The Strange case of Hammer Horror DVDs

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  1. Todd_Brown

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    The problem with Hammer Horror titles making it to DVD has been that so many different studios were involved in releasing them to U.S. theaters. I listed the titles and which studio origianlly distributed them in the U.S. and which titles are on DVD. Also included is the company that released the DVD.

    Title...................................Studio...........DVD company
    The Abominable Snowman................Fox.............Anchor Bay
    Dracula Prince of Darkness...............Fox.............Anchor Bay
    The Plague of Zombies....................Fox.............Anchor Bay
    Rasputin- The Mad Monk.................Fox.............Anchor Bay
    The Reptile...................................Fox..... ........Anchor Bay
    The Witches..................................Fox...... .......Anchor Bay
    One Million Years B.C.......................Fox.............Not on DVD
    Frankenstein Created Woman............Fox.............Anchor Bay
    The Mummy's Shroud.......................Fox.............Ancho r Bay
    Quatermass and the Pit....................Fox.............Anchor Bay
    The Vengence of She......................Fox.............Anchor Bay
    The Devil Rides Out.........................Fox.............Anchor Bay
    The Lost Continent..........................Fox............ .Anchor Bay
    Countess Dracula............................Fox............ .Not on DVD
    Vampire Circus...............................Fox.......... ...Not on DVD
    To the Devil a Daughter..................Anglo-EMI.......Anchor Bay
    The Revenge of Frankenstein...........Columbia.......Columbia/TriStar
    The Two faces of Dr. Jekyll.............Columbia.......Not on DVD
    The Damned.................................Columbia... ....Not on DVD
    The Old Dark House.......................Columbia.......Not on DVD
    The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb......Columbia.......Not on DVD
    Creatures the World Forgot.............Columbia.......Not on DVD
    The Phantom Ship.........................Hammer.........Image Ent.
    Spaceways..................................Lippert ........image Ent.
    She............................................MGM ............Not on DVD
    The Horror of Frankenstein.............MGM............Anchor Bay
    Scars of Dracula.........................MGM............Anc hor Bay
    The Vampire Lovers.......................MGM............Not on DVD
    Lust for a Vampire.......................MGM............Ancho r Bay
    Blood from the Mummy's Tomb.......MGM............Anchor Bay
    Dr. Jekyll Sister Hyde...................MGM............Anchor Bay
    The Man who could cheat death......Paramount.....Not on DVD
    Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter......Paramount.....Not on DVD
    Quatermass 2............................United Artists..Anchor Bay
    The Hound of the Baskervilles.........United Artists..MGM/UA
    Horror of Dracula......................Universal.......Warne r Home Video
    The Mummy..............................Universal...... .Warner Home Video
    The Brides of Dracula...................Universal.......Not on DVD
    The Curse of the Werewolf...............Universal.......Not on DVD
    The Phantom of the Opera............Universal.......Not on DVD
    Captain Clegg............................Universal.......Not on DVD
    The Kiss of the Vampires.................Universal.......Image Ent.
    Nightmare................................Universal .......Not on DVD
    The Evil of Frankenstein.................Universal.......Not on DVD
    The Gorgon...............................Columbia..... ..Not on DVD
    Hands of the Ripper......................Universal........Not on DVD
    Twins of Evil...............................Universal...... ..Not on DVD
    X The Unknown...........................Warner Bros......Anchor Bay
    The Curse of Frankenstein..............Warner Bros......Warner Home Video
    Dracula has Risen from the grave.......Warner Bros....Not on DVD
    Moon Zero Two...........................Warner Bros......Not on DVD
    Dracula A.D. 1972.......................Warner Bros......Not on DVD
    Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires.....Warner Bros.....Anchor Bay
    Frankenstein must be Destroyed.....Warner Bros......Not on DVD
    Taste the Blood of Dracula..........Warner Bros......Not on DVD
    When Dinosaurs ruled the Earth.....Warner Bros........Not on DVD
    Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell.....Paramount....Not on DVD
    Quatermass Xperiment.............United Artists.......Not on DVD

    As you can see, there are still plenty of titles that need released. It appears that the original U.S. distributor must retain the video rights (unless given to Anchor Bay, or such). I also assume that Universal must have sold it's titles to Warners (anyone can chime in on this), obviously Fox has done a great job of at least allowing Anchor Bay to release. Columbia, Paramount,Universal(?) and Warner still have work to do.
    Todd
     
  2. Jim_K

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    Good job. But I'm not sure where you're going with this other than to point out what Hammer titles need to be released.



    I think Universal still holds the rights to the films in question.

    Universal really needs to start releasing their Hammer catalog. Brides of Dracula & Curse of the Werewolf are at the top of my most wanted Hammer list.
     
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    The Fox releases that are available on Anchor Bay DVD are films in which Fox has let their rights expire and didn't renew them.
    The rights to these films reverted back to Hammer themselves and Hammer is responsible for licensing them to Anchor Bay, not Fox.
     
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    all your hard work is telling me....I need more dvds.[​IMG]
     
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    some corrections

    Countess Dracula............................Fox............ .TBA from MGM
    The Vampire Lovers.......................AIP............TBA from MGM
    Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter......Paramount.....TBA
    Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell.....Paramount.....TBA
    The Kiss of the Vampire..................Universal.......Image Ent. (OOP)
    The Gorgon...............................Columbia..... ..Not on DVD
    Hands of the Ripper......................Universal/Rank........Not on DVD
    Twins of Evil...............................Universal/Rank........Not on DVD
     
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    Of course, Countess Dracula, Vampire Circus and Twins of Evil are on R2 dvd - rather cheap too.
     
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    The list does not include the Hammer pirate films which I would also like to see released: PIRATES OF BLOOD RIVER, DEVIL SHIP PIRATES, THE CRIMSON BLADE. Rights are as far as I know still controlled by Columbia.

    The only Hammer Film that Universal lost the rights to is HORROR OF DRACULA. Seven Arts acquired the rights to this and CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN in the mid-sixties. Seven-Arts merged with Warners in the early 70s, which lead to Warner's current ownership of the title.
     
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    Another classic scifi one you missed is the original Quatermass Xperiment which is not available in R1. This is being released next week in UK R2 PAL along with Quatermass 2 by DD Video. Extras for this seem to be same as Anchor Bay for Quatermass 2 but also includes extra interviews.
     
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    see DVD Drive-In for the scoop on those rumored titles.
     
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    Todd,
    I appreciate the hard work you put into this endeavor. BRIDES OF DRACULA and THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF are high on my wish list, as is NIGHT CREATURES(aka CAPTAIN CLEGG), which has never been released legitimately on any home video format. That was a favorite of mine as a kid; it was on the Saturday afternoon Creature Feature once every few months. Now it's next to impossible to see.
     
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    The new Journey to the Center of the Earth DVD has a trailer for this on it. I believe it's the only movie they show a trailer for (there are about 8 trailers for different FOX movies) that is not yet out in the format.

    So, it can't be too far away.
     
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