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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2007
This set contains all the specials Benny did for Thames between 1969 and 1989. It was from this material that the syndicated Benny Hill Shows which ran in the U.S. were compiled. If you purchase this set, you will have the complete, original & unedited source of all the Benny Hill shows - including lots of bits and pieces that never made it across the pond.
This "megaset" is also a terrific bargain. Buying the volumes individually would cost you over $100 more! I recommend it highly for Benny fans.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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I have fond memories of this show from my childhood, so when I saw this box set I had to grab it. And - what can I say? The Benny Hill Show is funny stuff. His songs are clever, and who can forget the trademark chase sequences to the tune of "Yakety Sax"?

Some have said that Hill's humor is sexist - however, it is not demeaning to women at all. Nearly every time Benny himself, in the form of the "dirty old man," randy doctor, et cetera, is the butt of the joke.

The video quality is not the best, and in fact some episodes are in black and white. I'm sure this is because of the quality of the original masters. In any case, this set is quite watchable. Also, note that it includes the complete run of shows he did for Thames TV, which are the ones that were repackaged for overseas markets, but not the preceding BBC shows.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2009
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The Benny Hill collection is great but it is sometimes very difficult to understand waht is being said despite the fact that they are all speaking English. Keep in mind that this is not American English and many of the jokes may be missed completely if you do not listen closely. Subtitles would have helped greatly and I am very surprised that A&E did not include them in this collection. Other than that, this set is great!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2008
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I purchased this as a Christmas gift for my stepfather. The first DVD was playing in the living room about 14 seconds after the wrapping was torn off. So many of the sketches are timeless and universally funny. We sat around for about an hour while laughing like crazy.

What's great about the Benny Hill DVD set is that it's all about remembering and appreciating the comedy sketches of legend. Leave any concerns of 1080p and 7.1 surround sound at the door and just enjoy the show.

Some other notes:
There seem to be two sets of Benny Hill DVD's on Amazon. This is the one that hasn't been sterilized to some ridiculous post Janet Jackson Superbowl level of boring.

There are a couple sketches that will not make any sense because they're making jokes about stuff specific to English pop-culture of the time. Thankfully the DVD is sectioned off per skit so you can just skip it.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2009
The set when you buy all the boxes is missing the Australian episode which is rather famous. Frankly, the box set is as close as you are going to get to a complete set and would deserve ***** stars but the packaging and title is clearly misleading.

Currently, there are no complete sets. The Australian episode is not available in this set (or any other that I know of).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2010
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Benny is one of the greatest comedians. No product quality issues to report. The discs are the same as the individual sets. The biography episode is a plus. I own the 2007 set. The new one appears to be the same but in different packaging. Contains the full 20-year Thames span. A must have for Benny fans.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2008
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As comics come, Benny was pure, simple, and damn funny. I miss him, but this set will fill the gap. He was the most genuine comic of his time. And you can tell from watching this complete set that he had a beautiful sense of humor about his life, and the world around him.

Thanks Benny, we'll keep laughing!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2010
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Benny Hill was definitely the King of British Comedy of his time and without question, must have inspired the Monty Python group. His self-deprecating and impish style can be compared to no one else. Some people might consider him sexist, but he was actually pointing fun at the male of the species who first goes after the woman, but ends up being very unhappily chased by her, instead. The films present a wonderful time trip to an era of wide lapels, wide ties, bell bottom trousers, short mini skirts and long boots on a bevy of lovely young ladies. A very enjoyable burlesque romp through the past! My wife and I both love it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2009
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Bought as a Christmas present for my husband, who is a fan. Christmas day he was watching and laughing. Always a fan of humor that's a
little off and suggestively naughty
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2009
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A well done production except the words (audio) are very hard, sometimes impossible to understand. There is no provision for closed captioning.
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