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Dracula (Blu-ray + DVD) [1958]
Dracula (Blu-ray + DVD) [1958]
Dvd ~ Christopher Lee
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £15.99

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammers Finest, 19 Mar. 2013
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First of all, congratulations to all the technicians at Molinare and Deluxe for the painstaking restoration work carried out on this latest Hammer bluray, which includes presenting the film in its original 1.66:1 aspect ratio, the reinstallation of the original UK credits and the addition of some long lost footage, originally removed by order of the British Board of Film Censors 55 years ago. The two extended scenes include 'the seduction of Mina' and 'the disintegration of Dracula'. Let me try to clear up the debate going on about the picture quality. The restorers have tried to create a faithful reproduction of colour saturation with an authentic bluish tint, which is apparently how the movie appeared on its original release. Im as fussy as anyone else about high picture quality and personanally i think it looks fantastic. There is also nearly 3 hours of special features, which include some fascinating reviews and in depth analysis by all the usual Hammer experts, an interview with the late great Jimmy Sangster, who wrote the screenplay and an entertaining and informative audio commentary by Marcus Hearn and Jonathon Rigby. This is an all time classic horror film which looks beautiful and plays out like a Gothic fairy tale. The classic Hammer team are all here and in my view, this film is the studios greatest achievement. All in all, a very polished and beautifully presented production and a real treat for Hammer fans and fans of fantasy films from this period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ELO at their best., 16 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Discovery (MP3 Download)
Personally, i believe this is theiir best album . Its full of catchy tunes and each track has that definitive electro-pop/classical rock ELO sound.

The Blood Beast Terror [Blu-ray] [1968]
The Blood Beast Terror [Blu-ray] [1968]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing
Price: £18.55

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good harmless fun & it looks stunning, 29 Oct. 2012
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This is a film made by Tigon Productions, who produced Witchfinder General and Blood On Satans Claw, amongst others, during the 60's in an attempt to cash in on the success of Hammer films, which were so popular at the time. This does have the feel of a Hammer film and is similar to Hammers The Reptile, but not so well made. There is something dark and mysterious afoot in the English countryside, where several young men have been found dead and drained of blood. Enter Peter Cushing as the meticulous Inspector Quennell, who thankfully has plenty to do in this film, and there is no doubt his presence saves it from being a lot less watchable. This film has been much derided and the two lead stars, Cushing and Robert Flemyng hated it. Admitedley, it was all thrown together very quickly, but personally i really enjoyed it, but then i am a huge fan of 1960's fantasy horror and this film is typical of that period and i think fans of this period and of hammer films will almost certainly enjoy it. Okay the script and the special effects are lousy and a couple of the actors, Vanessa Howard as Quennels daughter Meg and William Wilde as Britewell, give terrible performances, though to be fair to Vanessa Howard, her performance did suffer from some appalling post-sync dialogue. The plot is very patchy and nothing is ever really explained, but if you just take it as a harmless horror yarn, it works well. The plus points here are Peter Cushing, as superb as ever, the gorgeous Wanda Ventham, some very attractive Victorian settings and locations and thankfully this new remastered blu-ray version looks stunning, with a sharp 1.66:1 picture and vivid colours and this definitely adds to the pleasure. This is also an extended version. Very much a film for fans of this period and genre. Extras include:
Picture Gallery
Interview with Wanda Ventham
Audio Commentary with Johnathon Rigby and David Miller
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The Curse of Frankenstein (Blu-ray + DVD) [1957]
The Curse of Frankenstein (Blu-ray + DVD) [1957]
Dvd ~ Christopher Lee
Price: £11.87

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The film that made Hammer, 18 Oct. 2012
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Okay, lets start with the presentation, which is well thought out. The dvd case uses the colour film poster as its cover and this theme is continued inside on the discs themselves.
The screen savers are pretty cool, with a menu list running across the bottom of the screen, moving scenes from the movie displayed on the left and a painting of the creature looming across the right hand side complete with a moving outstretched hand as the music score plays.
This is a 3 disc release.
Disc 1 contains a remastered dvd which plays in a choice of 1.66:1 or a never before released 1.37:1 academy ratio. It also includes a new audio commentary with Hammer experts Marcus Hearn and Jonathon Rigby and subtitles.
Disc 2 contains a variety of special features;
*Frankenstein Reborn: The making of a Hammer classic. (New & exclusive)
*Life With Sir (A moving tribute to Peter Cushing by his long term secretary)
*Four Sided Triangle (a 1953 Hammer film)
*Tales Of Frankenstein (A pilot for a series by Hammer that was never realised)
*The World Of Hammer
*ROM Content ("The creators spark: Hammers
Frankenstein begins" by Hammer archivist Robert
J.E. Simpson.
Disc 3 contains the bluray version, again with a choice of 1.37:1 or 1.66:1 aspect ratio, subtitles, commentary and all the aforementoined special features.
Now for the bad news.
Although the quality of the bluray is for the most part very good, the first few scenes and the mausoleum scene are definitely quite fuzzy and to be honest it looks no better than a French dvd copy from 2002, which i already possessed and it comes nowhere near to the quality of the recent Studio Canal Bluray Hammer releases; i.e Dracula, Prince Of Darkness, The Plague Of The Zombies and The Reptile. I personally think it looks better viewed in its original 1.37:1 aspect ratio. This classic iconic movie, which made Hammer world famous, deserves much better. Even so, overall it is value for money and i would recommend it.

The Reptile (Blu-ray + DVD) [1966]
The Reptile (Blu-ray + DVD) [1966]
Dvd ~ Noel Willman
Price: £15.00

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric Hammer Horror, 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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Taste The Blood Of Dracula [DVD] [1970]
Taste The Blood Of Dracula [DVD] [1970]
Dvd ~ Christopher Lee
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £18.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Hammers Finest, 24 Feb. 2012
Three Victorian thrill seeking hedonists team up with the decadent aristo Lord Courtley, deliciously overplayed by Ralph Bates in an attempt to ressurect the Count by way of a blood drinking ritual. This is a thoroughly entertaining horror yarn and a superb example of Gothic Hammer Horror. As always the production value is spot on with plenty of warm vibrant colours emphasized by the brilliant sharp photography filmed in a 1.85.1 widescreen format. Its also got a good solid cast of actors led by John Carson and the lovely Linda Hayden. l love this movie and so will any fan of vinage British horror.

Paranoiac [DVD] [1963]
Paranoiac [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Liliane Brousse
Offered by bestmediagroup
Price: £5.73

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Reed at his 'Mean and Moody' best., 15 April 2011
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This review is from: Paranoiac [DVD] [1963] (DVD)
Having been a Hammer fan for 40 years now I was intrigued when I came across this one, which I had never seen. It is one of a series of Psychological Thrillers produced by Hammer during the 1960s. Filmed in crystal clear black and white scope photography with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 by the director and master cinematographer Freddie Francis, this is a new high definition transfer and looks great. Special features include subtitles and the original theatrical trailer. Screenplay is by the great Jimmy Sangster and it is typical of Hammer films in this genre. It is a tale of greed, embezzlement and mental instability focused around a wealthy familys inheritance, but like all of their thrillers the plot twists and turns and you find yourself trusting no one and suspecting everyone. Oliver Reed steals the show with his over the top but enjoyably entertaining stint as the amoral Simon Ashby and the film benefits from a fine cast with the possible exception of the less than plausible French maid Francoise. Beautiful locations and a dramatic musical score make this a great addition to the collection of any serious Hammer fan and fans of sixties suspense thrillers.
Highly recommended.

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