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Benny Hill: The Complete Megaset: The Thames Years 1969-1989
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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 <span
style="font-style: italic; cursor: default;">The Benny Hill</span>
<span style="font-style: italic;">Show</span>. 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 Benny's raucous 20-year reign over
television's-sketch variety genre, from the naughty early years to the
debut of the nubile Hill's 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 <span style="font-style: italic; cursor: default;">The
Show</span> presents a rare opportunity to view every saucy,
unforgettable moment from one of the most uproarious and celebrated
programs in television history.<span style="cursor: default;"></span>
Documentary: <span style="font-style: italic;">The
World's Favorite Clown</span>
- The Benny Hill
Cheeky Challenge Trivia Quiz # 1-6
- "Liner Notes"
DVD Insert Booklets
- Benny Hill:
Laughter and Controversy Episode of A&E's Award-Winning Series
- <span style="cursor: default;"><span
style="font-style: italic;">Eddie in August</span></span>
- Featurettes: <span style="font-style: italic;">I
Was A Hill's Angel, Hill's
Angels</span>:<span style="font-style: italic;"> Off
the Record</span> and <span style="font-style: italic;">Hill s
Angels: In Conversation</span>
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There are three volumes in the set. Each volume contains six disks.
Volume 1: 1969 to 1974 - 21 episodes.
Volume 2: 1975 to 1981 - 20 episodes.
Volume 3: 1982 to 1989 - 17 episodes.
There is a rather spartan booklet (one sheet, quad-folded) in the first volume that lists the tracks for all eighteen disks. It lists skit titles for each show, but it does not give production information or dates.
When you insert a disk, you must endure: the FBI warning, a plug for A&E Home Video (quite loud!), a plug for Fremantle Media, and clips of shows--all before the main menu appears (about one minute and fifteen seconds). You cannot circumvent this.
The main menu for each disk lists only the numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4 (for the shows on that disk). There is no alternate audio and no captions--open or closed. There is no option to play an entire disk.
When you select a show and press Play, you get a list of tracks within that show. If you press Play again, it plays the entire show. If you select a specific track, it plays from that point to the end of the show. Playback stops after each show and displays the main menu again.
The disks played equally well in a component DVD player or the DVD drive of a computer (using WinDVD).
The video and sound quality are very good to excellent. I did not try all the disks, but the ones I tried played well.
There are 18 wonderful disks in this collection. The hardcore Benny fans will find this collection quite lacking. Lots of the episodes have been cut and some of the major episode themes are either missing or so small in content, as to disappoint you greatly!! Overall, the collection is well worth the money and well worth the laughs from one of the greats...a master of comedy.
The only negative of "Benny Hill" is that his absurd humor is addictive. Once I started watching, everything planned for the evening was dumped, since I couldn't stop watching this superbly executed humor.
An added plus were his female trio singing those ancient songs that us older viewers enjoyed. They do it well, one per show, apparently.
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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