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Benny Hill: The Complete Megaset - The Thames Years 1969-1989 (2010)

Benny Hill  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Benny Hill
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 18
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 2900 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X2P90S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,354 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Bonus Documentary: The Worlds Favorite Clown;
The Benny Hill Cheeky Challenge Trivia Quiz # 1-6 ; Liner Notes DVD Insert Booklets; Benny Hill: Laughter and Controversy Episode of A&Es Award-Winning Series BIOGRAPHY®; Eddie in August; Featurettes: I Was A Hills Angel, Hills Angels: Off the Record and Hills Angels: In Conversation

Editorial Reviews

58 FULL-LENGTH EPISODES. 585 CLASSIC SKETCHES. ON 18 DVDS.

The undisputed Funniest Man on Television Benny Hill pioneered a naughty new direction for the sketch-comedy variety show and pushed TV broadcasting to new levels of rowdiness as he electrified audiences all over the world with The Benny Hill Show. This show-stopping collection on 18 DVDs captures every classic comedic moment from the Merry Master of Mirth in his hey day!

BENNY HILL: THE COMPLETE MEGASET™ contains Bennys raucous 20-year reign over televisions-sketch variety genre, from the naughty early years to the debut of the nubile Hills Angels, through the final episodes. Witness the birth of crazy caricatures like Fred Scuttle, Chow Mein, and Pierre de Terre. Laugh out loud as Benny and his bevy of buxom babes flaunt their racy rowdiness and tongue-in-cheek satire in characteristically outrageous sketches like The Little Dimpton Street Party and The Crook Report. These 58 vintage episodes originally aired from 1969 to 1989, contain nearly 600 memorable sketches and deliver a comedy high kick that is quintessentially Benny.

Never aired in the U.S. in full-length form, this complete collection of the Thames episodes of The Benny Hill Show presents a rare opportunity to view every saucy, unforgettable moment from one of the most uproarious and celebrated programs in television history.

BONUS FEATURES: Bonus Documentary: The Worlds Favorite Clown;
The Benny Hill Cheeky Challenge Trivia Quiz # 1-6 ; Liner Notes DVD Insert Booklets; Benny Hill: Laughter and Controversy Episode of A&Es Award-Winning Series BIOGRAPHY®; Eddie in August; Featurettes: I Was A Hills Angel, Hills Angels: Off the Record and Hills Angels: In Conversation

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Benny Hill fan May 14, 2011
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The Benny Hill show is the best show ever.
The Hill's Angels were the sexiest women that ever lived.
The show was really good before 1979, but was even better after that, from 1979 all the way to 1989.
I don't care what anybody says about the later years.
My favorite bit was "Superteech" from 1983.
My favorite Hill's Angels routine was "Runaway" from 1981.

Now about the Complete Megaset. The one released in 2010, the one with Hill standing next to the guitar.
This one is exactly the same as all the previous releases, i know because i have them all, the first Megaset, and all of the individual releases before that.
This one is the best, because all 58 episodes come in three standard DVD containers with six discs in each container.
The entire collection fits into one hand, making it great for traveling. Like when visiting boring relatives.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seamless February 27, 2011
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Benny Hill was a master of comedy. Every episode is polished and appears so seamless that rarely will you notice that many segments are sown together from separate tapings. One such: during a dance routine, a black dress jumps from one to the other on every drum beat.

While there are these occasional singing and dancing routines, most of each show is pure comedy: high density comedy. Theses shows require you to watch and listen. Benny loved to play with the language; his comic songs and tales are loaded with double entendres. Jokes are literally written on the walls. There is a skit with dialogue using only letters and another using only names. He had fun rearranging and parsing titles and signs into hilariously inappropriate meanings.

Benny's silent comedy skits rival the best of the comedy movies from the golden age of silent film. There are sight-gags galore. Like Oliver Hardy, he knew how to use "the look" when things go wrong. Parodies, silly interviews, zany cruises, burlesque acts, naughty bits, and much more - all done to perfection . . . .

Alas, not everything was perfect. If you were one of the many beautiful young women on the show, you probably weren't too happy with the wardrobe department's seamstress. While they had provided you with stylish and sexy dresses - the lightest tug, the merest snag, or just a piddling pull by a passing clown and ... a loud rip, a flutter of fabric, and then, an uninvited squeal would escape your lips when you realize your embarrassing exposure! Tsk! Tsk! How unseemly . . . .

Picture quality (DVD): 3.5 to 4. All episodes are in color except for 3 on disc 2. Navigation to any skit in an episode is easy. Occasionally, a tiny square flickers in one of the corners.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Benny Hill fans. November 30, 2010
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I remember, as a kid, trying to stay up late to watch the Benny Hill show on Sunday nights, now I can watch it whenever I want. It's all here from the memorable characters, skits, and sped up action sequences. This is one collection that you will want if you enjoy British humor.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection, not actually complete October 31, 2012
This is a great collection. The quality of the video and sound is excellent and the special features are fun to watch/play too. I highly recommend it. Here are a few of my thoughts on this collection:

KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GETTING: This is not actually a complete selection of episodes of the benny hill show, it is only the time it was on Thames. There were many other episodes broadcast by other channels before and after these were produced. For example there was some black and white episodes on BBC. Start with this set, if you still are crazy go track down the other episodes. This is still a great collection.

ONE MORE THING: there is no episode listing in the DVD liners. I will list it at the end of my review for you to print out. I hope you find that helpful.

EPISODE LIST:

Disc #1 -- Benny Hill: The Complete Megabit

1. Benny Quickie: Ye Olde Wishing Well (00:00:59)
2. Opening and Ballad: Anna-Marie (00:02:28)
3. Benny's Bloopers (00:03:07)
4. Sound Delay Interview (00:03:07)
5. The Ladybirds: Your Secret Love (00:02:19)
6. The Russian Zone (00:05:40)
7. Lower Tidmarsh Hospital Service (00:09:05)
8. Mrs Fripp: Itv's Most Loyal Viewer (00:06:48)
9. European Song Contest (00:17:18)

1. Benny Quickie: Fishing (00:00:59)
2. Opening and Ballad: Juanita Bonita Delores (00:02:28)
3. Holiday Sport Spectacular (00:03:07)
4. Benny Quickie: Peeping Ben (00:03:07)
5. The Ladybirds: Can't Take My Eyes Off You (00:02:19)
6. The Short Happy Life of Maurice Dribble (00:05:40)
7. Benny's Bloopers (00:09:05)
8. Miss Eira Heath: Wedding Cake (00:06:48)
9. Is This Your Life? (00:17:18)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have but I wish.... May 29, 2011
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I have been watching Benny Hill since a teen. Fantastic. I shed a tear when I learned of this death. Benny Hill is at the top of my list of the best comedians ever. This set is a must have for now, but I wish... I wish it had English subtitles. Why you ask? I am an American and sometimes British accents throw me off a bit. There are several words in his limericks (I bet most of you Americans don't understand all of his words) that I don't understand.

If this set had English subtitles, it would be a perfect set. Unfortunately, it doesn't; hence, the four stars. Maybe I will get a bunch of friends over sometime to watch and we will figure all the words out, but most my friends don't care for him. What is wrong with these people!!!! Benny Hill is a LEGEND!!!!! What they don't get is their loss.

I can watch this over and over again (which I have trying to figure some of the words out, but I got some of them, but there are a few that elude me... Damn you subtitles!!!!).

Listen to me, this set is well worth it. Hope you enjoy it with a Old Peculiar. It works well with Benny Hill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a comedian
I really wish that the original English tv show could be seen in the Victorian U.S. or even for sale on Amazon. Read more
Published 6 months ago by chiefcemetery
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
got them for my parents they love it we always watched benny when he was on showtime when i was a kid , funny as crap
Published 7 months ago by Jonn H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Benny Hill rocks
Leather pants rule. Too bad he's dead. Would love outtakes too. More Benny. More Benny. More Benny mmm mmm mmm
Published 12 months ago by L. Mancuso
5.0 out of 5 stars STILL HILARIOUS AFTER ALL THESE YEARS !!!
EXCELLENT COLLECTION OF BENNY HILL COMEDY ! NICE TO SEE HIS WORK AT MY LEISURE. LOT'S OF SKITS I NEVER SAW BEFORE. VERY PLEASED !!!
Published 19 months ago by WISHIE
5.0 out of 5 stars All You Will Ever Need
The quality of picture and video is absolutely found here. You get so much Benny that you can't run out assuming you remember the good ole days when you laughed at the same skit... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Frank J. Altschul
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of comedic Mayhem!
Was gift for sig-other..both of us love Benny Hill. Looking forward to laughing at his antics again and his perpetual
Quest for love!
Published 21 months ago by Janice kaiser
5.0 out of 5 stars The FUNNIEST Ever!!!
This is the FUNNIEST stuff on earth! If you're feeling low, watch this. You will never laugh so much and so hard, and you will be absolutely cheered up! Read more
Published 22 months ago by lovebrits
5.0 out of 5 stars I was so lucky...
I was so lucky that I found this mega set, exactly the same original on sale here for only $21.99 at COSTCO Wholesale store Miami and the video and audio quality is very good as... Read more
Published on June 23, 2012 by George Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars the jerry lewis show
it is a fine movie,makes you remember old times;I consider it as a classic of all times,you don't really need audio not even a single word,you can understand any scene so the only... Read more
Published on April 22, 2012 by moises
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Benny Hill, you will love this
There is just something about the comedy of Benny Hill that I get a charge out of. I have learned that not all people think he is funny, some think his humor is sick. Read more
Published on February 26, 2012 by Magnum
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Anything new?
i dont think there is anything new, other than the benny hill complete mega set that retails for over 100 bucks, is now at more of an affordable price at near 50.00 + shipping of 3 bucks on amazon.

assuming this is the same 18 disc set, i guess this is what they do every 6mths to a year.
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