Monkey! - Episodes 1-3 plus bonus unseen episode & extras (1979) DVD only £3.97 delivered @ Amazon
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Monkey! - Episodes 1-3 plus bonus unseen episode & extras (1979) DVD only £3.97 delivered @ Amazon

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Found 30th Nov 2011
The appeal of Monkey! is easier to experience than explain.

It's an occasionally surreal blend of Oriental fable, knock-about martial arts, pop Buddhism and slapstick comedy. The frequent comic fight scenes are accompanied by a 70s disco-fusion soundtrack, and a narrator (English voice: Frank Duncan) uses gaps in the action to deliver inscrutable snippets of wisdom ("Even a starving camel is still bigger than a horse", "Does love mean labour even for the carp-hearted?"). Best of all, though, is the dialogue: without regard to any lip-synch niceties the English script (by David Weir) is full of idiomatic delights, jokes and double entendres. All are delivered by British actors in hilarious cod-Japanese accents (distinguished thesp Miriam Margolyes is the voice of Tripitaka). Bad special effects crown the show's cheesy, retro appeal.

On the DVD: Monkey! volume 1 on DVD features the same first three episodes as the VHS incarnation--"Monkey Goes Wild About Heaven", "Monkey Turns Nursemaid" and "The Great Journey Begins"--but also a bonus previously unseen episode from the second season, "You Win Some You Lose Some", which is subtitled not dubbed, so if nothing else is an opportunity to hear the actors' real voices. Extra features are a stills gallery, text pieces on the principal cast, characters and episodes, Weblinks, trailers for The Water Margin and Blake's Seven and a pop-video version of the show's irrepressible main title song.----Mark Walker

30 Comments

Monkey!

great but only 3 episodes though..bit gutted.would have bought it if it was like say series 1 or etc

Well that's magic.

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paultheone

great but only 3 episodes though..bit gutted.would have bought it if it … great but only 3 episodes though..bit gutted.would have bought it if it was like say series 1 or etc



Just posted a seperate deal for the complete boxset @ £41.99

hotukdeals.com/dea…909

Edited by: "martinelsen" 30th Nov 2011

paultheone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syUXKXgGuSE



youtube.com/wat…ted


When the best thing about a series is the dubbing, then you've got to start worrying...

Thanks - heat added & ordered
(Going to see if children like it first before buying whole series)

I made my son watch a bit on youtube. I was sat there grinning from ear to ear and he looked at me as if I'd lost it. I'll need to see if I can find The Water Margin now.
Edited by: "Jelly_63" 30th Nov 2011

Nice one, great stocking filler for my big bro!

It's good enough to see if you want to buy the whole series because you either love it or think it's a load of rubbish!

Monkey was Magic, long before that twit Potter came along.

Zyyb

Nice one, great stocking filler for my big bro!



are you my liitle bro ?! Incase we get him the same pressie

Monkey Magic brings back memories.

I was so relieved when I discovered Tripitaka was played by a girl

Ordered and heated this MF up!

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Dancingfred

I was so relieved when I discovered Tripitaka was played by a girl



A disturbing confession follows shortly I reckon...

£3.95 at Zavvi & The Hut plus 3.03% TCB.

Jelly_63

I made my son watch a bit on youtube. I was sat there grinning from ear … I made my son watch a bit on youtube. I was sat there grinning from ear to ear and he looked at me as if I'd lost it. I'll need to see if I can find The Water Margin now.



We've all lost it mate - Monkey Magic ruled for such a short space of time...oh those were the days!

heat added

All the end tunes on y0utube sound different to the one i remember???

Check out the Monkey cloud chase scene youtube.com/wat…f6E
Awww - happy memories .

i used to love this as a kid. also loved the water margin. that show had some epic battles

I got The Complete Series from Amazon a few years back for £30 Love Monkey Magic hence my avatar.

Sorry I am not going to cold it but £1.32 per episode for a series from the 70's is not a great deal to me. I would have been interested in a season set if the price was right but three episodes seems a bit tight to me.

presterjohn71

Sorry I am not going to cold it but £1.32 per episode for a series from … Sorry I am not going to cold it but £1.32 per episode for a series from the 70's is not a great deal to me. I would have been interested in a season set if the price was right but three episodes seems a bit tight to me.



Are you puffing on a magic cloud? ... its a bargain!

Dancingfred

I was so relieved when I discovered Tripitaka was played by a girl



Dancingfred

I was so relieved when I discovered Tripitaka was played by a girl



Yeah she died from leukemia when she was just 27 in 1985

Awww that sucks.
I just thought 'he' was so pretty when I used to watch it.

hah @ dancing fred.
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