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MGM: Please Release SEs of TWINS OF EVIL, HANDS OF THE RIPPER and VAMPIRE CIRCUS!


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#1 of 60 AlanBrom

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Posted October 27 2008 - 05:55 AM

MGM really needs to get on the ball and release the Hammer Classics TWINS OF EVIL, HANDS OF THE RIPPER and VAMPIRE CIRCUS on DVD. I see these are all airing uncut on the HD channel, Monsters HD, which means that they have already been transfered. They all carry the MGM logos. I don't have the channel, but a friend tells me the transfer on TWINS is quite stunning and looks better than any of the foreign DVD releases.

With so many Hammer films coming out this year, MGM needs to get on the ball. They could also do special editions as all the directors (John Hough, Peter Sasdy and Robert Young) are alive and well, and several have done commentaries before. Many of the main cast members of these films are alive as well.

I contacted MGM/Fox, and the gave me a contact. Her name is Julia Simmons, and the e-mail address if Julia.Simmons@fox.com. I urge anyone who wants these released (or any other classic horror that MGM is avoiding) to shoot her an e-mail. I sent her one, but have not gotten a response yet.

#2 of 60 James 'Tiger' Lee

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Posted October 27 2008 - 06:51 AM

the uk dvds for twins and hands are still avaliable. i think vampire circus is OOP

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Posted October 27 2008 - 06:57 AM

But there is an edition in Germany, and - like many German releases - it doesn;t come with forced subtitles if you opt for the original English track.

It's usually only French releases that do that Posted Image

As has been said Twins of Evil and Hands of the Ripper are available in the UK.

#4 of 60 AlanBrom

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Posted October 27 2008 - 07:00 AM

Yes, but I am talking about Region 1 releases with superior transfers. The new MGM transfers are reportedly better than the other region DVDs, and I don't like the PAL speed-up anyway, I'm can't be alone in wanting these for Region 1!

#5 of 60 Richard--W

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Posted October 27 2008 - 07:13 AM

I got tired of waiting and bought the region 4 (Australia) box-set of these three titles. Nice widescreen, uncut transfers of Hammer's strongest and most explicit films. I recommend it.

If a region 1 set or individual releases ever come out, I'll buy them in an instant. It does not seem too likely, however, in view of the content. Vampire Circus has some adult nudity while a child is there; probably only in the way it's cut together, but it's sufficient to make any USA distributor uncomfortable in these confused times. Likewise Twins of Evil has its share of problems. These films would be better entrusted to a botique label like Anchor Bay, Synapse, Blue Underground, etc.

The consumer's interest in Hammer Films has never been more enthusiastic, and there is certainly money to be made from Vampire Circus, Twins of Evil, and Hands of the Ripper.

#6 of 60 Tim Tucker

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Posted October 27 2008 - 07:21 AM

MGM also needs to release The Quatermass Experiment as well. It's had an HD transfer made, according to Glenn Erickson.

The four films together would make a terrific boxset.

Does MGM have the rights to any other Hammers?

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#7 of 60 AlanBrom

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Posted October 27 2008 - 09:02 AM

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MGM also needs to release The Quatermass Experiment as well. It's had an HD transfer made, according to Glenn Erickson.

The four films together would make a terrific boxset.

Does MGM have the rights to any other Hammers?

God yes, we need QUATERMASS XPERIMENT too! I think those are all the Hammer titles MGM owns.

#8 of 60 James 'Tiger' Lee

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Posted October 27 2008 - 09:48 AM

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I got tired of waiting and bought the region 4 (Australia) box-set of these three titles. Nice widescreen, uncut transfers of Hammer's strongest and most explicit films. I recommend it.

If a region 1 set or individual releases ever come out, I'll buy them in an instant. It does not seem too likely, however, in view of the content. Vampire Circus has some adult nudity while a child is there; probably only in the way it's cut together, but it's sufficient to make any USA distributor uncomfortable in these confused times. Likewise Twins of Evil has its share of problems. These films would be better entrusted to a botique label like Anchor Bay, Synapse, Blue Underground, etc.

The consumer's interest in Hammer Films has never been more enthusiastic, and there is certainly money to be made from Vampire Circus, Twins of Evil, and Hands of the Ripper.

I doubt there will be such an issue with Vampire Circus

Twins is just chock a block with adult sexual antics! Can imagine any problems there!

#9 of 60 Dick

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Posted October 28 2008 - 01:16 AM

...And while we're at it, how about BURN WITCH BURN and BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW? These are all awaited by an enormous fan base. C'mon, MGM, let's give the customers what they want!

#10 of 60 AlanBrom

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Posted October 28 2008 - 01:37 AM

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...And while we're at it, how about BURN WITCH BURN and BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW? These are all awaited by an enormous fan base. C'mon, MGM, let's give the customers what they want!

You got that right!!!

#11 of 60 James 'Tiger' Lee

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Posted October 28 2008 - 06:56 AM

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You got that right!!!

Burn Witch Burn is on UK DVD as Night of the Eagle

Satan's Claw is on UK DVD but non-anamorphic

Does MGM in the US have the rights to Hammer's She? Both UK DVDs are lacking

#12 of 60 AlanBrom

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Posted October 28 2008 - 07:09 AM

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Does MGM in the US have the rights to Hammer's She? Both UK DVDs are lacking

Warner Home Video has the rights to Hammer's She for the U.S. DVD.

#13 of 60 Jim_K

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Posted October 28 2008 - 11:38 AM

Oh Hell Yeah! I'd love to get R1 releases of Twins of Evil, Hands of the Ripper, Vampire Circus, Quatermass Xperiment, Night of the Eagle and Blood on Satan's Claw.

Midnite Movies, boxed set, whatever, just release the damn things already.
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#14 of 60 Wesley Ray

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Posted October 29 2008 - 04:40 AM

E-mail sent. Let's hope this works!

Wouldn't hurt to ask about Hospital Massacre, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, or To All A Goodnight either!

#15 of 60 AlanBrom

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Posted November 18 2008 - 07:17 AM

Has anyone who wrote an e-mail to Julia Simmons got a reply yet? I haven't but I don't expect to. I just hope they get the hint and get the ball rolling on long awaited titles again.

#16 of 60 George Reis

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Posted November 19 2008 - 07:42 AM

Judging from MGM's cover for their LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT COLLECTOR'S EDITION, the only way we might get something like TWINS OF EVIL is if they market it like this:

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#17 of 60 MarcoBiscotti

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Posted November 20 2008 - 12:27 PM

I read the title of this thread as "press release" instead of please release and was super excited... bummer.

#18 of 60 AlanBrom

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Posted November 20 2008 - 02:48 PM

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Judging from MGM's cover for their LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT COLLECTOR'S EDITION, the only way we might get something like TWINS OF EVIL is if they market it like this:

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That's pretty damn funny and almost true!

#19 of 60 AlanBrom

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Posted November 27 2008 - 02:34 PM

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I read the title of this thread as "press release" instead of please release and was super excited... bummer.

Maybe one day :-(

#20 of 60 Wesley Ray

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Posted November 30 2008 - 05:47 AM

Yeah, the new Last House cover art makes it look more like a slasher film or giallo. I kind of like it, but definitely not for Last House on the Left.


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