Blu-Ray News #246: The Abominable Snowman Of The Himalayas (1957).

Directed by Val Guest
​Screenplay by Nigel Kneale
Based on the teleplay “The Creature” by Nigel Kneale
​Starring Forrest Tucker​, ​Peter Cushing​, ​Maureen Connell, Richard Wattis​, ​Arnold Marle

Over the years, this early Hammer film has been as hard to see as its maybe-real namesake, The Abominable Snowman Of The Himalayas (1957). There was a letterboxed laserdisc and early DVD from Anchor Bay, which is now a collectors’ item. So Scream Factory’s announcement of an upcoming Blu-Ray is big news.

An early Bigfoot movie, The Abominable Snowman Of The Himalayas left some mighty big shoes to fill. It appeals to me on so many levels — Hammer Films, Peter Cushing, Forrest Tucker (a staple of 50s Westerns), Regalscope, Val Guest and on and on.

Black and white CinemaScope (which is what Regalscope was) looks great on Blu-Ray, and Scream Factory has done a tremendous job with all their Hammer releases so far. There’s no release date for this yet (it was announced at Comic-Con this weekend). I can’t wait. Highly, highly recommended.

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Filed under 1957, 20th Century-Fox, Forrest Tucker, Hammer Films, Peter Cushing, Shout/Scream Factory, Val Guest

4 responses to “Blu-Ray News #246: The Abominable Snowman Of The Himalayas (1957).

  1. john k

    Ha! I thought this news would make your day!
    I never quiet understood the RegalScope connection,except Lippert
    was involved behind the scenes.
    Oddly enough in the UK the film was distributed by Warner Brothers
    and played top of the bill over UNTAMED YOUTH.
    Furthermore,it was one of the very few creature features to get an “A”
    certificate (under 14’s admitted if accompanied by an adult.)
    In the UK TV version the the Tucker part was played by
    Stanley Baker.
    Baker and Cushing later teamed up for gritty JD thriller VIOLENT
    PLAYGROUND (Baker’s a cop and Cushing a priest!) and later for the
    thriller THE MAN WHO FINALLY DIED,the latter directed by Quentin
    Lawrence,he of THE TROLLENBERG TERROR also starring Tucker.
    I note that some future Shout Factory announcements include several
    Fox titles so that should open several doors.
    I’d love to see the following RegalScope pictures as a triple bill in all
    their RegalScope B & W high def glory…SPACEMASTER X7;
    BACK FROM THE DEAD and UNKNOWN TERROR.
    As to who owns several RegalScope titles is confusing to say the least,
    but I’m sure the cats at Shout Factory could sort it out.

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    • It sure did make my day. I have a post on this one about half-done. I’ll just sit on it till the Blu-Ray comes out.

      I’ve never seen Violent Playground. Really want to.

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  2. john k

    VIOLENT PLAYGROUND can be picked up for peanuts on Amazon UK,
    especially in these days of the very weak pound which slides as each
    day passes.
    Baker was really on a roll when VIOLENT PLAYGROUND was made;
    Val Guest’s HELL IS A CITY is another cracker and Hammer to boot!
    Kino are releasing more and more Brit Blu Ray’s these days so you never
    know!

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  3. john k

    VIOLENT PLAYGROUND can be picked up for peanuts on Amazon UK,
    especially in these days of the very weak pound which slides as each
    day passes.
    Baker was really on a roll when VIOLENT PLAYGROUND was made;
    Val Guest’s HELL IS A CITY is another cracker and Hammer to boot!
    Kino are releasing more and more Brit Blu Ray’s these days so you never
    know!

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