped. Actually the way this is packaged, I bet the damage returns are going to be thru the roof.
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Actually the way this is packaged, I bet the damage returns are going to be thru the roof.
There's quite a number of reports of damaged boxes on the blu-ray.com thread:
https://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread...0#post17024260

One person got an email response from Network:
https://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.p...postcount=1230
Dear customer,

Thanks for your email. Unfortunately, we have been made aware that a handful of people have received their Monty Python’s Flying Circus Norwegian Blu-ray damaged. This fault is confined to a small number of the substantial amount of boxsets that have been shipped since last week.

Our teams are currently assessing the situation with our delivery partners to understand the cause of the issue, and to formulate an appropriate response.

Thanks for your patience and continued support.
I haven't received my package yet, although I received an email that it was shipped on Monday.

There's two preliminary reviews of just the season 1 discs, which is all Network sent out in advance. The Digital Bits is planning on updating their review once they have the full set:
https://www.avforums.com/reviews/mon...y-review.16798
https://thedigitalbits.com/item/mont...rwegian-bd-box
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OK, my copy arrived today, and the box is damaged. The separators between series sets were all torn out. Interestingly, one separator was slipped into the booklet, suggesting it was torn off during assembly, not during shipping.
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Not being able to gauge the construction of that box was the single thing that kept me from placing an order for this. Bummed to hear these stories. Might just stick to the individual season sets and forego all the goodies unless I can find a deal that doesn't require shipment. Too bad Arrow didn't release this; that might've involved sturdier construction.

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There's quite a number of reports of damaged boxes on the blu-ray.com thread:
https://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread...0#post17024260
That's what I figured. Whoever thought, with the weight of the individual sets, that less than 1/8" of cardboard would keep them in place without ripping... well was an idiot.



Mine also has a crushed corner from where the shipping box landed en route... Hopefully their fix is to send out just the box with nothing else in it. Otherwise I see set after set coming damaged.

At least the set was in plastic as my UPS driver decided to soak the top of the box before delivering.
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I could never get over the *EXTRA LOUD* laugh-track this show had.
Sure, some laughing I can take, especially if it's in-studio, but it was always so blaringly loud, like nails on a chalkboard. If they were able to at least turn that down for this release, it'd be an instant purchase for me.
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Old 11-07-19, 02:40 PM
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Re: Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

Originally Posted by Jay G. View Post
One person got an email response from Network:
https://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.p...postcount=1230
I got the same canned response today. I told them it wasn't the delivery partners, it was a design flaw with the box. And it's not a "handful of people".

Despite the packaging issues... the restoration is amazing. Watched two episodes last night and very pleased with the results.
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Old 11-08-19, 11:49 AM
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Re: Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

New email from Network:
Dear Customer

Apologies again if you are one of the unlucky recipients of a damaged box set. We share your disappointment, especially as the restorations and books themselves have been receiving such acclaim.

We are investigating this as a matter of urgency and we await feedback from our manufacturing, packing and courier partners. We will get back to you just as soon as we can but thanks for your patience and understanding in the meantime.
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Despite the packaging issues... the restoration is amazing. Watched two episodes last night and very pleased with the results.
I agree. I've watched three episodes so far and they look great. The individual season sets are well packaged too, it's just the box they all come in that's the problem. I'm going to try and get into the season 1 book over the weekend.
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Re: Monty Python's Flying Circus - HD Restored Blu-ray - 11/4/19

Network has also turned on the auto-reply:
Dear Customer,

Many thanks for contacting Network On Air.

We are currently receiving high volumes of emails, and it may take longer than usual for us to come back to you, but we will respond to you as soon as possible. On some occasions this can take up to 7 working days.

If your query is regarding a pre-order of Monty Python’s Flying Circus Norwegian Blu-ray Edition, good news, shipping commences for these orders from Friday 1st November
Thanks for your patience at this busy time, and for your continued support!

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So much for it being a "handful of people".
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That box looks like the kind of cardboard they use for boxes of Pop-tarts. And they put Blurays in that?!
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