Friday, 31 May 2019

REVIEW FEATURE: SCREAM FACTORY OVER HAULS HAMMER FILMS FRANKENSTEIN CREATION ON 2K SCAN BLU RAY


HAMMER FILMS, 1967 'FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN' GETS A NEW 2K Scan 'Using The Original Film Elements' in impressive BLU RAY release FROM SCREAM FACTORY!



'FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN' : HAMMER FILMS 1967
Director: Terence Fisher, Screenplay: John Elder [Anthony Hinds], Producer:  Anthony Nelson Keys, Photography: Arthur Grant, Music: James Bernard, Music Supervisor: Philip Martell, Special Effects: Les Bowie, Production Design: Bernard Robinson. Production Company: Hammer/Seven Arts


Synopsis
'She's a vision of loveliness ... with a murderous mission from beyond the grave!'

IN THIS MOST conceptually wild and out-rightly science-fictional of the Hammer Frankenstein films" (Moria Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review), Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) and Dr. Hertz (Thorley Walters) are embarking upon an experiment to capture the souls of the dead and impose them into other bodies. When their assistant, Hans (Robert Morris), is unjustly accused of murdering his girlfriend Christina's father and is himself put to death, the two men claim his body and trap his soul in their laboratory. Meanwhile, Christina (Susan Denberg) is consumed with grief over the death of her beloved Hans and commits suicide. Frankenstein and Dr. Hertz are able to transfer Hans' soul into Christina's healed body, which results in a vision of beauty. Their experiment appears successful until Frankenstein discovers that Christina's seductive appetites are being driven by the spirit of Hans and his passion for revenge ...


IF CRITICS AT THE TIME are time were to be believed, that hammer films were like the distant cousins of the Shepperton studios, 'Carry On films', 'made for the working classes, nothing too cerebral or intellectually demanding and with flashes of titillation to meet the demands of the lowest common denominator', then director Terence Fisher and script writer, Anthony Hinds over-stepped their remit and burnt out the brains of many an audience. 'CREATED WOMAN' follows a story track that leaves the concept of the Baron just rejuvenating sown and souring corpses, way behind. It soon becomes a quite interesting theoretical  essay and endeavor on the journey and existence of the soul! Judging by the box office, the 'classes' LOVED it! The whole thing is quite crazy, but it works. 



THE ARRIVAL OF HANS as a total gender swap, is interesting especially as her existence is all about REVENGE on men who abused and tormented her. Topical today or what? The relationship on screen between Thorley Walters and Peter Cushing is wonderful. Walters did the bumbling aged roles very well. The young snipes are cast well and our creation in, Susan Denberg, ticks all the boxes, for those who wanted more than the expected stitches and scars. The stitches here are broken, snapped and groaning under the weight of something that is certainly 'all women'  and reveal a creation, that would keep fans dribbling for many decades after the films release. The scar sadly, was something waiting in the wings for Denberg that would car crash her career and make her life something certainty more, than any nightmare, Hammer films could devise, for sure.



THE BLU RAY:
IF WE LOOK AT our blu ray shelf, it seems that Scream Factory has released Frankenstein Created Woman as the next part of their Hammer films Collector’s Edition series. This is a NEW 2k scan of the original film elements. A previously released blu ray from Millennium, thankfully quickly went out of reach for orders, and can now rest in the dust as THIS release leaves that memory fast fading, like it's visual quality at the time. Scream Factory has released the print that should have been delivered back then. SCREAM'S new transfer is visually superior, it's  vibrant, exposes those rich Hammer film colours and vibes, we know and look for, so well. There are no muddy, foggy textures here. The vision is much brighter, while not losing the density of shadows and the margins between black and grey.  The focus detail and depth of field in the focus can been seen through out and is not flat, as can often be the case in blu ray transfers. There are a few spots of damage to the print, but these are not distracting and were only spotted on the second viewing. The grain is in keeping with the film stock that Hammer used at this time. 


SCREAM FACTORY also presents this release in the film’s original 1.66:1 aspect ratio.  Frankenstein Created Woman is a very good film on a lot of levels, and visually the film has never looked this good in home cinema presentation. It's a great achievement that many fans of the film, I am sure will appreciate. The audio on this release is a DTS-HD MA mono track and both Anthony Hinds entertaining dialogue and the majestic film score sound is classic Hammer films! Terrific.


EXTRAS AND BONUS MATERIAL: 
  • NEW 2K Scan From The Original Film Elements
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman And Filmmaker/Film Historian Constantine Nasr
  • NEW Interview With Actor Robert Morris
  • NEW Interview With Camera Assistant/Clapper Loader Eddie Collins And 2nd Assistant Director Joe Marks
  • Audio Commentary By Actors Derek Fowlds, Robert Morris, And Film Historian Jonathan Rigby
  • World Of Hammer Episode The Curse Of Frankenstein
  • World Of Hammer Episode Hammer Stars: Peter Cushing
  • Hammer Glamour Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Galleries – Movie Stills, Posters, And Lobby Cards


SO TO WRAP UP, what we have with this much welcomed released of one of Hammer and Cushing more interesting, Frankenstein films, is a vast improvement on what has gone before, you have the best of BOTH worlds, with EXTRAS and BONUS menu consisting of a number of features both very interesting and new, plus the best bits of previously seen material. It's a MUST for fans of the Hammer series and Peter Cushing! BUY IT and PRE ORDER HERE!
 

ASYLUM AND THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD LIMITED RELEASE ON FIRST TIME BLU RAY IN UK


NEWS: Announced today, is the news of the arrival of TWO Amicus Peter Cushing films being released as limited editions next month on blu ray  SECOND SIGHT FILMS  in the UK for the FIRST TIME on the 29th of JULY 2019! Both THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD and ASYLUM contain very neat menu of bonus extras, some new additions, some passed over from previous releases. but BOTH have exceptional cases artwork by my good mate, Graham Humphreys, plus both have supplement 40 page booklets on the movies too! Here is the run down on what each release is offering as a pretty neat package . . we'll be sharing a review on this release, the print and the contents very soon, so keep your eyes peeled. Meanwhile, you can place YOUR PRE ORDER HERE! 



THE AMICUS LIMITED EDITIONS of ASYLUM and THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD : THE CONTENTS and BONUS FEATURES are as follows:


ASYLUM Limited Edition Contents • Rigid Slipcase Featuring New Artwork by Graham Humphreys • 40 page booklet with new essays by Allan Bryce, Jon Towlson and Kat Ellinger Special Features • Audio Commentary with Director Roy Ward Baker and Camera Operator Neil Binney • ‘Two’s a Company’: 1972 On-set BBC report featuring interviews with Producer Milton Subotsky, Director Roy Ward Baker, Actors Charlotte Rampling, James Villiers, Megs Jenkins, Art Director Tony Curtis and Production Manager Teresa Bolland • Screenwriter David J. Schow on Writer Robert Bloch • Fiona Subotsky Remembers Milton Subotsky • Inside The Fear Factory Featurette with Directors Roy Ward Baker, Freddie Francis and Producer Max J. Rosenberg • Theatrical Trailer


THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD Limited Edition Contents • Rigid Slipcase Featuring New Artwork by Graham Humphreys • 40 page soft cover book with new essays by Allan Bryce, Jon Towlson and Kat Ellinger Special Features • Audio Commentary with Director Peter Duffell and Author Jonathan Rigby • Audio Commentary with Film Historian and Author Troy Howarth • Interview with Second Assistant Director Mike Higgins • A Rated Horror Film - Vintage featurette featuring interviews with Director Peter Duffell and Actors Geoffrey Bayldon, Ingrid Pitt and Chloe Franks • Theatrical Trailers • Amicus Radio Spots • Stills Gallery


THE STORY BEHIND Peter Cushing and his WAXWORKS in THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD HERE!




YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE AND READ UP ON BOTH ASYLUM and THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD in our PCASUK features, complete with galleries and rare images! HERE and HERE!




Thursday, 30 May 2019

THE PREQUELS AND THE SEQUELS OF YOUR CHOICE!


A VERY POPULAR POST and question over at the FACEBOOK PCASUK FAN PAGE today, that really is a #THROWBACK THURSDAY idea! Lots of interesting suggestions, even some people requesting not just a one off sequel, but PREQUELS and whole series of films! Below is the text that has accompanied the post on the page. Please feel free to click the blue link and join in with your suggestions 😉

#ThrowbackThursday! IT SEEMS THESE DAYS, that almost every other film that appears in the cinema today is either a sequel or a prequel, of an already existing successful box office film. If we had the power to revisit the times, when both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee were still with us, and a magic wand, to indulge our tastes, which film that Lee and Cushing appeared in, would you command a SEQUEL go into production? Here is a list of the films that, you could choose from 😉 One choice, your choice 😉 - Marcus

BELOW: THE FANTASY FILMS OF PETER CUSHING AND CHRISTOPHER LEE, for your consideration!


The Curse Of Frankenstein, Dracula/Horror Of Dracula, The Mummy, The Hound Of The Baskervilles, The Gorgon, Dr. Terrors House Of Horrors, She, The Skull, Night Of The Big Heat, Scream & Scream Again, I Monster, The House That Dripped Blood, Dracula AD 1972, The Creeping Flesh, The Satanic Rites Of Dracula, Horror Express, Nothing But The Night, Arabian Adventure, House Of The Long Shadows



THE 22 FILMS OF PETER CUSHING AND CHRISTOPHER LEE: covers in detail all of the connected films in a SEVEN PART series with extensive photographs and images! PART ONE HERE! 


ABOVE: THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY, and in some cases, didn't even get past the 'nice idea at the time' Some surprises and some would have the potential to have maybe changed the direction of Cushing's and others careers! MARK IVESON's excellent feature is supplemented with several 'fake' blu ray cases and art work cover designs, that sometimes makes, the loss very frustrating, for sure! CLICK HERE! 

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

SO WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO BE SIR CHRISTOPHER LEE?


WHAT WAS IT LIKE to be Christopher Lee? Well, if you watch this short, raw, unedited footage from a candid chat with Lee back in 2001, you get an idea! Being in the spotlight certainly exposes you to everyone and it seems, everyone wanted something! The press, weird attention, fans, critics and . . . babies? Poor Christopher got it all. Lots to hear and see here. Certainly worth your attention, if you ever wondered why Sir Christopher could be a little blunt or guarded . . now you KNOW why . . 
 

THE ABOVE IS FOR TERI SPEIRS in Grand Junction, CO US, here is a request she made yesterday at the FACEBOOK PCASUK FAN PAGE on Christopher Lee's Birthday, but we just didn't have time to fit in! Teri wanted anything that was from the 'staking scene' in Hammer films, Dracula Has Risen from The Grave' ... but if possible an 'on-set' shot, but not a dvd frame or press photograph 😩😫😂Ok, well I think this fits the bill! It's from a contact sheet, so never published, a little grainy, but look at THAT face! 😮 Hope this does the job, Teri - Marcusl

Monday, 27 May 2019

VINCENT PRICE AND CHRISTOPHER LEE BORN TODAY : BIRTHDAYS CELEBRATED!




TODAY we remember TWO gentlemen who were, as we all know, close friends to Peter Cushing. By a strange quirk of fate, they SHARED their birthday's today, on the 27th May. 😃 Christopher Lee and Vincent Price... Sadly, neither are no longer with us... Lee's passing was in June 2015. A sad loss even at his age...we just didn't want him to go. He was, Peter Cushing's closest friend . . celebrated and remembered here, almost as much as Peter. He had a career that stretched across almost every genre in the industry. His accomplishments were many, his skill as an actor even as he grew frail, never left him... and neither did we. Today, we mark his birthday and celebrate a remarkable career and life! Happy Birthday Christopher Lee!







A wonderful publicity photograph of both Peter Cushing and Vincent Price while recording the BBC radio serial 'ALIENS OF THE MIND' in 1977. Do you REMEMBER this radio series being broadcast?

SO, PETER YESTERDAY, Christopher Lee AND.... VINCENT PRICE today! Nothing I can say here that hasn't already been said about the versatile Vinnie... certainly a 'Man of the Arts', whose distinctive voice and excellent performances in fantasy films, made him a firm favourite for over 40 years! His career spanned other genres, including film noir, drama, mystery, thriller, and comedy. He appeared on stage, television, radio, and in over one hundred films.... a good friend of both Peter and Christopher, though only appeared on screen with them BOTH just the once, in 'The House of the Long Shadows' in 1983. He is still greatly missed, much and much celebrated, Vincent... a man and actor who could never be replaced... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Vincent Price!


PART ONE of an exclusive and rare gallery of on set and publicity photographs from the VINCENT PRICE and PETER CUSHING film, 'MADHOUSE' HERE!
 


 

THE BROTHER'S GRISBAINE Christopher Lee, Vincent Price and Peter Cushing, along with 'Father Figure' John Carradine in 'The House of the 
Long Shadows' (1984)
 



Sunday, 26 May 2019

NEW CLIP: HOW ARE THINGS IN GUATEMALA? THE LAST MEETING OF PETER CUSHING AND CHRISTOPHER LEE


AS PROMISED as part of today's Peter Cushing Birthday Celebrations.. here is a brand new, freshly edited addition to the series, 'Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee : The Last Meeting' I hope you enjoy it 🙂 This candid footage was shot on a camcorder, without prep, tripod or lighting. The day was May 17th 1994 and the location at a small studio in Canterbury, a short distance from Peter's home in Whitstable. At just under ten minutes long, it's our longest clip and is probably the most interesting. There is of course lots of Peter enjoying himself, laughing, weeping with giggles and Christopher Lee once again crushing any theories of what many though was, a man with no sense of humor! Here we see Lee present Cushing with a birthday card, Peter admits he has one for Lee too, and will save the cost of a postage stamp! 


BOTH CUSHING, LEE AND VINCENT PRICES'S birthdays were just over a week away. It would be Cushing last, a point that is poignantly given pause when with black humor Cushing asks Lee a question that, for once Lee bound with emotion, found very hard to give a reply, and defuses it with humor. Cushing almost blows the gaff on a some private work, Lee was undertaking on a film featuring Rasputin, their love of Warner Bros cartoons and their shared appreciation of actor, singer and comedian 'Snoozzle' Duarnte is displayed again, to great enjoyment and Cushing howls. Cushing introduces again, his assistant and close friend Joyce Broughton, to Lee, and asks for a 'Scotty' nose tissue! Cushing also floors Lee with a question about Guatemala! There is much to see and enjoy, and for first time too, we get to see the man who brought Peter and Christopher together for this day, Ted Newsom.



YOU'LL FIND THE WHOLE TWELVE CLIP PLAY LIST at the PCASUK YOUTUBE Channel RIGHT HERE! 

IT WAS TED NEWSOM'S IDEA to bring Lee and Cushing together for one last time to record the narration for his great tv documentary, 'Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror'. We have him to thank really for making this meeting possible. There is also a interesting piece on Lee being interviewed about his thoughts on remaking the Hammer film, 'The Devil Rides Out' There's lots to see and I hope you enjoy this clip . . feel free to leave your comments on this in the thread below, feel free to share with others and have fun, THEY most certainly did 😉😊 - Marcus (pcasuk)


MARKING AND CELEBRATING THE ANNIVERSAY OF PETER CUSHING'S BIRTHDAY TODAY!


TODAY IS A VERY SPECIAL DAY... Peter Wilton Cushing was born today, May 26th 1913.... Please join us in celebrating, leaving your comments and sharing our posts, to mark this very special day and help us to . . . keep the memory alive! 


ABOVE Look out for the NEW clip of 'Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee: The Last Meeting' here at the website, the Facebook PCASUK Fan Page and the PCASUK YouTube Channel. . . 


ABOVE: OUR Peter Cushing Birthday Celebration Competition, will be shared here and at the Facebook PCASUK Fan Page TODAY!

HERE AT THE WEBSITE and over at the FACEBOOK PCASUK FAN PAGE we will be sharing some pretty special posts today, a BRAND NEW TEN minute clip of the last time Peter Cushing and and Christopher Lee met 1994, which I think you will love, and a competition to win five pairs of Hammer and Amicus films documentary dvd's... it's going to be a busy day, with more than our ONE standard daily post here at the website . . . all will continue into tomorrow and then into the shared birthday's of Christopher Lee and Vincent Price too . . so, let's begin, HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETER CUSHING!


BY THE WAY, TODAY is INTERNATIONAL DRACULA DAY! Missing Christopher Lee's BIRTHDAY tomorrow, by HOURS! I wonder, what he would have thought of THAT? 😉😃

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