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Tony Hancock double on Blu-ray, DVD & Amazon Video in September

30 August 2019

Having appeared in only a handful of films, sitcom legend Tony Hancock made his first feature film-starring role in the 1961 comedy The Rebel (he was nominated for a BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles in 1962). This clever comedy from long-time collaborators Ray Galton and Alan Simpson is a witty satire that vigorously ridicules effete pseudo-intellectualism, middle-class pretensions and bohemian artiness.

When Anthony Hancock, a self-taught artist with an enthusiasm that far exceeds any ability, throws in his monotonous office job to live the dream, his genius goes unappreciated by the local peasantry. He decides there's only one place for his talents to flower – amongst the beatniks and bohemians of Paris.

Following the success of The Rebel, and seeking a more international audience, Hancock split with Galton and Simpson over proposed feature film projects he thought unsuitable for him – one being the unearthed complete screenplay for ‘The Day Off’ found in Galton’s cellar in 2010. Subsequently he went on to star in his second and final starring role in The Punch and Judy Man.

Content to scratch out a living in the faded seaside town of Piltdown, puppeteer Wally Pinner (Hancock) is unhappily married to Delia, a gift-shop owner with social pretensions. When Wally is invited to perform at the town's anniversary gala reception, however, Delia scents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to raise the couple’s social standing...

Hancock gave a memorable performance in this bittersweet comedy of small-town snobbery and one-upmanship which co-starred Sylvia Syms and featured Barbara Murray, Ronald Fraser, John Le Mesurier and Hugh Lloyd.

The Rebel & The Punch & Judy Man Blu-ray cover art

Never before released on Blu-ray, both The Rebel & The Punch and Judy Man are presented here as brand-new High Definition transfers from the original film elements in their original theatrical aspect ratios and will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and Amazon Video by Network Distributing on Monday 30 September. They are released as part of The British Film collection, which boasts a plethora of British Comedies including; Powell & Pressburger’s Oh… Rosalinda!, The Likely Lads, Man About the House, Till Death Us Do Part, No Kidding, There Was A Crooked Man and many more. To see a list of upcoming titles and those already available click this link: www.thebritishfilm.co.uk

The Rebel has been scanned to 2K resolution from the original 35mm A+B camera negative and restored in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The restoration carried out involved careful grain management, both automated and manual removal of film dirt and damage, and correction of major instability, warping and density fluctuations.

The Rebel is available to pre-order directly from Network here.

Special features:

  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery
  • PDF materials

 

The Punch and Judy Man has been scanned to 2K resolution from the original 35mm camera negative and restored in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1, re-instating footage missing from previously-released versions. The restoration carried out involved careful grain management, both automated and manual removal of film dirt and damage, and correction of major instability, warping and density fluctuations.

The Punch & Judy Man is available to pre-order directly from Network here.

Special features:

  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery
  • PDF materials

 

To celebrate the forthcoming restored releases of Tony Hancock’s The Rebel and The Punch and Judy Man, Network Distributing is hosting a very special screening of The Rebel at the Prince Charles Cinema on Monday 23 September with an introduction from comedian Paul Merton.

As a life-long fan of Tony Hancock’s work he has enthused that The Rebel is: "One of the best British Film Comedies ever made. Now looks absolutely splendid in its pristine Technicolor. This is no more than this film deserves."

Tickets available HERE to pre-order.