R2 Hammer DVDs?

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  1. Paul Arnette

    Paul Arnette Cinematographer

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    Hi all.

    I was wondering if someone might be good enough to tell me if any of the R2 Hammer DVDs are anamorphic, as opposed to their R1 counterparts?

    For example:

    Dracula Prince of Darkness
    The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires
    Satanic Rites of Dracula
    etc.

    Many thanks in advance.
     
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  3. Paul Arnette

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    John,

    Thanks a lot. I forgot about this very informative Web page. However, not quite all was revealed. [​IMG] I'm still a little uncertain as to whether there is an anamorphic release of The Satanic Rites of Dracula, but it seems reasonably clear there is not one in R2.

    Thanks again.
     
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    This Region 0 NTSC Australian release is supposedly anamorphic.

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  5. Paul Arnette

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    James,

    Thanks for the lead, however I tracked that DVD down via eBay and, while it is R0, it is not anamorphic. Actually, I'm not even sure it is NTSC. It did play through my Pioneer DV-59AVi, which doesn't do PAL/NTSC conversion, so I guess it must be, but the picture was skewed and bent upwards on the left side. It was very strange, as I had never seen anything like that. My Samsung, which is region free and does do PAL/NTSC conversion played it fine.

    Anyways, the video quality on this release, as with all of the releases of this film save Anchor Bay's is atrocious. So, I guess I will be sticking with that version until Blue Underground or somebody else improves upon that release.
     

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