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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh, for crying out loud..., 26 Oct. 2007
This review is from: The Tony Hancock BBC Collection (8 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [1956] (DVD)
The adverse comments this release has elicited are not undeserved. Having bought the previous volume-by-volume `Hancock's Half Hour' DVD issues, I find it outrageous that BBC Video has the gall to make the last series only available only as part of a pricey box set. If BBC DVD had released HHH Volume 5 (i.e., all Series 7), and deferred the extras for the box set, then I could have accepted the logic (just); but this goes beyond the pale. What's more there are plenty of other extras that could have been included - such as the 1958 BBC-Tv production of Gogol's 'The Government Inspector' in which Hancock starred, which survives in the BBC archives, and/or the 1985 BBC-Tv documentary about Hancock that was broadcast to coincide with the HHH VHS releases, and which contained interviews with many co-performers like Hugh Lloyd, Patricia Hayes and Patrick Cargill.
No DVD label that places any value on brand loyalty would pull a brazen and shameless stunt like this. Criticism keeps coming from angry completists - and BBC DVD keeps getting away with practices that probably warrant investigation by the Trading Standards Institute. I will not be purchasing this box set on principle (unless, of course, the price eventually drops to £4.97 - unlikely), and spend my £ on something from the good folk at Network DVD.
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Initial post: 27 May 2008 16:48:53 BDT
Jim says:
The last series is available as "the very best of hancock" thought you should know if you want to complete your collection without buying the "RIP OFF" box set.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2009 20:43:10 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Sep 2009 20:45:11 BDT
Actually the the very best of Hancock is actually missing the last episode called Succession: Son and Heir which is only available in the box set

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2011 12:57:23 BDT
Like the Other Side Of The Fence episode of The Likely Lads - only in the box sets. Dreadful way to treat serious fans.

Posted on 15 Jul 2011 23:35:24 BDT
The Reviewer says:
Due to an error from Choices - I ordered Punch & Judy Man/The Rebel - I received this... for £3.99. I can't complain and I would like more extras, but what can we do

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Sep 2011 11:29:45 BDT
Al Sithey says:
Shogun Ass.....
Exactly Sho, but what has that got to do with the price of fish I ponder?
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