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Tony Hancock Collection: The Punch And Judy Man / The Rebel [DVD]

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  • Actors: Tony Hancock, Sylvia Syms, Ronald Fraser, Barbara Murray, John Le Mesurier
  • Directors: Jeremy Summers, Robert Day
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Black & White
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Oct. 2006
  • Run Time: 189 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HEVTNQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,313 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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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 Basically, although both films were originally made in widescreen (and have been shown on TV in such before now) they are presented here in scanned and cropped 4:3 versions.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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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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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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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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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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