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Great film - but not worth 20 quid for disappointing bluray transfer.
on 6 July 2016
The film is great - and is pretty much what you'd expect from classic Hammer. It's a Dracula-like vampire tale, beautifully filmed, with enough variations in the plot to keep it interesting. Peter Cushing is fantastic as ever, with Yvonne Monlaur very charming and likeable as the female lead. You'll enjoy the film - but be disappointed and feel a little ripped off at the bluray quality.
Let's be honest - the distributor is charging a premium price for Hammer blurays. They're expensive compared to other contemporary features, or other restored classics. These haven't been restored or, at least nowhere close to the degree as other horror classics from Universal or others. I don't care so much about the aspect ratio - but the grain is appalling and the colour seems a little off. Yes, I'd expect some grain in low light scenes, or where optical zoom might been used to magnify an image - but it can be corrected and averaged out (as Universal have done with other restorations). In this case little or no work appears to have been done, and the transfer appears to have been made from a poorer quality film copy. It really don't justify the "premium" pricing.
I don't think Hammer fans would begrudge the pricing if these classics were shown some love and given the proper bluray treatment they deserve. For me it seems as the distributor has little real concern for these classics or their fan-base, and is more concerned in making a quick buck. That being said, I was lucky enough to pick this up in Australian release of a boxed set comprising 17 of the lesser known Hammer films marked down to AUD65 (about 37 pounds) which makes the bluray quality issues a little less painful. If I'd paid the current 20 pound price for just this single film I'd be fuming.