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Benny Hill: The Complete Megaset – The Thames Years 1969 -1989 (A&E DVD Set)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Series: B



Following their love of releasing and re-releasing some of the best series of all time A&E has chosen to re-release Benny Hill: The Complete Megaset – The Thames Years 1969-1989.  Fans that did not purchase the previous set will be elated to get this one as the packaging is fun and is now housed in a slimcases, as opposed to the old bulky packaging.  For those who did spend the big dough years ago, no biggy, it is all the same material and you have had many more years of fun than those who held out.


Benny Hill is iconic and there is probably not a comedy troop out there who has not been inspired by him.  Whether it was Hill dressed as a woman, getting pummeled by the police, or doing something completely sexually deviant it was all genius.  For the most part the series has held up very well and audiences will be able to recapture their favorite nostalgic moments as well as things they have never seen before.


The technical features on this super sized set in new packaging are of the same quality as the previous ‘complete series’ head to toe.  The picture is presented in a clear and crisp 1.33 X 1 Full Screen, but does have a certain blurry and overly bright quality at times.  The sound is simple but sharp and has a good boost to it in its Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo format.  When the extras of these 6 volumes are viewed all together they are quite impressive in quality and quantity.  Extra features include such special gems as a documentary on Benny Hill entitled ‘The World’s Favorite Clown’ that truly captures the comedian’s essence and his contributions to the comedy world as well as handing out some interesting facts people would have never realized.


Also included are all six funny and silly Benny Hill Trivia Quizzes, Liner Notes (kind of boring) and several intriguing featurettes on Hill’s Singers that give insight into their lives working with Benny Hill and the man only they knew.  One of the best features is about the controversy behind The Benny Hill Show entitled “Benny Hill: Laughter and Controversy” which delves into how for its time Benny Hill was very cutting edge and pushing the boundaries between ‘right and wrong.’  By today’s standards of Britney Spears baby tossing and Janet Jackson’s breast Benny Hill is just dust in the wind, but back then the censorship boards rode him like a bull.  Overall every feature is interesting and worth viewing; maybe just not all at once.


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