The World Of Hammer [DVD]
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13-episode horror series narrated by Oliver Reed. This collection features the finest moments from Hammer's classic horror movies alongside clips from the company's acclaimed war films, costume dramas, comedies and much more.
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World of Hammer was a 1980s TV series of which each episode was a compilation of clips and segments from Hammer films linked together by a fairly mediocre narration by Oliver Reed. Each episode has a theme, e.g. Dracula, Frankenstein etc.
*DO* expect continuous excerpts (about six or seven films per twenty-five-minute episode) from Hammer films in fullscreen, and since this is an oldish, pre-DVD TV series, not necessarily brilliant picture quality all the time.
*DO NOT* expect much behind-the-scenes information. That was not what World of Hammer was about. Reed's narration pretty much sticks to describing what the films were about and who was in them.
World of Hammer isn't strictly speaking a documentary series -- simply a compilation programme, made pretty cheaply. A string of Hammer clips can never be less than entertaining, of course, but if you're going to shell out the cash for the DVD, know what to expect.
It's an interesting collection but with two major irritations: all the clips of widescreen productions made in 2.35:1 (21:9) are shown in 4:3 (12:9) so their widescreen effect is ruined AND secondly
the collection includes scenes which are CUT from the DVD releases (such as those from Stranglers of Bombay) which leaves a viewer with a sense of annoyance and frustration.
What is needed is restored releases of Hammers classic movies RETAINING THEIR ORIGINAL FILM RATIOS. Unfortunately many of the current Hammer releases on DVD and Blu ray have RUINED the original film formats by having them cropped to 16:9 with a loss of 25% of the original image. This is NOT how they were meant to be seen.
These releases have been badly thought through.