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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hancock at his funniest (as usual)
This is a worthy addition to anyone's Hancock collection. Two mostly-forgotten movies by one of Britain's greatest comedic geniuses. While much of film and TV comedy by others may age poorly anything by Hancock has lost none of its edge, being just as relevant as ever and putting it among a very small elite at the absolute top of British comedy.
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Published on 24 Jan. 2008 by Bill

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2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong format and cuts!
Two stars is for the very poor presentation of these films which I feel I must alert potential buyers to. Basically, although both films were originally made in widescreen (and have been shown on TV in such before now) they are presented here in scanned and cropped 4:3 versions. Why this is so in this day and age is beyond me. I guess they just put some old 4:3 prints...
Published on 7 Nov. 2008 by O. R. Peake


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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hancock at his funniest (as usual), 24 Jan. 2008
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Bill (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tony Hancock Collection: The Punch And Judy Man / The Rebel [DVD] (DVD)
This is a worthy addition to anyone's Hancock collection. Two mostly-forgotten movies by one of Britain's greatest comedic geniuses. While much of film and TV comedy by others may age poorly anything by Hancock has lost none of its edge, being just as relevant as ever and putting it among a very small elite at the absolute top of British comedy.
Intending purchasers should note the cover incorrectly describes "The Rebel" as being "black and white" film but, thankfully, this is slightly incorrect as its actually in COLOUR, plus some infrequent minor blemishes, but still a good clean picture quality. Likewise, picture quality of "The Punch and Judy Man" is very good.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong format and cuts!, 7 Nov. 2008
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O. R. Peake (Skipton, North Yorkshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Two stars is for the very poor presentation of these films which I feel I must alert potential buyers to. Basically, although both films were originally made in widescreen (and have been shown on TV in such before now) they are presented here in scanned and cropped 4:3 versions. Why this is so in this day and age is beyond me. I guess they just put some old 4:3 prints on to disc rather than re sourcing them as it was cheaper?

Another major fault is that in 'The Punch and Judy Man' at least one scene is cut from the film; where Walter Pinner rams the flowers up the pigs nether regions. This is an important scene showing the characters frustrations with his life and when the Mayoress notices the pig in the shop later on it is not explained how the flowers got where they are.

On the positive side the commentary on 'The Rebel' is very good and it is great to see Hancock in colour. There is also some excellent dialogue in 'The Rebel' as you'd expect from Galton and Simpson.

Certainly without the commentary and the reasonable price I would have returned the films for a refund. Let's hope any future Blu-Ray release is in the correct format. Some more extras would be nice too, even if it's just the films trailers and photo galleries.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No one was better than Tony Hancock, 16 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Tony Hancock Collection: The Punch And Judy Man / The Rebel [DVD] (DVD)
Two excellent films starring my comedy hero Tony Hancock in one package.

First up is the iconic "The Rebel" filmed in colour as opposed to the b&w description on the casing - "Stone me, you would think they would at least get that right" Tony might be looking down thinking aloud. Starring an eclectic mix including John Le Mesurier, a young Oliver Reed and an always excellent Irene Handel amongst others. Fed up with his boring job as an office worker, Tony decides to follow his dream of being an artist and goes to Paris. What follows is hilarious, but you will have to buy it to find out why.

I have read that the reason why "The Punch and Judy Man" was made in b&w was because Tony believed that colour slowed down comedy. The b&w filming does add to the melancholic nostalgia feel in the seaside setting of a bygone era, and the result is a dark kitchen sink type comedy. Sylvia Syms plays Tony's wife and the little boy in the film is her real life nephew, who stars in probably the highlight of the film with Tony in the cafe acting in silent comedy. Anyway, this is a little harder going than the first film especially as it contains elements of Tony's own troublesome personal life, and is therefore at times uncomfortable viewing.

But I digress, these are two great films from a man who IMHO was better than other comedians without achieving his own absolute heights.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful additrion to complete Hancock, 8 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Tony Hancock Collection: The Punch And Judy Man / The Rebel [DVD] (DVD)
This handy compilation of two of Tony Hancock's films is excellent value for money.The Rebel is of course the main draw here and it isa very good transfer in 4:3 format.
The other film has it's moments and is still a good film, but can't hold a candle to The Rebel.
It is fun looking at all the great actors and actresses who appear in cameo roles in both movies.
The commentery on The Rebel is interesting although I would have liked a little more about the movie itself.It is a shame there isn't any on The Punch & Judy Man.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Hancock Collection: The Rebel/The Punch and Judy Man., 11 Mar. 2012
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Got to be honest: my main reason for buying this set was to have a copy of The Rebel. The other film is a little bleaker - but The Rebel is one of the smartest and funniest British comedy films period. A brilliant script, a remarkable central performance from the great Tony Hancock, and a host of well-cast supporting actors including John Le Mesurier and Irene Handl, with George Sanders turning in a silky performance as a suave art dealer. In a nutshell, it sharply pokes fun at the absurdity and pretentiousness of the art world, with Hancock as a particularly bad amateur painter and sculptor, who quits his 9-5 job and heads to Paris to become a professional artist. There, as a result of a mis-understanding, he is catapulted to fame, becoming the art world's the most feted new 'discovery'. The script crackles with great ideas, satire and wonderful comic lines - and a few great visual gags too. The performances are terrific: Tony Hancock is brilliant: funny naturally, but with occasional touches of pathos too. Irene Handl is terrific as his landlady, getting some of the best lines - her scenes with Hancock near the beginning of the film, as he shows her some of his work are a real treat. Dennis Price turns up as a bizzare Dali-type artist, and even a young Oliver Reed outs in an appearance. A brilliant, classic British comedy. Highly recommended. Plus it comes with another film, and only cost a fiver. What's not to like?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rebel/Punch & Judy Man - Tony Hancock DVD, 24 Sept. 2010
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Mr. R. Howard (Stockport, England, UK) - See all my reviews
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Tony Hancock was for many people a comic genius, remembered mainly for his superb long running radio and TV series. These somewhat overlooked films demonstrate that Hancock's endearing tragic-comic persona adapted well to the big screen, and are excellent entertainment. 'The Rebel', filmed in colour and set in London and Paris, sees Hancock as a struggling artist trying to impress, but getting into a tangle along the way. The plot and script, by Ray Galton & Alan Simpson, has many laughs plus a twist in fortunes for our hero that makes compelling watching. 'The Punch & Judy Man', in b & w, is a story full of the bitter-sweet humour well suited to Hancock's complex personality. Hancock, as a downtrodden seaside town punch & judy man, finds himself booked to entertain the mayor, and chaos ensues. These films take Hancock away from his trademark East Cheam territory, but his screen presence aided by very good script writing wins, and Hancock fans everywhere will surely want to own these cinema excursions.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both Hancock films at bargain price, 29 July 2008
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An excellent presentation. Picture quality is first class throughout and the 'special feature' commentary on 'The Rebel' from Ray Galton and Alan Simpson as they talk to Paul Merton is fascinating. For viewers wanting both of Hancock's films in one package, I would certainly recommend this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag, 22 Oct. 2013
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C. Cassidy "poodle extreme" (bucks, england) - See all my reviews
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THE REBEL **
I love Tony Hancock and Hancock's half hour on both TV and radio. But this film was a mistake. Disliking The Rebel is not an act of dishonesty to the memory of the Lad Himself, but an honest assessment of a poor film.

Other comic geniuses have failed to make it on the big screen, notably Morecombe & Wise and Ronnie Barker. Great TV does not of itself make great movies.

Tony does nothing wrong, and in fact some sections of the film are very funny, its just that what works brilliantly for 30 minutes in East Cheam does not necessarily do it for 100+ minutes on Cinema.

I really wanted to love this, but it just isn't up there with Tony's TV and Radio work.

THE PUNCH AND JUDY MAN *****
This is a strangely compelling little film that will appeal to people over 50 who spent early childhood holidays at English seaside resorts like Piltdown.

It is extremely ironic that the film was made after the split with Galton & Simpson which Tony instigated so that he could pursue comedy that would have "International Appeal".

It is also the only thing the lad ever did where he was not playing Anthony Hancock, but rather taking on a character part of a man in a bitter marriage with a social climbing wife.

The film is deliberately shot in stark black & white and this adds to the its air of melancholy and nostalgia. Tony's relationship with the young boy who watches every Punch and Judy show is especially touching.

The Punch & Judy Man is not "laugh out loud" funny, but a beautiful little film and I loved it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rebel, 4 July 2012
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Ronald Bird (london uk) - See all my reviews
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I bought this just for The Rebel. And just to lend to others to appreciate Tony Hancock. Works a treat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hancock against the world!, 14 July 2011
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This review is from: Tony Hancock Collection: The Punch And Judy Man / The Rebel [DVD] (DVD)
Two great films. The Rebel takes the michael out of the art world and questions what makes art, art. Tony Hancock leaps from soul-destroyed office worker to doyenne of the international art world. So many great things to this film - Hancock in top form; wonderful cameos - Dennis Price as a wacky artist, Irene Handl also shines as an art-savvy landlady; great lines (Hancock explains a painting as a self-portrait and Handl replies 'Who of?'); a suave George Sanders...but most of all, and typical of Hancock's characters, it's a great story of one man who refuses to be pulled down by the world.
The Punch & Judy Man is another classic. The British seaside as it once was, small man who just wants a quiet life pitched against the big boys storyline and once again, Hancock at his world-weary best. John Le Messurier strikes a chord as a sand sculptor - a great little scene when he and Tony discuss life over a cup of tea. And as an added bonus, the great Mario Fabrzi is in their as a cocky photographer. Two wonderful films that capture the quintessential Britishness of the period.
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