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Old 12-22-2018, 05:31 PM   #1121
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In my first week as a Hammer newbie, I've watched DRACULA, THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUMMY (On Demand; I couldn't wait to resolve my seller dispute over the Blu-ray fiasco described earlier) and THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN (which looks kinda shitty on the Mill Creek Blu-ray, but it's the only HD option as far as I can tell). Tonight... THE BRIDES OF DRACULA. Or maybe THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF. Or maybe both.

My meager collection (so far):

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Great job so far. Let us know how you find Werewolf and Brides, both incredible Hammer.
I'd also strongly recommend The Hound of baskervilles. The twilight time edition is wonderful and you can get it really cheap right now on screen archives for only 14.95$!, a steal at this price: https://www1.screenarchives.com

Its top 5 Hammer material, starring the 3 best Hammer actors (Cushing, Lee and Morell) and directed by Fisher. You don't get much better than that!
The Gorgon is also worth it (mind you the Mill creek blu ray is paired with the very average Two faces of dr. jekyll). Gorgon has the holy trinity too (Cushing, Lee and Fisher).
Oh and don't forget to watch in your Universal Hammer box set both Night creatures (with Cushing at his most badass) and the best non-Dracula Hammer movie (and the movie that inspired Polanski's wonderful Hammer comedy, The fearless vampire killer), Kiss of the vampire!

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Old 12-22-2018, 05:47 PM   #1122
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Haha, at this price its a steal. I do wish Brides was separate since i also like having a whole series put together (nearly all of the Hammer Dracula are out on blu ray now) but lately i've been putting all of my Hammer movies in chronological order. It turns out that all of the Universal movies in the box set came out in succession, so it works out pretty well.
It's a neat idea but I like having all the various "monsters" together, i.e. Universal's Dracula, then Hammer's, then the Coppola masterpiece. Same for Frankenstein and Mummy. I'll probably store the Universal set as Brides of Dracula, since I have Evil of Franky separately.
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It's a neat idea but I like having all the various "monsters" together, i.e. Universal's Dracula, then Hammer's, then the Coppola masterpiece. Same for Frankenstein and Mummy. I'll probably store the Universal set as Brides of Dracula, since I have Evil of Franky separately.
Coppola masterpiece? really? not a fan of that movie for the most part. it has it's moments but overall i was hugely disappointed with it when if first came out.
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I'll second StingingVelvet and say the Coppola version is a masterpiece. A loving letter not just to vampire movies but also film history. I'd say the best Dracula movies are (in order for me) Nosferatu, Bram Stoker's Dracula and third Horror of Dracula. All 3 I consider masterpieces. I also have a soft spot for the Nosferatu remake! Somehow, even if I love Lugosi and his portrayal of Dracula, I've never cared much for the 1931 version. I think the ultimate Lugosi portrayal of Dracula is in A&C meet Frankenstein.

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Old 12-22-2018, 09:29 PM   #1125
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Coppola masterpiece? really? not a fan of that movie for the most part. it has it's moments but overall i was hugely disappointed with it when if first came out.
Yeah, I've seen it twice now and don't care for it. It looks great and has a good cast but otherwise doesn't do anything for me.
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Old 12-23-2018, 01:43 AM   #1126
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Great job so far. Let us know how you find Werewolf and Brides, both incredible Hammer.
I'd also strongly recommend The Hound of baskervilles. The twilight time edition is wonderful and you can get it really cheap right now on screen archives for only 14.95$!, a steal at this price: https://www1.screenarchives.com
I just ordered it. Thanks for the tip! I quite enjoyed BRIDES OF DRACULA...!
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Old 12-23-2018, 03:24 AM   #1127
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I just ordered it. Thanks for the tip! I quite enjoyed BRIDES OF DRACULA...!
Awesome, hope you like it! Cushing is, aside from Basil Rathbone, the second best Sherlock of all time, imo.
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Old 12-23-2018, 05:58 AM   #1128
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Coppola masterpiece? really? not a fan of that movie for the most part. it has it's moments but overall i was hugely disappointed with it when if first came out.
Hell yes it's a masterpiece and easily my favorite gothic horror of all time. By like miles. It's probably in my top 50 movies of all time.
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Old 12-23-2018, 06:58 PM   #1129
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LUST FOR A VAMPIRE is a classic film with beautiful scenery, costumes and actors. The castle and the village settings are breathtaking. Vivid colors deserve to be shown on Blu Ray. Wonderful script, creepy and romantic. The most underrated Hammer film. A true cult classic (or actually, just a true classic). Why can't I find LUST FOR A VAMPIRE when I search the Blu Ray website for this movie? It needs to be added and, hopefully, released on Blu Ray.
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Old 12-23-2018, 07:10 PM   #1130
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^^ Lust isn't in the db because it has not been released on Blu yet.
There is a less than stellar dvd out in the wild but like most, I'm hoping for a blu release before I'm dead.
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LUST FOR A VAMPIRE is a classic film with beautiful scenery, costumes and actors......
...and a naff song which I think accounts for most of its lesser reputation.
But as there are far worse Hammer movies yet to appear I think LFAV will turn up at some point
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LUST FOR A VAMPIRE is a classic film with beautiful scenery, costumes and actors. The castle and the village settings are breathtaking. Vivid colors deserve to be shown on Blu Ray. Wonderful script, creepy and romantic. The most underrated Hammer film. A true cult classic (or actually, just a true classic). Why can't I find LUST FOR A VAMPIRE when I search the Blu Ray website for this movie? It needs to be added and, hopefully, released on Blu Ray.
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The song may not work as a "song" in the film with lyrics, but the melody by Harry Robinson is haunting and appropriately gothic. Lust For A Vampire may not be taken as seriously as other gothic Hammer vampire efforts, but it deserves far better than it gets.
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It's actually my most-wanted Hammer title that I've yet to see, hopefully it gets a release soon.
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Old 12-24-2018, 09:32 PM   #1135
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Now I'm eight films into the Hammer catalogue:

THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT
DRACULA
THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN
THE MUMMY
BRIDES OF DRACULA
THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN
THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF
THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB

...And I am still 100% LOVING it. Honestly, I can't believe I waited so long (49 years!) to dig into these films.

I do have a question though: why haven't the monster-specific films ever been collected, like the Universal Monsters? Why isn't there a Dracula collection, Frankenstein collection, etc.? Are there rights issues?

Next up: THE NIGHT CREATURES and FOUR-SIDED TRIANGLE.
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I am SO pissed. Apparently the 3-disc and extras-heavy UK Lionsgate edition of THE MUMMY is out of print and really hard to find.... but I found one, on Amazon of all places, from a third party seller. Paid $29.00 plus shipping, which was more than I wanted to spend but I *really* wanted it (I already have the similar editions of DRACULA and THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN). It arrived today.... a standard one-disc Canadian edition, which appears identical to the US edition, worth $15 at best. No extras, just a flippin' trailer. I requested a refund (naturally), but that doesn't do anything to actually get me the edition I want.

Strange that this one is so hard to get (there's one used copy on Amazon.uk right now... for £49.99!). The other UK Lionsgates are easy to find and cheap. What the hell?
I'm on the same boat with you,I really wanted this for the extras.Hopefully there is a chance that the German company Anolis will re-release it like they did with their extended Dracula edition which has all the extras from the UK blu.Amazon de has great prices if you are region free,I just bought the 7 film set for 36 euros (highly recommended) and the Hammer House of Horror series with the Heritage of horror doc for 25.Too bad that those Warner releases don't port the extras over though,it would save people for lot of trouble.
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I do have a question though: why haven't the monster-specific films ever been collected, like the Universal Monsters? Why isn't there a Dracula collection, Frankenstein collection, etc.? Are there rights issues?

Most likely because Hammer changed business partners many times over the years, so the rights to the individual titles are spread among several companies.

It would be cool if somebody could do boxes for each series like Scream Factory did for the Halloween franchise (which also involved several companies working together). But chances are it is never going to happen. Their classic status aside, I would wager the Hammer movies today sell much less and have less name recognition than a Halloween box, and I cannot really see anybody go through the hassle and try to negotiate rights between all the different rights owners to make it happen.
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Man, I wish every Hammer movie on blu looked as good as Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell. What an overall stunning video presentation. Lovely. Movie is great, like all the Frankenstein ones. Cushing owns that role and they're so playful and cynical, it's lovely.

Also re-watched Curse of the Werewolf... still not much of a fan of that movie. Oh well.
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Man, I wish every Hammer movie on blu looked as good as Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell. What an overall stunning video presentation. Lovely. Movie is great, like all the Frankenstein ones. Cushing owns that role and they're so playful and cynical, it's lovely.
In the 70's and 80's FATMFH was the most difficult Hammer Film to see uncut on home video. Up until I believe the old Anolis DVD around 15 years ago, the only way to see the movie uncut was the very old and extremely rare, faded, grainy Japanese laserdisc with burned in Japanese subtitles. I think I paid well over $100 for mine from a collector and ripped one key scene to YouTube years ago as seen here on my YT page. These days, it looks like a crummy bootleg compared to the UK and German Blu-ray releases:

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