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 Posted:   Mar 29, 2013 - 6:20 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

HAMMER FILMS did not help create the horror film, but they surely help keep it alive when it really needed to be kept alive. They brought a serious no B.S attitude that made many snobbish critics to realize you can have all the assets in a Horror film that are put into so called artistic films and drama. Hammer proved that talent and good entertainment can come from any subject matter. Leaving many honest non genre lovers to say, well, yeah it was pretty well done but it is not my cup of tea and then leave it at that.

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2013 - 11:03 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Independent U.S. distributors Synapse Films have revealed that they are planning to release a combo pack edition of Peter Sasdy's Hands of the Ripper (1971), starring Eric Porter, Angharad Rees, and Jane Merrow. Presented uncut for the first time in the U.S., The Hands of the Ripper will be available for purchase on July 9th.

Directed by Peter Sasdy, the film stars Angharad Rees as Anna, the daughter of Jack the Ripper who witnessed him murdering her mother when she was a child. When new bloodshed occurs, psychiatrist John Pritchard (Porter) suspects Anna is responsible and uses Freudian techniques to plumb her psyche, discovering that she may be possessed by Jack's spirit.

Special Features:
The Devil's Bloody Plaything: Possessed by HANDS OF THE RIPPER featurette
Slaughter of Innocence: The Evolution of Hammer Gore motion still gallery
U.S. television introduction
Original theatrical trailer and TV spots
HANDS OF THE RIPPER motion still gallery
Isolated music and effects audio track

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=11026

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2013 - 11:11 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

HANDS OF THE RIPPER-71-Was a very well done effort, great acting, top notch direction, good shock scenes and solid tech credits which include the beautiful score from CHRISTOPHER GUNNING.

 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2013 - 5:47 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Millennium Entertainment will release a Collector's Edition of director Terence Fisher's classic horror film Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), starring Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, and Andrew Keir. The release will be available for purchase on September 3.

Updated

Special Features:
Audio commentary with Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Suzan Farmer and Francis Matthews
Exclusive still gallery (NEVER BEFORE RELEASED!)
Restored original trailer
Dracula: Prince of Darkness restoration comparison
Super 8MM behind-the-scenes footage
Brand new documentary- "Back to Black"
World of Hammer Episode: "Hammer Stars: Christopher Lee"
Printed Memorabilia perfect for every classic Hammer fan out there


http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=11357

 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2013 - 5:35 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Lionsgate Films UK will release a Double Play edition of director Terence Fisher's The Mummy (1959), starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux, Willoughby Gray, and John Stuart. The preliminary release date set by the studio is October 14th.


Special Features:
Original UK theatrical aspect ratio: 1.66:1 (the film has never before been released at this aspect ratio)
Alternate aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Unwrapping The Mummy – New 25 min. HD documentary about the film's creation and history
Hammer's Rep Company – New 20 min. HD documentary about Hammer's informal repertory company of actors
Audio Commentary – New expert commentary from Marcus Hearn & Jonathan Rigby
Stolen Face – bonus feature (Terence Fisher's 1952 crime drama, 72 mins.)
The House Of Horror: Memories Of Bray – Hammer's all-new 5-part documentary (50 mins. total) which will premiere on Hammer's YouTube channel before the Double Play release
Hammer Stars: Peter Cushing – The World Of Hammer episode
HD Archive:
Stills Gallery
Original industry promo reel restored to HD (6 min).


http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=11773

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2013 - 3:42 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Update.

Hammer and Icon Film Distribution have announced the UK Blu-ray and DVD release of THE MUMMY. From the press release…

Starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in their iconic roles in this the third of Hammer’s original Gothic classics, THE MUMMY (1959) was directed by the legendary Terence Fisher who previously helmed Dracula and The Curse of Frankenstein.

One by one the archaeologists who discover the 4,000-year-old tomb of Princess Ananka are brutally murdered. Kharis (Lee), high priest in Egypt 40 centuries ago, has been brought to life by the power of the ancient gods and his sole purpose is to destroy those responsible for the desecration of the sacred tomb. But Isobel Banning (Furneaux), wife of one of the explorers (Cushing), resembles the beautiful princess, forcing the speechless and tormented monster to defy commands and abduct Isobel to an unknown fate...

Available 14th October in the UK on 3-disc Double Play, the pack comprises 1 x Blu-ray and 2 x DVD, the release also includes brand new documentaries, a new expert commentary track from Marcus Hearn and Jonathan Rigby, and multiple bonus extras as follows...

DVD DISC 1
• Original UK theatrical aspect ratio: 1.66:1 (the film has never before been released at this aspect ratio)
• Alternate “full frame” aspect ratio: 1.37:1
• (Both features have English HOH subtitles )
• Commentary – New expert commentary from Marcus Hearn & Jonathan Rigby.

DVD DISC 2
• Unwrapping the Mummy: The Making of a Hammer Classic -- New documentary about the film’s creation and history
• The Hammer Rep Company -- New documentary about Hammer’s informal repertory company of actors.
• Stolen Face – bonus feature (Terence Fisher’s 1952 crime drama, 72 mins.)
• The House Of Horror: Memories of Bray – Hammer’s all-new documentary (45 mins.) which will premiere on Hammer’s YouTube channel before the Double Play release.
• Hammer Stars: Peter Cushing – The World Of Hammer episode
• HD Archive/Stills Gallery
• Original industry promo reel restored to HD (6 mins.)
• PDF booklet by Hammer archivist Robert J. E. Simpson

The Blu-ray edition will incorporate all of the above.


http://film.thedigitalfix.com/content/id/76981/hammers-the-mummy-in-october.html

 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2013 - 6:33 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Review of The Witches.

http://film.thedigitalfix.com/content/id/77088/the-witches.html

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2013 - 6:38 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I enjoyed the film[called THE DEVIL'S OWN IN AMERICA]. Acting was solid, nice direction, but to me it didn't quite have the mood THE DEVIL'S BRIDE did a couple of years later.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2013 - 6:52 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I hope that next year Horror of Dracula will finally be released on Blu-Ray here in the US. I saw that Dracula: Prince of Darkness came out just a few weeks ago, but I don't care for that one. However, I'd buy the first film on Blu in a heartbeat.

 
 Posted:   Oct 2, 2013 - 6:09 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Review of Dracula: Prince of Darkness.

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_59/dracula_prince_of_darkness_blu-ray.htm

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 16, 2013 - 1:57 PM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Guys:

I've watched the bluray of "Dracula aka Horror of Dracula" a bunch of times now. It is great to see such detail in the image -- some stunning stuff. But how do you react to the tint being more blue now? There has been such a hubbub among both experts and fans about this -- and the image, to my eyes, is not similar to what I saw in a theater when I was a kid. There was always something intensely saturated about Hammer films, especially those directed by Fisher, that doesn't mesh with the current restored "Dracula" -- they seemed to virtually irradiate with color when I first saw them. It is great, though, to have the restored bits from the Japanese print -- amazing really!

I splurged and have ordered blurays of "The Curse of Frankenstein" "The Brides of Dracula" and "The Mummy" which I am hoping all arrive for a Halloween mini festival (along with the UK Arrow "The Fury"). But again, apparently, the color is compromised on "Curse" and the print for "Brides" is formatted for a more extreme, wide, image that crops off important information on the top and bottom of the frame. Some reviews have also noted some image issues with "Brides". The aspect ratio issue with "Brides" is again raising a firestorm of controversy on forums.

How many of these blus have you guys acquired? What do you think of them?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 16, 2013 - 2:41 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I remember seeing a lot of these Hammer films at the cinema, not the first time around as I was too young, but I did catch up with most of them at some re-run cinemas in the mid-sixties. I saw some battered old prints, but I can still remember that rich Hammer colour. I didn't buy the Blu of The Curse Of Frankenstein as I read so many reports on the net of how crap it looked. I saw some of Dracula at a friends house & thought it looked far too cold (& I wouldn't call it a restoration), so I'll be interested to hear what The Mummy looks like, but my hopes aren't high. Maybe when Warner gets around to releasing them they could look good, as Warner has all the original elements. But so far it looks like the Corman American International films have done better than Hammer on Blu-ray.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 18, 2013 - 11:58 AM   
 By:   soundtracksi   (Member)

Hi All

I have been getting some them as they came out ,
and lack of time has made it hard to see them , but now gone through most of them ,
very hit and miss to say the least even to the point that I would not get the brides and the lastest releases ,
Frankenstein is very poor indeed almost pink in places with a lot of focus problems my old warner dvd of this title is better in places.I can well understand the poor press reports
Quatermass/ pit is very good to my eye , nice extras as well
i did some of these in re runs in the early 70s as a fan I cannot remember for the life of me the picture colour and such, I do remember them being a bit itchy and scratchy to say the least,
had a double bill the other night of The Reptile and Plague , I think Reptile has the edge for picture quality, funny though Reptile is a 15 cert and Plague is a 12 and has a beheading in it , how times have changed,

I am most pleased with, the uptil now the 2 USA releases I have of Vampire Circus and Twins of Evil
very good indeed and a tons of Extras worth the price alone checking more tonight

 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2013 - 5:30 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Millennium Entertainment has officially announced and detailed its upcoming Collector's Edition Blu-ray of director Terence Fisher's Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), starring Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg, Thorley Walters, and Robert Morris. The release will be available for purchase online and in stores across the nation on January 14th.

In Frankenstein Created Woman, a tormented girl (Denberg) drowns herself after her lover is framed for her father's murder and guillotined. Baron Frankenstein (Cushing), experimenting with the transfer of souls, places her lover's soul into her body, bringing Christina back to life. With no memories of her past life, she becomes driven by a ghostly revenge and carries out a violent retribution on those responsible for both deaths.

Special Features: • Audio Commentary Featuring Derek Fowlds ("Johann"), Robert Morris ("Hans") and Jonathan Rigby (Hammer Historian)
• Frankenstein Created Woman Trailer
• World of Hammer Episode "The Curse of Frankenstein"
• World of Hammer Episode "Hammer Stars: Peter Cushing"
• Brand New Documentary: "Hammer Glamour"
• Animated Stills Gallery
• Includes Exclusive Collectable Cards


http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=12619

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2013 - 5:55 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Sounds great, I always felt this effort was much underrated. Interesting premise, as usual for HAMMER, good acting, literate script , good tech credits including JAMES BERNARD solid and pretty score. Plus the film has such a tragic ending[like the walking dead-36] when the girl jumps into the river and BARON Frankenstein turns away in disgust. So close, so close, the answer to everything, makes you want to cry.

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2014 - 6:06 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Diabolique Magazine has set up an online petition to encourage Warner Brothers to release its Hammer titles on Blu-ray in the United States. The titles are Horror of Dracula (1958), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), The Mummy (1959), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), and Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970).

If you would like to support the petition, please use the link below to sign and leave your comments.

Petition link: http://diaboliquemagazine.com/sign-petition-wb-release-hammer-horror-titles-blu-ray/

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=13391

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2014 - 6:55 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Sounds good let's hope they reach the 10,000 mark with their petition.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 5:10 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I remember seeing a lot of these Hammer films at the cinema, not the first time around as I was too young, but I did catch up with most of them at some re-run cinemas in the mid-sixties. I saw some battered old prints, but I can still remember that rich Hammer colour. I didn't buy the Blu of The Curse Of Frankenstein as I read so many reports on the net of how crap it looked. I saw some of Dracula at a friends house & thought it looked far too cold (& I wouldn't call it a restoration), so I'll be interested to hear what The Mummy looks like, but my hopes aren't high. Maybe when Warner gets around to releasing them they could look good, as Warner has all the original elements. But so far it looks like the Corman American International films have done better than Hammer on Blu-ray.

I saw The Mummy in HD at Christmas & wasn't impressed. I thought the picture looked too harsh & contrasty. I've yet to see a decent looking Blu-ray of any films from Hammer's golden years (57/64). It's not just Warner, it's also Sony & Universal. They're just not interested.

 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Synapse Films has dated its upcoming Blu-ray release of director Peter Sasdy's Countess Dracula (1971), starring Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green, Sandor Elès, Lesley-Anne Down, and Maurice Denham. The release will be available for purchase on May 6th.

The beautiful Ingrid Pitt (The Wicker Man, Where Eagles Dare) stars as Elisabeth Nádasdy, an aging Hungarian Countess who discovers she can reverse her aging by bathing in the blood of young women. While in her youthful state, the Countess falls for the handsome Lt. Imre Toth (Sandor Elès), and impersonates her own daughter to win his affections. Soon, girls in the village go missing… kidnapped and murdered by the Countess and her steward, Julie (Patience Collier) to satiate her horrifying bloodlust. Can Elisabeth live a life of deception with her grotesque lust for blood to stay eternally young, or will her ghoulish secret finally be revealed? Co-starring Nigel Green (Jason and the Argonauts).

Special Features:
•Audio Commentary With Actress Ingrid Pitt, Director Peter Sasdy, Screenwriter Jeremy Paul And Author Jonathan Sothcott
•Immortal Countess: The Cinematic Life Of Ingrid Pitt Featurette
•Audio Interview With Ingrid Pitt
•Still Gallery
•Reversible Cover Artwork
•Theatrical Trailer

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=13420

 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2014 - 5:45 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

British distributors Icon Home Entertainment have officially announced and detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of director Terence Fisher's Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (1973), starring Peter Cushing, Shane Briant, Madeline Smith, David Prowse, Patrick Troughton, and Bernard Lee. The release will be available for purchase on April 28th.

Special Features:
•Taking Over The Asylum: The Making Of Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell.
•Charming Evil: Terence Fisher at Hammer.
•Audio commentary by Shane Briant and Madeline Smith, moderated by Marcus Hearn.
•Animated stills gallery.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=13463

 
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