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  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Patrick Allen, Jane Merrow, Sarah Lawson
  • Directors: Terence Fisher
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Planet Film Productions
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004IIT3NK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,276 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Italy released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The famed British horror trio of Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and director Terence Fisher brought John Lymington's sci-fi novel Night of the Big Heat to the screen in this slow-moving shocker. The plot concerns a small British island where alien protoplasm creatures are attempting to raise the temperatures to match those of their home planet. The result is a winter heat-wave so intense that most of the island's residents go up in flames. Lee and Cushing are among the few survivors able to battle the malignant extraterrestrial scourge. Fisher proves once again that his deliberately paced directorial style is better suited to Gothic horror than to what should be fast-moving sci-fi.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Starring the dream team of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, and directed by Horror legend Terrence Fisher, this is a decent little Sci-Fi thriller from the late `60s.

The set up is quite simple, during the depths of winter a Scottish Island (not noted for their temperate weather at the best of times!) is in the grip of a heatwave. Is it a freak of nature, or, as Christopher Lee's scientist thinks, could it be an alien invasion?

Following a series of unexplained deaths, the islanders start to realise the truth and start to fight against whatever it is that threatens them. Fisher takes a while to build the scenario up, but once the film gets going it's a decent taught thriller, with well crafted suspense and action.

The aliens are (wisely!) kept off screen until the last, tense, showdown, which just adds to the suspense. The only let down is the very final scene, which seems a bit of a `War of the Worlds' rip off, and very rushed.

A film with flaws, but an entertaining way to spend 90 minutes.

The DVD presentation is OK, the film is in original 16:9 widescreen with a mono soundtrack. There has been no remastering, and the picture quality is a bit grainy in places. There is an interesting audio commentary with Christopher Lee, screen writers Pip and Jane Baker and film historian Marcus Hearn. There is also a really good 24 pg booklet with a nice essay on the genesis and making of the film, and in interview with Jane Merrow who played the female attraction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Williams on 9 Sept. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This blu ray release is fantastic. Superb print and I am sure will never be seen any better than this.
Looking forward to - Curse of the Crimson Alter - and Island of Terror if they are going to be as good transfers as this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colonel Decker on 20 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
A small village is overrun by annoying sharp sounds and heat from an unidentified source that could be from another planet. Starring horror stalwarts Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, Night of the Big Heat is a huge letdown. It's slow, predictable and the acting isn't there-though the poor script doesn't help. Each scene seems drawn out, and this one unfortunately is a big yawn.

It's not a complete failure, but hardly worth your time watching this one again. Look out for a young Jane Morrow who looks absolutely irressistable. No characters to root for as all even our heroes are highly unlikable.

Try and get the DD edition which includes an informative booklet as well as commentary on the film by Mr Lee.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Redfearn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 July 2007
Format: DVD
First released in 1967, this little sci-fi pic has stood the test of time. Although made on a low budget, it is enhanced by the presence of a great cast, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Patrick Allen, Jane Merrow, Sarah Lawson and Kenneth Cope. It was first shown on television as a mid week television drama during 1959 it was reminiscence of the sci-fi dramas which were around at the time (this was the era of Quatermass). This is the film version which more or less follows the original script based on a novel written by John Lymington. The story evolves around a small community who live on an island which is experiencing an unusually severe heat wave during November. Lee plays Godfrey Hanson a scientist who believes that the heat is being caused by creatures from a distance star who are using high frequency radio waves to transport to earth for an invasion. The islanders dismiss him as a crank; however, numerous deaths from the severe heat prompt them into action in order to save themselves from being burnt alive by the invaders. There is a sub plot involving a novelist Jeffrey Callum (Patrick Allen) who meets up with his former mistress Angela Roberts (Jane Merrow) which adds to the tension. It ends with a climax which seems rather rushed but it is satisfactory nonetheless.

The disc is supplemented by a 24 page booklet which contains a lot of useful information for movie buffs, trailers for Hammer movies, and an audio commentary by Christopher Lee, screenwriters Pip and Jane Baker, and film historian Marcus Hearn.

Picture is very good, showing much detail in the darker scenes. Sound is mono, but more than adequate taking into consideration the sound effects used for the aliens. A great buy.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By horror king on 29 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This sf movie comes from PLANET FILMS a company that was around in the 60s and 70s.It has a great cast including the great CUSHING and LEE.The story line i wont go into to much as i dont want to spoil it for those who have not seen the movie all i will say is an island is having a heat wave and there are unexplained deaths .The disc itself the col and sound are very good far better than the DD dvd some years ago and on the extra front we get an interview with MR LEE and a photo gal.its a shame there is no trailer.Its great to see this movie come out and it shows you dont need a movie with a load of money spent on it with nothing but cgi in how many of these have we had and they have been forgotten within a week yet a movie like NOTBH was made with hardly any money is still going strong today.We should also thank ODEON for given us some nice horror films from the 60s and 70s we praise ARROW for there great discs but ODEON has just seemed to have come from nowhere with there great movies.SO if you enjoy a good b movie this is a must.Well done ODEON
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