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The Abominable Snowman [1957] [DVD] [US Import] [NTSC]

Forrest Tucker , Peter Cushing , Val Guest    DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Forrest Tucker, Peter Cushing, Maureen Connell, Richard Wattis, Robert Brown
  • Directors: Val Guest
  • Writers: Val Guest, Nigel Kneale
  • Producers: Anthony Nelson Keys, Aubrey Baring, Michael Carreras
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 23 May 2000
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305807914
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,009 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In America, I grew up with Cushing as my hero! 26 Sep 2005
Format:DVD
We've been pretty lucky in America during the past five years of the DVD boom. (I know DVD has been around twice that, but it's only the past five years the studios have started listening to you and I about what WE want on DVD) I've gotten to see more quality Hammer Studio releases of wonderful movies, like "The Abominable Snowman", then I ever did during the vhs era. And a lot of this thanks goes to AnchorBay Entertainment, who went out of their way to get permission to release them, in their original aspect ratio, and in the best possible shape they could find. This DVD is one of the gems of my collection.
The picture quality is stunning for such an old film. And to know that many of the outdoor and indoor Himalayan sets were put together in England is astounding. The sound is crips and clean. And the picture is animorphic Widescreen for those lucky enough to have a Widescreen TV.
If you don't know the story, briefly, Dr. John Rollason (Cushing) is a gentle, humane scientist working in the Himalayas with his wife and friend/co-worker, supposedly catalouging rare plantlife in a hostile region. We discover shortly that American explorer and exploiter, Tom Friend (Forrest Tucker) and his partner (Played by Robert Brown) are hooking up with Rollason for an expedition to find the one, true Yeti. Both men are driven, one by the purity of science and humanity, the other by his greed and hunger for fame. They are pushed to the limits in an hostile world that can kill at anytime. And when they come face-to-face with the Yeti, the clash of personalities no longer matters, because each man must now face his own fears alone with the only true weapons that will work; their strengths, and their weaknesses.
This was a pretty giant production for Hammer. And they handled it wonderfully, giving us B-Horror hungry fans something a giant step above flesh-eating monsters and alien invaders; they gave us an intellegent, thinking-man's adventure story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Hammer Gem 2 April 2009
Format:DVD
This is not your average monster movie!

A convincing cast led by Peter Cushing, with Forrest Tucker to add appeal for the American market.

This is a very intelligent look at the Abominable Snowman legend. There was quite a buzz in the early 50's about conquering Everest, and seeing unidentified footprints high in the snowfields.

Here is where Hammer caught the public's imagination, with this low budget effort. But please don't be put off by the low budget bit, if anything it made the production more efficient at telling a good story, without the need to substitute the story for eye-candy effects.
I hope you take a look at this almost forgotten gem from the Hammer vaults.

An excellent anamorphic transfer, beautifully shot in B&W. Also included is a superb retrospective documentary with the legend Val Guest. All go to make this a worthy addition to any classic horror collection.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic film, good DVD 12 Sep 2011
By Lee R
Format:DVD
It seems that out of Icon's Autumn 2011 generally poor quality batch of releases, The Abominable Snowmen stands apart as being a perfectly reasonable quality DVD. The B&W picture is clean enough and is 16:9 enhanced 2.35:1, preserving the original aspect ratio. I didn't notice any colour noise or incorrect interlacing. There's a healthy level of grain and film dirt, clearly not remastered but nothing excessive - perfectly acceptable for a budget DVD release of a film of this age. The sound is clear.

I feel very satisfied at this DVD release of a classic Nigel Kneale story. Take note Icon - this is how they all should be done.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
"The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas" finds botanist John Rollason (Peter Cushing) encounters American Tom Friend (Forrest Tucker) at a monastery and joins a sortie led by Friend to find the legendary Yeti. The crass American wants to bring the Abominable Snowman back as a carnival exhibit. However accidents, Friend's recklessness and the Yeti methodically reduce the membership of the expedition. Finally, only Friend and Rollason are left to face the Yeti. This 1957 film was one of the earliest Hammer pictures, made just before "The Curse of Frankenstein" put the studio on the map and created its signature style. The script by Nigel Kneale is actually adapted from "The Creature," a one-act teleplay broadcast in 1955 that also starred Cushing. As the creator of the Quartermass series, Kneale's scripts for "The Quartermass Experiment" (a.k.a. "The Creeping Unknown") and "The Enemy from Space" (a.k.a "Quartermass II") had laid the foundation for Hammer's future success. Again director Val Guest was brought in to work behind the camera. Kneale's script is first rate and suffers only at the end when the confrontation with the Yeti fails to meet our heightened expectations. Guest's direction is limited because the set for the Himalayan mountainside was on the studio's back lot, intercut with stock footage of mountaineering that fails to convey any sense of reality. Cushing's performance is solid, as you would expect, and he works well off the blustery Tucker, who gets to ham it up as the high-handed American. This DVD includes audio commentary by Guest and Kneale, the original theatrical trailer, and the Peter Cushing segment from "World of Hammer."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A literally chilling tale. 29 Nov 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A group of explorers go into the Himalayas in an attempt to find and prove the existence of the legendary Yeti.

This is Hammer at its finest, a tense psychological thriller which grips you from beginning to end. This is no 'monster stomping about' film, but is instead intelligent and intriguing. Cushing and Tucker are excellent as a sympathetic morally-indignant botanist and a money-minded showman respectively. From the haunting Buddhist monastery to the icy wilderness, the sets are superb, and the shots of real ice-covered mountains add to the realism. This film really does have real tension and some unforgettable scenes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
AHammer film worth a look decent 235;1 print Supplier good
Published 11 days ago by Brian O'connor
4.0 out of 5 stars NICE SHIVERY TOUCH OF THE SUPERNATURAL
This is an enjoyable black and white (mild) horror movie from Hammer, about a British botanist, Rollason, and his colleagues who go on an expedition in the Himalayas to find the... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Kathy Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not bad
Published 16 days ago by Kevin Paterson
2.0 out of 5 stars a bit lame.....................
not one of my favourite hammer films,,,its in black and white and a bit lame to be honest.................
Published 1 month ago by robbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic Hammer film you have to have .
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Robert Lismore
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best.
I am a Hammer Horror fan. However I could not remember this film so I bought this DVD. Unfortunately it is one of the poorer of the Hammer films and is really for hardcore Hammer... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pete.
5.0 out of 5 stars stockings
Just as I imagined them to be fitted well and will probably order more at a later date but a different colour
Published 4 months ago by susan proctor
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hammer Horror
I remember watching this with my father on a Saturday afternoon as a kid...great movie that is a real gem to add to a movie collector's collection!
Published 6 months ago by Hawke76
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought!
I have a old recording of this on tape which I've had for years.
Decided to get it on DVD although I thought the quality would not be as good as the old tape. Wrong! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Johnwill
3.0 out of 5 stars The Abominable Snowman
Being an old B Movie fan, I loved this film when it first came out and I am looking forward to the remake, corny but good fun.
Published 9 months ago by D. Stevenson
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