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Benny Hill: The Best Of Benny Hill [DVD]

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  • Actors: Benny Hill, Patricia Hayes, Eira Heath, Henry McGee, Nicholas Parsons
  • Directors: John Robins
  • Writers: Benny Hill
  • Producers: John Robins, Roy Skeggs
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Momentum
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sept. 2001
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OR5I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,748 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features: Scene Index

Language: English, Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: None

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Benny Hill was always best at quasi-silent slapstick, so it's no surprise that some of the best stuff on The Best of Benny Hill seems to owe more to the work of Mack Sennett and Fatty Arbuckle than to mainstream TV comedy. It may also be no coincidence that, unusually, this release began life in the cinema. There's some classic material on offer here: the extended opening item, "Hospital Care" for example, almost transcends buffoonery to become social comment, but best of all is the sketch which features Hill as a chat-show host (people really used to wear matching shirts and ties) attempting to deal with a West End star and starlet, the former monosyllabic, the latter catastrophically plastered.

Among the 15 other items featured, the knowing send-up of the pretentiousness of avant-garde French cinema is also very funny, while the short linking items include a wicked parody of Alan Whicker and a sideswipe at barely literate actresses ("What's that in the road? A head?"). Fans will be pleased to know that Hill's regular supporting cast, including Patricia Hayes, Nicholas Parsons and Rita Webb, are all present.

On the DVD: The Best of Benny Hill on DVD comes with full-frame picture as expected but no extras, which is a shame as at the very least some biographical material would have been welcome. --Roger Thomas

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By McGillfan on 12 May 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of the funniest videos around by the true master of comedy, Benny Hill. Side-splitting humour! A terrific selection of sketches are featured and every one a gem! It's little wonder that a Benny Hill show was always regarded as a 'special event' for the viewing public! He makes you laugh out loud, he was so funny!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nogginthenog on 6 Jan. 2010
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Well, Benny Hill is ... Benny Hill. And that's what you get. Love him or hate him, there's no middle ground, and this gives you a good selection of BH at his best.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Freddie Valentine on 27 Feb. 2005
Format: DVD
A good compilation which has a diverse collection of Benny skethches including Chow Mein and plenty of head slapping but there are no extras and it would be nice to have complete episodes
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Andy Millward VINE VOICE on 21 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
The very fact that he is the personification of the movement against political correctness should see a full Benny Hill revival any day now, much as Frankie Howerd (who died in the same week as Benny Hill) among many other comic actors have received overdue adulation long after their deaths. True, when you revisit this material - which is a very mixed bag and not necessarily the true essence of Hill's comedy - you will find much that is patchy, dated and repetitive, and some that is simply not funny. There is also, thankfully, plenty that is sublime.
Hill's work may seem to the layman unsophisticated and vulgar, including as it did slapstick from the era of music hall, naughty-but-nice double-entendres, silent chase gags deriving straight from Chaplin, cheeky songs, impressions, scantily-clad women (collectively Hills' Angels), plenty of misogeny and racial stereotyping. It was also hugely influential to the following generation of comics: I defy you to see Harry Enfield's repertoire of comic characters without seeing shades of Benny Hill's stable of beautifully observed alter egos.
In fact, Hill was a man of rare intelligence and serious intent, dedicated to his very studied rabelaisian art form as an artist might be to his school. In other words, Hill was quite deliberate his work and concerned about how it was perceived. The eventual loss of his Thames TV contract as the tide of humour turned was a huge blow to an unmarried man for whom work was his life, and undoubtedly contributed to his untimely demise.
There are plenty of compensations in this record of Hill the performer, not least his wonderfully mobile face, that of a man who scarcely grew from being a naughty schoolboy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Robinson on 31 Jan. 2009
Format: DVD
Benny Hill is one of my all time favourite comedians and this DVD does not disappoint. I was over the moon when I found out it contained the airport sketch with Mr Chow Mein, Benny's Chinese Character, completely and utterly politically incorrect but all in good taste. If you enjoyed the Late Mr Hill and his head slapping antics, this is definately a must own dvd
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elena H. on 14 Feb. 2015
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Great sketches on here from a fab comedian!!! Highly recommend!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Poole on 2 Feb. 2015
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So funny ... it bought back so many memories.
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