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The Damned [DVD] [2010]


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  • Actors: Oliver Reed, Shirley Anne Field
  • Directors: Joseph Losey
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct. 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZV8SDI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,901 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In England, a young American falls in love with the sister of a sadistic and lecherous motorcycle gang leader who despises the American. The couple takes refuge from the gang leader's harassment in a cave where they discover a group of children, who are the result of an experiment by a scientist seeking to develop a race of humans capable of surviving an atomic blast.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Oct. 2010
This really is a fine movie - up there with Val Guest's "Quatermass Two" ! It is understated, brilliantly photographed, has great set decorations by Elizabeth Frink, a splendid score and some good performances too, especially the underrated Olive Reed. The chilling ending will haunt you long after the credits have rolled. The transfer is excellent and preserves the wide-screen format. After waiting many years for a good print of this classic its arrival is to be celebrated by all sci-fi fans.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Sanders on 24 Oct. 2010
This is a chilling film, I saw it about years ago on late night TV and it is all the more effective for being filmed in black and white.

I found it quite shocking when you see it you will realise why - and the ruthlessness of the people in charge of the 'experiment' is chilling too.

I certainly wasn't expecting it to be so chilling, I had read about the film in a motorcycle book that talked about Oliver Reed's role and the motorcycle gang mostly, so was unprepared for the whole story.

One of those great 50's and 60's British Films!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. Traverse on 1 July 2010
This is an enjoyable film with future star Oliver Reed in an earlier role as a gang leader.Yes there seems be two plots but i never found this off putting.Shirley Anne Field,ex glamour model and co-starring in later films with Steve Mcqueen,Robert Wagner and Yul Brynner also stars in this as Reeds sister and the go between for muggings.The Children scientifically tested against possible nuclear bombs seems a tad sinister but this was the rage in the sixties,cold war etc..Shot in Weymouth and Portland,a lot of scenes still remain the same as today,i should know ive visited most this week..Highly Recommended and an Excellent DVD!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Now Zoltan on 22 Feb. 2011
For all its flaws, you won't forget this movie in a hurry. We open with a great theme song and seem to be heading for a jaunty delinquents on the loose caper. 90 minutes later a stench of dystopian doom hangs over proceedings and that singalong number seems a lifetime ago.
Negatives - I found a lot of the acting pretty wooden (Oliver Reed obviously excepted) and some of the dialogue seemed a bit stagey. There's also definite pacing issues and I could have did without the May-September romance at the centre of proceedings (is this the creepiest hero in the movies?). All this is more than compensated by the sheer originality of the story, the beautiful photography and a real haunting atmosphere - I fully expect to dream about this film for some time to come.
Recommended for fans of Hammer, vintage British Sci-Fi and, well, anyone really.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy W. Newbould on 14 Mar. 2010
This is a welcome DVD release of a rare 1960s Hammer film. Rather like the Robert Rodriguez movie From Dusk Till Dawn, this is really two films in one. It starts off a bit like Brighton Rock with a gang of motorcycle-riding hooligans, led by a young Oliver Reed, causing trouble in the coastal town of Weymouth then it becomes something similar to an episode of Doctor Who when the action centres around a secret military base that houses a group of radioactive children!

Director Joseph Losey made some good films, including The Concrete Jungle and The Servant, and he gives this film a creepy atmosphere and a feeling of underlying menace and the viewer is never quite sure in which direction events are going to go next.

This film is very different to most of the other films Hammer were making during this period and some of its themes may still be relevant today. This DVD presents the film in wide screen and it is probably the most complete version of the film ever released on DVD or video. A very informative collectors booklet is also included so this is an essential item for Hammer completists or fans of 1960s science-fiction films.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sharguild on 10 Nov. 2012
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Now here's an idea.
Let's radiate a group of youngsters in advance to make them immune to radiation if we get nuked, that way they will survive!
What? That's not how radiation works? Screw it, we've got a government grant so let's do this!
Mayhem follows.
Oliver Reed, even at this early introduction is a force to be admired.
Probably one of the best British actors to enter film making in the 1950's, his menacing presence dominates every film he made.
No less this one.
Shirley Ann Field is gorgeous in a tight sweater and excellent as his concerned sister.
It's not a great film but the acting is sincere and honest.
It took two years following completion of production for the film to be released and was cut and edited a number of times before it reached the public.
We have it now in as complete a format as I suspect we ever will and director Joseph Losey may be happy with this release.
Reed is scary good in this. reason enough to own at this price.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Adie Barrett on 27 Sept. 2010
I only caught this film for the first time having chanced upon it while channel hopping one bored night in 2009. Having missed the first few minutes I was not aware it was a Hammer film and this illusion continued until the end credits. As one other reviewer notes it is unlike most of Hammer's output and the reveal of the main plot centring on the children was quite chilling enough. I can see how the downbeat ending might have worried the distributors at the time, but it was an unexpected turnout even though an inevitable decline had already been charted for some of the characters. Watch it to understand what I mean! Also, having lived on Portland only a decade after this was made and being a frequent visitor since to an area that has altered little over the years gives the film an oddly 'contemporary' feeling despite its monochrome origins. Also known as "These Are The Damned".
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