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2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong format and cuts!, 7 Nov 2008
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This review is from: Tony Hancock Collection: The Punch And Judy Man / The Rebel [DVD] (DVD)
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 Basically, although both films were originally made in widescreen (and have been shown on TV in such before now) they are presented here in scanned and cropped 4:3 versions.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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Initial post: 30 Apr 2010 14:04:41 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Apr 2010 14:06:16 BDT
N. Scott says:
Thanks for your expert comments - Already have these on cassettes but I won't buy the dvd since they ought to be issued in widescreen by now as you rightly point out.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2011 15:07:50 BDT
N. Hopkins says:
A very valid point about the lack of widescreen. That's exactly why I didn't buy this version even though I'd like to hear the commentary. Just one point on The Punch and Judy Man flowers up china pig's bum scene. This was actually cut before the release of the film, although stills of it do get printed every now and then which is probably what you've seen.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2011 23:37:56 GMT
Dave says:
I have a copy containing the 'pig's bum scene'.
I must have recorded it from the TV.
I purchased a copy of the Punch and Judy Man because my recording was not too good, I was suprised to find the scene missing.
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