"MONTY PYTHON'S MEANING OF LIFE" seems like an unusual selection to put out on hd-dvd so early as a catalogue title from UNIVERSAL, but at least they deserve credit for targeting lesser known "and" less successful films. Comprised of the group in various sketches, some work extremely well and some fail miserably. The best vignette features the grip reaper! Even though some of the sketches really miss the mark, there's no doubt that this group is edgy and really pushing the envelope, so it's impossible to not be impressed with the film overall. Perhaps most surprising of all, the songs here are consistently brilliant! There's just so much wit behind every line and even though things don't connect all the time, "THE MEANING OF LIFE" is a trip worth taking.
UNIVERSAL has provided a 1080p/VC-1 transfer with the correct 1.85:1 ratio. While better than the recent dvd, the image is still flat throughout, without any scenes that offer great depth. Colors are solid, but never as vibrant as they've been on top notch hd-dvd releases. There are some artifacts, but less than on the standard dvd.
UNIVERSAL has provided a Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 mix. There is minor separation in the front soundstage, but little surround involvement. Dynamic range is limited and this mix is a no-frills endeavor, only slightly improved upon the dreadful dvd presentation.
There are plenty of extras to please Python fans, including a great intro from Eric Idle and much, much more!