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HAMMER FILMS: A US Completist's Guide

I went through an intense Hammer phase about a year ago and tried buying all of their movies that were even slightly horror-related, and thought I'd impart my (limited) wisdom. Hammer produced a gigantic number of films, and is widely thought of purely for their horror films, especially the ones with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. However, they dabbled in nearly every genre. I'll simply include the more "horror" films in the first post, while the second post will include fantasy, action movies, war movies, etc for those who are interested in going deeper into the catalog. It was too hard to decide which sci-fi films and thrillers were "horrific" enough so I just left some of them in this list according to my own opinion; the likes of Paranoiac and Quatermass & the Pit are pretty deeply creepy IMO, and Captain Clegg/Night Creatures certainly isn't a horror film but was marketed as one so hey, I threw it in.

I listed what's been released in the US first, with the import options afterwards. I tried to make notes if there's a very significant difference in quality between versions (ex, many extras, aspect ratios). The general rule of thumb is that for multi-region releases, German>UK>Australia. The US releases are all over the map, with the Synapse versions arguably being the best of those films, but the Millennium/Elite versions arguably being the WORST of those films! Details like HD Audio or better compression or whatnot can be checked elsewhere, the zetaminor link is a good place for the older releases.

Films released or announced for release on Blu-Ray in the US are underlined. I will edit this post regularly to make it more nice over time, so any updates/corrections are welcome!! I will also try and link to all the blu-rays, so let me know if any are missing.

Here is a useful link:

http://www.zetaminor.com/roobarb/sho...d-known-issues

This is an EXCELLENT rundown of the differences between available blu-rays, and has links to discussions about the individual releases. If you only care about blu-rays and are region free, check that topic.

THE LIST:

The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) Blu-Ray: Kino, German/Australian Blu-Ray
X: The Unknown (1956) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), Upscaled version available on Australian Quatermass Xperiment Blu-ray as an extra, UK DVD
The Abominable Snowman (1957) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD, Japanese Blu-Ray (edited)
Quatermass II: Enemy from Space (1957) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), Upscaled version available on Australian Quatermass Xperiment Blu-ray as an extra, UK DVD
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) DVD: Warner Bros., UK Blu-Ray
The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) Blu-Ray: Mill Creek
Horror of Dracula (1958) DVD: Warner Bros., UK Blu-Ray, German Blu-Ray (German has most footage reinstated)
The Mummy (1959) Blu-Ray: Warner (UK Blu-Ray has a lot of extras lacking from the US release)
The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959) Blu-ray: Legend Films (OOP), Kino Blu-ray and UK Blu-Ray with superior PQ/AQ
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) Bluray: Twilight Time, UK Blu-Ray (UK has more extras)
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) Blu-Ray: Mill Creek
The Brides of Dracula (1960) Blu-Ray: Universal (wrong aspect ratio), UK/Australian Blu-Ray (wrong aspect ratio), German Blu-Ray (correct aspect ratio), German has the most extras and the right AR
The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) Blu-Ray: Universal (wrong aspect ratio), UK Blu-Ray (wrong aspect Ratio), German/Australian Blu-Ray (correct aspect ratio), German has the most extras and the right AR
Scream of Fear (1961) DVD: Sony, Australian Blu-Ray
The Phantom of the Opera (1962) Blu-Ray: Universal, UK Blu-Ray (UK has more extras, US has better transfer), German blu-ray pending and will probably win
Night Creatures/Captain Clegg (1962) Blu-Ray: Universal, UK Blu-Ray (UK has more extras), German Blu-Ray (has most extras and is only version in correct Aspect Ratio)
Kiss of the Vampire (1963) Blu-Ray: Universal, UK Blu-Ray (UK has more extras)
Paranoiac (1963) Blu-Ray: Universal, UK Blu-Ray
The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964) Blu-Ray: Mill Creek, UK Blu-Ray (UK has extras)
The Gorgon (1964) Blu-Ray: Mill Creek, Australian Blu-Ray, UK Blu-Ray (UK has extras)
The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) Blu-Ray: Universal, German Blu-Ray (German has slightly different AR, more extras), UK Blu-Ray is not as good as German but is Region Free and has more extras than US
Nightmare (1964) Blu-Ray: Universal
The Witches (1966) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK/Australian Blu-Rays
Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK/Australian Blu-Rays
The Reptile (1966) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK/Australian/German Blu-Rays
Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) Blu-Ray: Millennium, UK/Australian Blu-Rays higher quality
The Plague of the Zombies (1966) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK/Australian/German Blu-Rays
Quatermass and the Pit (1967) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK/Australian/German Blu-Rays
Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) Blu-Ray: Millennium, UK/Australian Blu-Rays higher quality
The Mummy's Shroud (1967) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK/Australian/German Blu-Rays
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) Blu-Ray: Warner, German Blu-Ray
The Devil Rides Out (1968) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK/Australian Blu-Rays
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) Blu-Ray: Warner
Scars of Dracula (1970) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD, UK Blu-Ray announced
The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD, UK Blu-Ray announced
The Vampire Lovers (1970) Blu-Ray: Shout Factory, Australian/UK/German Blu-Ray, (German is fully uncensored)
Crescendo (1970) DVD: Warner Archive
Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) Blu-Ray: Warner, German Blu-Ray
Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD, UK Blu-Ray announced
Hands of the Ripper (1971) Blu-Ray: Synapse, French/German/UK Blu-Ray
Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD, UK Blu-Ray announced
Twins of Evil (1971) Blu-Ray: Synapse, French/German/UK Blu-Ray
Countess Dracula (1971) Blu-Ray: Synapse, French/German/UK Blu-Ray
Lust for a Vampire (1971) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), garbage MOD version available
Vampire Circus (1972) Blu-ray: Synapse, French/German Blu-Ray
Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) DVD: Warner Bros, German Blu-Ray pending
Straight On Till Morning (1972) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD, UK Blu-Ray announced
Fear in the Night (1972) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD, UK Blu-Ray announced
Demons of the Mind (1972) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD, UK Blu-Ray announced
The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) Blu-Ray: Snappy Video (OOP - yanked), DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), avoid PD copies
Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974) DVD: Paramount, Australian Blu-Ray, German Blu-Ray (German has best transfer/most extras)
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974) DVD: Warner Archive (MOD), UK/Australian/German Blu-Ray (German has best transfer/most extras, Australian is interlaced)
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) DVD: Millennium
To the Devil a Daughter (1976) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD, UK Blu-Ray announced

LINKS TO ALL US/UK/AU/GER/FRE HAMMER BLU-RAYS:

US Releases:






(OOP)

International Releases:

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UK Releases:










Australian Releases:






German Releases (see this thread for announcements and updates from Anolis, and some explanation on their releasing - most are limited and most have 3 different packaging options: http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=259855 ):











French Releases:


Japan Releases (I only have one here, I haven't done research, I just know this one has only come out in Japan so far!):



See the next post for the complete list including all the fantasy/sci-fi/action/thrillers missing here.

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More comprehensive list of films:

Four-Sided Triangle (1953) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD
The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) Blu-Ray: Kino, Australian/German Blu-Ray
X: The Unknown (1956) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), Upscaled version available on Australian Quatermass Xperiment Blu-ray as an extra, UK DVD
The Abominable Snowman (1957) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), Japanese Blu-Ray, UK DVD
Quatermass II: Enemy from Space (1957) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), Upscaled version available on Australian Quatermass Xperiment Blu-ray as an extra, UK DVD
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) DVD: Warner Bros., UK Blu-Ray
The Snorkel (1958) DVD: Sony
The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) Blu-Ray: Mill Creek, UK Blu-Ray announced
Horror of Dracula (1958) DVD: Warner Bros., UK Blu-Ray, German Blu-Ray (German has most footage reinstated)
The Camp on Blood Island (1958) DVD: No R1 release, R2 UK DVD
The Stranglers of Bombay (1959) DVD: Sony
The Mummy (1959) Blu-Ray: Warner, UK Blu-Ray (UK Blu-Ray has extras)
Yesterday's Enemy (1959) DVD: Sony MOD
The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959) Blu-ray: Legend Films (OOP), Kino, UK Blu-Ray with superior PQ/AQ
Ten Seconds to Hell (1959) Blu-ray: Kino
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) Bluray: Twilight Time, UK Blu-Ray (UK has more extras)
Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960) DVD: Sony
Stop Me Before I Kill! (1960) DVD: Sony
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) Blu-Ray: Mill Creek
The Brides of Dracula (1960) Blu-Ray: Universal, German/Australian/UK Blu-Ray (US/UK have wrong aspect ratio, German has most extras)
Hell Is a City (1960) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), R2 UK DVD
Never Take Sweets from a Stranger (1960) DVD: Sony, UK Blu-Ray announced
The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) Blu-Ray: Universal, German/UK/Australian Blu-Ray (US/UK have wrong aspect ratio, German has most extras)
Scream of Fear (1961) DVD: Sony, Australian Blu-Ray
The Terror of the Tongs (1961) DVD: Sony
Passport to China [Visa To Canton] (1961) No release since VHS
The Phantom of the Opera (1962) Blu-Ray: Universal, UK Blu-Ray (UK has extras)
Night Creatures/Captain Clegg (1962) Blu-Ray: Universal, UK Blu-Ray (UK has extras), German Bluray (has most extras, and is only with correct Aspect Ratio)
Cash on Demand (1962) DVD: Sony, UK Blu-Ray announced
The Pirates of Blood River (1962) DVD: Sony, Twilight Time Blu-Ray upcoming
The Old Dark House (1963) DVD: Sony MOD
Kiss of the Vampire (1963) Blu-Ray: Universal, UK Blu-Ray (UK has a few extras)
Maniac (1963) DVD: Sony, UK Blu-Ray
These Are the Damned (1963) DVD: Sony
Paranoiac (1963) Blu-Ray: Universal, UK Blu-Ray
The Secret of Blood Island (1964) No release since VHS
The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964) Blu-Ray: Mill Creek, UK Blu-Ray (UK has best PQ)
The Gorgon (1964) Blu-Ray: Mill Creek, Australian Blu-Ray, UK Blu-ray (UK has best encoding)
The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964) DVD: Sony, Twilight Time Blu-Ray upcoming
The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) Blu-Ray: Universal, German/UK Blu-Ray, German has slightly better aspect ratio and most extras, UK Blu-Ray has more extras than US and is region free
Nightmare (1964) Blu-Ray: Universal
The Crimson Blade (1964) DVD: Sony MOD
The Nanny (1965) DVD: Fox Video, Australian Blu-Ray
The Brigand of Kandahar (1965) Amazon instant video in US, UK DVD
Hysteria (1965) DVD: Warner Archive (MOD)
She (1965) DVD: Warner Archive (MOD)
Die! Die! My Darling! (1965) DVD: Columbia Tristar, Sony MOD version also available with slightly improved PQ, UK Blu-Ray
One Million Years B.C. (1966) Blu-Ray: Kino, UK Blu-Ray - Kino includes US edit
The Witches (1966) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK/Australian Blu-Rays
Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK/Australian Blu-Rays
The Reptile (1966) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK/Australian/German Blu-Rays
Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) Blu-Ray: Millennium, UK/Australian Blu-Rays higher quality
The Plague of the Zombies (1966) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK/Australian/German Blu-Rays
Quatermass and the Pit (1967) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK/Australian/German Blu-Rays
A Challenge for Robin Hood (1967) VHS: Anchor Bay, UK DVD Available
The Viking Queen (1967) DVD: Anchor Bay, UK DVD
Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) Blu-Ray: Millennium, UK/Australian Blu-Rays higher quality
The Mummy's Shroud (1967) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK/Australian/German Blu-Rays
Prehistoric Women (1967) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) Blu-Ray: Warner, German Blu-Ray
The Devil Rides Out (1968) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK/Australian Blu-Rays
The Lost Continent (1968) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD
The Vengeance of She (1968) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD
The Anniversary (1968) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD
Moon Zero Two (1969) DVD: Warner Archive (MOD)
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) Blu-Ray: Warner
Scars of Dracula (1970) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD, UK Blu-Ray announced
The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD, UK Blu-Ray announced
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970) Blu-Ray: Warner
The Vampire Lovers (1970) Blu-Ray: Shout Factory, Australian Blu-Ray, German Blu-Ray (German is only fully uncut version)
Crescendo (1970) DVD: Warner Archive
Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) Blu-Ray: Warner, German Blu-Ray
Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD, UK Blu-Ray announced
Hands of the Ripper (1971) Blu-Ray: Synapse, German/French Blu-Ray
Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD, UK Blu-Ray announced
Twins of Evil (1971) Blu-Ray: Synapse, German Blu-Ray
Creatures the World Forgot (1971) DVD: Sony MOD
Countess Dracula (1971) Blu-Ray: Synapse, German/French Blu-Ray
Lust for a Vampire (1971) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), garbage MOD version available, German DVD
Vampire Circus (1972) Blu-ray: Synapse
Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) DVD: Warner Bros., German Blu-Ray pending
Straight On Till Morning (1972) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD, UK Blu-Ray announced
Fear in the Night (1972) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD, UK Blu-Ray announced
Demons of the Mind (1972) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD, UK Blu-Ray announced
The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) Blu-Ray: Snappy Video (OOP - yanked), DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), avoid PD copies
Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974) DVD: Paramount, Australian Blu-Ray, German Blu-Ray (German has best PQ/most extras)
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974) DVD: Warner Archive (MOD), German/UK/Australian Blu-Ray (German has best transfer/extras, Australian is interlaced)
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) DVD: Millennium
Shatter (1975) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP)
To the Devil a Daughter (1976) DVD: Anchor Bay (OOP), UK DVD, UK Blu-Ray announced
The Lady Vanishes (1979) DVD: VCI Entertainment

Here are links to posts I did with screenshots from various releases:

The Gorgon: Mill Creek vs Sony DVD: http://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=274
Two Faces of Dr Jekyll: Mill Creek vs Sony DVD: http://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=300
Curse of the Werewolf: Universal (with an AR comparison between other discs on one shot): http://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=243
Brides of Dracula: Universal vs Anolis (Germany): http://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=248
Kiss of the Vampire: Universal: http://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=249

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Wow! You must really love Hammer Films! Great lists!
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Wow! You must really love Hammer Films!
You could say that! I bought a bunch of the books off Amazon at the same time. The most comprehensive is this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Hammer-Films-F...5708898&sr=1-1

And the best is obviously this one (kidding....sort of)!

http://www.amazon.com/Hammer-Glamour...5708940&sr=1-1
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I would list the UK BD of The Mummy as an option. I doubt the Warner BD will include anything other than the trailer for extras.
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I would list the UK BD of The Mummy as an option. I doubt the Warner BD will include anything other than the trailer for extras.
You're probably right about that, unfortunately. I might wait for confirmation the US one is bare-bones before putting the UK one on the main list. It is linked in the spoiler, though.
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Thanks! I was going to ask if there was a forum on Hammer Films. I refreshed the page and it came up.
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You could say that! I bought a bunch of the books off Amazon at the same time. The most comprehensive is this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Hammer-Films-F...5708898&sr=1-1

And the best is obviously this one (kidding....sort of)!

http://www.amazon.com/Hammer-Glamour...5708940&sr=1-1
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I can also recommend this one:



(Amazon)

Amazon's tiny picture makes it look puny, but it's a big and beautiful hardcover, almost like a coffee table book, and filled with color photos and text covering the various films on nice glossy paper. Alan Barnes is one of the better film book writers; his Sherlock Holmes On Screen is one of the best film books in my collection.
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I posted a version of this in the Warner thread, but this would be my recommendation for getting the most bang for your buck if you are also trying to be frugal and don't mind DVDs:

Here's the Ultimate Hammer Collection UK DVD box:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ultimate-Col...ammer+ultimate

There's a version that's got more of a box set look instead of this, which is like a massive DVD case with a flipper for all 21 discs, but it costs 10 pounds more. Here's a link to the fancier version, since it's actually listed on this site:



It contains 21 films: 'Blood From The Mummy's Tomb', 'Demons Of The Mind', 'The Devil Rides Out', 'Viking Queen', 'Dracula, Prince Of Darkness', 'Fear In The Night', 'Frankenstein Created Women', 'The Horror Of Frankenstein', 'The Nanny', 'One Million Years BC', 'The Plague Of The Zombies', 'Prehistoric Women', 'Quatermass And The Pit', 'Rasputin The Mad Monk', 'The Reptile', 'The Scars Of Dracula', 'She', 'To The Devil A Daughter', 'The Vengeance Of She', 'Straight On Till Morning' and 'The Witches.' Naturally, it is Region 2 and PAL.

If you get the Australian box set of blurays, you get blu-rays of several of the very best movies from the set, but the DVD set is so cheap that you'd still be getting several more good movies that are unavailable in the US at a reasonable cost, especially if you go with the cheaper packaging.

Here's the Aussie bluray set. It is all region locked, besides the two Frankenstein movies (one of which is in 1080i/50hz), so be warned if you aren't region free. It contains both of the movies that Millennium released here in the US, and even has the same special features on them, so if you get this you wouldn't have to buy them. It also has Quatermass Xperiment, which contains both Quatermass 2 and Creeping Unknown upscaled as bonus features - depending on how much you like it you wouldn't have to get the Kino release here (which looks better and has different bonus features).



I got it off JB-Hi Fi shipped to the US for ~45 dollars. Discussion in the other thread seems to suggest it has gone OOP and now has roughly doubled in price, but it's still much cheaper than buying the singles of all the films. This will get you: Dracula: Prince of Darkness / Plague of the Zombies / Quatermass and the Pit / Rasputin: The Mad Monk / The Devil Rides Out / The Mummy's Shroud / The Reptile / Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell / Frankenstein Created Woman / The Quatermass Xperiment / The Witches / X the Unknown [SD] / Quatermass 2 [SD]

For the most bang for your buck with hammer flicks, I'd suggest getting the two things mentioned above, and then getting the following US DVD sets:

Hammer Horror 8 film collection (Universal US set - no overlap with the above at all) (Brides of Dracula / Curse of the Werewolf / Phantom of the Opera (1962) / Paranoiac / Kiss of the Vampire / Nightmare / Night Creatures / Evil of Frankenstein)

Sony Icons of Horror collection (4 more movies with no overlap above) (The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb / Scream of Fear / The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll / The Gorgon)

Sony Icons of Suspense collection (6 more movies with no overlap) (Stop Me Before I Kill! / Cash on Demand / The Snorkel / Maniac / Never Take Candy from a Stranger / These Are the Damned)

Sony Icons of Adventure collection (4 more movies with no overlap) (The Pirates of Blood River / The Devil-Ship Pirates / The Stranglers of Bombay / The Terror of the Tongs)


I would suggest getting the two super-cheap four movie DVD sets which will get you Horror of Dracula, Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula AD 1972, but you'll end up with many copies of the same movies, and I remain hopeful that they'll be released by WB in a volume 2 at some point. Satanic Rites of Dracula is probably the most difficult of the major "series" to come by a decent version of thanks to its public domain status - Anchor Bay released a non-anamorphic version which is unfortunately still the best out there, but it's been OOP for quite a while and you are playing russian roulette if you try and order it off amazon marketplace since sellers love to list crappy public domain versions under the Anchor Bay product page.

This gets you almost all the essentials, along with a ton of the really great hidden gems (The Gorgon, These are the Damned, Cash on Demand and Never Take Candy from a Stranger are particularly great).

EDIT: There's a newer version of the Aussie Blu-ray set in print now with four more films added (Brides of Dracula, Captain Kronos, Hound of the Baskervilles, Curse of the Werewolf):


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Excellent thread. Definitely appreciated.
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Some information I think people might want to know from that link. Lossless vs lossy audio and interlaced transfers.

The Mummy's Shroud
Australian BD: Dolby Digital Mono/ UK release features LPCM audio.

The Devil Rides Out
Australian BD: Dolby Digital Mono/ UK release features LPCM audio.

Rasputin: The Mad Monk
Australian BD: Dolby Digital Mono/ UK release features LPCM audio.

Dracula - Prince of Darkness
US BD: Dolby Digital Mono/ UK/Australian release features LPCM audio.

Frankenstein Created Woman
US BD: Dolby Digital Mono/ Australian release features LPCM audio.

Captain Clegg
UK BD:1080i50 Interlaced transfer. Cropped to a 2.00:1 ratio.

Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell
Australian BD 1080i50 Interlaced transfer. Momentary video glitch at 29m20s. UK release: 1080p24, video glitches corrected with second pressing.

The Brides of Dracula
UK BD: Cropped to a 2.00:1 ratio. Announced for release in Australia.

The Quatermass Xperiment
Australian BD: 1080i50 Interlaced transfer. US release is 1080p24.
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Nice thing about this set: commentaries on all four movies! Pretty sweet. The two pirate movies with Lee as a villain are great fun, and Terror of the Tongs is basically a prototype Fu Manchu movie, but actually better than the official Fu Manchu movies Lee made later. I haven't watched The Stranglers of Bombay yet, but it's famous for having giant heaving cleavage, if you're into that.
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Nice thing about this set: commentaries on all four movies! Pretty sweet. The two pirates movies with Lee as a villain are great fun, and Terror of the Tongs is basically a ptorotype Fu Manchu movie, but actually better than the official Fu Manchu movies Lee made later. I haven't watched The Stranglers of Bombay yet, but it's famous for having giant heaving cleavage, if you're into that.
Stranglers of Bombay is really interesting since it's about the same cult (Thugees) that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is "based on." I had no idea they were a historical thing. It's a VERY lurid movie and has a few scenes that are still rather sickening today.

And yeah, the cleavage is really only in one scene (it's this mean Thugee girl that likes to tease the prisoners, she mostly is just standing around in the way back of the frame), but it's SO ridiculous that it always gets mentioned when the movie comes up.

Here, I'll take a screencap:

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Although not on BD, I recommend fans of Hammer grab these DVD releases if they can be found at a reasonable price.





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Stranglers of Bombay is really interesting since it's about the same cult (Thugees) that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is "based on." I had no idea they were a historical thing. It's a VERY lurid movie and has a few scenes that are still rather sickening today.

And yeah, the cleavage is really only in one scene (it's this mean Thugee girl that likes to tease the prisoners, she mostly is just standing around in the way back of the frame), but it's SO ridiculous that it always gets mentioned when the movie comes up.

Here, I'll take a screencap:

Awesome. Thanks for keeping us abreast.
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Thank you for this thread.
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Very informative!

The Man Who Could Cheat Death is getting a stand alone release by Eureka in the UK in September too.


[Show spoiler]Amicus' The Skull is also getting a stand alone UK release in October.

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Thanks for a great thread!

I'm going to continue to scream at the sky in rage until These Are the Damned is released on Blu-ray.

In addition to the above Icons of Suspense DVD set, I've got these two Hammer Film Noir DVD collections...

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