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The Reptile (Blu-ray + DVD) [1966]


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  • Actors: Noel Willman, Ray Barrett, Jacqueline Pearce, Michael Ripper, John Laurie
  • Directors: John Gilling
  • Writers: Anthony Hinds
  • Producers: Anthony Nelson Keys
  • Format: Colour, Widescreen, Anamorphic, PAL, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studio Canal
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006C1B104
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,669 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This Hammer horror classic is set in Cornwall, where the village folk are dying from mysterious snakebites. Nearby a young woman suffers under a curse which regularly transforms her into a reptile. Made at Bray studios, on the same sets that were used for 'Plague of the Zombies.'

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gaz Atkins on 21 Jun 2012
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Well done all at Studio Canal. This hammer classic is finally restored to its former glory with this dvd/ blu-ray double play offering. For anyone who owns this film on the earlier dvd, the quality of which was awful, rest assured this one looks fantastic, with the warm vibrant colours and crisp photography that hammer were renowned for. This presentation comes with both a dvd and blu-ray disc and both look great. Filmed in 1.66:1 aspect ratio, which can be altered with some players. Also comes with some nice extas, including an episode of TVs World of Hammer, a short documentary on the making of the movie called 'The Serpents Tale', subtitles and the film trailer.
Well worth the money and a must for fans of hammer and fantasy horror.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By filmboychris on 23 July 2012
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It's nice to see this Hammer title restored on Blu-Ray for the 21st Century. Previous DVD and video releases were of a washed out colour print that made the film look very cheap and B class quality. This new release isn't absolutely pristine, but is an amazing improvement on anything seen in the home environment before. There are also some nice extras as a bonus. Recommended for all Hammer fans, and anyone interested in Classic British horror films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ravna on 19 April 2013
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Excellent blu ray restoration of the 1966 Hammer horror that employed the same sets as the same year's Plague of the Zombies but presented a new monster in an intriguing detective style narrative coupled with excellent performances and shock moments. A slow burner with an atmosphere of dread but well worth watching and a genuine original........prompt delivery.... thoroughly recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RickAnne on 31 Jan 2013
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Absolutely fantastic looking Bluray transfer of one of Hammer's true Original Classic. The film looks stunning, with beautiful stand out colours which will knock you out in their Magnificence. The 1966 film looks bloody lovely. Hats off to Studiocanal (again). This movie was made back to back with Plague Of The Zombies, as the powers at be thought it would be cheaper, but in the end, that was not the case. The extras are ok, but you are left wanting more. The Reptile is one of Hammer's finest & is well suited to the Hammer stable of Werewolves, Vampires & Mummies.
Thank you Hammer - Thank you Studiocanal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SamJones99 on 28 Jun 2012
The Reptile might sit in the shadow of it's shot back-to-back sister film Plague of the Zombies but it many ways, The Reptile is a film more in keeping with it's times it's undead twin. Look out for the Sitar freak out that explicitly tells you this film was made in the mid 60s.

Although The Reptile might not feature the classic stars and themes of Hammer's better known Frankenstein and Dracula films, this is still an atmospheric and deliciously creaky creature feature curio that's an essential purchase for anyone with more than a passing interesting in classic British horror movies.

The Reptile (DVD + Blu-ray Double Play) [1966]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregory S. Buzwell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jan 2014
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Films like The Reptile encapsulate everything I love about Hammer. I only have to see the heightened-colours, the gorgeous interiors and the cranky day-for-night filming (did they ever get that right?) to be transported back to youthful days of horror double-bills on late-night TV. They don't, more's the pity, make them like this any more. All Hammer films are worth watching, even the bad ones have a charm and quirky beauty all their own, but The Reptile has long been one of my favourites. In The Reptile Hammer attempted something a bit different, just as they did with the film they made in parallel and using many of the same locations and actors - The Plague of the Zombies - and the result is a very fine, and sadly neglected, piece of horror.

The plot is relatively straightforward with Harry Spalding and his wife, Valerie, moving down to Cornwall when the former's brother dies in mysterious circumstances, leaving them a property in the area in his will. Upon arrival the locals behave in a distinctly unfriendly fashion, aside that is from Tom, the landlord (played to perfection by Michael Ripper), while the lord of the manor, Dr Franklyn, is cold, aloof and odd. Only Dr Franklyn's daughter Anna (Jacqueline Pearce at her most fragile and hauntingly beautiful) appears genuinely friendly although, as soon becomes clear, she is emotionally damaged and perhaps not all she seems. Add to this some excellent location-filming in Cornwall and some beautifully rendered interiors (both Harry and Valerie's cottage and the corridors in the manor house make excellent use of the colour green which saturates the sets like a beautiful, poisonous fog) and you have not only a visually engaging spectacle but also a cast of characters you come to know and care about.
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