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Old 09-06-2005, 16:19   #1
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8 film Hammer Horror Series & 5 film Bela Lugosi Collection; FIRST REVIEWS!

From DVD Times:

Universal Studios Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of The Bela Lugosi Collection for 6th September 2005 priced at $26.98 SRP. This franchise collection packs 5 films on to 1 DVD18. Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Black Cat (1934), The Raven, The Invisible Ray and Black Friday are presented in 1.33:1 Full Frame with English DD2.0 Mono audio and optional English, French and Spanish subtitles. Bonus features are limited to theatrical trailers on 3 of the 5 films (The Black Cat and The Raven miss out).

Universal Studios Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Hammer Horror Series for 6th September 2005 priced at $29.98 SRP. This franchise collection packs 8 films on to 2 DVD18s...

Brides of Dracula
1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
English and Spanish DD2.0 Mono
English, French and Spanish subtitles

The Curse of the Werewolf
1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
English DD2.0 Mono
English, French and Spanish subtitles

The Phantom of the Opera (1962)
2.00:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
English DD2.0 Mono
English, French and Spanish subtitles

Paranoiac
2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
English DD2.0 Mono
English, French and Spanish subtitles

Kiss of the Vampire
1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
English DD2.0 Mono
English, French and Spanish subtitles

Nightmare
2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
English DD2.0 Mono
English, French and Spanish subtitles

Night Creatures
2.00:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
English DD2.0 Mono
English, French and Spanish subtitles

The Evil of Frankenstein
1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
English and French DD2.0 Mono
English, French and Spanish subtitles


Details here (for Bela) and here (for Hammer) .

Universal's own website is also carrying details; Bela Lugosi Collection, Hammer Horror Series. Cheap; let's hope they're cheerful!
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Old 09-06-2005, 16:27   #2
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Just as I buy "Kiss of the Vampire" .....DOH

Been waiting for "Brides of Dracula" for ages
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I see that on the Universal site they are quoting $19.98 pre-order for the Hammer set.An absolute bargain.

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Old 09-06-2005, 18:40   #4
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what addy for the universal site?
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what addy for the universal site?
See the links bottom of the first post.
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Thanks John,

That's fantastic news, I've wanted them to release COTW and Brides for ages.
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The question is, will the Universal Hammer releases be uncut ? "Curse of the Werewolf" and "Phantom of the Opera" suffered from heavy cutting for release in both the USA and the UK.
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click on preorder and......

This item is discontinued !
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Old 09-06-2005, 23:17   #9
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Best news I've heard all week. That Hammer set is unmissable.

I hope they stick it in a legacy case, and would be cool if it was tinted red not green, just to make it stand out. Like the Carlton Hammer Vampire set.

Finally I can ditch my VHS-rip of Curse of the Werewolf.
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The question is, will the Universal Hammer releases be uncut ? "Curse of the Werewolf" and "Phantom of the Opera" suffered from heavy cutting for release in both the USA and the UK.
A press release from a while back claimed that lost footage from Brides of Dracula and Curse of the Werewolf had been discovered... no word on Phantom tho. Hopefully this means that at least Curse and Brides are uncut.
I believe Phantom was shorn of a couple of minutes to get an 'A' rating on its original cinema release over here so an uncut version should certainly be a priority!
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A press release from a while back claimed that lost footage from Brides of Dracula and Curse of the Werewolf had been discovered... no word on Phantom tho. Hopefully this means that at least Curse and Brides are uncut.
I think what you're referring to was this...:

"Universal has been working on it's Hammer material and has uncovered extra footage for BRIDES OF DRACULA and KISS OF EVIL. They also recently made restored theatrical prints of CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF which have played here and there around the country...Hopefully all 3 will be coming to DVD soon."

...from this thread. Whether 'restored' means uncut is anyone's guess.
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I think what you're referring to was this...:

"Universal has been working on it's Hammer material and has uncovered extra footage for BRIDES OF DRACULA and KISS OF EVIL. They also recently made restored theatrical prints of CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF which have played here and there around the country...Hopefully all 3 will be coming to DVD soon."

...from this thread. Whether 'restored' means uncut is anyone's guess.
We can but hope tho...
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DVD Times now has artwork up for The Bela Lugosi Collection - see the link in the first post.

Tangentially, Zeta Minor, home of the essential Hammer DVD Guide, has some comments that I'll reproduce here, which should be of interest to Hammer afficienados:

I've updated the Hammer DVD Guide to incorporate the wonderful news that Universal has announced the release of eight 1960s Hammer movies, which will be released in the US on September the 6th.

The eight films (the Herbert Lom version of The Phantom of the Opera, The Brides of Dracula, The Curse of the Werewolf, Kiss of the Vampire, Nightmare, Paranoiac, Night Creatures (aka Captain Clegg) and The Evil of Frankenstein) will be offered on a two-disc (presumably two-DVD-18) set, with an RRP of $29.99. The films will have anamorphic transfers and 2.0 (mono) audio.

This is perhaps not the ideal way of packaging the films, but no-one could deny that this is terrific news for fans of the studio. In one fell swoop most of the key unreleased Hammer films are being made available, and at a bargain price!

The Universal announcement release leaves Columbia Tristar as the only major company not to have extensively exploited their Hammer holdings. The studio owns three very Hammer horror titles (The Gorgon, The Two Faces of Doctor Jekyll and The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb), as well as a slew of non-horror films (including the studio's Robin Hood films, the sublime Cash on Demand, their controversial war films, and non-PC colonial adventure stories like The Stranglers of Bombay). Other unreleased Hammer horror films include Dracula AD 72 (an odd omission apparently owned by Warner Home Video - perhaps there are specific rights problems?) and Paramount's relatively minor The Man Who Could Cheat Death.

I've also added the Region 1 DVD of The Nanny to the Guide. It's expected from Anchor Bay before the end of the year.
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Brilliant hammer set! I will be getting this!
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I'm so pleased about both these sets; I've been wary about Universal's pile 'em high and sell 'em cheap policy, but while disappointed at the lack of extras, the quality of the transfers have, in the main, been pretty good (some have been truly excellent) on similar sets (Abbott & Costello, Deanna Durbin, Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando). And - perhaps key - so affordable.

I'm really stoked about the Hammer set, and I have high hopes. If I have any gripe it's with the 'Bela Lugosi Collection', which was first mooted as a Lugosi / Karloff set and should have been marketed as such with William Henry Pratt in four of the five films on offer and taking the lead roles. Still, we have the films...
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Some idea of what we'll be paying for these on-line, now that they've popped up at Amazon (the short answer is not alot)

Hammer Horror Series - $20.99, plus p&p
Bela Lugosi Collection - $18.89 plus p&p
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re:

What about the other Hammer Classics :Carlet Blade; Pirates of Blood River, Sword of Sherwood Forest, Land of the Leprechauns; The Runaway; Secrets of Blood Island; The Brighand of Kandahar; Chalenge of Robin Hood, Journey into Midnight; Moon Zero Two.
Are we going to see these released on DVD?
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Not long now; scuttlebutt at the HTF says that The Curse of The Werewolf has been nicely restored and will include all previously censored footage.

Now that DVD Soon is out of the picture, mine are on pre-order from DVD Pacific - Hammer Horror Series (£11.46-ish plus p&p), The Bela Lugosi Collection (£10.35-ish plus p&p).
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Ages since I've seen a Hammer film. May just plump for this set. A must for cleavage and nightdress fetishists IIRC.
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Thanks for the update John, that's fantastic news about COTW.

I'm really looking forward to this set coming through my letter box.
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