Another Hammer Horror question

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  1. Todd_Brown

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    How is it that Anchor Bay was able to secure release rights for a ton of the Hammer catalog, yet Warner owns a few, most notably The Horror of Dracula ? I know Warner is slated to release this and The Curse of Frankenstein this october, I was just wondering why Warner held on to these 2 , and yet let the rest go to Anchor Bay.
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  2. Christian R

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    Simple - all the Anchor Bay releases were originally owned/released by 20th Century Fox. The only strange exception is THE ABOMINABLE SNOW MAN, which really IS Warner Bros.!!!!
    All the Dracula Pictures (except PRINCE OF DARKNESS) are now firmly in the hands of Warner Bros. HORROR OF DRACULA was initially released by Universal, but rights were bought up by Warner when they struck a deal with the Hammer Studio to make all the rest of the series.
    The Frankenstein films were always owned by Warner Bros. with the exception of HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN (EMI)FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN (20th Century Fox again) and FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL (Paramount released it and still has the rights)
    Hope that was helpful.
     
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    Warner didn't own full distribution rights to the other titles that Anchor Bay released. Warner's owns the US rights to Curse of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula, The Mummy, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Dracula has Risen from the Grave, Taste the Blood of Dracula, Dracula AD1972, and a few others.
     
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  5. Christian R

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    It would be nice....BUT WARNER WILL NOT EVER EVER LICENSE THEIR PRODUCT TO SOMEONE ELSE...so that takes us back to square one. We have to wait until Warner realizes that there are HAMMER FANS out there that would buy these cream of the cop Hammer films. Until then....waaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiit.
     
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  7. Derek M Germano

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    Actually, the rights to the Fox/Hammer films reverted back to Hammer and that's how Anchor Bay got them.
     
  8. Joseph Kaufman

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    In any event, it probably was due to SNOWMAN being a Fox film in the US that allowed it to be licensed to AB.

    I don't have the AB DVD but I do have the Roan laserdisc and see it has the British titles. (The "A" certificate must have been a rarity for Hammer.) The US version added ...OF THE HIMALAYAS to the film's title.
     
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    Warner had financial interests in Hammer films such as DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE, FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED, TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA (they demanded Christopher Lee be in it when Hammer nearly wrote him out) and DRACULA A.D. 1972 (they suggested putting Dracula in modern times ala Count Yorga). This is why Warner will always retain these and why we've been starving ever since for DVD releases on these.
     
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    I'm curious as to why Fox let their rights to so many Hammer films lapse...yet retained/renewed their rights to One Million Years B.C., The Nanny and The Anniversary?
    And they're still sitting on them!!!
     
  12. Todd_Brown

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    Does Warner own the rights to The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb ? I'm dying for this release, along with the others mentioned. Any idea of a release date?
    Todd
     
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    Curse of the Mummy's Tomb belongs to Columbia/Tristar.
     
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    Really gotta have these two horror Classics!!
    October, you say? Sweet! [​IMG] ........
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    (I wonder if the above package art will be used?)
     
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    Derek......Thanks for the link!
    Looking good! [​IMG]
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