Universal to Hammer out classics

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  1. rhett

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    In what looks to be the bang-for-your-buck DVD release of the year, Universal will be releasing no less than eight classic Hammer films for a meager $29.98. Spread over two discs, the set will come out September 6th, with each film in anamorphic widescreen and mono. Hopefully Universal continues to do what they did with their Legacy sets by spreading the films out over dual-sided and dual-layer DVDs. Regardless of how it is being packaged, here is a list of the films that will be included in the set:

    • Brides of Dracula
    • The Curse of the Werewolf
    • The Phantom of the Opera (1962)
    • Paranoiac
    • Kiss of the Vampire
    • Nightmare
    • Night Creatures
    • The Evil of Frankenstein

    Universal has been great on their classic monster movies, and now it looks like they will be doing the same to Hammer. Looks good!
     

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    Beautiful! Best DVD news of the year! If this gets half the treatment of the Dracula/Frankenstein/WolfMan sets, we're in for a real treat!
     
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    That is great news!!!! This is what I have been waiting for from Universal!
     
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    It doesn't sound like there will be a lot of room for extras, so I suspect this will be more in line with Universal's other barebones releases, like last year's FUNHOUSE batch.
     
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    Okay, looking at it closely: Two movies per side, double sided discs. Not my preferred method but at that price, and if the picture/sound quality matches the earlier Universal Monsters sets, it will still be great to finally have them.
     
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    Very cool, as I have yet to pick up any of these films--blasphemy, I know. Way to go, Universal. Love the Frankenstein set.
     
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    Gravy! Hope they're not just laser disc ports like the old Kiss of the Vampire was, though. Does Universal own the rights to The Gorgon?
     
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    Damn....three more valuable lasers I have just went to hell.

    Ah, who cares in the end? I was never gonna sell 'em anyway, and at least I've been able to watch Brides of Dracula and Evil of Frankenstein on disc format for the last several years while y'all were circulating those online petitions for DVD.
     
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    OK, this is my most anticipated title of the year. Thanks for the tip.
     
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    Great news rhett, thanks!

    And on one set? Too fucking cool. Yes, hopefully they'll be OAR, anamorphic, uncut (yeah right) and all that, but being that they'll be available for so cheap in one lump sum is a GREAT starting point.
     
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    Sorry, I forgot to specify that they will be OAR anamorphic and mono. Go Universal! :banana:
     
  12. RyanPC

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    This sounds utterly amazing; count me in!! :banana:
     
  13. Luna

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    Holy hell, this shall be mine! :banana:
     
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    HELL YEAH HELL YEAH!!!

    Brides of Dracula!!!! :banana: :banana:
     
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    This set will be just like there Bud and Lou Franchise collections 2 movies per side spread over 4 discs. Don't worry the set will look great. I am finally getting Evil of Frankenstein wahoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    YAYYYYY!!!! Brides of Dracula is one of my favorite Hammer films!!! Totally cool.
     
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    Plus: Brilliant films..

    Minus: Huge thumbs down for those double-sided discs. I'm pretty disgusted at universal to be honest.
     
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    Wow. I've been curious about the Hammer canon for quite some time. I don't think I've ever seen any of their films, unless on accident as a child watching late night TV. This looks to be a GREAT place for me to start really studying them. Hooray!!!
     
  19. thrashard76

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    Using double sided DVDs:

    Disk 1 / Side 1:
    Brides Of Dracula - Runtime: 85 min
    Curse Of The Werewolf - Runtime: 91 min
    Run time ~ 176 minutes

    Disk 1 / Side 2:

    Phantom Of The Opera - Runtime: 84 min
    Paranoiac - Runtime: 80 min
    Run time ~ 164 minutes


    Disk 2 / Side 1:
    Kiss Of The Vampire - Runtime: 88 min
    Nightmare - Runtime: 83 min
    Run time ~ 171 minutes

    Disk 2 / Side 2:
    Night Creatures - (N/A)
    The Evil Of Frankenstein - Runtime: 84 min
    Run time ~ (N/A)

    *Run times found at IMDB.
     
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    I hate to be contrarian, but...

    Thirty bucks is a good price for the eight Hammer films, but I'm not a fan of these mash-up sets that split up series.

    I would much rather be able to organize my Hammer films on my shelves by either release date or series -- ie, keep all of my "Dracula" Hammers together, the "Frankenstein" films together, etc. I was also pissed off at Anchor Bay for those Hammer double features, I decided to hold out for Blue Underground's releases (which apparently aren't going to happen now). At least with the AB double features I could print out my own covers.

    I would so love to have my shelves look like:

    Horror of Dracula
    Brides of Dracula
    Dracula Prince of Darkness
    Dracula has Risen from the Grave
    Taste the Blood of Dracula
    Scars of Dracula
    Curse of Frankenstein
    Revenge of Frankenstein
    Evil of Frankenstein
    Frankenstein Created Woman
    Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
    Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell
    The Mummy
    Mummy's Shroud
    Blood from the Mummy's Tomb
    The Hound of the Baskervilles
    Curse of the Werewolf
    Plague of the Zombies
    Rasputin the Mad Monk
    Abominable Snowman
    The Devil Rides Out
    To the Devil a Daughter
    Captain Kronos
    Count Yorga/The Return of Count Yorga (I can live with this double feature)
    Countess Dracula/The Vampire Lovers (ditto)
    Quatermass 2
    Quatermass and the Pit
     

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