54-61, 80-83 Hammer Volumes 1-3: Fear Warning, Criminal Intent, Blood & Terror

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54-61, 80-83 Hammer Volumes 1-3: Fear Warning, Criminal Intent, Blood & Terror

#1 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:29 pm

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MANIAC (Michael Carreras, 1963)
THE GORGON (Terence Fisher, 1964)
THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB (Michael Carreras, 1964)
FANATIC (Silvio Narizzano, 1965)
Release date: 30 October 2017
Limited Blu-ray Edition (UK Blu-ray premieres)

Four classics from Hammer, each presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Whether it's a madman brandishing a welding torch, a mythical monster whose looks can kill, an ancient royal with diabolical powers, or a mad woman wielding a pair of scissors, this set has something to unease everybody. Containing a wealth of new and exclusive extra features – including title-specific documentaries, cast and crew interviews, expert appreciations, introductions and more – this stunning Blu-ray-only Limited Edition box set is published in a horribly limited, numbered edition of 6,000 units.

INDICATOR LIMITED BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:
• HD restorations of all four films
• Original Mono audio
• New title-specific documentaries exploring aspects of each film: White-Hot Terror: Inside ‘Maniac’ / Heart of Stone: Inside ‘The Gorgon’ / Blood and Bandages: Inside ‘The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb’ / House of Horror: Inside ‘Fanatic’
• Hammer’s Women: Nadia Gray (2017): horror film expert Lindsay Anne Hallam looks at the fascinating life and work of the Romanian stage and screen actor
• Focus Puller Trevor Wrenn and Clapper Loader Ray Andrew on ‘Maniac’ (2017): original crew members share their memories of working on the film
• The Gorgon audio commentary with Daughters of Darkness’ Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger (2017)
• The Gorgon introduction by actor and filmmaker Matthew Holness (2017)
• Hammer’s Women: Barbara Shelley (2017): academic and author Patricia MacCormack examines the life and career of ‘the first leading lady of British horror’
• 'The Gorgon' Comic-Strip Adaptation: Goodall, Goring & Coyas’ 1977 comic strip, originally published in House of Hammer magazine
• Hammer’s Women: Jeanne Roland (2017): Diabolique magazine’s editor-in-chief Kat Ellinger offers an appreciation of the Burmese-born actor’s short career
• Interview with Michael McStay (2017): the British film and TV actor looks back at his time working for Hammer
• The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb Super 8 Version: original cut-down home cinema presentation
• Hammer’s Women: Tallulah Bankhead (2017): Kat Ellinger explores the life and work of the inimitable star of stage and screen
• David Huckvale on Wilfred Josephs (2017): an appreciation of the composer’s work by the author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
• Fanatical Detail (2017): continuity supervisor Renée Glynne and second assistant director Stuart Black recall the making of Fanatic
• Matthew Lombardo on Tallulah Bankhead and ‘Fanatic’ (2017): the acclaimed playwright discusses his play Looped and his fascination with Tallulah Bankhead
• Die! Die! My Darling!: alternative presentation of Fanatic with the US title sequence
• Original trailers
• Extensive image galleries with promotional and on-set photography, original lobby cards and poster art
• Four box set exclusive booklets with new essays by Kim Newman, Marcus Hearn, Kat Ellinger and Jo Botting, archival interviews, contemporary reviews, and full film credits
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• World premiere Blu-rays of Maniac and Fanatic
• UK premieres on Blu-ray of The Gorgon and The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
• Limited edition box set of 6,000 copies

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HAMMER VOLUME TWO: CRIMINAL INTENT
THE SNORKEL (Guy Green, 1958)
NEVER TAKE SWEETS FROM A STRANGER (Cyril Frankel, 1960)
THE FULL TREATMENT (Val Guest, 1960)
CASH ON DEMAND (Quentin Lawrence, 1961)

Release date: 19 February 2018
Limited Blu-ray Edition (World premieres on Blu-ray)

Four classic thrillers from the vaults of Hammer Films released on Blu-ray for the very first time, including premiere presentations of the complete, uncensored UK theatrical release versions of Val Guest’s The Full Treatment and Cyril Frankel’s Never Take Sweets from a Stranger and a host of new and exclusive extra features. This stunning Limited Blu-ray Edition Box Set from Indicator is strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units.

INDICATOR LIMITED BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:
• HD restorations of all four films
• Original Mono audio
• New title-specific documentaries exploring aspects of each film
• Audio commentary with film historian Michael Brooke and author Johnny Mains on The Snorkel
The Snorkel original script ending: reconstruction of the finale of Jimmy's Sangster's screenplay
• Two presentations of Never Take Sweets from a Stranger: with the original UK titles; and with the alternative US Never Take Candy from a Stranger titles
Never Take Sweets from a Stranger introduction by actor and filmmaker Matthew Holness
• Two presentations of The Full Treatment: the uncensored UK theatrical cut; and the censored US version with alternative Stop Me Before I Kill! titles
• Audio commentary with film historians Jonathan Rigby and David Miller on Cash on Demand
• New and exclusive interviews with cast and crew members, including actors Janina Faye (Never Take Sweets from a Stranger) and Lois Daine (Cash on Demand), props master Peter Allchorne (The Snorkel) and second assistant director Hugh Harlow (The Snorkel)
• Appreciations of composers Elisabeth Lutyens (Never Take Sweets from a Stranger) and Francis Chagrin (The Snorkel) by David Huckvale, author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
Hammer’s Women: Betta St John (2018): Diabolique magazine’s editor-in-chief Kat Ellinger offers an appreciation of the American actress, singer and dancer
Hammer’s Women: Gwen Watford (2018): British cinema expert Dr Laura Mayne explores the life and career of the prolific English film, stage and television actress
Hammer’s Women: Diane Cilento (2018): Dr Melanie Williams, author of Female Stars of British Cinema, explores the life and career of the Australian theatre and film actress and author
Hammer’s Women: Lois Daine (2018): critic and author Becky Booth on the popular English film and television actress
• Archival documentaries, interviews and featurettes
• Original trailers
• Image galleries: extensive promotional and on-set photography, poster art and marketing materials
• Exclusive booklets for each film, with new essays by Kat Ellinger, Julian Upton and Kim Newman, archival interview materials, contemporary reviews, and full film credits
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• World Blu-ray premieres of all four films
• Limited Edition Box Set of 6,000 numbered copies
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HAMMER VOLUME THREE: BLOOD & TERROR
THE CAMP ON BLOOD ISLAND
(Val Guest, 1958)
YESTERDAY’S ENEMY (Val Guest, 1959)
THE STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY (Terence Fisher, 1959)
THE TERROR OF THE TONGS (Anthony Bushell, 1961)

Release date: 23 July 2018
Limited Blu-ray Edition (World premieres on Blu-ray)

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Four classic and controversial works from the vaults of Hammer Films, all released on Blu-ray for the very first time. Containing a wealth of new and archival extra features - including exclusive new documentaries and appreciations, new interviews with actors and crew members, archival audio commentaries, and extensive booklets - this stunning Limited Edition Box Set is strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units.

INDICATOR LIMITED BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:
• High Definition restorations of all four films
• Original mono audio
• New and exclusive audio commentary for The Camp on Blood Island with Hammer icon Barbara Shelley and horror novelist Stephen Laws
• Two alternative presentations of Yesterday's Enemy: the original, uncensored UK theatrical version; and the US theatrical version, with toned-down dialogue
• Three presentations of The Stranglers of Bombay: the original UK and US theatrical versions; and as a newly-created ‘integral’ version compiling all existing footage
• Audio commentary for The Stranglers of Bombay with screenwriter David Z Goodman
• Audio commentary for The Terror of the Tongs with writer Jimmy Sangster, assistant editor Chris Barnes and film historian Marcus Hearn
The Guardian Interview with Val Guest (2005): archival audio recording of the celebrated filmmaker in conversation with Jonathan Rigby at London’s National Film Theatre
• Four new, title-specific documentaries, written and directed by Hammer expert Marcus Hearn, narrated by Claire Louise Amias and featuring film historians Alan Barnes and Jonathan Rigby
Hammer’s Women (2018): new profiles of actors Mary Merrall, Edwina Carroll, Jan Holden and Yvonne Monlaur
From Light to Dark (2018): Professor Steve Chibnall, author of British Horror Cinema, looks at Val Guest’s career and the making of The Camp on Blood Island
Return to Blood Island (2018): a new and exclusive interview with Hammer script supervisor, Renée Glynne
Stephen Laws Introduces ‘Yesterday’s Enemy’ (2018): a concise appreciation by the acclaimed horror author
New Territory (2018): an analysis of Yesterday's Enemy by British-film expert Professor Steve Chibnall
Frontline Dispatches (2018): second assistant director Hugh Harlow and props chargehand Peter Allchorne recall their time working on Yesterday's Enemy
'The Stranglers of Bombay' and the Censor (2018): ex-BBFC examiner Richard Falcon on the film’s history with the Board
Musical Orientalism (2018): a new appreciation of James Bernard’s The Stranglers of Bombay score by David Huckvale, author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
The Stranglers of Bombay trailer commentary (2013): a short critical appreciation by Brian Trenchard-Smith
Stephen Laws Introduces ‘The Terror of the Tongs’ (2018): a scene-setting appreciation by the acclaimed horror author
Hammer and Tongs (2018): a new appreciation of James Bernard’s The Terror of the Tongs score by David Huckvale
Shear Terror (2018): a new interview with The Terror of the Tongs assistant costume designer Yvonne Blake
• Original theatrical trailers
• Image galleries: promotional photography and publicity material
• Limited edition exclusive 40-page booklets for each film, with new essays by Kim Newman, Neil Mitchell, James Oliver and Samm Deighan, archival cast and crew interviews, original pressbook extracts, contemporary critical reviews, and film credits
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• World premieres on Blu-ray
• Limited Edition Box Set of 6,000 numbered units

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#2 Post by Orlac » Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:15 pm

colinr0380 wrote:
rockysds wrote:Interview with Indicator/Powerhouse:
We have an exciting mix of well-known and not-so-well-known titles from Hammer. I'll hold back on full details, but they include great early works such as Never Take Sweets from a Stranger and Cash on Demand, as well as more celebrated films like The Revenge of Frankenstein and The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb.
That's quite exciting. Here's the trailer for Never Take Sweets From A Stranger (under its candi(e)d American title) and Cash On Demand
Oh, if Indicator is doing Hammers, the Marcus Hearn liner notes from the UK DVDs would be a superb extra!

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#3 Post by Dr Amicus » Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:25 pm

Orlac wrote:Oh, if Indicator is doing Hammers, the Marcus Hearn liner notes from the UK DVDs would be a superb extra!
Hearn's great on Hammer and these would be welcome, but will somebody PLEASE get David Pirie to do some extras for Hammer releases - A Heritage of Horror remains probably the most influential book on British Horror films, at least from an academic perspective.

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Re: Indicator

#4 Post by HJackson » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:33 am

I don't know enough about Hammer to judge the quality of these selections but Maniac and Fanatic both sound intriguing. The packaging for the box looks great as always.

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#5 Post by jjhunsecker » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:36 am

eerik wrote:Hint for December box-set for those who did not get the newsletter:
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The woman in the newsletter photo hint is Diane Cilento. The film is Hammer´s "The Full Treatment" from 1960, released in the US under the title "Stop Me Before I Kill".

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#6 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:53 am

US version - Babes in Jello box : UK version - a Box of Jelly Babies

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Re: Indicator

#7 Post by Apperson » Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:19 am

According to blu-ray.com, the December hint indicates at a Hammer thriller called The Full Treatment.

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#8 Post by Dr Amicus » Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:36 am

Apperson wrote:According to blu-ray.com, the December hint indicates at a Hammer thriller called The Full Treatment.
That would tie in with recent BBFC approvals for The Snorkel, Cash On Demand and Never Take Sweets From A Stranger - more Hammer thrillers and all of which, along with the above (as Stop Me Before I Kill), in the Icons of Suspense collection.

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#9 Post by MichaelB » Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:18 am

Caps-a-holic has started comparing the Hammer titles:

• Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
The Gorgon

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#10 Post by MichaelB » Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:24 pm

Mondo Digital on Hammer Volume 1: Fear Warning.

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#11 Post by MichaelB » Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:16 pm


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#12 Post by M Sanderson » Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:07 am

MichaelB wrote:
M Sanderson wrote:I’ve bought several Indicator release and have been impressed by the quality. They’re mostly using outstanding or at least very good masters (Bunny Lake, Christine, Body Double, Hardcore, Joe Egg, Deadly Affair) although like all labels, not all they’re given are great, suffering fading, such as Castle Keep, The Reckoning, etc. What they’re supplied with they give the highest level of treatment, and I’m impressed by their choice of titles, surprising given so far they’re licensing from only one company, Sony. I think they can only get better, and look forward to the day when they can produce their own restoration jobs, as well a slicence from different studios.
Deals have been signed with two more rightsholders, and the first fruits of that will be unveiled in January. Although the overwhelming majority of Indicator's 2018 releases will continue to be drawn from the Sony (Columbia) catalogue, as they still have plenty to get through.

As for producing their own restoration jobs, this is already happening to a certain extent - although a full-on 4K original-neg scan is way beyond Powerhouse's budgets, quite a few recent titles have been cleaned up. In fact, you can see this illustrated on the Fanatic disc because for logistical reasons the extras had to use the original master, complete with white spots-a-go-go that have been pretty much entirely eliminated from the feature presentation.

In fact, I was unexpectedly impressed with how well the Hammer titles spruced up: unavoidably, Powerhouse had to use the same masters as were furnished to Mill Creek, but the combination of a general clean-up and a vastly higher bitrate has paid very noticeable dividends - Mill Creek crammed two titles onto a single-layer disc, while Indicator's individual titles take up more than half the capacity of a dual-layer one (and they're all under 100 minutes and three are under 90, so don't need any more than they get). Restoring the original British credit sequence of Fanatic took a fair bit of effort (not least matching the overall appearance to Sony's master of the US version), but was also well worth doing, and I very much hope that future Hammer titles will similarly offer options to play either the British or American release versions. (Sony invariably supplies the US version, which is why all previous video releases of Fanatic have been called Die! Die! My Darling!.)
I rewatched Christine recently, and am enormously impressed by the presentation. I found it better than the German release I used to have. But, I heard there were audio issues with the first pressing. And, for the first time I noticed dialogue missing from the Alexandra Paul character, just before Christine is captured and crushed. When she’s guiding the John Stockwell character in his Caterpillar vehicle. Is there a replacement program, and has anyone else noticed this problem?
The replacement programme was launched within weeks of the original release a year ago - if you think you have a faulty copy (if I remember rightly, the one of the rear channels in the 5.1 mix was silent), contact info@powerhousefilms.co.uk to see if they can still replace it.

As a result of that, I now routinely circulate graphical maps of all multichannel soundtracks to the production team prior to sign-off - obviously, those don't do more than confirm that something is happening on every channel, but it does at least offer instant visual assurance to team members without surround setups that there's something there. (They can also be quite revealing in other ways - The First Men in the Moon has 3.1 and 5.1 options, but the subwoofer channel is noticeably louder in the 5.1 version.)

Fanatic looks really good. Enjoyed it a huge amount. I used to read about this Matheson scripted psychological movie in David Pirie’s Heritage of Horror.

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#13 Post by Apperson » Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:07 am

Final specs for Hammer Volume Two: Criminal Intent and it's...wow!

The Snorkel
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Never Take Sweets from a Stranger
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The Full Treatment
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Cash on Demand
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#14 Post by MichaelB » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:41 pm

DVD Beaver on The Snorkel, Never Take Sweets from a Stranger, The Full Treatment and Cash on Demand, the four component parts of Hammer Vol 2: Criminal Intent.

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#15 Post by Ribs » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:05 am

Mostly I'm surprised Indicator continues to price all of its boxes at the same MSRP despite having variable amounts of titles!
What A Disgrace wrote:I was hoping that 62-65 would be a third volume of Hammer films, but I'll take this one too.
I believe it's been confirmed elsewhere that there are an additional 8 titles over 2 box sets coming of Hammer titles.

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#16 Post by MichaelB » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:26 am

There will definitely be two more Hammer boxes out in 2018, and possibly a fifth in 2019 if additional titles can be acquired to make up the necessary numbers. (Powerhouse is currently sitting on nine unreleased Hammers.)

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#17 Post by What A Disgrace » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:31 am

MichaelB wrote:There will definitely be two more Hammer boxes out in 2018, and possibly a fifth in 2019 if additional titles can be acquired to make up the necessary numbers. (Powerhouse is currently sitting on nine unreleased Hammers.)
Well, that settles that.

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#18 Post by bort » Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:31 pm

MichaelB wrote:DVD Beaver on The Snorkel, Never Take Sweets from a Stranger, The Full Treatment and Cash on Demand, the four component parts of Hammer Vol 2: Criminal Intent.
Does anyone have this? On my copy of Never Take Sweets from a Stranger, the US/UK versions both contain the censored dialogue (fast forward to 9:45 -- the father says "If he touched her, I'll kill the swine", but for the UK version he should say "bastard" instead of "swine").

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#19 Post by MichaelB » Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:23 pm

bort wrote:Does anyone have this? On my copy of Never Take Sweets from a Stranger, the US/UK versions both contain the censored dialogue (fast forward to 9:45 -- the father says "If he touched her, I'll kill the swine", but for the UK version he should say "bastard" instead of "swine").
Sadly, we were ultimately unable to restore the UK dialogue.

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#20 Post by swo17 » Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:27 pm

What A Disgrace wrote:
Dr Amicus wrote:Isn't that hint a still from the Hammer / Losey The Damned?
That image is definitely from Joseph Losey's These Are the Damned, so the July slate is very likely to include Hammer Volume 3.
Not necessarily July but "later this year"

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Re: 54-61; 80-83 Hammer: Volumes One, Two and Three

#21 Post by MichaelB » Thu May 03, 2018 5:44 am

Well, the July slate does include Hammer volume 3 (see first post in this thread for specs), but The Damned is one of this year's more ambitious projects, so it'll be in a future volume.

Oh, and here's the box for Volume Three without the belly band:

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...and the individual sleeves:

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As before, the reversible side of the sleeve will be based on original US poster artwork.

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Re: 54-61; 80-83 Hammer: Volumes One, Two and Three

#22 Post by Dr Amicus » Thu May 03, 2018 8:49 am

The only one of Volume 3 I've seen is Yesterday's Enemy which is really interesting - and another example of Guest's impressive use of widescreen. I caught it about 15 years ago at a Hammer day (I think it was the launch for Wayne Kinsey's Bray Studio Years book) in a lovely 35mm print and it looked stunning.

IIRC it was a radio play originally - anyone know if it still exists anywhere?

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Re: 54-61; 80-83 Hammer: Volumes One, Two and Three

#23 Post by MichaelB » Thu May 03, 2018 8:52 am

Yes, I like the way that these boxes are quietly filling in the Blu-ray gaps for the strongest part of Val Guest's career, to go alongside the BFI's Expresso Bongo and The Day the Earth Caught Fire. I don't think anyone's ever going to construct a convincing case for him being any kind of auteur, but he was certainly one of the more interesting British studio directors at the turn of the 1960s.

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Re: 54-61; 80-83 Hammer: Volumes One, Two and Three

#24 Post by domino harvey » Thu May 03, 2018 8:56 am

I've never even heard of these, but they look quite fascinating

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Re: 54-61; 80-83 Hammer: Volumes One, Two and Three

#25 Post by tenia » Thu May 03, 2018 10:03 am

MichaelB wrote:The Day the Earth Caught Fire
I have to say this one is one of my best recent discovery. I knew nothing of it before, and am wondering why because it's a tremendously well-made movie.

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