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#1 of 1 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted August 11 2008 - 02:37 AM

Four Classic Hammer Films on DVD for the First Time


The Gorgon ~ The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll ~ Scream of Fear


CULVER CITY, CALIF. (July 21, 2008) – Four classic horror films from the legendary Hammer Studios make their DVD debuts when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases Icons of Horror 3 on October 14. The must-have collection for thrill-craving fans includes The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964), and three films featuring legendary horror icon Christopher Lee: The Gorgon (1964), The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) and Scream of Fear (1961). Each film has been digitally re-mastered for the best possible quality picture and sound and the collector’s set includes the original trailers. The two-disc DVD will be available for $24.96 SRP.

Directed by Terence Fisher (The Curse of the Werewolf) and written by John Gilling (The Pirates of Blood River), The Gorgon (1964) stars legendary horror icons Peter Cushing (Horror of Dracula) and Christopher Lee (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sleepy Hollow), as well as Barbara Shelley (Dracula: Prince of Darkness) and Michael Goodliffe (Von Ryan's Express). In a Balkan village, a professor investigates the suicide of his youngest son. No one is willing to help the professor, so he enters the ruins of a local castle where he encounters the legendary monster whose gaze turns men to stone. Before dying, the professor warns his eldest son who continues the investigation.

The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964) was written and directed by Michael Carreras (These Are The Damned, One Million Years B.C.) and stars Terence Morgan (Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet), Ronald Howard (Come September), George Pastell (From Russia With Love), and in a rare dramatic role, famed American comedy actor Fred Clark (How to Marry a Millionaire, Auntie Mame). Handsomely photographed and deliciously eerie, the film follows an expedition in Egypt as they open a cursed crypt. The leader of the excavation crew decides to give the ruins to a museum, but a fast-talking American grabs the tomb for a sideshow attraction.

Directed by Terence Fisher (Horror of Dracula) and scripted by Wolf Mankowitz (Casino Royale) from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) stars Paul Massie (Libel), Dawn Addams (The Moon is Blue, The Robe), Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Norma Marla (The Ugly Duckling), David Kossoff (Freud), and Francis De Wolff (From Russia with Love), and in a very early role, Oliver Reed (Oliver!). Absorbed in research directed towards the isolation of the two natures of man, Dr. Jekyll (Massie) degenerates into Mr. Hyde, a vengeful maniac. While Hyde wants revenge against a gambler whom his wife is in love with, Dr. Jekyll, revolted by his second nature, takes steps to do away with his evil self.

Directed by Seth Holt and written by Jimmy Sangster, who later reteamed for the Bette Davis vehicle The Nanny, Scream of Fear (1961) stars Golden Globe® nominee Susan Strasberg (Picnic, Stage Struck), Ronald Lewis (Billy Budd), Ann Todd (Alfred Hitchcock's The Paradine Case), Christopher Lee (Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones), John Serret (The Sword and The Rose), and Leonard Sachs (Thunderball). When wheelchair-bound Penny (Strasberg) pays a visit to her father's Riviera resort, she finds her father's corpse propped up in the backyard. Everyone thinks she's crazy, but she believes it's a plot to drive her mad.

DVD Special Features Include:
· Digitally Remastered Audio and Video
· Uncut UK versions in their original aspect ratios
· Original trailers

Scream of Fear has a running time of 81 minutes and is not rated. The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll has a running time of 80 minutes and is not rated. The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb has a running time of 80 minutes and is not rated. The Gorgon has a running time of 83 minutes and is not rated. Artwork is available at Welcome to SPHE Connect. Visit Sony Home Entertainment on the Web at Sony Pictures

DVD Catalog #24315
UPC Code: 0-43396-27107-4
Order Date: 9/11/2008
SLP: $24.96


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