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Shopping: The Devil-Ship Pirates...

1964 UK action adventure thriller by Don Sharp, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK DVD


Link Here9th June 2021

The Devil-Ship Pirates is a 1964 UK action adventure thriller by Don Sharp.
Starring Christopher Lee, Andrew Keir and John Cairney. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a U rated cinema release in 1964. UK home video releases are PG rated and uncut. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

UK: Passed PG uncut:

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An action-packed adventure drama set in the summer of 1588, The Devil-Ship Pirates stars Christopher Lee in a memorable turn as the evil captain of a Spanish privateer. Stylishly directed by Don Sharp - and one of several swashbucklers made by Hammer in the 1960s - it is featured here as a High Definition restoration from original film elements in its as-exhibited Hammerscope theatrical aspect ratio.

While the British fleet is engaged in a desperate battle with the Armada, a Spanish vessel, the Diablo, puts in at a lonely inlet on the Cornish coast for emergency repairs. Finding a nearby village, the Spaniards terrorise the local population and take village girls as hostages.

 

 

Shopping: Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows...

4 film set of Hammer Films set for UK Blu-ray release on 21st June 2021


Link Here12th April 2021
Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows is a 4 film set of Hammer Films

UK: Passed with an aggregate 12 rating:

  • 2021 Powerhouse Films Hammer Volume 6 (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 21st June 2021

The Shadow of the Cat is a 1961 UK horror mystery thriller by John Gilling.
With Conrad Phillips, Barbara Shelley and André Morell. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Passed X after BBFC cuts for the 1961 cinema release. Unreleased until cuts were waived for the 12 rated DVD in 2014.

Captain Clegg is a 1962 UK horror mystery adventure by Peter Graham Scott.
Starring Peter Cushing, Yvonne Romain and Patrick Allen. Melon Farmers link YouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Uncut in the UK and US. Home videos are noted as running around 80m but the BBFC noted an unlikely running time of 105 minutes for 1962 cinema release

The Phantom of the Opera is a 1962 UK horror music mystery by Terence Fisher.
Starring Herbert Lom, Heather Sears and Edward de Souza. Melon Farmers link   YouTube icon  BBFC link 2020   IMDb

Cut for an 'A' rating on cinema release, but has been uncut for all PG rated DVD and Blu-ray releases. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US. (Thanks to Tim for an update).
Nightmare is a 1964 UK horror thriller by Freddie Francis.
With David Knight, Moira Redmond and Jennie Linden. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for its 1964 cinema release. The consensus is that US and European DVD releases are uncut

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Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows revives four consummate Hammer classics from the early sixties, exemplifying some of Hammer Films' best work in the horror and thriller genres. Edgar Allan Poe looms large in The Shadow of the Cat, a macabre 'old dark house' tale of feline revenge, starring André Morell (Cash on Demand) and Barbara Shelley (The Camp on Blood Island); Peter Cushing (The Gorgon, Corruption) and Oliver Reed (The Scarlet Blade) star in Captain Clegg, which sees Hammer fuse horror and adventure in an eighteenth-century-set tale of smugglers and marsh phantoms; Herbert Lom (Mysterious Island) stars as The Phantom of the Opera in Hammer's acclaimed production of Gaston Leroux's Gothic classic, whilst Freddie Francis (Torture Garden) directs Nightmare, a spooky psychological thriller in the Les Diaboliques vein, which benefits from full-blooded central performances by Moira Redmond (Jigsaw) and Jennie Linden (A Severed Head).

This collection contains a wealth of new and archival extra features, including documentaries and appreciations, interviews with actors and crew members, audio commentaries, and extensive booklets. Strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units.

The Shadow of the Cat (John Gilling, 1961). A house cat sees her mistress murdered by two servants under orders from her husband , and becomes ferociously bent on revenge.

Captain Clegg (Peter Graham Scott, 1962). When a captain arrives on an English coastal town to investigate reports of smuggling, he ends up with much more to deal with, including marsh phantoms and a suspicious vicar.

The Phantom of the Opera (Terence Fisher, 1962). Composer Lord Ambrose D'Arcy (Michael Gough) and his backer, Harry Hunter (Edward De Souza), struggle to find a replacement for the female lead in their new opera after she quits in the wake of a gruesome murder. When a new prospect, the nubile Christine Charles (Heather Sears), disappears, Harry cautiously investigates. Meanwhile, a mysterious masked man (Herbert Lom) who is eerily familiar with the opera holds Christine captive and offers to groom her to play the part.

Nightmare (Freddie Francis, 1964). Janet is a young student at a private school. Her nights are troubled by horrible dreams in which she sees her mother, who is in fact locked in a psychiatric hospital, haunting her. Expelled because of her persistent nightmares, Janet is sent home where the nightmares continue.

 

 

Shopping: Never Take Sweets from a Stranger...

1960 UK Hammer thriller by Cyril Frankel, once cut in the US, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here20th February 2021

Never Take Sweets From a Stranger is a 1960 UK horror mystery thriller by Cyril Frankel.
Starring Gwen Watford, Patrick Allen and Felix Aylmer. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Uncut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1960. Later uncut and 12 rated on 2017 Blu-ray. The US Theatrical Version was cut for dialogue.
UK: Passed 12 uncut for child abuse theme and references, moderate threat:
  • 2021 Powerhouse Standard Edition RA Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 15th February 2021

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One of Hammer's most controversial and genuinely adult thrillers, Never Take Sweets from a Stranger is a serious drama that dealt candidly (for the time) with the issue of child abuse.

Deftly handled, the film is a sincere and unsensational treatment of a taboo subject. Avoiding melodrama it addresses the horrors of the real world but remains a compelling and genuinely unsettling work.

INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES

* High Definition remaster
* Original mono audio
* Alternative presentation with US Never Take Candy from a Stranger title sequence
* Conspiracy Theories: Inside 'Never Take Sweets from a Stranger' (2018, 25 mins): an analysis of the film and its production by Hammer expert Jonathan Rigby, BFI curator Josephine Botting and cultural historian John J Johnston
* Hammer's Women: Gwen Watford (2018, 8 mins): British cinema expert Dr Laura Mayne explores the life and career of the prolific film, stage, and television actress
* An Interview with Janina Faye (2018, 15 mins): the British actress recalls her time working with Hammer
* An Appreciation by Matthew Holness (2018, 12 mins): the actor, writer, director and Hammer fan reflects on many aspects of the film
* The Perfect Horror Chord (2018, 44 mins): a new appreciation of composer Elisabeth Lutyens by David Huckvale, author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
* US theatrical trailer
* Brian Trenchard-Smith trailer commentary (2013, 4 mins): a short critical appreciation
* Image galleries: press and promotional material
* New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

 

 

Shopping: The Full Treatment...

1960 UK mystery drama by Val Guest just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here17th February 2021

The Full Treatment is a 1960 UK mystery drama by Val Guest.
Starring Claude Dauphin, Diane Cilento and Ronald Lewis. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Passed X uncut for 1960 release but was cut for US release. A toned down TV version seems to have become the home video version but an extra scene was found for for 2018 Blu-ray.
UK: The TV Version swas previously passed 15 uncut for strong violence, threat:
  • 2021 Powerhouse Standard Edition [UK video version + cut TV version] R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 15th February 2021

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A racing driver (Ronald Lewis) is injured in a car accident on his honeymoon which leaves him mentally scarred, and with violent impulses towards his new bride (Diane Cilento).

Directed by Val Guest (The Quatermass Xperiment, The Day The Earth Caught Fire) and photographed by the great Gilbert Taylor (Dr. Strangelove, The Omen, Star Wars), The Full Treatment again draws inspiration from Clouzot's Les Diaboliques, and is one of Hammer's most effective and distinctive psychological thrillers of the 1960s.

Extras INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES

* High Definition remaster
* Original mono audio
* Two presentations of the film: The Full Treatment (110 mins), the complete and uncut UK version; and Stop Me Before I Kill! (108 mins), the censored US version
* Mind Control: Inside 'The Full Treatment' (2018, 21 mins): an analysis of the film and its production by Hammer expert Jonathan Rigby, BFI curator Josephine Botting and cultural historian John J Johnston
* Hammer's Women: Diane Cilento (2018, 11 mins): Dr Melanie Williams, author of Female Stars of British Cinema, explores the life and career of the Australian theatre and film actress and author
* A Subject for Analysis (2018, 15 mins): the BFI's Vic Pratt explores the work of prolific British filmmaker Val Guest
* Censored Scene (4 mins): the bathroom scene that revealed too much for US censors
* US theatrical trailer
* Image galleries: press and promotional material
* English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
*Running time: 110/108 mins
* Original Release: 1960
* Colour/B&W: B&W
* Region Code: ABC
* Subtitles: English SDH




 


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