Film Goodies Coming Your Way

As it should be, what with this being the month of Halloween, there is a raft of great films getting released this month, here is selection of some of the one’s I am looking forward to.  (If you want to buy one, please consider buying one from the links provided)

This one is top of my list as my old friend Johnny Mains appears on the special features.

Beware his deathly gaze for it will render you powerless! Beware his mystic touch for you will never be free from his evil grasp! 

In pre-revolution St Petersburg, Russia, sinister monk Grigori Rasputin proves that he has the unearthly power to ease the deranged and heal the sick, but at what price? Aided by his hypnotic powers Rasputin begins his ruthless and depraved pursuit of power and wealth, determined to give God sins worth forgiving. He must be stopped, but how do you rid the world of a man who defies death? 

Horror legends Christopher Lee (Dracula Prince Of Darkness) and Barbara Shelley (Quatermass And The Pit) star in a controversial film about one of history’s most notorious figures.

Bonus Features
– Two brand new documentaries: ‘Tall Stories: The Making of Rasputin the Mad Monk’  and ‘Brought to Book: Hammer Novelisations’ 
– World of Hammer Episode ‘Costumers’ 
– Gallery 
– Commentary featuring Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Francis Matthews & Suzan Farmer

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The time is 1920; the place is Mezzera, Egypt, an exotic land of mystery and ancient magic. A routine expedition is about to turn into a violent, murderous rampage that few will survive.

Renowned scientist Sir Basil Walden and a team of expert archaeologists are on a journey to find the lost tomb of pharaoh Kah-to-Bey. Having ignored warnings of a deathly curse, the expedition unearths the pharaoh’s final resting place with horrific consequences. A vengeful spirit has been unleashed and it wants their flesh…

Directed by John Gilling (The Reptile, The Plague Of The Zombies), Hammer’s The Mummy’s Shroud has gained cult notoriety for its gruesome murder sequences and its stunning climax. A true terror from the tombs!

Bonus Features

– Two brand new documentaries: ‘The Beat Goes On: The Making of The Mummy’s Shroud’ and ‘Remembering David Buck’
– Hammer Trailers
– Gallery

The debonair Duc de Richleau has been trusted with the care of his deceased friend’s son, Simon Aron. The Duc discovers that the young man has been seduced into joining a Satanic cult headed by the diabolic Mocata, who is intent on making Simon one of the Devil’s disciples. Having rescued Simon from a bloodied ritual, de Richleau is pursued by Mocata, who will stop at nothing to destroy the Duc and his friends, even summoning the Angel of Death itself.

Starring Christopher Lee in one of his personal favourite roles and based on the celebrated novel by Dennis Wheatley, The Devil Rides Out is one of Hammer’s most accomplished and thrilling mystery horrors.

Bonus Features

– Three brand new documentaries:
Black Magic: The Making of The Devil Rides Out
The Power of Light: Restoring The Devil Rides Out
Dennis Wheatley at Hammer
– World of Hammer Episode ‘Hammer’
– Gallery
– Commentary featuring Christopher Lee, Sarah Lawson & Marcus Hearn – Easter Egg

The Curse of Frankenstein” fully restored in high definition for the first time in its original Academy Ratio of 1.37:1. Available on 3 disc Double Play, it includes 1 Blu-ray and 2 DVDs full of brand new content. Featuring new documentaries and bonus extras and including the infamous ‘eye ball scene’ which was originally banned but has now been fully restored. 

SINGLE Blu-ray 50 DISC

– 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 


DISC #1: 
– Main Feature – Never seen before “Academy” ratio” 1.37:1 83 mins – DD 2.0 – English HOH subtitles 
– “The Curse of Frankenstein (1.66:1 version)” – Alternative 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 
– All-new PDF booklet “The Creator’s Spark: Hammer’s Frankenstein Begins” with text by Hammer archivist Robert J. E. Simpson 

Full list of titles: 

Saboteur (1942)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Rope (1948)
Rear Window (1954)
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Vertigo (1958)
Psycho (1960)
The Birds (1963)
Marnie (1964)
Torn Curtain (1966)
Topaz (1969) 
Frenzy (1972)
Family Plot (1976)

With its atmospheric Cornish locations and all-star cast, The Uninvited is a highly effective and spine-tingling ghost story in the classic Hollywood tradition.

Seeking respite from the bustle of London life, writer Roderick Fitzgerald (Ray Milland, Dial M for Murder and The Lost Weekend) and his sister Pamela (Ruth Hussey, The Philadelphia Story) move into a neglected clifftop mansion and set about making it their home.
However, it isn’t long before an unnerving presence makes itself felt: an eerie chill lingers in the rooms and distant wailing is heard at night. Despite Roderick’s cynicism, it becomes increasingly clear that the house is haunted – but why in such a snug haven would the dead trouble the living?
Martin Scorsese and various critics, including William K. Everson and Leonard Maltin, regard The Uninvited as one of the best ghost stories ever filmed.
  • First official DVD release in the world.
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring exclusively commissioned articles and lobby card reproductions.
  • Original theatrical trailer.
  • Gallery of production stills, posters and lobby cards.
  • Remastered.
  • Dual-layer, progressive scan, high-bitrate encoding for optimum picture quality.
  • Newly-written English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

As a Christmas treat in the late 1960s and 70s, the BBC produced adaptations of ghost stories based on the works of MR James, the Cambridge academic and author of some of the most spine-tingling tales in the English language, which were broadcast to terrified viewers in the dead of winter. This was a tradition that was briefly revived by the BBC between 2005 ad 2010.
These adaptations, which have a subtlety and style all of their own, have been a major influence on many contemporary British horror filmmakers and have come to be some of the most sought after British TV titles of all time by their legions of eager fans.
This final collection in the BFI’s series includes two more recent MR James adaptations; A View From a Hill (2005) and Number 13 (2006). Both were screened to acclaim from critics and fans, and are regarded as perfect compliments to the vintage BBC Christmas Ghost Story production

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