A ruthless gang of thuggish outlaws butcher the settlers of a small Colorado town taking with them anything they can get their hands on. Leaving a bloody trail of death behind them they head for the Mexican Border. Their only obstacles are a notoriously lethal river and mysterious hard as nails shotgun wielding boat owner called Travis Barquero (Lee Van Cleef) and he ain't going nowhere. A Sergio Leone-inspired western from legendary director Gordon Douglas (In Like Flint Stagecoach) starring cult seventies icons Lee Van Cleef (The Good The Bad And The Ugly) Warren Oats (The Wild Bunch) Forrest Tucker (The Night They Raided Minsky's) and Kerwin Mathews (Battle Beneath The Sea).
An ancient war is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants.
Four classics from Hammer, each presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Whether it's a mad man brandishing a welding torch, a mythical monster who's looks can kill, an ancient royal with diabolical powers, or a mad woman wielding a pair of scissors, this set has something to unease everybody. Containing a wealth of new and exclusive extra features including title-specific documentaries, cast and crew interviews, expert appreciations, introductions and more this stunning Blu-ray-only Limited Edition box set is published in a horribly limited, numbered edition of 4,000 units. The titles are: MANIAC (Michael Carreras, 1963) THE GORGON (Terence Fisher, 1964) THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB (Michael Carreras, 1964) FANATIC (Silvio Narizzano, 1965) INDICATOR LIMITED BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES: HD restorations of all four films Original Mono audio All-new documentaries exploring aspects of each film The Gorgon audio commentary with Daughters of Darkness' Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger The Gorgon introduction by actor and filmmaker Matthew Holness New interviews with actors Barbara Shelley and Mike McStay New interviews with cameramen Michael Reed and Douglas Milsome Playwright Matthew Lombardo on Tallulah Bankhead and Fanatic Hammer's Women an exclusive series of filmed appreciations of Nadia Gray, Barbara Shelley, Jeanne Roland and Tallulah Bankhead Original trailers and promotional films Promotional and on-set photography, poster art and archive materials Four box set exclusive booklets with new essays, contemporary reviews, historic articles, and full film credits New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing UK premieres on Blu-ray Limited edition box set of 4,000 copies
Although not one of Hammer's best-known films, the lurid Maniac is a tightly paced and intricately plotted thriller, penned by the great Jimmy Sangster, and taking inspiration from both Clouzot's Les Diaboliques and Hitchcock's Psycho. A young American (Kerwin Mathews, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) stranded in rural France takes up with local hotel owner Eve (Nadia Gray), and is soon involved in a plot to spring her criminally insane husband from an asylum... Features: High Definition remaster Original mono audio White-Hot Terror: Inside Maniac' (2017, 11 mins): an analysis of the film by Hammer expert Jonathan Rigby and cultural historian John J Johnston Hammer's Women: Nadia Gray (2017, 8 mins): horror-film expert Lindsay Anne Hallam looks at the fascinating life and work of the Romanian stage and screen actor Focus Puller Trevor Wrenn and Clapper Loader Ray Andrew on Maniac' (2016, 6 mins): original crew members share their memories of working with Hammer Original theatrical trailer Original Promotional Material: extensive gallery of stills, lobby cards and posters On-set Photography: selections from the personal archives of writer Jimmy Sangster and director Michael Carreras New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
A major Columbia Pictures release in glorious Technicolor, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad was one of Hollywood's first modern fantasy action blockbusters. On a mission to rescue his fiancée, the Princess Parisa (Kathryn Grant), Kerwin Mathews acquits himself well as Sinbad, while Torin Thatcher is a suitably malevolent magician who has shrunken the princess in a bid to get Sinbad to undertake a perilous quest. Truth be told, no one remembers Ray Harryhausen films for the script or the acting; the real stars are the still impressive action set-pieces, a battle with a cyclops, a giant Roc, a dragon, and a duelling skeleton; this last anticipating a much more lavish battle with skeleton warriors in Jason and the Argonauts. The cast may be all-American rather than Arab but even so, everything about this film works, from the fabulous set design of the Sultan's palace which evokes a real fairytale atmosphere, to Bernard Herrmann's truly classic score. On the DVD: The film exhibits a strong anamorphically enhanced 1.85-1 ratio image, with powerful mono sound. At about 80 minutes, the extras last almost as long as the movie. The most important and extensive addition is "The Harryhausen Chronicles", a documentary, while "This is Dynamation" gives an introduction to the stop-motion animation process itself. Ray Harryhausen is an affable host, a modest man who talks engagingly about his work in a way that really makes one appreciate the sheer ingenuity and skill which went into making not just The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, but also Jason and the Argonauts, the subject of a further featurette on the disc. On top of this there are trailers for the aforementioned films, plus one for the disappointing but still fun Golden Voyage of Sinbad. Overall, a first-class film on an equally good DVD. --Gary S. Dalkin
The 1960 children's feature The Three Worlds of Gulliver brings to life the first two sections of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels in a version which, while sanitised for youngsters, retains some of the satire and intelligence of the original. It also boasts excellent-for-the-time special effects by Ray Harryhausen, though the effects wizard keeps his trademark stop-motion animation to a minimum, featuring it only when Gulliver (Kerwin Mathews from 1958's The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad), has problems with an outsized crocodile and a foraging squirrel. Instead, Harryhausen concentrates on portraying the miniature Lilliputians and the giant Brobdingnagians, and the results still impress over 40 years on. This is a colourful, witty, charming film, though it is also heavily Americanised, the dialogue anachronistic and some of the accents decidedly trans-Atlantic. Mathews is a little stiff in the role of a British doctor, but English actress June Thorburn makes a spirited and beautiful Elizabeth, Gulliver's fiancée who in this version comes along for the journey. While the 1996 TV mini-series Gulliver's Travels comes much closer to Swift's intentions Harryhausen's version will delight younger viewers and has the advantage of a beguiling score from the great Bernard Herrmann. Some viewers may be startled to learn that in the 17th century there were Spanish mountains just outside London, and that Wapping was just a minute's walk from the beach. On the DVD: The Three Worlds of Gulliver on disc has good mono sound while the picture, which is anamorphically enhanced and presented at 1.77:1, is of variable quality. There are very distracting fleck marks where the emulsion has been damaged on the print in many shots featuring Gulliver against a bright blue sky. These really should have been restored before transfer to DVD. Although the packaging refers to "The Ray Harryhausen Chronicles" featurette, this is actually the same superb 57-minute TV documentary which has appeared on other Harryhausen titles. Everyone should have it in their collection once. "This is Dynamation" is a three-minute special effects promo for The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad. Also included is a five-minute original "making of" featurette and trailers for The Three Worlds of Gulliver (1.70:1 letterboxed), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (4:3) and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1.77:1 anamorphic), as well as basic filmographies of Jack Sher, Arthur Ross, Ray Harryhausen and Kerwin Mathews. --Gary S Dalkin
1960s fantasy adventure about a young farmer who becomes the protector of a princess. In an attempt to overthrow the kingdom, evil sorcerer Pendragon hatches a plan to kidnap Princess Elaine using giant Cormoran. Jack kills the beast, saving Elaine, and her father, King Mark (Dayton Lummis), requests that her rescuer safeguards her on a journey across the ocean. Pendragon sends his witches after them, however, and the princess ends up in the wizard's clutches once again. With help from friend Peter, Viking Sigurd and leprechaun Diaboltin, Jack makes his way to Pendragon's castle to rescue Elaine.
They jumped into hell to save a part of heaven. A seaplane lands on the island of Talua to unload three criminals-including Harry (Frank Sinatra) plus a young priest Father Perreau (Kerwin Mathews) who has come to succeed aging irascible Father Doonan (Spencer Tracy). When an earthquake and volcanic eruption strike Talua Father Doonan persuades Harry to parachute with him into the mountains on a daring rescue to an isolated hospital. The party-mostly children - is menaced
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