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The Tony Hancock BBC Collection (8 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [1956]

Tony Hancock , Sid James , Ray Galton , Alan Simpson    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tony Hancock, Sid James
  • Directors: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 1083 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VA3J2K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,004 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Amazon.co.uk

The label ‘comedy legend’ is, sadly, banded about with frequent abandon now, often rewarding those whose body of work hasn’t yet earned such words (if at all). Yet there’s little doubting the pedigree of Tony Hancock, one of Britain’s greatest comedy talents. And there’s no better place to enjoy his work than in The Tony Hancock BBC Collection.

The set brings together a goldmine of Hancock’s television work, with the 37 episodes of Hancock’s Half Hour still in existence brought together. 17, sadly, are seemingly lost forever, although PDF files of the scripts of these episodes are included in the box, which proves to be a very welcome inclusion.

When it comes to the surviving content itself, though, what else can be said? Some of the material here is simply peerless, a splendid marriage of its superb leading star, blistering writing from Galton and Simpson, and a supporting cast that includes the likes of Sid James and Hattie Jacques. Backed up with fresh supplemental material, Hancock’s Half Hour is a British comedy iconic, and there’s plenty of evidence why in this set.

It should be stated that The Tony Hancock BBC Collection has little extra to entice those who have bought all the previously released Hancock DVDs. But for those with just a handful of those, or looking to start their collection, then this set is simply superb. A treat for fans of classic comedy young and old. --Simon Brew

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Box Set, Commentary, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The set brings together a goldmine of Hancock's television work, with the 37 episodes of Hancock's Half Hour still in existence brought together. 17, sadly, are seemingly lost forever, although PDF files of the scripts of these episodes are included in the box, which proves to be a very welcome inclusion. When it comes to the surviving content itself, though, what else can be said? Some of the material here is simply peerless, a splendid marriage of its superb leading star, blistering writing from Galton and Simpson, and a supporting cast that includes the likes of Sid James and Hattie Jacques. Backed up with fresh supplemental material, Hancock's Half Hour is a British comedy iconic, and there's plenty of evidence why in this set. ...Tony Hancock Collection (37 Episodes) - 8-DVD Box Set ( Hancock's Half Hour / Hancock )


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368 of 374 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No hard feelings then? Yes, 8s 6d worth. 3 Jan 2008
By Snogun
Format:DVD
The beeb commerical department neglected to include a programme listing on the outer cover of this boxset (where no doubt it would have been seen and could inform a buyer's decision). Ironically this change from their earlier practice of including episode names and descriptions is one of few original things about this collection, which contains only one episode (The Succession: Son and Heir) not yet released to DVD. As with everything by Hancock/Galton/Simpson the episodes themselves are worthy of 5 stars, but as others have noted, if you've already bought previous releases you are paying a lot for a single episode. However, for anyone who doesn't already own this material, here is the programme list:

Disc 1: `The Alpine Holiday', `Air Steward Hancock, The Last Of The Many', `The Lawyer: The Crown vs Sidney James', 'Competitions: How To Win Money And Influence People' ,'There's An Airfield At The Bottom Of My Garden', 'Hancock's Forty-Three Minutes: The East Cheam Repertory Company: The Christmas Special'. ORIGINALLY RELEASED AS `HANCOCK'S HALF HOUR: VOL.1'

Disc 2: `Ericson the Viking', `The Set That Failed', `The New Nose', `The Oak Tree', `The Knighthood'. ORIGINALLY RELEASED AS HANCOCK'S HALF HOUR: VOL. 2

Disc 3: `The Economy Drive', `The Two Murderers', `Lord Byron Lived Here', `Twelve Angry Men', `The Train Journey'. ORIGINALLY RELEASED AS `HANCOCK'S HALF HOUR: VOL. 3' (DISC 1).

Disc 4: `The Cruise', `The Big Night', `The Tycoon', `Spanish Interlude', `Football Pools'. ORIGINALLY RELEASED AS `HANCOCK'S HALF HOUR: VOL. 3' (DISC 2).

Disc 5: 'The Cold', 'The Missing Page', 'The Emigrant', 'The Reunion Party', 'Sid In Love'. ORIGINALLY RELEASED AS `HANCOCK'S HALF HOUR: VOL. 4' (DISC 1).
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154 of 157 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Content - Poor Packaging 5 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
It is astonishing that the BBC have just cobbled this man's work together in such a half-hearted fashion. There isn't even an insert for such a classic set nor even a listing of the contents (they have put a list behind the discs but it is unreadable because of the disc holder). The cover is, by common consent, poorly designed and the discs have just been taken from the previous published series so that the menu screens don't match the disc number and don't even harmonize with each other. It is hard to see how the Beeb could have made a worse job of the presentation. However the content is every bit as good as you would expect from Hancock and Co. For those of you who don't have the time to put a content list together here is mine for you.

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95 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jumping the Gun... 8 Oct 2007
Format:DVD
Stone me, it seems a few reviewers on this page have jumped the gun in their criticisms of this set. For a start, the 'Face to Face' interview will be included in this release and a number of episodes have newly recorded commentaries with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Whereas the original DVD releases sometimes featured 1980s edits of some of the episodes, I'm led to believe that the original, uncut versions of some or all of the episodes have made it onto this set. Having sold my copies of the original discs online I now have more than enough money to purchase this superb collection. 40 for all Hancock's BBC shows, 'Face to Face' and commentaries to boot? Sounds like a bargain to me.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, that's marvellous! 20 Jan 2009
By Emanon
Format:DVD
I know a lot of people were disappointed in this set, but that seems mostly to be based on the fact that they'd already bought previous releases, and whilst that is an unpleasant aspect of the modern commercial world it should not detract from the fact that this is a thoroughly enjoyable set and I really enjoyed it. All the surviving episodes of the BBC's "Hancock's Half Hour" and "Hancock" in one convenient package. For me, it was worth it for the "Face to Face" interview alone (which I'd never before seen in it's entirety) but there was also the opportunity to enjoy episodes that I personally had not seen before. "Hancock's 43 Minutes" is an enjoyable bonus and gives a comic insight into a lost world of TV variety, and alongside that you get 37 episodes of comedy gold from an era that is too often overlooked in the release market. My only gripe is that I would have liked the prints to have been restored a bit more - maybe they will be on the inevitable later releases - but, on the whole, I love it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get it to play
Couldn't get it to play
Published 14 days ago by Barrie Stuckey
4.0 out of 5 stars The quality of the early disc was rather poor, but that improved...
I was very impressed with the packaging. The quality of the early disc was rather poor, but that improved greatly
with the remainder, and on the whole the collection was most... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Jean White
3.0 out of 5 stars Sadly (for the man himself) dated.
I wanted the collection so I'm glad I purchased it. I managed the odd titter. However I would agree with others in that Hancock was at his best on radio. Read more
Published 3 months ago by I. A. Crichton
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought on behalf of a friend
Bought on behalf of a friend who says he is very happy with it but, of course, forgot it was all black and white then.
Published 4 months ago by V. M. PALMER
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic TV Comedy.
A wonderful box set, comedy at it's best. If you are a fan of the best of TV Sitcoms, then this box set is for you.
Published 5 months ago by brevila
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the information booklet?!
A collection like this needs some background info. Even if you are the best informed HHH fan in the world, it would have been nice to have at least a list of episodes with cast... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. C. Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
Tony was and always will be the master of the deadpan.I never get tired of watching this genius at work.
Published 5 months ago by Keith Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars The East Cheam Master
I have to admit to a touch of bias here. Hancock was my hero. He is in my humble opinion the greatest comedian that ever lived. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Paul Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars Hancock DVD Collection
Great box set for the price ,I would recomened this product .would buy more of these Hancock collection D V Ds
Published 6 months ago by marjim
5.0 out of 5 stars legend
I was brought up on Hancock and the goons and this double box set of all the known recorded episodes is pure nostalgia
Published 6 months ago by sniff
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