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06 Mar 2013, 12:27pm
Related to: The Quickening (2013)
02 Mar 2013, 8:19pm
(Continued) ... the aethetic choices that are made, as well as unpredictable chemical reactions. I applaud the Blu-Ray digital mastering team for following the BFI's lead. After seeing online screen captures, I can't wait to see the difference in the color balance from the American IB Technicolor prints that I have seen over the years. The way DRACULA was processed in its country of origin was certainly the best model for digital remastering.
What matters most is that Hammer has cooperated in making a restored version of DRACULA before there coud be any additional deterioration of the original elements. BRAVO!
Related to: Dracula (1958)
02 Mar 2013, 8:17pm
First of all, I saw HORROR OF DRACULA first run in its original U.S. release in 1958. Over the years I have seen American IB Technicolor prints in both 35mm & 16mm many times. Let me urge everyone who is actually interested in film restoration to visit this site:
It will give you technical information on aspect ratios and color printing.
Now as to the new Blu-Ray remastering of DRACULA: It sounds like the BFI referenced an original check print, or "answer print". Such a print would have had correct exposures for every shot, following Jack Asher's original printing instructions to the laboratory. It would probably be an IB Technicolor print from Technicolor's London facility. Seperation matrices would have made from the original camera negative. Referencing such a print was absolutely the right thing to do! The different Technicolor labs in Hollywood, New York, London, & Rome could yield strikingly differrent results when printing the same photographic material. Dye transfer Technicolor printing involved bathing the celluloid in a solution. The mineral content of the water could affect the result, because the minerals were "imbibed" into the celluloid along with the petroleum based pigments.
HORROR OF DRACULA was released by Universal-International in the U.S. American Technicolor would have made the dye transfer prints for U.S. release with a much "hotter" color balance, the way U-I typically wanted their pictures to look. Call it a house style. However, British Technicolor was known for having a more delicate, subtle color balance. I can easily believe that this was what Terence Fisher & Jack Asher would have wanted!
Bear in mind that motion picture film is a chemical process, subject to variations all down the line. Digital mastering is an electronic process, subject to a different set of characteristics altogether. Reproduction in any medium is problematical, with many possible variations. The final result depends on
28 Feb 2013, 5:26pm
a more original hoor film from hammer. great acting, directing and plot. i consider "blood from the mummy's tomb" to be a successful attempt in updating the "mummy" franchise as the studio's previous 2 efforts are weak by comparison
Related to: Blood From The Mummy's Tomb (1971)
12 Feb 2013, 5:27am
Best movie I've ever seen and have been saying so for the last 25 years when I first saw it. Is more atmosphere than action, which suits it well because it gives you the feeling that you are right there in the middle of things and the zombies following close behind you.
Have spent countless nights watching this along with any of the Cushing/Lee flicks, love it!
Sure would be nice to know when I can get myself a Blu-Ray copy - (North American copy, that is... region coding sux)
Related to: The Plague Of The Zombies (1966)
31 Jan 2013, 7:01am
This is one of Hammer's most atmospheric gothic horrors, if not THE most! It would be up there with Dracula if it wasn't for the ending! The look of this film is just amazing with rich, warm interiors and cold blue, violet exteriors. The story is good, if a bit predictable and lacking surprise, and has one of the most downbeat, cynical commentaries on star-crossed lovers. It's wonderful to see the role reversal for Peter Cushing as a sympathetic villain and Christopher Lee as the out and out hero of the piece. Christopher Lee browbeating everyone in sight is a delight to watch! Cushing and Lee's confrontation in the studio cottage is a highlight. This movie also has the most distinctive score by James Bernard with an awesomely chilling female voice solo as the gorgon's siren call! This film was parodied hilariously by Roman Polanski, an apparent Hammer fan, in his "Dance of the Vampires" with a twisted version of the gorgon's call. Concerning the ending, Barbara Shelley apparently was willing to play the part of the gorgon as well with real snakes in a wig on her head! No go because of time and money. Which was unfortunate because, as Christopher Lee has stated, "The only thing wrong with 'The Gorgon', is the gorgon."
Related to: The Gorgon (1964)
31 Jan 2013, 1:15am
My favorite of all the Hammer Dracula films; great backgrounds and spooky settings keep me coming back to watch this favorite again and again! First saw this as a young lad in Boston.....
Related to: Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968)
27 Jan 2013, 10:58pm
A nice short novel that is avocative of which the period its set. As I read it I was remebering what my Grandparents told me making the ghost story seem more real.
Related to: The Greatcoat (2012)
27 Jan 2013, 10:52pm
After a strange begining it ends up being a chilling film that stayed in mind.
Related to: The Damned (1961)
27 Jan 2013, 10:45pm
Loved it. After each horrific moment it calms down back to earth keeping you on edge. The suspeceful tone keeps up all the way through until the ending when all hell breaks loose. There's an odd part with a strange device that read physic energy but Barbara Shelly pulls it off. Jullian Glover plays a good uptight Army man and I liked Andrew Keir plays Quatermass with more vunerality than I expected. It's also well directed, has great sets (with good lighting) and spooky sound design.
Related to: Quatermass And The Pit (1967)
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