Scream Factory Press Release: The Abominable Snowman (1957) (Blu-ray)

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Legendary horror icon Peter Cushing stars in Hammer Films’ chill-you-to-the-bone tale of THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN. Coming soon to Blu-ray on November 19th.

Botanist Dr. John Rollason (Cushing) decides to join the exploration team of crass, American showman Tom Friend (Forrest Tucker) on a dangerous expedition into the Himalayas to search for the legendary Yeti. Soon after setting up camp, the group is attacked by a large beast which is shot by trapper Ed Shelley (Robert Brown) and stored in a cave to attract a live specimen. A smart, suspenseful and scary film that will set both your imagination and your fear of the unknown running wild, The Abominable Snowman is “definitely one of the best of Hammer’s earlier outings” (The Telltale Mind).

Extras to be announced on a later date. Pre-order now @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/the-abominable-snowman…

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  1. Love this film, which scared the hell out of me as a little kid. As an adult, I discovered just how suspenseful, atmospheric and well crafted it was, and with a memorable cast. Thank you Scream Factory for bringing us The Abominable Snowman on Blu!

    This is one of Forrest Tucker's trio of British produced horror films from that 1957-58 period…along with the excellent Trollenberg Terror (Crawling Eye) and Strange World of Planet X (Cosmic Monsters)…I'm glad to have the truly excellent widescreen and unedited Image DVD of Crawling Eye, which is owned by Wade Williams… so make what you will of that as far as any further physical home video release, but I'd love to see it in a Blu…same with the much lesser but still interesting Cosmic Monsters
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  2. Flashgear

    along with the excellent Trollenberg Terror (Crawling Eye)

    What we have here is a very big difference of opinion, since I’m taking you at your word. This is, IMHO, a terrible movie. There is absolutely nothing to recommend it except that it’s so bad, it can be campy fun to watch. The FX, OMG, they approach Ed Wood territory.

  3. Johnny Angell

    What we have here is a very big difference of opinion, since I’m taking you at your word. This is, IMHO, a terrible movie. There is absolutely nothing to recommend it except that it’s so bad, it can be campy fun to watch. The FX, OMG, they approach Ed Wood territory.

    Don't be bad-mouthing one of my horror favorites from my childhood.;) By the way, I just watched my DVD of it earlier this year and it's still a favorite of mine.:)

  4. Robert Crawford

    Don't be bad-mouthing one of my horror favorites from my childhood.;) By the way, I just watched my DVD of it earlier this year and it's still a favorite of mine.:)

    Well, I kinda like it too, for all the wrong reasons. And oh, the heavy breathing. Takes me back to early porn movies. 😆

  5. Johnny Angell

    Well, I kinda like it too, for all the wrong reasons. And oh, the heavy breathing. Takes me back to early porn movies. 😆

    First time I watched this movie, it was the early 1960s long before I knew about porn movies.:)

  6. Robert Crawford

    First time I watched this movie, it was the early 1960s long before I knew about porn movies.:)

    My first view wouldn’t have reminded me of them either. However, now it does. I might have a couple of years on you.

  7. Flashgear

    Love this film, which scared the hell out of me as a little kid. As an adult, I discovered just how suspenseful, atmospheric and well crafted it was, and with a memorable cast. Thank you Scream Factory for bringing us The Abominable Snowman on Blu!

    This is one of Forrest Tucker's trio of British produced horror films from that 1957-58 period…along with the excellent Trollenberg Terror (Crawling Eye) and Strange World of Planet X (Cosmic Monsters)…I'm glad to have the truly excellent widescreen and unedited Image DVD of Crawling Eye, which is owned by Wade Williams… so make what you will of that as far as any further physical home video release, but I'd love to see it in a Blu…same with the much lesser but still interesting Cosmic Monsters
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    I wish there was an English version of this poster. It might find it’s way onto a pumpkin. I guess I could replace the text if I find a good font.

  8. Johnny Angell

    What we have here is a very big difference of opinion, since I’m taking you at your word. This is, IMHO, a terrible movie. There is absolutely nothing to recommend it except that it’s so bad, it can be campy fun to watch. The FX, OMG, they approach Ed Wood territory.

    Well, I like THE TROLLENBERG TERROR a lot, and watched it over and over again (as THE CRAWLING EYE) on WOR-tv's Million Dollar Movie back in the day. In fact, other than the appearance of the monsters in the last 20 minutes or so (which for a kid was awesome), this is a fairly intelligent and well-acted sci-fi thriller. And I tend to be a Janet Munro completist.

  9. Dick

    Well, I like THE TROLLENBERG TERROR a lot, and watched it over and over again (as THE CRAWLING EYE) on WOR-tv's Million Dollar Movie back in the day. In fact, other than the appearance of the monsters in the last 20 minutes or so (which for a kid was awesome), this is a fairly intelligent and well-acted sci-fi thriller. And I tend to be a Janet Munro completist.

    The same here Dick. I used to watch it all the time on that channel and I think it played on Chiller theater too on WPIX.

  10. Robert Crawford

    The same here Dick. I used to watch it all the time on that channel and I think it played on Chiller theater too on WPIX.

    Yes, it probably did play on Chiller Theater after WOR lost it. In any case, we kids had plenty of opportunities to watch it, albeit with mood-shattering commercials. The DVD is pretty decent, but a Blu-ray would of course by welcome. If this is another of the movies WW is holding hostage, I don't hold out much hope.

    P.S. Even if WW "owns" the rights to the U.S. cut called THE CRAWLING EYE, I do not believe he has any sway over the British edition called THE TROLLENBERG TERROR, so perhaps we'll get a Blu from overseas.

  11. I have all 3 of those films too and enjoy them all immensely. I even broke down and bought the UK version of Abominable hoping it was a better copy than the US version…it wasn't, it was just as crappy.

    Going to order it right now! Thanks for the heads up Flashgear.

  12. Ronald Epstein

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    Legendary horror icon Peter Cushing stars in Hammer Films’ chill-you-to-the-bone tale of THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN. Coming soon to Blu-ray on November 19th.

    Botanist Dr. John Rollason (Cushing) decides to join the exploration team of crass, American showman Tom Friend (Forrest Tucker) on a dangerous expedition into the Himalayas to search for the legendary Yeti. Soon after setting up camp, the group is attacked by a large beast which is shot by trapper Ed Shelley (Robert Brown) and stored in a cave to attract a live specimen. A smart, suspenseful and scary film that will set both your imagination and your fear of the unknown running wild, The Abominable Snowman is “definitely one of the best of Hammer’s earlier outings” (The Telltale Mind).

    Extras to be announced on a later date. Pre-order now @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/the-abominable-snowman…

    The film was called THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN where I worked.It never impressed me at all..There were far better sci-fi films in the fifties.

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  14. My copy arrived yesterday. I've only had a chance to sample a few scenes, but this is a rough looking release. Lots of scratches and other film damage. Doesn't look like any digital cleanup was done. In addition, the HD master provided to Shout was missing some footage, so they had to slip in the missing pieces from an SD source. While I'm glad to finally have this in HD, from what I've seen so far I'm not very impressed. Perhaps that will change when I've had a chance to sit down and watch the entire film.

  15. dpippel

    My copy arrived yesterday. I've only had a chance to sample a few scenes, but this is a rough looking release. Lots of scratches and other film damage. Doesn't look like any digital cleanup was done. In addition, the HD master provided to Shout was missing some footage, so they had to slip in the missing pieces from an SD source. While I'm glad to finally have this in HD, from what I've seen so far I'm not very impressed. Perhaps that will change when I've had a chance to sit down and watch the entire film.

    Shout did provide a disclaimer on their web site about the substitute footage (below), but it would have been nice if they'd also mentioned that other quality issues exist outside of that section (as Twilight Time did with their release of Comes a Horseman).

    Please Note: usable film elements of the complete film no longer exist; approximately five minutes of the film have been upconverted to high definition from a standard definition source.

    I'm not averse to purchasing films that are in less than pristine condition, but I'd like to know in advance rather than being surprised when I start watching the film.

  16. Malcolm R

    Shout did provide a disclaimer on their web site about the substitute footage (below), but it would have been nice if they'd also mentioned that other quality issues exist outside of that section (as Twilight Time did with their release of Comes a Horseman).

    Which is fine if you happen to purchase your copy directly from Shout and/or research the release beforehand. Most people won't do that, and will end up buying it from Amazon, Target, etc. There's a disclaimer presented to the viewer before the main menu on the disc loads, but by then it's too late.

    Malcolm R

    I'm not averse to purchasing films that are in less than pristine condition, but I'd like to know in advance rather than being surprised when I start watching the film.

    Exactly.

  17. dpippel

    My copy arrived yesterday. I've only had a chance to sample a few scenes, but this is a rough looking release. Lots of scratches and other film damage. Doesn't look like any digital cleanup was done. In addition, the HD master provided to Shout was missing some footage, so they had to slip in the missing pieces from an SD source. While I'm glad to finally have this in HD, from what I've seen so far I'm not very impressed. Perhaps that will change when I've had a chance to sit down and watch the entire film.

    I may just hold on to my DVD copy from Anchor Bay. It may not be worth buying the blu ray.

  18. timk1041

    I may just hold on to my DVD copy from Anchor Bay. It may not be worth buying the blu ray.

    Despite its issues, the Blu still looks much better than the DVD. Also, the impressions I posted are quick ones based on about 10 minutes of viewing. I'm sure that this is the best the film has ever looked on a home video release, so if you like the movie I'd say buy it anyway. It appears to have a new extra or two as well.

  19. I watched the new Scream Factory Blu of The Abominable Snowman last night, and can say this is a huge upgrade over the previously released DVDs! I am very happy with this treatment of this fine film. The HD source as "provided by the licensor" has a running time of 125:15. The running time with the missing and brief SD sequences inserted is 130:05. You have the choice of watching either version, as you have the choice between the newly created commentary by Ted Newsom or the archival commentary by Val Guest and Nigel Kneale. The newly created on camera appreciation by Jonathan Rigby, In Search of the Yeti is of great value, very informative, and runs 23:01. The old World of Hammer episode on Peter Cushing runs 24:49. Joe Dante's Trailers From Hell runs 2:16. Of course the original theatrical trailer is also included, as is a wonderful stills gallery. English subtitles on the main feature.

    For anybody who really loves this film, you will not be disappointed.

  20. Flashgear

    I watched the new Scream Factory Blu of The Abominable Snowman last night, and can say this is a huge upgrade over the previously released DVDs! I am very happy with this treatment of this fine film. The HD source as "provided by the licensor" has a running time of 125:15. The running time with the missing and brief SD sequences inserted is 130:05. You have the choice of watching either version, as you have the choice between the newly created commentary by Ted Newsom or the archival commentary by Val Guest and Nigel Kneale. The newly created on camera appreciation by Jonathan Rigby, In Search of the Yeti is of great value, very informative, and runs 23:01. The old World of Hammer episode on Peter Cushing runs 24:49. Joe Dante's Trailers From Hell runs 2:16. Of course the original theatrical trailer is also included, as is a wonderful stills gallery. English subtitles on the main feature.

    For anybody who really loves this film, you will not be disappointed.

    i viewed it yesterday. It is fine and we are very fortunate that Scream Factory have spent time on this release and we have it in HD. All of you must remember this : Usable film elements no longer exist…….

  21. I just got the blu yesterday. The audio seemed fine to me, and scratches or speckles weren’t too distracting, except for a hair-like scratch in the center of the screen. It lasts a few seconds in two spots.
    Two things ruin this release for me. The inserted video on the “complete” version. Not so much because of the drop in quality but because the playback is choppy like it’s missing frames. This also happens at least once in the “incomplete” master version at 54 minutes (opening scene with porters marching in yard), which is not suppose to have any inserted video. So either the original copy had this inserted (setting the standard that SHOUT would use), or SHOUT accidentally used a copy they had started to work on.
    The inserted video happens several times of varying duration: at 21, 26, 35, 56 minutes (and I believe elsewhere of shorter duration). At 57 minutes, right after shooting a yeti, the right quarter of the screen has a different shade, like a before-and-after effect. This happens a few times then, and later in the movie. A total WTF. That’s the kibosh for me.
    The old complete retail dvd has NONE of these defects, although it has one major drawback (besides not being HD) – distracting gate shake (aka gate weave). This is mostly corrected on the blu.

  22. I forgot to mention the English subtitles. It's ironic they get some hard to decipher words correct while simultaneously getting clearly audible words wrong. Not the first time I've encountered that on home video.

  23. BBC broadcast a really great HD transfer of this a year or two ago. Odd it’s taken so long to come onto Blu Ray. So many great HD transfers seem to be done for broadcast on tv that don’t make it onto disc. I live in France and the number of gorgeous HD transfers shown is outstanding.

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