The musical Monty Python Live (Mostly) is the first official cooperation of any living (and deceased) member of the legendary British comedy combo since the release of "The Meaning of Life".
After they split up in 1984, there have always been rumors about a reunion of the group. Graham Chapman's death in 1989 put an end to it and the remaining members agreed not to reunite until Chapman resurrects. One of the most significant signs of life was "Monty Python's Spamalot!" by Eric Idle that re-narrates the story of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail".
In November 2013, the time had come. An actual reunion of any Monty Python member had been announced, a last show was supposed to take place. Within 43 seconds, the reunion show in the O2 Arena in London was sold out. As a result, shows from 07/01/2014 until 07/20/2014 were scheduled and they all took place.
Therefore, the "Pythons" John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Graham Chapman (stock footage) presented their best skits, mixed with dance numbers and slight alterations to the modern world. Part of the shows were of course "Miss Python" Carol Cleveland, the "seventh Python" Eddie Izzard and as special guests of the last show, Mike Myers appeared and briefly thanked the Pythons (further special guests were David Williams, Simon Pegg, Warwick David, Matt Lucas, Noel Fielding, Bill Bailey, Lee Mack and Stephen Fry).
Arte, a German/French TV station, showed a summarized version of the final show from 07/20/2014. The complete version with all the skits can be watched on the internet.
All in all, there are 5 cuts and 2 two minor differences. As a result, the Web Version is approx. 45 minutes and 16 seconds longer than the TV Version.
P.S.: There is a slight chance that the actual Live Version was longer than the broadcasts.
Web Version: 0:11 - 0:35
TV Version: 0:11 - 0:35
During the opening, the TV Version displays the title of the show while the Web Version doesn't.
2. Missing Scenes
Web Version: 7:57 - 17:43
TV Version: 7:57
The TV Version lacks approx. 9 minutes and 46 seconds.
The following four skits are missing:
- The Fish-Slapping Dance (stock footage)
- Penis song (with additional "Vagina" and "Butt" verse)
- Navy Medley and Camp Square-Bashing
- Batley Townswomen's Guild Presents the Battle of Pearl Harbour (stock footage)
3. Missing Scenes
Web Version: 31:40 - 36:43
TV Version: 21:54
The TV Version lacks approx. 5 minutes and 2 seconds.
The following skit is missing:
- Vocational Guidance Counsellor
4. Missing Scenes
Web Version: 41:03 - 65:19
TV Version: 26:13
The TV Version lacks approx. 24 minutes and 16 seconds.
The following 8 skits are missing:
- The Philosophers' Football Match: First Half (stock footage)
- Bruces / Philosophers Song
- The Philosophers' Football Match: Second Half (stock footage)
- Crunchy Frog
- The Man Who Speaks in Anagrams
- I Like Chinese
- Spam Ballet
- Sit on My Face
5. Missing Scenes
Web Version: 86:11 - 90:52
TV Version: 47:05
The TV Version lacks approx. 4 minutes and 41 seconds.
The following skit is missing:
- Anne Elk's Theory on Brontosauruses
6. Missing Scenes
Web Version: 132:30 - 133:47
TV Version: 88:65
The TV Version lacks approx. 1 minute and 17 seconds.
The Pythons say goodbye to their audience for an extended period.
7. Accelerated End Credits
Web Version: 134:58 - 136:15
TV Version: 89:53 - 90:59
In the TV Version, the end credits end sooner: approx. 12.5 seconds. The reason for that is quite simple: the end credits have been accelerated for the TV Version.