The master of british comedy, but never recognised as such. I have been listening to Hancock's comedy since my parents introduced me to his acerbic tongue when I was only 7 years old, now 30, I have attempted collected every tape, CD and video available and I must say that I was a little disappointed that only his "solo" material was included this, hopefully first of many, DVD collection.
The two original classics that everyone remembers, Blood Donor and Radio Ham, are here in glorious digital quality. The picture quality is excellent, but very little attempt has been made to enhance the sound, and I found myself turning the volume up quite a bit more than normal. Included is my favorite, The Lift. Hancock in absolute storming mode, even with only one small gaff, he basically delivers the lines with such confidence, it makes you wonder how he could ever have doubted his amazing talent.
The interview with Galton and Simpson, while good, it seems as though it was an attempt to "lets capture their thoughts on tape again, as they may not be around for much longer". They tell us nothing we didn't already know, plus it lets slip that it the inclusion of the rather meagre "The Bowmans" episode was only put on to apease Galton and Simpson, as this was their favourite episode to write.
While this is a very good collection, I feel it it really only worthwhile, if you are a die hard fan, if you fancy simply trying on Hancock for size, I would advise you to look into the VHS collections, as this include Hancock's "cross to bear" the late, great Sid James, another great British (South African?) comedic genius, the perfect foil for Hancock's vented frustrations.