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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0034PWPHY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,982 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy W. Newbould on 16 May 2010
This is a great 3 disc collection featuring some intriguing Hammer thrillers that were made in the 1950s and 1960s.

Here's a summary of each film:

Disc One
STOP ME BEFORE I KILL (1960)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Running Time: 108 minutes
Directed by Val Guest
Starring Ronald Lewis, Diane Cilento, Claude Dauphin, Bernard Braden, Francoise Rosay

Alan Colby, a famous racing driver, is badly injured in a road accident. Alan recovers but he has become prone to sudden bouts of anger and violence. After Alan tries to strangle his wife, he starts seeing a psychiatrist. As a result of the therapy he receives, Alan is seemingly cured of his trauma but then his wife mysteriously disappears....
RATING: 3 out of 5 stars

CASH ON DEMAND (1963)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Running Time: 80 minutes
Directed by Quentin Lawrence
Starring Peter Cushing, André Morell, Richard Vernon, Norman Bird, Edith Sharp

A fussy bank manager is hoodwinked by a suave criminal into assisting in the robbery of his own bank....
RATING: 4 out of 5 stars

Disc Two
THE SNORKEL (1958)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Running Time: 90 minutes
Directed by Guy Green
Starring Peter Van Eyck, Betta St. John, Mandy Miller, Gregoire Aslan, William Franklyn

Candy Brown is convinced that her stepfather, Paul Decker, is a murderer. She thinks that Paul killed her real father and that he has now killed her mother, who has been found gassed to death in their home, but nobody wants to believe her. The police think that Candy's mother commited suicide but Candy's suspicions about Paul grow stronger when she discovers some diving equipment in Paul's room....
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. Fraser on 29 April 2010
Five stars from me for this superb collection of Hammer suspenser's (1958-63).
This neat little set has six crisp black and white films from the legendary studio:
Cash On Demand-Stop Me Before I Kill!-The Snorkel-Maniac-Never Take Candy From A Stranger-These Are The Damned.
With minimal packaging and no booklet, it matters not, all the films are full length bright, clean and crisp transfers.
'Cash On Demand' is top of the list for me, a superb suspenser from (1961). A battle of wills enfolds when 'Colonel Gore-Hepburn' played by Andre Morell pays a visit to a small local bank posing as an insurance inspector. The bank manager 'Fordyce' is played by the ubiquitous Peter Cushing, both actors here excell in their performances as a two way band of intense and harrowing dialogue enfolds, for, Hepburn has come to empty the bank vaults... If Fordyce does not comply with Heburn's bidding then, his family will die.
A highly recommended set and I'd suggest acquiring them NOW-do not wait until the set is out of print!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. W. Wardle on 30 April 2010
I just watched Cash On Demand, a film I have waited a long time to see and I must say this set is highly recommended just on that film alone, please Sony, let's have more of your Hammer titles soon. The previous sets have all been superb!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Autonome on 6 Jan. 2013
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This very precious DVD set gathers 6 "suspense" Hammer thrillers, five of them at least being very rare (the exception being "The Damned" - or "These are the damned" for the US market, easily available on its own). All these films were released between 1958 and 1963, and even if there is one turkey ("The Snorkel") and one failed experiment ("The Damned"), there are two very efficient thrillers ("Cash on demand" and "Maniac") and two near-masterpieces ("Never take candy from a stranger" and "Stop me before I kill!"). The four star reflects an average mark between all films. Going from the (in my view) least good one to the best one:

THE SNORKEL (1958) 2/5: This inept little thriller is overlong, overdone, overplayed and now completely outdated. Bar the impressive first scene, the reamaining 80mns are a collection of predictable set pieces, made worse by the unbearable, permanent whingeing of Mandy Miller. The only redeeming factor of this disaster is the dog Toto, who could have given acting lessons to its admittedly better-known but less talented human colleagues.

THE DAMNED (UK)/ THESE ARE THE DAMNED (US) (1961, released 1963) 3/5. I have reviewed this one separately here The Damned [DVD] [2010]: it is an interesting experiment by Joseph Losey which unfortunately does not quite work due to the lack of focus of the film. Please note that this edition offers the full 95mns version of this film, and not the butchered 77mns US version.

CASH ON DEMAND (1961) 4/5: This very efficient little B-movie (probably filmed in one location) is a showcase for two great Hammer actors: Peter Cushing and André Morell.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Now Zoltan on 7 Mar. 2011
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Negatives out the way first - the DVD case is rubbish, 3 discs on one spindle is a no-no,(however, for me, still preferable to flipper discs). There's also no extras (aside from the trailers, which are good to have) and one film I found incredibly annoying (Stop Me Before I Kill, which takes an interminable 108 mins to reach the most predictable of conclusions). However I've given this 5 stars and for good reason. Cash on Demand is a fabulous showcase for Peter Cushing and Andre Morrel, it's a pitch perfect twisted Christmas tale and worth the price on its own. The same could be said of These are the Damned, a wonderfully atmospheric and ambitious dystopian sci fi/teddy boy delinquent mash up, if you can imagine such a thing. Next for me is The Snorkel which plays a bit like Night of the Hunter with a glowering villain menacing an innocent kid that nobody believes. Really good performances all round here and the titular gimmick is a good one. Never Take Candy From a Stranger is more melodrama than suspenser but still a solid watch and the ending pulls no punches - this film will still shock many sensibilites. The remaining feature Maniac is pretty good, if a little too heavily indebted to Les Diaboliques, right down to the French country setting and attendant satanic females.
No problems with disc playability and picture quality for all 6 movies is excellent. Highly recommended purchase.
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