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This review is from: Tcm Greatest Classic Films: Hammer Horror [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This is a very good selection of movies from the Hammer Horror stable. There are four movies in all and this is a brief review of each movie;
HORROR OF DRACULA; AKA 'DRACULA', this was the first appearance of Christopher Lee as the Count and he is very impressive with a great prescence. A good movie, not the very best of Hammer but there is little doubt that Lee and Peter Cushing were a great pairing. The picture is very crisp here and the sound OK.
DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE; This movie surprised me as I thought it was probably the best of the bunch. Full of striking images and memorable scenes, this could very well be one of the most underrated of the Hammer movies. Christopher Lee doesn't really say much but he dominates every scene he is in and there is an excellent performance from Barbara Ewing as Zena. Again the picture and sound are fine.
THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN; Another good movie which is pretty much dominated by Peter Cushing as Baron Frankenstein. He is shown to be totally driven in his quest to create life from death and is completely convincing. He is ably supported by Robert Urquhart as Paul and Christopher Lee as the creature. Lee felt that he looked like a clown in his make-up but he gives a compelling and sympathetic reading of the living dead. The picture is fine yet again but the sound does go out of synch on a few occasions. I tried pausing the DVD player and pressing play and this did seem to help.
FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED; A movie that is completely dominated by Peter Cushing's performance. He positively drips evil and is borderline psychotic but Cushing is always in control. The rest of the acting is OK if a little hammy in parts but Freddie Jones is very good towards the end of the movie as a Professor turned into the creature. The picture is a little flashy in places but the sound is OK.
This package represents excellent value for money. The extras are nothing to write home about, a couple of trailers and a couple of short essays on Frankenstein and Dracula. Please be aware that this is region one so you will need a multi region DVD player. I wouldn't class all of these movies in the five star category but as a collection it is terrific value and worthy of five stars.