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Benny Hill Show Complete & Unadulterated: The Naughty Early Years - Set Three (1975-1977)



DVD Release Date: July 26, 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. 25 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English Language.
Special features: “Eddie in August” and the Benny Hill Cheeky Challenge Trivia Quiz.


The most recognizable British comedian on the planet (ok, maybe tied with Mr. Bean) is back on DVD with another hilarious DVD set! This set features episodes that ran in 1975, 1976 and 1977. Rejoice as Benny perfects his risqué humor and bawdy slapstick in this third set of complete episodes from the 20 year run of The Benny Hill Show!

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Benny’s show has different skits in each episode. The most famous skits for this set include, “Beach of Waikiki” ballad, “The Reluctant Bridgeroom,” “Husky & Starch” in which Benny plays a parody of the US drama Starsky & Hutch and so many more!


As far as the packaging goes, the box cover is yellow/red and has Benny with a hat on in a greyish suit. Underneath the logo Benny has a skirt on and shoes. On the top left it mentions this is set three from 1975-1977. 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 the first two sets. And like those, there is also a mini booklet with a detailed synopsis of the show and has 3 fun facts. There is another booklet advertising “A&E TV on DVD,” of past A&E DVD released such as, Mr. Bean, Dr. Quinn, and Highway to Heaven. All three cases have the same cover as the box cover, but the beneath the logo, the legs of Benny is always different -- whether it be with boxers or armored pant or rodeo style. 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 or check the spine of each case. The discs are numbered, though. The discs have the same photo of Benny as the cover, with different legs (which match each case). This set has a yellow/red color scheme this time. Set one had an orange/purple scheme, while set two was purple/green.

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.

Menu Design and Navigation:

Just like the first two sets, the menu screens are neat and pretty much the same format. Nice video clips play before the menu screen comes with that famous Benny Hill theme playing, but it doesn’t loop. 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 it’s easy to find with skit selections.

Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio are pretty good and consistent from previous sets, if not better. Remember this show is from another country and quite old, but it still looks good. It’s not the best audio & video, but it certainly beats how it airs on television. Each episode runs about 49-51 minutes. The set also has chapters, if you do not want to use the skit selector.

Special Features:

The special features have a nice 1970 short special starring Benny Hill titled “Eddie in August.” It runs about 25 minutes and is simply hilarious. Benny plays Eddie, as we travel with him for the month of August. It is a silent special, so there are a lot of Benny antics, including him chasing women. And just like the previous sets, there is also a neat trivia game out there. Watch every episode on this DVD and let’s 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. I like to get them wrong just to see Benny chase women!

Final Comments:

This set is pretty good and consistent with the previous sets. Hopefully A&E releases all 59 episodes in a fast manner. If my math is correct, we might need two more volumes to complete the Benny Hill set. I personally liked his episodes more in the late 70s/80s, so I personally can’t wait to laugh my butt off with him chasing women everywhere. He was such a pervert, but in a good and innocent way (I guess!). Too bad Benny is not alive today, it would have been nice to pair him with Mr. Bean for a comedy special. Anyway, buy this set to continue your collection. And if you have not started yet, please do so!

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 07/16/2005

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