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The Benny Hill Show Complete & Unadulterated - Set Two



DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005 (A&E Home Video)
MSRP: $49.95
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 10
Running Time: 500 minutes (8 hours and 20 minutes)
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 45 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English.
Special features: A&E Biography Episode "Benny Hill: Laughter and ControversyĒ and the Benny Hill Cheeky Challenge Trivia Quiz.

My thoughts:

That funny Englishman is back on DVD with set two of The Benny Hill Show! It's been about 5 months since the last release, and everyone has probably finished the 11 episodes from the previous set, so we are ready for more antics from Benny! This set features episodes that ran in 1972, 1973 and 1974.

Benny is back with more from his famous characters, such as Fred Scuttle and Chow-Mein. Each episode starts off with a quickie skit, followed by the opening and ballad. There is even a quickie of Benny as Batman on episode 8! Bennyís fast paced comedy is also featured in which Benny runs around in fast motion. Bennyís bloopers are also popular. Those singing Ladybirds are also back!

As far as the packaging goes, the box cover has Benny with an orange wig in a black suit dancing. Underneath the logo Benny has lady legs and shoes. Benny was always famous in that. On the top left it mentions this is set two from 1972-1974. The back of the box has a brief synopsis of the show itself and the DVD set, below that, the DVD features are listed. The inside of the box has three slim cases, one for each disc. I like that layout and like that they are consistent with set one. And like set one, there is also a mini booklet with a detailed synopsis of the show and has 3 fun facts. There is another booklet advertising ďA&E TV on DVD,Ē of past A&E DVD released such as, Mr. Bean, Dr. Quinn, and the Avengers. All three cases have the same cover as the box cover, but the beneath the logo, the lady legs of Benny is always different -- whether it be naked or party pants or even jeans. The back of each case features episodes of what will be on the disc, with segment titles and original airdate. One thing I do not like is that each case is not labeled. So, you have to check the back of the case to see which case goes first, as that goes by episode number. The discs are numbered, though. The discs have the same photo of Benny as the cover, with different lady legs (which match each case). This set has a purple/green color scheme. Set one had an orange/purple scheme.

Disc one features episodes 1-4, disc two has episodes 5-8, and disc three has episodes 9-10. The special features are also on disc three.

Just like set one, the menu screens are neat and pretty much the same format. A nice video clip plays before the menu screen comes with that famous Benny Hill theme playing. When you select what episode you want to view, you can either play the episode or choose any skit in particular you want to watch. That is a great feature, because usually there are about a dozen or more skits per episode, so itís easy to find with skit selections.

The video and audio are pretty good. Remember this show is from another country and quite old, but it still looks good. Itís not the best audio & video, but it certainly beats how it airs on television. Each episode runs about 48-50 minutes. The set also has chapters.

The special features have an A&E Biography of Benny Hill, titled: "Benny Hill: Laughter and Controversy." This originally aired in 2001 on A&E. Memories of Benny are shared by friends Dave Freeman, Kenneth Ball, Phoebe King, and Sue Upton; comedian Reg Varney; producer/director Dennis Kirkland; Henry McGee; and child actress Joanna Kirkland. We find out a lot neat facts in this 45 minute biography on Benny. Benny's childhood hero was Charlie Chaplin. Benny never owned a home and never married. We also find out how Benny passed away at age 68. And just like set one, there is also a neat trivia game out there. Watch every episode on this DVD and letís see how you fair. Then you can take this 15 question quiz and Benny will tell you if you're right or wrong in his own funny way in hilarious video clips.

This set is pretty good and consistent with set one. Hopefully A&E releases all 59 episodes in a fast manner. They should have done about 20 a set instead of 10-111, so they can release the entire series in about 3 volumes. With 10-11 episodes, it will probably take 5 or so volumes. That is my only objection to this set. So folks get in your underwear and do Benny's fast pace run and chase some ladies to the DVD store so you can get set two of the Benny Hill Show!

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Video quality: 4.5/5
Audio quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 01/13/2005

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