Hammer Horror DVD Recommendations?

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  1. Paul Arnette

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    Hi all.

    I do apologize if this topic has been discussed elsewhere. However, after performing a couple searches, I could not find any threads that suitably answered my question, so I thought I would start one.

    With Halloween fast approaching, I realized that, for someone who considers himself a horror fan, albeit a rather "discerning" one, I know embarrassing little about Hammer horror films.

    I'd really like to get acquainted with some, and I was hoping I could get some recommendations as to what films and DVDs would be a good primer. Obviously, I'd be most interested in hearing what people believe are the better Hammer horror films, but since I will most likely be purchasing any recommendations, as renting anything out of the mainstream is a chore, I'm also curious about the quality of the DVDs themselves.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks a lot.
     
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    These are three of the best (IMO). Good-quality DVDs too. .......
    Horror of Dracula
    Dracula--Prince of Darkness
    The Curse of Frankenstein
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    While not a straight horror film (more sci-fi/horror), I wholeheartedly recommend Quatermass and the Pit, also known as 5 Million Miles to Earth. This is easily one of Hammers best films in my opinion. The anamorphic transfer on the DVD release from Anchor Bay is top-notch, the script is great and the performances excellent.
    Of the three releases mentioned in the post above, the transfers on both Horror of Dracula and Curse of Frankenstein are wonderful and the movies themselves entertaining. I've not seen Dracula - Prince of Darkness.
     
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    The Mummy
    The Hound of the Baskervilles
    The Revenge of Frankenstein
    The Devil Rides Out
    The Abominable Snowman
    Frankenstein Created Woman
    Kiss of the Vampire
    Quatermass II
    Quatermass and the Pit
     
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    2 very good Hammer films that have not been mentioned yet:
    The Reptile
    Plague of the Zombies
    I also highly recommend:
    Horror of Dracula
    Kiss of the Vampire
    Quatermass & the Pit
    The Devil Rides Out
    Also, an excellent British horror film that was made in the Hammer tradition - The Asphyx.
     
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    HORROR OF DRACULA is a great film, but the DVD is severely overmatted. Be prepared for lots of cut off heads with this one. However, you do get to see more info on the sides in comparison with the full frame VHS.
     
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    I brought up a similar discussion along these lines in the review thread for TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER. There are some good recommendations in that thread as well as in this one here. Many thanks for all the great suggestions! Personally, THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES is my favorite Hammer picture so far.

    Any Christopher Lee fan should be aware of THE WICKER MAN as well.
     
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    I highly recommend these to start off with:
    Horror of Dracula
    Dracula Prince of Darkness
    Curse of Frankenstein
    Revenge of Frankenstein
    The Mummy
    Kiss of the Vampire
    The Devil Rides Out
    If they ever make it to DVD:
    Curse of the Werewolf
    Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
    Brides of Dracula
     
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    The stuff from the mid to late 60's is excellent.
    My personal favorites:
    Quatermass & The Pit
    The Reptile
    Devil Rides Out
    The Lost Continent (ok, it's not a good movie, but it's a blast to watch!)
    ...but there are so many others out on DVD that are also good.
     
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    So far I own the following 8 Hammer Horrors (all issued by Anchor Bay Entertainment) on DVD which I have listed in order of my personal preference:
    1.QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1967)
    2.QUATERMASS 2 (1957)
    3.THE DEVIL RIDES OUT (1967)
    4.BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB (1971)/THE HAMMER TRAILER COLLECTION [Limited Edition 2-Disc Set]
    5.THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN (1957)
    6.DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE (1971)
    7.DEMONS OF THE MIND (1972)
    8.SCARS OF DRACULA (1970)/THE MANY FACES OF CHRISTOPHER LEE [Limited Edition 2-Disc Set]
    Among the other Hammer films on DVD which I have yet to pick up are:
    X THE UNKNOWN (1956)
    THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1959)
    DRACULA – PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1965)
    THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES (1965)
    THE REPTILE (1966)
    Besides, even though they were not produced by Hammer, I would also like to recommend VCI Home Video’s supplements-packed disc of THE CITY OF THE DEAD (1960), with Hammer stalwart Christopher Lee, and the already mentioned THE ASPHYX (1972) from All Day Entertainment - which is going OOP next February, so I suggest you pick it up ASAP.
    In the end, I think it would be better if you browse the DVD-Basen website (http://www.dvd-basen.dk/uk/home.php3) for reviews of the above titles to give you a better idea of the films themselves and their presentation on DVD.
     

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