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PostPosted: 29-10-2006 03:15    Post subject: It's Hammer time Reply with quote

Not he of the baggy trousers but the movie studio.

There is a kickass boxset out:

www.amazon.co.uk/Ultimate-Hammer-Collection-Disc-Box/dp/B000HN31KQ/

So I thought it was time for a thread.

Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hammer_Film_Productions

Contents of the Ultimate Hammer Collection:

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Special Features

    BLOOD FROM THE MUMMIES TOMB

      Interviews with Valerie Leon & Christopher Wicking

      Stills Gallery

      Radio Spots


    DEMONS OF THE MIND

      Commentary with director Peter Sykes, writer Christopher Wicking and co-star Virginia Weatherall

      Trailer


    DRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS

      57 min doc: The Many Faces of Christopher Lee


    FEAR IN THE NIGHT

      Commentary with Jimmy Sangster

      Trailer


    ONE MILLION YEARS B.C.

      Interview with Raquel Welch

      Interview with Ray Harryhausen


    PREHISTORIC WOMEN

      Trailer


    QUATERMASS & THE PIT

      Trailer


    RASPUTIN THE MAD MONK

      Trailer


    SCARS OF DRACULA

      Commentary with Roy Ward Baker & Christopher Lee

      Stills Gallery

      Trailer


    SHE

      Vanilla


    STRAIGHT ON TIL MORNING

      Commentary with Rita Tushingham

      Trailer


    DEVIL RIDES OUT

      Trailer


    HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN

      Commentary with director Jimmy Sangster

      Interview with Veronica Carlson

      Poster & Stills Gallery


    THE NANNY

      Commentary with director Jimmy Sangster


    PLAGUE OF ZOMBIES

      Trailers


    THE REPTILE

      Vanilla


    VENGEANCE OF SHE

      Trailer


    THE WITCHES

      Trailer


    TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER

      Feature doc: To The Devil...The Death of Hammer

      Interview with Eddie Powell

      Trailer


    VIKING QUEEN

      Trailer
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PostPosted: 07-02-2007 14:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great fanzine on Hammer horror, with some on-line articles and rare pix as well:

http://www.littleshoppeofhorrors.com/
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PostPosted: 11-05-2007 12:05    Post subject: Hammer Sold (Again) Reply with quote

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Hammer horror films set to return

Cult Hammer horror films will return to the big screen after the company behind the movies was sold to a group headed by Big Brother creator John de Mol.


At least $50m (£25m) will be spent on new horror films after British company Hammer Film Productions was sold to Dutch consortium Cyrte Investments.

The new owners have also acquired the Hammer group's back catalogue.

It includes almost 300 titles such as the famous Dracula series, which made actor Christopher Lee a household name.

The company was bought for an undisclosed sum.

Other famous Hammer films include The Curse of Frankenstein and The Mummy.

Simon Oakes, head of the management team for the consortium, described Hammer as "a great British brand" and said the group wanted to develop Hammer's "global potential".

The team has plans to target "a new generation of horror lovers" via mobile phones and the internet, he said Rolling Eyes

The film company was founded in the 1930s but it was not until the 1950s that its name became synonymous with the horror genre. The company produced other genres including science fiction and comedies.

It is the second time Hammer Film Productions has been sold to private equity investors.

It was bought in February 2000 by a consortium including advertising guru and art collector Charles Saatchi, but no films have been produced since.

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Published: 2007/05/10 19:15:04 GMT

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PostPosted: 11-05-2007 15:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

That must be, ooh, the fifth Hammer comeback in twenty years. And look how well they went.
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PostPosted: 17-04-2008 12:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

...at least they have a finished product this time!

From today, Beyond The Rave is being released in installments on MySpace.

http://www.myspace.com/beyondtherave

It's a bit facking sweary...
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PostPosted: 19-04-2008 11:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been looking for a good collection of Hammer films for ages, but they seem determined not to put all the classics in one set. Or even release them all in one series. Are there unresolved copyright issues or something?

Or am i missing a really definitive set somewhere?
Please advise.
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PostPosted: 19-04-2008 19:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

The trouble with wanting "definitive" Hammer box sets is that different companies have the rights to different films, so it's unlikely to happen. You can get their first Frankenstein, Dracula and Mummy films in one set, though, which is a good starting point.
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PostPosted: 23-09-2008 00:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Cameras roll on new Hammer horror

Hammer Films has begun shooting in Donegal on its first production in almost 30 years - a horror thriller entitled The Wake Wood.

The film - about a couple who try to resurrect their dead daughter - stars Timothy Spall and Aidan Gillen.

It is the first feature from the cult British company since it was bought last year by a Dutch consortium.

Hammer became synonymous with the horror genre in the 1950s thanks to films like Dracula and The Mummy.

Other famous Hammer films include The Curse of Frankenstein and The Curse of the Werewolf.

Commemorative

Hammer's last feature production was The Lady Vanishes in 1979, a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic starring Elliott Gould and Cybill Shepherd.

Its last horror title, To the Devil a Daughter starring Christopher Lee, came out three years earlier.

Backed by the Irish Film Board, The Wake Wood is tentatively scheduled for a UK release in autumn 2009.

Earlier this year, the Royal Mail released a series of commemorative postage stamps celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hammer's first Dracula film.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7629245.stm
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PostPosted: 19-11-2009 21:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone out there know why the first Dracula film (Horror of) is only available to buy on region 1 DVD?

There are copies of a region 2 version available to buy on auction sites / Ebay etc, but I would have thought that if there was one film that Hammer would keep in print then this would be this one, especially as all the other ones are available?

I was hoping maybe they were going to announce a new 'uncut' release or something, but its been over a year now since it was last in stock anywhere.
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PostPosted: 19-11-2009 23:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's probably just gone out of print on Region 2, but it'll be back soon I'm sure. You could always try for second hand?
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PostPosted: 10-06-2010 21:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

gncxx wrote:
It's probably just gone out of print on Region 2, but it'll be back soon I'm sure. You could always try for second hand?



Thanks for the reply (and sorry for the late reply - see my 'locked out' thread!)!

I ended up buying the 'Hammer Originals' three film box-set in the end (Dracula / Frankenstein / Mummy) - it cost me over £30 (as opposed to £2.99, which is what all the other Hammer films have cost me!), but at least I have them now, so no more searching around!

But I guarantee that now that I own them they'll announce a cheap re-release of them any day now - just my luck!
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PostPosted: 11-06-2010 17:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you found them anyway, all top entertainment.
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PostPosted: 19-01-2012 17:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

Santa Santa, I'll be good aaalllll year!

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Hammer horror classics to be restored

The Plague Of The Zombies is one of the films to be restored in high definition
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Hammer rises from the grave
In pictures: Hammer's golden age
Dozens of horror movies produced by Britain's Hammer studios are to be restored for their release on Blu-Ray.

More than 30 films will be resurrected, with several gaining new or extended scenes that were cut from the original.

Among them is Terence Fisher's Dracula, which will incorporate a recently-discovered extended death scene considered too gruesome in 1958.

Hammer was established in the 1934 and became synonymous with the horror genre in the 1950s.

Its run of monster movies included Dracula and The Curse Of Frankenstein, which made stars of British actors like Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.

After lying dormant since the 1980s, the company and its back catalogue were bought in 2007 by a consortium, and recently started producing new films including Let Me In and The Woman In Black.

The restoration of its older titles is a large undertaking, with the likes of Pinewood Studios, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros, Studio Canal and Paramount Pictures all contributing material.

In a press release, Hammer added that the Blu-Ray discs would contain "newly-filmed extras, including interviews with cast members".

The company is also asking members of the public to help it track down lost footage and deleted scenes from its movies.

Some discoveries have already been made - the original UK title sequence has been reinstated on The Plague of The Zombies, while the UK title cards for Dracula: Prince of Darkness will be included on its release.

Other classic gothic titles slated for restoration are Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter, The Mummy, Frankenstein Created Woman, The Lost Continent, The Reptile Slave Girls and The Vengeance of She.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16629619
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PostPosted: 20-01-2012 18:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cultjunky wrote:
Other classic gothic titles slated for restoration are Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter, The Mummy, Frankenstein Created Woman, The Lost Continent, The Reptile Slave Girls and The Vengeance of She.


Great news, but I think there's a comma missing there! There's no such film as The Reptile Slave Girls, but there are two films called The Reptile and Slave Girls (or Prehistoric Women as it's otherwise known). Weird that they'd go for The Vengeance of She and not their more famous Ursula Andress version, unless they're doing that as well.
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PostPosted: 20-01-2012 18:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd watch The Reptile Slave Girls if they make it.
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