UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT have announced the release of their EIGHT HAMMER FILMS BLU RAY BOX SET for SEPTEMBER 13th 2016. The prints in this box set were what made Universal's THE FRANCHISE COLLECTION 'THE HAMMER HORROR SERIES' DVD BOX SET in 2005 the front runner for a long time in the US. Many UK Hammer fans bought the DVD set as an import and upgraded to a dual or non region DVD player in order to get these titles in their collection!
THE ARRIVAL OF THIS BOX SET now getting the BLU RAY treatment is good for US Hammer fans who over the past four years missed out on the release of many of these titles when they were released on BLU RAY in Europe. One hopes that ALL the titles in this set are going to be UPGRADED PRINTS, which brings us to one film in particular in the collection. At the time of the original release of this collection on DVD, 'The Brides of Dracula' print was by far the best print of the lot. THAT particular print we understand was was lost in a fire at SONY back in 2011, sadly affecting all subsequent releases of the film after that time. We have seen several BLU RAY releases though out Europe of this classic Cushing Hammer title on BLU RAY, but not one, was a mark up on the 2005 DVD release. So, maybe the benchmark of quality of all the other titles in this box set will be, as we have seen over the past five years in Europe, and sadly that will mean a below par print of 'BRIDES' too. I guess time will tell . . .
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