The Benny Hill Collection (DVD/CD; Eclectic Cinema)
Picture: C+ Sound: C+/B- Extras: B- Main Program/Music: B-
has been issuing the Thames Benny Hill
Show (reviewed elsewhere on this site) in solid chronological sets, but it
turns out there is some more interesting material out there the sets will
likely never offer. Eclectic Cinema has
issued their own Benny Hill Collection
set that includes both a DVD and a CD. Though
not always perfect, this is a better collection than expected with items fans
will likely want to own.
has time-coded footage form an old VHS tape of Hill rehearsing, text biography,
weblink, two full-length music performances and an outtakes/clips montage that
adds up to 30 minutes of very interesting work.
Unlucky Luke is from a spring
break show, while New York Rap is an
early Hip Hop send-up as wacky and bizarre as all the other music genres he
DVD, the 1.33 x 1 image varies throughout, with the timecode footage the
roughest. All is shot on videotape of
some kind and the transfers are about as good as can be expected. Leslie Nielsen even shows up to announce one
of the clips. The Dolby Digital 2.0
sound is usually monophonic and barely stereo, which extends to the bonus CD,
which is PCM 2.0 16bit/44.1kHz sound.
Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The
New York Rap
Just Wanna Be In Your Band
Down On The Farm
10) Older Woman
11) Café Ole
14) Go Around Again
not loaded beyond belief, some of this material has not been issued before
according to the case text and fans will know the good from the bad. Catch it for something different.
- Nicholas Sheffo