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    Great news !

    from bbc website
    BBC News - Hammer horror classics to be restored

    More than 30 films will be resurrected, with several gaining new or extended scenes that were cut from the original.

    cannot wait .

    Rich.

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    Sounds more than tempting! Can't wait...

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    Looking forward to these. IIRC the Japanese versions were always the most gory.

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    I don't suppose the restorations can correct some of the very obvious exterior 'day for night' shots (used to cut costs and not pay crews overtime!) in some of the colour films.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by julian_craster View Post
    I don't suppose the restorations can correct some of the very obvious exterior 'day for night' shots (used to cut costs and not pay crews overtime!) in some of the colour films.....
    I hope they don't as this is part of the charm of the films, although I admit in Demons of the Mind it is so obvious to be quite distracting.

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    I hope they don't as well. They are what they are and shouldn't be tampered with. No mention of The Man Who Could Cheat Death. I can think of one very interesting extra scene that might still exist somewhere.!

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    Don't let them forget all the Jekyll & Hyde variations for a makeover. Number one to be Lance Comforts "The Ugly Duckling" With Bernard Bresslaw.

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    Senior Member Country: Scotland Gerald Lovell's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toscana View Post
    Don't let them forget all the Jekyll & Hyde variations for a makeover. Number one to be Lance Comforts "The Ugly Duckling" With Bernard Bresslaw.
    If they can find a print!

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    Neither The Man Who Could Cheat Death (a Paramount film) nor The Ugly Duckling are part of this arrangement. It basically covers Hammer's output from The Nanny (1965) to the early 1970s with some exceptions. Its basically the same films that Studio Canal has released before on DVD except they have found some of the Fox negatives of the original British releases and also some special extras have been filmed for some films. For example, the version of The Plague of the Zombies will be the UK version with the credits in a different place frokm the current (US) version on DVD.

    There is, howver, the possibility of separate UK releases of Dracula and Curse of frankenstein. Dracual if released will include the extra gore and other snippets found in two scenes in a print in a Japanese film vault. Curse of Frankenstein should hopefully be the UK print restoring the shot of an eyeball trhough a magnifying glass (cut from the current DVD which is the US print).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald Lovell View Post
    If they can find a print!
    A few years ago, at a Hammer film event in London, Norman Warren told me that he knew of the existence of the negative but no-one was prepared to cough up to pay for a print from it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Amicus View Post
    A few years ago, at a Hammer film event in London, Norman Warren told me that he knew of the existence of the negative but no-one was prepared to cough up to pay for a print from it...
    That's like a gallery finding a long lost Old Masters Painting and saying they can't show it because nobody will sell them a nail to hang it on. Well it's not really, but you know what I mean. Pee me off big time to think of all the "LOST" films out there waiting to be seen but for one reason orrrrrr! wallbash:

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    I've just picked up a blu ray specifically for these! Fantastic news!

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