Monty Python's Graham Chapman Looks Like A Brown Trouser Job is perhaps the only DVD best enjoyed with the television turned off. True, the people at Ryko do clearly state on the back of this comedy DVD that the picture quality is not what most people would expect but it is an understatement as most of the footage looks like EP VHS tape. What you see is old, almost ghostlike at times, video from a college show Chapman did a year or so before his death on October 4th 1989 and, aside from one bit involving a drinking game, all you get is Chapman sitting on a stool giving what he called comedy lectures.
Audio wise and, more importantly, content wise most of Looks Like A Brown Trouser Job is excellent. Chapman tells a good funny story and he has quite a few of those to tell. Even some fifteen years later, most of them are still interesting and funny and there are enough stories about Monty Python to please the fans this DVD is basically geared to. The only lesser bit is Chapman's story about his drinking days.
Fans of Monty Python's Flying Circus will enjoy some of the behind the scenes funny tales about John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, and Terry Jones. They will also very much enjoy the Question and Answer bits (even if you do not often hear the question itself) and Graham Chapman's reminiscences about Monty Python And The Holy Grail, Life Of Brian, and so on.
Of course, there is more to life than everything Python so you also get stories about the Dangerous Sports Club, Keith Moon, and other humorous moments in Chapman's life. An interesting moment is when Graham Chapman is asked about his favorite funny sketch and he responds it is hard to pick one because they have all been seen so often they have lost their currency.
It should be pointed out that the DVD itself is free if you buy the limited edition (10,000,000) sticker attached to the clamshell box. Unfortunately, the sticker is a bit misleading as it promises subtitles in Latin, Sanskrit, and Aramaic but those were not available on the copy kindly provided by Emi Music Canada.
This same copy of the DVD also does not include the "Graphic scenes of sex involving members of the British government and tawdry call-girls" that is supposed to be available only in Canada. Perhaps we were sent the American version?
An Easter egg is in the extras menu: navigate to the beer mug and select to get the rules for the shitties game.
Intro / 30 Seconds of Abuse
Meet The Dangerous Sports Club
Dangerous Airborne Plans
Keith & Hotels
Topless Club Rumble
Q & A
How Did You All Meet?
Monster Raving Looney Party
Nudity in Brian
Complaints About Python
Why Do Lecture Tours?
How Did You Get The Lead In The Movies?
Is It True You're A Doctor?
Bonus Q & A
Iron Maiden Can I Play With Madness video
Other Monty Python Reviews
The Final Rip Off: Monty Python The Final Rip Off is the comedy CD set to get.
Live At City Center: All the great Monty Python routines recorded live with a can and a string.
At Last The 1948 Show CD: Pre-Monty Python sketch comedy including John Cleese and Graham Chapman. Really good stuff too.
Monty Python's Life of Brian - The Immaculate Edition: Classic Monty Python movie with loads and loads of really good extras and two commentary tracks.
Almost The Truth Blu-ray: Almost the true story of Monty Python
Monty Python Not The Messiah - He's a Very Naughty Boy: Life of Brian gets classical transformation into superb show.