Tony Hancock Collection: The Punch And Judy Man / The Rebel [DVD]
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Tony Hancock double bill. In 'The Rebel', a young clerk dreams of success as a painter and moves to Paris to fulfill his ambition. Fame and fortune do indeed come his way, but only after he passes off other artists' work as his own. In 'The Punch and Judy Man', Hancock plays a seaside entertainer who tries and fails to establish himself as a citizen of importance.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I preferred The Artist (if that's tihe correct title) to The Punch and Judy Man. Tony Hancock was the comic who wanted to play Hamlet; I think he'd have been lousy at it, comedy... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Philip Fletcher
Vintage Hancock. A different and amusing film. Watch it.Published 22 months ago by Mr. Louis Des Preaux
For anyone who has not yet seen Hancock's film "The Rebel" you are in for a treat. This is one of the great classic comedy films of the last fifty years.Published on 27 Dec. 2013 by artdealer