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End date: Apr 30, 2014
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We the Undersigned ask Warner Bros to please Release their Classic Hammer Horror Titles on Blu-Ray!
Hammer Horror Films are a vital part of, not only the horror entertainment genre, but of Britain’s cinematic legacy. The 7 Hammer titles that Warner Bros holds represent the best and most important titles in Hammer’s significant output and should be urgently released in the new high definition medium, fully restored for optimum quality! The titles are:
- Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)
- Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968)
- Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
- Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
Titles that have already been released on blu-ray in the UK by Lionsgate:
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Why THESE Hammer Titles are Important
In 1957, a tiny film studio on the banks of the Thames River in England changed the horror genre forever. Hammer Film Productions did not invent the Gothic horror film, but their technicians, artisans and actors certainly perfected it. The Curse of Frankenstein, Hammer’s first Gothic horror film featuring their classic team—stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, director Terence Fisher, composer James Bernard and art director Bernard Robinson—was released in the United States by Warner Bros to spectacular box office results. It was the first Frankenstein film in color, and the first to feature Hammer’s signature style: lavish period detail, a bold sexual element and far more gore than audiences were accustomed to at the time.
Hammer quickly became a household name around the world and the company still thrives today; their 2012 theatrical release The Woman In Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, became the most successful British horror film in more than twenty years. In the United Kingdom, three classic Hammer titles have been released on blu-ray during the past year: The Curse of Frankenstein; Dracula (1958), known in the US as Horror of Dracula; and The Mummy (1959), all of which have been filled with extras and have been extremely well-received. None of them have been announced for release in the US by Warner Bros, who own the American rights.
There are four other classic Hammer horror films to which Warner Bros own the American distribution rights that have not been released on blu-ray anywhere. They are: Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) and Dracula A.D. 1972. In my recent books The Hammer Vampire and The Hammer Frankenstein, I have pointed out why these films are important, not just to the horror genre but to the history of cinema itself.
Directed by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Freddie Francis (The Elephant Man, 1980), Dracula Has Risen From the Grave was the most financially successful of the seven Hammer classics in which Christopher Lee starred as Count Dracula. Warner Bros’ advertising campaign in the U.S. capitalized on the sexual angle of the film (in France it was called Dracula and the Women) to huge box office success. Visually, it is one of the most stylish of all Hammer horrors and, in Francis’ skilled hands, Dracula Has Risen From the Grave becomes a religious allegory in which the title character ends up impaled on a huge golden cross.
Terence Fisher’s Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is the most nihilistic film in the entire Hammer Frankenstein saga. The fifth film in the series, it reflects the pessimism of the times and the changing morals of that era. The film has no heroes and the character of Baron Frankenstein himself (Peter Cushing) has never been more ruthless or psychopathic. This dark classic has been rightly called by more than one critic “Hammer’s finest Frankenstein film!”
Peter Sasdy’s Taste the Blood of Dracula is another film very much of its era in which Count Dracula’s revenge becomes a metaphor for teenage rebellion against an older generation whose hypocritical moral values no longer have any relevance. Perhaps the most “adult” of Lee’s Dracula films, it features excellent performances by Lee, Linda Hayden, Ralph Bates, Geoffrey Keen, John Carson and others.
Dracula A.D. 1972 carries the teenage rebellion theme even further; Lee’s Dracula is now reborn in contemporary times thanks to a black mass performed by some thrill-seeking London youths. But who is the most dangerous to society, Count Dracula or the pot-smoking “heroes?” Co-starring Bond girl Caroline Munro (The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977) and Stephanie Beacham (star of TV’s The Colbys and Dynasty), Dracula A.D. 1972 is a bona fide cult classic.
All seven of the above-mentioned films cry out to be restored on blu-ray so that a new generation of fans (as well as the older generation!) can appreciate the thrills, color and style of Hammer horror at its best. They are not only a huge part of the history of Hammer Film Productions, they are an important part of the history of Warner Bros as well.
~ By Bruce G. Hallenbeck
|3,713||Matthew Foster||Pennsauken||United States||PLEASE...release the Hammer Horror collection of Blu-Ray! Also, please release the additional Universal Monsters movies (Frankenstein Meets Wolf Man, House of Dracula, etc.) as well. I and many others will buy this!! Guarantee it!!!||Apr 30, 2014|
|3,712||Peter Heckman||Auckland||NZ||Apr 30, 2014|
|3,711||Frank Bateman||Pickerington||USA||release Horror of Dracula with restored Japanese print footage||Apr 30, 2014|
|3,710||Jeff Irwin||Apr 29, 2014|
|3,709||Margaret Van houdt||Spring lake||United States||Apr 29, 2014|
|3,708||soner ali||ballymun||Ireland||Apr 29, 2014|
|3,707||Matt Cunningham||Studio City||USA||Apr 29, 2014|
|3,706||Arnold Petterson||clawson||USA||Please! Please!||Apr 29, 2014|
|3,705||amic raphael||les pennes mirabeau||France||Apr 29, 2014|
|3,704||Miles Flanagan||Apr 29, 2014|
|3,703||brian goodwin||lincoln||United Kingdom||Apr 29, 2014|
|3,702||Robert Scism||Tinley Park||USA||Apr 29, 2014|
|3,701||Terry Pierson||Apr 28, 2014|
|3,700||James Parry||Welwyn Garden City||UK||Apr 28, 2014|
|3,699||Perry Everhart||Apr 28, 2014|
|3,698||Jason VanHelsing||Apr 28, 2014|
|3,697||Marie Domergue||les Arcs||France||Apr 28, 2014|
|3,696||Clayton Cortinas||San Jacinto||USA||Please do it now!!||Apr 28, 2014|
|3,695||Doug Brown||Thousand Oaks||USA||Apr 28, 2014|
|3,694||Cat Schmeal-Swope||Mankato||United States||Apr 28, 2014|
|3,693||Joseph Gottschlich||Dayton||United States||Apr 28, 2014|
|3,692||Anthony Czerski||Greensboro||United States||Apr 27, 2014|
|3,691||Vidar Stålesen||Egersund||Norway||Apr 27, 2014|
|3,690||Ben Barton||Folkestone||United Kingdom||Apr 27, 2014|
|3,689||Dana Bailey||Loves Park||United States||I will buy all of the titles!!!||Apr 27, 2014|
|3,688||CHRISTOPHE BERTRAND||PARIS||FRANCE||Apr 27, 2014|
|3,687||Paul Groves||London||United Kingdom||Hi Warner, in addition if you could make the BluRay's Region Free and available for ALL it would be much appreciated||Apr 27, 2014|
|3,686||Victor Garrison||Ventnor||USA||Apr 27, 2014|
|3,685||phil n.||please release these pieces of movie history on blu ray...||Apr 27, 2014|
|3,684||Robert Lever||Everett||USA||These films deserve to be released in Blu-Ray in the U.S.||Apr 27, 2014|
|3,683||MARK SLATER||Apr 27, 2014|
|3,682||Mark Davies||Hereford||United Kingdom||Apr 27, 2014|
|3,681||Josh Boone||Apr 27, 2014|
|3,680||Kevin Harrah||Riverside||USA||Apr 27, 2014|
|3,679||Dale Bott||Calgary||Canada||Love Hammer Films||Apr 27, 2014|
|3,678||Brian Varaday||Talent||USA||I bed you with tears in my eyes!||Apr 27, 2014|
|3,677||john hultmark||clayton||usa||Apr 26, 2014|
|3,676||Racheal Real||Pasadena||USA||TOOLALOOSE||Apr 26, 2014|
|3,675||Dakota Maxfield||Tujunga||USA||LET THEIR REIGNS OF TERROR SPREAD AGAIN!||Apr 26, 2014|
|3,674||Greg Rotta||Apr 26, 2014|
|3,673||Sean Cipriano||San francisco||United States||Apr 26, 2014|
|3,672||shane williams||siler city||usa||include booklets/liner notes! include new found footage for horror of dracula!!||Apr 26, 2014|
|3,671||brian cleary||wilmington||I would buy any Warners classic horror titles on Blu.||Apr 26, 2014|
|3,670||Laura Combs||Dayton||United States||Apr 26, 2014|
|3,669||Linda Lunsford||Roseville||United States||Apr 26, 2014|
|3,668||Selena Lunsford||Roseville||United States||Apr 26, 2014|
|3,667||Karen Marvel||Upland||Usa||Apr 26, 2014|
|3,666||Michael Bonner||Apr 26, 2014|
|3,665||robert dunlop||daventry||United Kingdom||Apr 25, 2014|
|3,664||Peter Cox||Benbrook||United States||Apr 25, 2014|