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Shopping: The Evil of Frankenstein...

1964 UK Hammer horror by Freddie Francis, once cut for cinema, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here23rd May 2020
The Evil of Frankenstein is a 1964 UK horror by Freddie Francis.
Starring Peter Cushing, Peter Woodthorpe and Duncan Lamont. IMDb
The BBFC cut the X rated 1964 cinema release but waived the cuts for 12 rated 2007 DVD. There also exists a cut US TV version.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Evil of Frankenstein

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Shout! Factory Collector's Edition RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 19th May 2020
  • 2020 Shout! Factory Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

Frozen in ice, can the creature be brought back to live again? Horror great Peter Cushing stars in this fantastic tale as the monster's creator, Baron von Frankenstein, determined to bring the creature back to life. Long thought destroyed, Dr. Frankenstein's creation is discovered frozen alive and resurrected back in his laboratory. Unfortunately, the creature's mind is dormant and, much to the Baron's horror, he finds that only a hypnotist can order the creature to do his unfathomable bidding now.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM from an interpositive
  • NEW Audio Commentary with filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr
  • NEW The Men Who Made Hammer: Freddie Francis
  • NEW an interview with assistant director William P. Cartlidge
  • NEW an interview with actress Katy Wild
  • TV version of THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN (from the best available 16mm print)
  • The Making of THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN -- Narrated by Edward de Souza and featuring interviews with Wayne Kinsey, Caron Gardner, Hugh Harlow, Pauline Harlow, Peter Cushing and Don Mingay
  • A moment with actress Caron Gardner
  • TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN TV Pilot
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
  • Optional English subtitles for the main feature

 

 

Shopping: Macabre...

1980 Italy horror thriller by Lamberto Bava with a bit part in the video nastes panic, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here22nd May 2020
Macabre is a 1980 Italy horror thriller by Lamberto Bava.
Starring Bernice Stegers, Stanko Molnar and Veronica Zinny. BBFC link IMDb
Never censored but played a small part in British censorship history when the VHS was held up at the 1983 Conservative Party conference during the video nasties panic as an example of everything rotten in the video industry and proof that censorship was urgently needed.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong horror, sexualised nudity and necrophilia theme:
  • 2020 88 Films R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th May 2020

Promotional Material

Synopsis Don't open the fridge! Lamberto Bava was taught his trade by his father, horror legend Mario Bava. Macabre, his first film as director, showed how well he'd learnt his lessons. Still recovering from a pair of tragic and traumatic bereavements, Jane Baker (Bernice Steggers; Xtro, Sky Pilots) moves into a new apartment in New Orleans. The owner's son, Robert, is blind -- but that doesn't stop him hearing what Jane gets up to. It sounds like she's resumed her passionate affair with her lover, Fred. Except that Fred died a year ago... Not quite a giallo, not quite a ghost story and with a final twist that will make you re-think everything you've already seen, Macabre showed that Bava Jr. -- who'd go on to make the horror classic Demons -- was a chip off the old block.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • NEW 2K RESTORATION FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE
  • NEW Don't Lose Your Head - Interview with Director Lamberto Bava
  • Audio Commentary by Giallo Experts, Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
  • Alternate Italian Opening and End Credit Titles
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible Sleeve featuring Original Poster and VHS artwork
  • Limited Edition "Soft Touch" Slipcase
  • Limited Edition Booklet Essay by Rachael Nisbet
  • Audio:
    • DTS-HD MA Dual Mono English Audio
    • DTS-HD MA Dual-Mono Italian Audio with newly translated English Subtitles
  • REGION-FREE

 

 

Shopping: Dracula A.D. 1972...

UK horror by Alan Gibson just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here7th May 2020
Dracula A.D. 1972 is a UK horror by Alan Gibson.
With Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Stephanie Beacham. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
Uncut by the BBFC, but there have been reports of the US PG version being cut, at least on VHS.
UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for strong gory images:
  • 2020 Warner Bros R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 4th May 2020

Promotional Material

London's become a small town for a handful of jaded psychedelic-era hipsters. But Johnny Alucard has a groovy new way for his pals to get their kicks. A certain ritual will be the living end, he insists. And if you still wonder where Johnny's coming from, try spelling his last name backwards. Dracula is raised into the modern era in this Hammer Studios shocker that's "quite well done" (John Stanley, Creature Features). Christopher Lee dons the cape for the sixth time and seeks out fresh victims. As archnemesis Van Helsing, fellow horror legend Peter Cushing clutches a vial of holy water and edges within throwing distance. Their harrowing battle royal is not to be missed. In fact, it's the living end.

 

 

Shopping: Taste the Blood of Dracula...

1970 UK horror fantasy thriller by Peter Sasdy, still with the usual 1970 BBFC cuts, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here6th May 2020
Taste the Blood of Dracula is a 1970 UK horror fantasy thriller by Peter Sasdy.
Starring Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen and Gwen Watford. Youtube linkBBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1970 cinema release. This cut version was passed 15 for home video and is the best available. The film was further cut in the US for a PG rating, but later releases are the same as the UK release.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Taste the Blood of Dracula

UK: The UK cinema cuts still apply to the version passed 15 without further BBFC cuts for:
  • 2020 Warner Bros R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 4th May 2020

Promotional Material

It's the boys night out, time for bawdy fun. Yet revelry alone can't satisfy these community leaders out on a lark. There's still an adventure they can be duped into trying, one that will transform a certain Count from moldering dust into blood lusting flesh.

Taste the Blood of Dracula, another film in Hammer Studios' cycle of hemogobbling Victorian-era horror, is a showcase of why Hammer became the name in Gothic terror. The solid cast and rich production design raise goosebumps of real-life fear and other worldly dread. And Christopher Lee dons his red-lined cape again to become Evil Incarnate. He's Count Dracula. a being neither dead nor alive...but his movies are livelier than ever.

 

 

Shopping: Shatter...

1974 UK / Hong Kong Hammer action film by Michael Carreras and Monte Hellman just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here3rd May 2020
Shatter is a 1974 UK / Hong Kong action drama by Michael Carreras and Monte Hellman (uncredited).
Starring Stuart Whitman, Lung Ti and Lily Li. BBFC link IMDb

A co-production between Hammer and the Hong Kong Shaw Brothers was cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1975. A uncut version is set for 2020 Blu-ray. This was Peter Cushing's last film for Hammer.

The 1975 BBFC cuts were to remove a hook impaling and a man being shot and spitting blood during the dock fight.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 28th April 2020

Promotional Material

Hammer Films and The Shaw Brothers come together again for an exciting action film! International assassin Shatter (Stuart Whitman, Crazy Mama, Ruby) completes a contract kill on an African dictator and heads for Hong Kong to collect his payment. But when he finds himself marked for death in a deadly double-cross, the hit man is hunted through the seedy underworld. Now with the help of a kung fu master (Ti Lung, A Better Tomorrow), Shatter must take on the international drug syndicate in a final showdown of violence and vengeance! Filmed on location in Hong Kong, Shatter (also known as Call Him Mr. Shatter) was the second and last of Hammer's co-productions with the famed Shaw Brothers studio (The Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires). Cult director Monte Hellman (Two-Lane Blacktop, Cockfighter) was replaced mid-production by producer Michael Carreras who completed this troubled-yet-fascinating action thriller that co-stars Anton Diffring (Circus Of Horrors) and the legendary Peter Cushing in his final Hammer performance.

 

 

Shopping: The Curse of the Werewolf...

1961 UK horror romance by Terence Fisher just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here25th April 2020
The Curse of the Werewolf is a 1961 UK horror romance by Terence Fisher.
Starring Clifford Evans, Oliver Reed and Yvonne Romain. Youtube linkBBFC link IMDb  

Heavily cut by the BBFC for 1961 cinema release. A less cut BBC version turned up in 1995. Cuts were waived for 12 rated DVD in 2010. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Curse of the Werewolf

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 21st April 2020

Promotional Material

His beast-blood demanded he KILL ... KILL ... KILL! Directed by legendary horror filmmaker Terence Fisher (Horror of Dracula, The Curse Of Frankenstein), this atmospheric tale of terror stars Oliver Reed (Venom, The Brood) as the orphan of a maniacal beggar and a mute girl. From his birth to young manhood, he discovers a horrible secret. Try as he may, the cursed man is unable to deny the dark force within him. When the moon is full, he becomes an uncontrollable, seemingly unstoppable killer incapable of distinguishing between friend and foe. Spectacular makeup effects and beautifully photographed 19th-century European locales heighten the suspense of this classic tale of horror.

 

 

Shopping: Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter...

1974 UK Hammer horror by Brian Clemens just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here17th April 2020
Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter is a 1974 UK horror mystery adventure by Brian Clemens.
Starring Horst Janson, John Carson and Shane Briant. IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release.
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 14th April 2020
  • 2020 Shout! Factory Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

"A lot of fun, a great mix of horror and adventure made with a great cast by a talented director" -- Ian Jane, rockshockpop.com In a small village in the remote English countryside, several young maidens have been found dead -- their beautiful faces horribly aged almost beyond recognition. Suspecting a supernatural evil at work, the local doctor calls on Army friend and famed vampire hunter Captain Kronos, an expert swordsman formerly of the King's Imperial Guard. Aided by his expert assistant, Professor Grost, the two quickly confirm the gruesome murders are the work of a unique type of vampire, one who drains its victims not of their blood, but of their youth! After forging a lethal new sword from an old graveyard cross, the vampire hunters set out to put an end to evil's reign of terror in this Hammer Films horror classic.

 

 

Shopping: Dracula A.D. 1972...

UK horror by Alan Gibson set for UK Blu-ray release on 4th May 2020


Link Here12th April 2020
Dracula A.D. 1972 is a UK horror by Alan Gibson.
With Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Stephanie Beacham. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
Uncut by the BBFC, but there have been reports of the US PG version being cut, at least on VHS.
UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for strong gory images:
  • 2020 Warner Bros R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 4th May 2020

Promotional Material

London's become a small town for a handful of jaded psychedelic-era hipsters. But Johnny Alucard has a groovy new way for his pals to get their kicks. A certain ritual will be the living end, he insists. And if you still wonder where Johnny's coming from, try spelling his last name backwards. Dracula is raised into the modern era in this Hammer Studios shocker that's "quite well done" (John Stanley, Creature Features). Christopher Lee dons the cape for the sixth time and seeks out fresh victims. As archnemesis Van Helsing, fellow horror legend Peter Cushing clutches a vial of holy water and edges within throwing distance. Their harrowing battle royal is not to be missed. In fact, it's the living end.

 

 

Shopping: Taste the Blood of Dracula...

1970 UK Hammer horror by Peter Sasdy set for UK Blu-ray release on 4th May 2020


Link Here11th April 2020
Taste the Blood of Dracula is a 1970 UK horror fantasy thriller by Peter Sasdy.
Starring Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen and Gwen Watford. Youtube linkBBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1970 cinema release. This version is the best available. The film was further cut in the US for a PG rating, but later releases are the same as the UK release.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Taste the Blood of Dracula

UK: Passed 15 uncut for:
  • 2020 Warner Bros R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 4th May 2020

Promotional Material

It's the boys night out, time for bawdy fun. Yet revelry alone can't satisfy these community leaders out on a lark. There's still an adventure they can be duped into trying, one that will transform a certain Count from moldering dust into blood lusting flesh.

Taste the Blood of Dracula, another film in Hammer Studios' cycle of hemogobbling Victorian-era horror, is a showcase of why Hammer became the name in Gothic terror. The solid cast and rich production design raise goosebumps of real-life fear and other worldly dread. And Christopher Lee dons his red-lined cape again to become Evil Incarnate. He's Count Dracula. a being neither dead nor alive...but his movies are livelier than ever.

 

 

Shopping: Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell...

Set for US Blu-ray release on 19th May 2020 with the promotional material stating that it is the significantly cut R rated version


Link Here 14th March 2020
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell is a 1974 UK horror film by Terence Fisher
With Peter Cushing, Shane Briant and Madeline Smith.
YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for cinema release. Then further cut for a US R rating. All home video version were cut to some extent until 2014 when an uncut restored version was released.

The promotional material on the Shout! Factory websites suggests that this is the cut R rated version. The company usually issue the best versions available so will check again nearer the release.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell

US: Cut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 19th May 2020
  • 2020 Shout! Factory Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

Is Baron Frankenstein truly dead? That's precisely what he wants the world to think. He's had it up to here with a public that doesn't appreciate the trouble a mad scientist goes through to snatch good body parts. To carry on his work, he holes up in a place where the possibilities are utterly maddening: a home for the criminally insane! A hand here. A brain there ... true to form, the Baron (Peter Cushing) keeps his gruesome creation (David Prowse, known for his portrayal of Darth Vader) in stitches in this sixth and final fright fest in Hammer Films' Frankenstein cycle.



 


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