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on 3 July 2015
The movie is a classic of British sci-fi and of course stars two of the biggest stars we have ever produced in Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing (although Cushing's role is relatively small). The film itself is a five out of five for me, even if the ending is pretty weak. However, I'm giving three stars because there's nothing here to justify a Blu Ray release. The film has NOT been remastered. A couple of other reviews draw attention to the excellence of the print, but nothing is on display here that couldn't be achieved on standard DVD format (I would be interested to see a comparison with the DVD release). When night falls and the action moves outside for example, there is a big strip down the left hand side of the screen where the colour is just drained form the image leaving a pale line about half an inch thick down the screen, which is very distracting. The print hasn't even been cleaned with imperfections still remaining. When you copare this to other films from the era, such as the Hammer Blu Ray releases with full restoration of the prints, it's nowhere near as high a quality.

There is an excellent interview with Christopher Lee in the extras however, although still not worth the £17.99 I paid. I do hope that in the future a full restoration for a decent Blu Ray release is carried out.
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VINE VOICEon 20 July 2007
First released in 1967, this little sci-fi pic has stood the test of time. Although made on a low budget, it is enhanced by the presence of a great cast, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Patrick Allen, Jane Merrow, Sarah Lawson and Kenneth Cope. It was first shown on television as a mid week television drama during 1959 it was reminiscence of the sci-fi dramas which were around at the time (this was the era of Quatermass). This is the film version which more or less follows the original script based on a novel written by John Lymington. The story evolves around a small community who live on an island which is experiencing an unusually severe heat wave during November. Lee plays Godfrey Hanson a scientist who believes that the heat is being caused by creatures from a distance star who are using high frequency radio waves to transport to earth for an invasion. The islanders dismiss him as a crank; however, numerous deaths from the severe heat prompt them into action in order to save themselves from being burnt alive by the invaders. There is a sub plot involving a novelist Jeffrey Callum (Patrick Allen) who meets up with his former mistress Angela Roberts (Jane Merrow) which adds to the tension. It ends with a climax which seems rather rushed but it is satisfactory nonetheless.

The disc is supplemented by a 24 page booklet which contains a lot of useful information for movie buffs, trailers for Hammer movies, and an audio commentary by Christopher Lee, screenwriters Pip and Jane Baker, and film historian Marcus Hearn.

Picture is very good, showing much detail in the darker scenes. Sound is mono, but more than adequate taking into consideration the sound effects used for the aliens. A great buy.
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Starring the dream team of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, and directed by Horror legend Terrence Fisher, this is a decent little Sci-Fi thriller from the late `60s.

The set up is quite simple, during the depths of winter a Scottish Island (not noted for their temperate weather at the best of times!) is in the grip of a heatwave. Is it a freak of nature, or, as Christopher Lee's scientist thinks, could it be an alien invasion?

Following a series of unexplained deaths, the islanders start to realise the truth and start to fight against whatever it is that threatens them. Fisher takes a while to build the scenario up, but once the film gets going it's a decent taught thriller, with well crafted suspense and action.

The aliens are (wisely!) kept off screen until the last, tense, showdown, which just adds to the suspense. The only let down is the very final scene, which seems a bit of a `War of the Worlds' rip off, and very rushed.

A film with flaws, but an entertaining way to spend 90 minutes.

The DVD presentation is OK, the film is in original 16:9 widescreen with a mono soundtrack. There has been no remastering, and the picture quality is a bit grainy in places. There is an interesting audio commentary with Christopher Lee, screen writers Pip and Jane Baker and film historian Marcus Hearn. There is also a really good 24 pg booklet with a nice essay on the genesis and making of the film, and in interview with Jane Merrow who played the female attraction.
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on 9 September 2014
This blu ray release is fantastic. Superb print and I am sure will never be seen any better than this.
Looking forward to - Curse of the Crimson Alter - and Island of Terror if they are going to be as good transfers as this.
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on 29 July 2014
This sf movie comes from PLANET FILMS a company that was around in the 60s and 70s.It has a great cast including the great CUSHING and LEE.The story line i wont go into to much as i dont want to spoil it for those who have not seen the movie all i will say is an island is having a heat wave and there are unexplained deaths .The disc itself the col and sound are very good far better than the DD dvd some years ago and on the extra front we get an interview with MR LEE and a photo gal.its a shame there is no trailer.Its great to see this movie come out and it shows you dont need a movie with a load of money spent on it with nothing but cgi in how many of these have we had and they have been forgotten within a week yet a movie like NOTBH was made with hardly any money is still going strong today.We should also thank ODEON for given us some nice horror films from the 60s and 70s we praise ARROW for there great discs but ODEON has just seemed to have come from nowhere with there great movies.SO if you enjoy a good b movie this is a must.Well done ODEON
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on 23 February 2016
Despite the many negative views I have read about NOTBH, I have to say that I think it is a great 1960's film. The film has the greats of British cinema - Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Patrick Allen, which is a major plus. The story is about an island off the British coast that suddenly experiences a heat wave in the dead of winter. The action is mainly within the local pub and one of the residents believes it is caused by an alien invasion. I actually rate this film as one of my favourites and I am well please with the quality of the Blu-ray. I bought the DVD some years ago but the quality was a bit too washed out and required the brightness to be turned down. They have thankfully restored it to a far better quality and I can enjoy it again and again. Great stuff.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 2 January 2016
Just a quick few words about this OEG (Odeon Films) release 2014. A good 16.9 transfer (fills my whole screen), good sound and colour. Extras here are a commentary and interview with Lee. I love this film whilst acknowledging it isn't the greatest Sci Fi ever!! A crazy plot, hopeless "aliens", and very dramatic acting (except by Cushing who is very relaxed), as well as a very sexy if hysterical at times, Jane Merrow, (she falls over a lot) and reliables Ken Cope and Thomas Heathcote, not forgettings Mrs Patrick Allen, all join in the fun, and present a most enjoayable 90 mins. Just don't expect too much seriousness.
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on 19 November 2015
Fun and engaging ensemble piece starring peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. The conviction of the cast goes a long way to making this sic-fi whodunnit work. If you like Hammer and Amicus films this is a slight diversion from Gothic and slasher horror but the cast will see you through. The commentary is class with Christopher Lee and Pip and Jane Baker the writers. Also the Blu-ray version is very sharp and clear.
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VINE VOICEon 8 August 2008
This is all pretty cheesy, and the print's faded, but if you're a fan of '60s British horror and sci-fi, you won't be disappointed. The cast is populated with stalwarts of the genre, even if the great Peter Cushing's appearance is more of a cameo than a starring role.

I always found this one to have great atmosphere. The extras on this DVD release are top-quality, too.
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on 18 March 2015
Once again Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee team up in this british sci- fi movie from 1967 .and make it worth watching. plus Patrick Allen and Jane Morrow add support., directed by Terence Fisher. PQ is good in 10.80i, on this blu ray.
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