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Old 05-22-12, 02:11 PM
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The Return of Hammer Films Studio

I noticed this advertised on the Woman in Black bluray. When did Hammer start back up? Any more details? I tried to do a search but couldn't find anything about their rebirth.
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Re: The Return of Hammer Films Studio?

A few years ago. They have produced Wake Wood, The Woman In Black and Let Me In. I believe there were a couple of others too but I can't recall off hand.
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Could be a good thing.
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Old 05-22-12, 09:53 PM
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A few years ago. They have produced Wake Wood, The Woman In Black and Let Me In. I believe there were a couple of others too but I can't recall off hand.
Cool. I didn't know that until the Woman in black DVD. Maybe they can do something with their past releases, like release them all in bluray, that would be something.
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Maybe they can do something with their past releases, like release them all in bluray, that would be something.
They are, in the UK.
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They are, in the UK.
That doesn't help me here.
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That doesn't help me here.
Invest in a region-free player, you'll be glad you did.
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Old 06-21-12, 11:04 AM
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Blu-ray.com reviews of Plague of the Zombies and The Reptile
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Re: The Return of Hammer Films Studio?

Every few months they say they have a Blu-ray distributor for their new transfers in Region A, but nothing has been announced and there are few rumors as to what company did get the license in America. It's definitely not Shout Factory.
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Old 06-21-12, 01:18 PM
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I have no idea why the announcement is taking so long, could the distributor be Synapse?
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Invest in a region-free player, you'll be glad you did.
May have to do that sometime in the future.
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Old 06-28-12, 02:48 PM
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From the Hammer restoration blog:
The world premiere of our restored THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN will take place at the CATH/DMU Hammer event in Leicester on Saturday 14th July, preceded by Mark Gatiss in conversation with Jonathan Rigby...For the first time in many years, the film will be screened in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1 aka “Academy”. The film will also include the “eyeball” scene — restored from a reel of a print housed at the BFI then integrated into the main restoration, which was scanned from a Warner Bros. I/P — though not the “head in acid bath” scene, which despite our best efforts appears no longer to exist...For those of you who can’t make it, we hope to announce the UK Blu-ray release date at the event (we’ll tweet it immediately after announcing).
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From the Hammer restoration blog:

The world premiere of our restored THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN will take place at the CATH/DMU Hammer event in Leicester on Saturday 14th July, preceded by Mark Gatiss in conversation with Jonathan Rigby...For the first time in many years, the film will be screened in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1 aka “Academy”. The film will also include the “eyeball” scene — restored from a reel of a print housed at the BFI then integrated into the main restoration, which was scanned from a Warner Bros. I/P — though not the “head in acid bath” scene, which despite our best efforts appears no longer to exist...For those of you who can’t make it, we hope to announce the UK Blu-ray release date at the event (we’ll tweet it immediately after announcing).
That's gotta be wrong.
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That's gotta be wrong.
Why is that? I know nothing about the history of these films.
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Old 06-28-12, 09:20 PM
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From the same blog:

We also always thought the film was intended for 1.66:1 exhibition till we reviewed the entire film (4k open gate scan of I/P) open matte in a screening room. It is crystal clear, upon viewing, that the film was intended to be screened at 1.37:1. The framing is perfectly composed throughout at full frame and there are zero production artefacts in the frame at any point.
But, in any case, they're now considering including both versions.
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Wow. It's really troubling that the people "restoring" these films could be so ignorant of these aspect ratio and presentation matters. The film was made in 1957 for crying out loud. 35mm and spherical lenses...it was projected matted at 1:66 in Europe and 1:85 in the US. I don't care how good they think it looks unmatted.
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ok. Sooooooo was it shot w/ that intention or just later framed differently later? History on this film?
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ok. Sooooooo was it shot w/ that intention or just later framed differently later? History on this film?
It was shot just like any other British 35mm spherical production in 1957. They knew it would be projected in cinemas at 1:66. Just because they were smart enough to keep boom mikes and dolly tracks out of the 1:37 area doesn't mean that's what they composed the movie for.

Every time this comes up people who should know better act like there is some unique situation going on. There isn't.
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interesting. time to study up.
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As long as they offer both versions, I won't care.
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Mummy's Shroud and Rasputin have been postponed to 10/22, the same release date as The Devil Rides Out.
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Via Twitter, they announced that Dracula (1958) will be released early next year, and that Richard Matheson was interviewed for the documentary to be included with Devil Rides Out.
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Old 07-14-12, 04:11 PM
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From here:
Hammer, Icon Film Distribution and Lionsgate are proud to present Terence Fisher's Gothic classic The Curse of Frankenstein fully restored in High Definition and for the first time in its original Academy ratio of 1.37:1.

Available 15th October in the UK & Ireland on 3-disc Double Play, the pack includes 1 x Blu-ray and 2 x DVD packed full of brand new content. Featuring new documentaries and bonus extras, and including the infamous "eyeball" scene, which was originally banned but has now been fully restored.

Single BD50:

HD Main Feature – Never before released “Academy” ratio 1.37:1 – 83 mins – DTS MA 2.0
HD The Curse of Frankenstein (1.66:1 version) – alternate aspect ratio – 83mins – DTS MA 2.0
New audio commentary with Marcus Hearn & Jonathan Rigby
Frankenstein Reborn: The Making of a Hammer Classic (new & exclusive)
Life With Sir (new & exclusive Peter Cushing documentary)
Four Sided Triangle (bonus feature film) 80 mins
Tales of Frankenstein (bonus TV pilot) 25 mins
The Tale of Tales of Frankenstein (new & exclusive Ted Newsom documentary)
World Of Hammer: The Curse of Frankenstein 25 mins
Stills show
English HOH subtitles for Main Feature

Double DVD:

DISC #1:
Main Feature – Never before released “Academy” ratio 1.37:1 – 83 mins – DD 2.0 – English HOH subtitles
The Curse of Frankenstein (1.66:1 version) – alternate aspect ratio – 83mins - DD 2.0
New audio commentary with Marcus Hearn & Jonathan Rigby
DISC #2:
Frankenstein Reborn: The Making of a Hammer Classic (new & exclusive)
Life With Sir (new & exclusive Peter Cushing documentary)
Four Sided Triangle (bonus feature film) 80 mins
Tales of Frankenstein (bonus TV pilot) 25 mins
The Tale of Tales of Frankenstein (new & exclusive Ted Newsom documentary)
World Of Hammer: The Curse of Frankenstein 25 mins
Stills show
PDF Original shooting script
PDF all-new booklet “The Creator’s Spark: Hammer’s Frankenstein Begins” with text by Hammer archivist Robert J. E. Simpson
Region B/2.
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Well, I'm region free, so I can grab it.
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Old 07-15-12, 09:18 PM
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Via Twitter, they announced that Dracula (1958) will be released early next year, and that Richard Matheson was interviewed for the documentary to be included with Devil Rides Out.
Do you mean The Horror of Dracula?
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