Blu-ray News #63: Hammer Horror 8-Film Blu-ray Collection.

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Universal has announced a terrific Blu-ray set of eight Hammer horror films, coming in September.

Brides Of Dracula (1960)
Directed by Terence Fisher
Starrings Peter Cushing, David Peel, Yvonne Monlaur

The Curse Of The Werewolf (1961)
Directed by Terence Fisher
Starring Clifford Evans, Oliver Reed, Yvonne Romain, Catherine Feller

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Phantom Of The Opera (1962)
Directed by Terence Fisher
Starring Herbert Lom, Heather Sears. Thorley Walters, Michael Gough

Paranoiac (1963)
Directed by Freddie Francis
Starring Janette Scott, Oliver Reed, Sheila Burrell

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Kiss Of The Vampire (1962)
Directed by Don Sharp
Starring Clifford Evans, Noel Willman, Jennifer Daniel

Nightmare (1964)
Directed by Freddie Francis
Starring David Knight, Moira Redmond, Jennie Linden

Night Creatures (1962; UK Title: Captain Clegg)
Directed by Peter Graham Scott
Starrings Peter Cushing, Yvonne Romain, Patrick Allen

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The Evil Of Frankenstein (1964)
Directed by Freddie Francis
Starring Peter Cushing, Sandor Eles, Peter Woodthorpe, Katy Wiuld, Ducnam Lamont, Kiwi Kingston

These are some key Hammer films, and I’m dying to see Night Creatures — which I’ve somehow never seen.

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9 responses to “Blu-ray News #63: Hammer Horror 8-Film Blu-ray Collection.

  1. john k

    Further great news for High-def Hammer fans.

    Mill Creek have announced Blu Ray double bills
    of REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN (at last!!!) and
    CURSE OF THE MUMMY’S TOMB.

    THE GORGON/TWO FACES OF DR JEKYLL

    As usual these sets will be at give-away prices.

    Toby,NIGHT CREATURES (Captain Clegg) is great; a top
    notch Hammer swashbuckler with Cushing on top form,
    second only to the very wonderful PIRATES OF BLOOD
    RIVER.Hopefully those lovely cats at Mill Creek might give us
    a Blu Ray double bill of “Pirates” coupled with THE STRANGLERS
    OF BOMBAY.

    With all this happening perhaps you might consider
    re-naming your blog “The Hammerbill 8”

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  2. john k

    Further good news is that Glenn over at DVD Savant
    has announced that the two Mill Creek Hammer double bills
    will be the start of a series.
    I do hope that the two titles that I mentioned above will be in the mix.
    Though light on traditional Hammer Horror there are some great Hammer/
    Columbia thrillers that I would love to see on Blu Ray:
    THE DAMNED (aka These Are The Damned)
    MANIAC
    TASTE OF FEAR (aka Scream Of Fear)
    TERROR OF THE TONGS

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    • The transfers that Mill Creek got from Columbia for the DVDs are terrific, so the Blu-rays should be lovely.

      They’ve brought out Scream Of Fear, Maniac and Terror Of The Tongs on DVD, so let’s hope they make their way to Blu-ray soon.

      I LOVE Terror Of The Tongs. “Have you ever had your bones scraped, Captain? It is painful in the extreme I can assure you.” Lee’s wonderful in it.

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  3. john k

    Over the past several years Sony’s DVD’s and MOD’s have
    always been remastered in high def.
    This is a great starting point for the Mill Creek releases.
    Wouldn’t a Mill Creek Blu Ray double of Sam Katzman classics
    THE WEREWOLF with CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN (in widescreen)
    be great.
    Regarding CAPTAIN CLEGG any film that begins with Milton Reid
    tied to a stake having had his tongue ripped out has to be
    worthy of attention.Great swashbuckler stuff with really cool Horror
    elements.

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    • If Mill Creek gets around the Blu-rays of all the great Columbia Westerns they’ve licensed, I’ll have a stroke!

      Yes, Werewolf and Atom Brain would be great in hi-def. Can’t wait to see the Castle discs.

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  4. john k

    Me too,on both counts.

    Sadly,I fear Horror/Sci Fans have far more embraced the
    Blu Ray format than Western fans.
    Just look at the avalanche of Horror B flicks churned out by
    Kino Lorber on Blu Ray and unlike the Mill Creek versions they are
    not cheap.

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  5. john k

    I’ve mentioned here before that, impatient cat that
    I am,I simply could not wait to get those Elephant France Blu
    Ray’s of Universal’s second string Horror epics.
    Just as I knew it would,but not this soon Universal (USA)
    have announced super legacy editions,for starters, of the
    FRANKENSTEIN and WOLF MAN series-the whole lot including
    the “House Of” monster mash-ups and the A & C entries.
    As there is considerable cross-over on various titles and the
    key efforts have already appeared on Blu Ray Universal are offering
    these sets at very attractive prices.
    I must admit I have not yet sampled the Elephant Mummy films and
    hopefully a Universal Legacy set of those will follow.
    Furthermore not all the second stringers appeared as Elephant
    Blu Ray’s-HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and SHE WOLF OF LONDON
    being two prime examples.
    The several Elephant Blu Ray’s that I purchased have been
    wonderful in quality so these is no reason to think that the
    Universal USA sets should be anything less than jaw dropping.
    It would seem,according to Blu Ray.com that these films will be
    released as “stand alone” releases.

    While we’re on the subject of all things Elephant (who are fast
    becoming one of my fave re-issue imprints) I have just received
    their version of THIS ISLAND EARTH Blu Ray. It’s far better than
    the recent German Ostalgica release which got bad on-line
    “buzz” I might add that Elephant Blu Ray’s have very user
    friendly menus and no “forced subs.

    At least Universal who went “gangbusters” at the box office last
    year are providing loads of treats for fans of vintage movies.
    I might add that Paramount cannot even be bothered to give us
    Blu Ray’s of WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE,WAR OF THE WORLDS
    and CONQUEST OF SPACE.despite there being a “pre sold”
    market for these films.

    At Toby has mentioned here before the picture quality on the
    initial Universal “Classic Horror” box set was beyond sensational
    so these sets should be equally as good.
    Horror fans have never had it so Ghoul.

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    • I love the very idea of the Complete Legacy sets. You can get the entire Frankenstein “saga” looking terrific on DVD for just $18 at your local Walmart. An amazing thing.

      The Blu-rays will be even better. When they get to the Creature From The Black Lagoon, having Revenge and Walks Among Us (which I hate) in widescreen would be terrific.

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