"Please! This is supposed to be a happy occasion. Let's not bicker and argue over who killed who."- King of Swamp Castle
I'm a lifelong fan of Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Pythons in general. In fact Monty Python and the Holy Grail, or just 'The Grail, is one of my favorite movies of all time. I watched it with my college roommates several hundred times (we have bootleg scripts and pretty much recite the film from memory). I even named one of my children after one of The Pythons.
Naturally, I was elated to hear that an iPad app (and corresponding Blu-Ray movie) about Monty Python and the Holy Grail was coming out and it arrived today on the App Store. The iPad app is called Monty Python: The Holy Book of Days ($4.70, App Store) and it recreates the 28 days of location shooting of the landmark film.
The app features follows The Pythons on an official behind-the-scenes look at the shooting of the troupe's epic film "Monty Python & the Holy Grail." It's packed with loads of material pulled from the vaults that has never been seen or heard before, including outtakes, rehearsals, songs, sound effects, scripts, dozens of stills, and much much more.
Every page of the app is packed full of Python history, including Michael Palin’s day-by-day diary of the filming and Terry Gilliam’s original storyboards. You can even see the original continuity sheets covering every shot and 360º views of props from the movie.
Alongside the iPad app, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing 'The Grail for the first time on Blu-ray with UltraViolet ($12.99, Amazon). The interesting wrinkle is that the iPad app syncs with the Blu-ray which makes for an entirely new way of enjoying this classic film.
The iPad app was created by Melcher Media who also created the 2011 Apple Design Award winning app Al Gore – Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis and it doesn't disappoint.
Needless to say, the iPad app and Blu-ray movie are essential purchases for any self-respecting Python fan.
Here are a few more screenshots from the iPad app: