July 2018 Powerhouse/Indicator Films Releases

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PRE-ORDER NOW: THIS ITEM WILL BE RELEASED ON 23 JULY 2018, BUT YOU CAN PRE-ORDER IT NOW TO BE GUARANTEED A COPY. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR PAYMENT WILL BE TAKEN IMMEDIATELY, AND THE ITEM WILL SHIP JUST BEFORE THE RELEASE DATE.

HAMMER VOLUME THREE: BLOOD & TERROR
THE CAMP ON BLOOD ISLAND (Val Guest, 1958)
YESTERDAY’S ENEMY (Val Guest, 1959)
THE STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY (Terence Fisher, 1959)
THE TERROR OF THE TONGS (Anthony Bushell, 1961)

Release date: 23 July 2018
Limited Blu-ray Edition (World premieres on Blu-ray)

Four classic and controversial works from the vaults of Hammer Films, all released on Blu-ray for the very first time. Containing a wealth of new and archival extra features – including exclusive new documentaries and appreciations, new interviews with actors and crew members, archival audio commentaries, and extensive booklets – this stunning Limited Edition Box Set is strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units.

INDICATOR LIMITED BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:
• High Definition remasters of all four films
• Original mono audio
• New, title-specific documentaries featuring interviews with film historians Jonathan Rigby and Dr Josephine Botting, produced and directed by Hammer expert Marcus Hearn
• The Stranglers of Bombay audio commentary with screenwriter David Z Goodman
• The Terror of the Tongs audio commentary with screenwriter Jimmy Sangster, assistant editor Chris Barnes, and Marcus Hearn
• The Guardian Interview with Val Guest (2005): archival audio recording with the prolific and highly respected filmmaker in conversation with film historian Jonathan Rigby at London’s National Film Theatre
• New interviews with actors Barbara Brown (The Terror of the Tongs) and Edwina Carroll (Yesterday’s Enemy)
• New interviews with props master Peter Allchorne (The Terror of the Tongs) and assistant costume designer Yvonne Blake (The Terror of the Tongs)
• ‘The Stranglers of Bombay’ and the Censor (2018): ex-BBFC examiner Richard Falcon discusses the film’s history with the Board
• David Huckvale on James Bernard (2018): a new appreciation of the renowned composer by the author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
• Steve Chibnall on Val Guest (2018): a new appreciation of the great British filmmaker by the director of the Cinema and Television History Research Centre at De Montfort University
• Hammer’s Women (2018): a series of new appreciations of the female players from the films: Mary Merrall, Edwina Carroll, Jan Holden and Yvonne Monlaur
• Original theatrical trailers
• The Stranglers of Bombay trailer commentary (2013): a short critical appreciation by Brian Trenchard-Smith
• Image Galleries: promotional and on-set photography, poster art and archive materials
• Limited Edition Box Set exclusive booklets for each film with new essays by Kim Newman, Neil Mitchell, James Oliver and Samm Deighan, archival materials, contemporary reviews, and film credits
• World premieres on Blu-ray
• Limited edition box set of 6,000 numbered units
…AND MORE!
• All extras subject to change

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  1. Great news on another Hammer set and great titles. I was worried that they would skip these two WWII Hammers. Yesterdays Enemy is a very intense and underrated gem with a great performance by Stanley Baker. I hope they do all the Hammer Swashbucklers too but they will need a 5th box to get all the remaining Columbia Hammers that they still have: Sword of Sherwood Forest, The Devil-ship pirates, The crimson blade, the brighand of Kandahar, Scream of Fear, Revenge of Frankenstein, Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll and Creatures the World Forgot.

  2. FOOTSTEPS IN THE FOG is, in my opinion, Arthur Lubin's best film. When I briefly knew him in the early 70's, and asked him about his career, I did not even know about this film, and he did not mention it. I was certainly familiar with THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1943) and his work with Abbott and Costello, the Francis the Talking Mule films (and subsequent Mr. Ed series on t.v.), and ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES. But I only finally caught up with FOOTSTEPS relatively recently, and it's an amazingly cohesive and atmospheric costume thriller that falls right in line along with classics like the superior 1940 Anton Walbrook version of GASLIGHT. Nicely photographed in color and well-acted by Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons. I highly recommend it!

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