To celebrate the forthcoming restored releases of Tony Hancock’s The Rebel and The Punch and Judy Man, Network Distributing have offered us a pair of the films on Blu-ray to give away to one lucky reader.
Details on how to enter the competition are at the bottom of this page, but in the meantime, here’s some information about the films:
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!
As a life-long fan of Tony Hancock’s work, Paul Merton has enthused that The Rebel is: ‘One of the best British Film Comedies ever made. Now looks absolutely splendid in its pristine technicolour. This is no more than this film deserves’.
THE PUNCH AND JUDY MAN
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.
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.
The Rebel & The Punch and Judy Man – On Blu-ray, DVD + Amazon Video – Mon 30th 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 please visit- www.thebritishfilm.co.uk
Entering the Competition
To enter you simply need to share the competition on social media AND email us your details.
To use Twitter to share the competition, follow us @blueprintrev and copy and paste the following into a Tweet:
#competition @blueprintrev @networktweets #TheBritishFilm Win a pair of #TonyHancock comedies on Blu-ray http://blueprintreview.co.uk/2019/09/competition-win-tony-hancock-comedy-blu-rays
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Once you’ve shared/tweeted the competition, you need to email us (subject – Tony Hancock Blu-ray Competition’) with your name, Twitter/Facebook handle (whichever you used to share the competition) and postal address to: firstname.lastname@example.org
1 winner will be picked at random when the competition has closed. The competition is only open to residents of the UK – one entry per person and Blueprint: Review contributors are not eligible. The competition ends on 4th October 2019 at 12pm. The winner will be contacted by email soon after that date.