Anchor Bay to re-release their Hammer Films collection!!!

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  1. Joel Stein

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    The uncut version of One Million Years BC remains unreleased on R1 dvd.
     
  2. Joel Stein

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    Look HERE about 2/3 the way down. Lustig talks about why he didn't want to re-release the Hammers. But he doesn't mention AB retaining/renewing the rights...perhaps that development arose since the interview.

    I'd like to see Plague of the Zombies redone with the opening credits restored to their proper place...supposedly this makes the opening sequence more effective.
     
  3. Richard--W

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    Since the distributors are uninterested, Anchor Bay and / or Blue Underground should try to negotiate for some of the Hammer films never released to DVD in any region:

    When Dinosaurs Rules the Earth
    Creatures the World Forgot
    Crescendo
    Moon Zero Two
    A Challenge For Robin Hood
    Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
    These Are the Damned
    The Gorgon
    The Risk
    The Terror of the Tongs
    The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll
    The Man Who Could Cheat Death
    Stranglers of Bombay
    The Sword of Sherwood Forest
    The Pirates of Blood River

    Hammer films on R2 but not on R1:
    Vampire Circus
    Twins of Evil
    Hands of the Ripper
    She
    Devil-Ship Pirates
    Men of Sherwood Forest

    I know there's a few more genre titles, the above is off the top of my head.
     
  4. walter o

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    Richard, bad news is, studios like Columbia and MGM will not sub-license any titles to anybody, period.
     
  5. Jack Theakston

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    Perhaps QUATERMASS 2 will have a fix for the opening reel, which is of slightly lesser quality than the rest of the film.

    IIRC, the two Fox films are no longer under the auspices of Fox and reverted back to Hammer.
     
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    Richard--W,

    Is the The Pirates of Blood River another name for the Devil Ship Pirates? Sorry, I don't have my handy, dandy Hammer reference book with me here. If not, Devil Ship Pirates is also on DVD in R2.
     
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    oooh... I hadn't considered the extended One Million Years BC. That sounds like a great candidate for Anchor Bay to pick up since Fox showed zero interest in releasing it.
     
  8. John Hodson

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    I just picked up a copy of Devil Ship Pirates from www.xploitedcinema.com so it's still around. They have some of the other OOP Hammers too like The Nanny double feature with The Blue Lamp.
     
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    In view of the popularity of Twins of Evil, Hands of the Ripper, and Vampire Circus in R2, and the loud demand for them in the USA, it makes no sense not to release them in region 1.
     
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    from Anchor Bay's website:
    suggestions@anchorbayent.com

    Use it!
    But remember... requesting titles you KNOW they can't release is a waste of everyone's time.

    I just requested the afformentioned One Million Years BC (Uncut).
     
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    Mr. Arnette

    Two different films, although it's been so long since I've seen either they blur together in my mind. Would make a fine double-feature DVD. Maybe when the sequel to Pirates of the Caribean is released some enterprising DVD distributor will have the foresight to arrange a piggyback release.
     
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    I don't find it intresting to re-buy movies now in 2006 on DVD. I rather wait for the HD-DVD/BR version instead. I still have a lot of hammar on laserdisc.
     
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    Richard, I believe TWINS OF EVIL is now controlled by Sony Thru MGM acquiring the Granada/Carlton library.

    As for requesting ONE MILLION B.C uncut, Fox controls this, and since they released on DVD less than 2 years ago, I doubt they will let Anchor Bay sub-license it, as I think Anchor Bay's deal with Fox is almost over.
     
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    "In view of the popularity of Twins of Evil, Hands of the Ripper, and Vampire Circus in R2, and the loud demand for them in the USA, it makes no sense not to release them in region 1."

    Sony seems incredibly ignorant of this! [​IMG]
     
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    Sure, probably, but since the fellow who asked the question is in the US I suggested a US retailer. Anyway, the point is that even though it's OOP it's still available if you know where to look.

    Started watching PIRATES OF BLOOD RIVER last night; very strange little picture with Huguenot refugees vs Pirates led by Christopher Lee.
     
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    The long(British)version was originally released in England in 1966 by Warner-Pathe Film Distributors. Many of those titles are controlled by Canal plus which we know AB have licenced from before.
     
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    Can you explain?
     
  20. Joel Stein

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    For some reason the opening of Plague was re-edited for theatrical release in the US, and as far as I know this is the only version that has ever been released on dvd to date, in any country. (If anyone knows otherwise, please let me know!)

    The re-edited beginning has the opening credits in the middle of the voodoo ceremony. Originally the voodoo ceremony played uninterrupted, the woman screams, then the opening credits run over the close-up of the figurine. Watch the credits again and study the figurine...you'll see that it should be at the end of the ceremony sequence.

    Apparently the voodoo ceremony sequence is more effective when it plays straight through without the credits interruption.
     

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