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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pirates and ghosts?
Originally made to be shown as part of a double bill, Captain Clegg easily stands well on its own. Cushing is as magnificent as ever, as is hammer regular, Michael Ripper. The story is one of pirates and ghosts or rather pirates pretending to be ghosts, but like most hammer films the story is only part of its appeal. Full of hammer nostalgia which draws you into what is...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great film, Blu-ray not so great
Captain Clegg is one of my favourite Hammer films. Stellar performances by Peter Cushing, Michael Ripper and Oliver Reed and a genuine setting make a very entertaining mixture.

The Blu-ray however is a mixed bag. Positive for sure are the interesting extras. Sadly there is no audio commentary. Also the sound is very good. The picture quality however is not...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great film, Blu-ray not so great, 25 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Captain Clegg (Night Creatures) (1962) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Captain Clegg is one of my favourite Hammer films. Stellar performances by Peter Cushing, Michael Ripper and Oliver Reed and a genuine setting make a very entertaining mixture.

The Blu-ray however is a mixed bag. Positive for sure are the interesting extras. Sadly there is no audio commentary. Also the sound is very good. The picture quality however is not convincing. This an old Universal transfer with visible traces of DNR and electronic tampering. Sharpness and detail are pretty low, colors are OK. There is some digital noise present, especially in the dark scenes. The original English title has been computer generated and embossed into the title card. Because of this the title card features some strange noise which even covers the black blanking areas of the windowboxed credit sequence. After the credit sequence the film's aspect ratio changes to something like 2.00:1 which indicates this transfer was originally made from the US version called Night Creatures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pirates and ghosts?, 14 July 2014
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Originally made to be shown as part of a double bill, Captain Clegg easily stands well on its own. Cushing is as magnificent as ever, as is hammer regular, Michael Ripper. The story is one of pirates and ghosts or rather pirates pretending to be ghosts, but like most hammer films the story is only part of its appeal. Full of hammer nostalgia which draws you into what is essentially a boys own adventure. There are better quality hammer blu rays available and this is perhaps not the film to watch if this is the first experience of hammer films. However, to those of us who will be forever woven into the fabric of hammer, this will make an excellent addition to our film collections.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film, 22 July 2014
What a fantastic movie , I loved it, will definitely be buying more oliver reed films. A Classic Hammer Horror film difficult to image that this was supposed to be a scary film!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fake legend of Olde England, 24 Jun 2014
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Ken Raus "Ken Raus" (Lugdunum) - See all my reviews
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If you like old Hammer films outside of the monster roster of the Mummy,Dracula and Frankenstein et al series then you will like or love this oldie from 1962 called Night Creatures in the USA, set in Romney marsh in Kent in the England of the 1790's with Peter Cushing,Michael Ripper and the erotically exotic Yvonne Romain as hostage of the wicked innkeeper,Mr.Rash...the tale is actor/writer Russell Thorndyke's from the book series Doctor Syn which Disney,I believe,had gotten the film rights to,thus the pseudonym Captain Clegg for the fictional character Dr.Syn although the film is basically the same as the book.

For historical realists the coiffures and idioms are rather anachronistically modern but this is normal in Commonwealth kino so I don't withold a star for that nor for the lack of the standard extra when all else fails,the trailer, especially because the doku is so good about the background of the film and is thirty minutes long and is complemented by another extra,a six and a half minute featurette on the carriages featured in Hammer historical films,very interessant,whereas the third extra is a two and half minute rolling photo gallery,also very fine...three fine extras in all and good menu's but no foreign lingo options for non-Anglophones.

A booklet and trailer for fans even without a commentary would've been better but the documentary is almost worth the price of the region 2 dvd itself which looks great even if not blue-ray...this is one of Hammers best films,somewhat redolent of their early pirate films and is one hour and eighteen long,not one hour and twenty minutes long as the case says and the whole dvd programme itself totals almost 2 hours...if you like Thorndyke's work then get the Disney one,too, if you've the odd 100 quid to spare on dvd's or read some of Thorndyke's books themself...all in all,a very good buy for the Hammer film buff with excellent extras and film quality.Dr Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh - 1964 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]Dr. Syn (1937)Doctor Syn
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars overall a beautifully produced product and I do mean, 4 Aug 2014
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Gorgeous print, informative supplemental features, overall a beautifully produced product and I do mean, produced, from top to bottom it's lovingly assembled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Syn is Blyss, 4 Aug 2014
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Essentially this is a remake of the George Arliss version of "Dr Syn" with the lead character renamed as Dr Blyss to avoid copyright problems with Disney who were making their own version of the story at the same time. Peter Cushing is excellent as the pirate parson with good support from a range of Hammer regulars and the whole film is fairly faithful to the initial Russell Thorndyke book on which it is based. No problems with the quality of the film on my version and an interesting account of the making of the film as an extra.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's a very cool hammer film but mishandled by those who produced the ..., 2 July 2014
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This review is from: Captain Clegg (Night Creatures) (1962) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Very dissapointrd in this blu ray. Falsley advertised as progressive scan this interlaced video on my 70" Aquos is jittery and loaded with digital artifacts. It is mostly unwatchable. Bummer! It's a very cool hammer film but mishandled by those who produced the blu ray.. Shame on them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice mix of horror, action and adventure. I am very pleased with the subtitles., 8 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Captain Clegg (Night Creatures) (1962) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
A village vicar heads up a smuggling ring in his non-prayerful hours and succeeds in the operation by disguising the skullduggery in a guise of supernatural proportions. Peter Cushing and Oliver Reed are very convincing. An atmospheric tale of adventure and horror.
Final Cut releases a fine blu-ray with some nice extras. I have no complaints on the picture and sound quality and I am very happy that the company added English subtitles. Why doesn't Amazon list this?
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not 1080p as indicated & film has been transferred at the wrong speed., 28 Jun 2014
This review is from: Captain Clegg (Night Creatures) (1962) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I addition to the issues noted in the review below, which are all valid, the film is not 1080p as indicated on the package.
It is an interlaced 1080i / 50hz transfer and runs 78 min instead of the correct 82 minutes. The audio and visuals are sped up 4% over normal speed. Proceed at your own risk, (or tolerance ) for flawed Blu Rays.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disc Won't Play on Multi Region Player, 26 Jun 2014
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Mr. M. W. Davey "16-9" (London England) - See all my reviews
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Unable to comment specifically on contents as am unable to by-pass the message "This BD can only be played on region B players." This despite my LG multi region player being set to region B (and playing other region B discs perfectly well). Is this yet another Hammer Blu Ray production disaster or I am alone in this respect?

Finally with some additional tinkering the disc will now play. Nothing more or less than expected in terms of quality. I own both the Region 1 US and the German Region 2 dvds and this is certainly a more detailed and colourful presentation. Personally I didn't have any problems with the newly added title cards on my somewhat antiquated 42" plasma. Looking forward to further blu ray releases of classic Hammer films.
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