The Ultimate Hammer Collection (1965 - 1976)

21 film, 21 disc collection of the best, and worst, of the later Hammer films. Optimum UK R2 boxset.

The Films - links to individual DVD reviews where available.

In Brief:

Anyone famous in it? Hammer favourites Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are joined by regulars Andrew Keir, Ralph Bates, Michael Ripper, Dennis Price, and screen beauties Ursula Andress, Raquel Welch, Martine Beswick and many more...
Who is it for?
Fans of the Hammer films will be interested in this set, especially with The Nanny finally available in its original widescreen ratio here. Several of the films include new anamorphic transfers, and bonus features not present on the existing UK discs. The boxset itself will be of interest to anyone wanting more than half of the titles, although the individual releases are very low priced from some retailers.

The DVDs

Visuals All films are anamophic (some for the first time) and in Original Aspect Ratios.
Print quality varies - generally strong. See individual reviews for more.
Audio English - generally strong.
Subtitles No subtitles are included in this set.
ExtrasThe set is a mixed bag for extras. Some of the discs have features (mostly audio commentary tracks) imported from the ABUS discs, while others are missing these. The presence of the interesting 'Many Faces of Christopher Lee' documentary is a plus (being only available on a limited edition disc with ABUS's Scars of Dracula DVD). 
Packing/availability Packaging unconfirmed.
All the films are available on individual discs as well.
Region Region 2 (UK, Europe)  - PAL
Other regions? All of these films have been released by Anchor Bay US (although most are now out of print and hard to find), and generally the AB sets included more bonus features. Many of these films are also available from E-M-S in Germany, and on now OOP WB discs in the UK. See the individual reviews for comparisons.
Cuts? All films are believed to be fully uncut. Prints are English langauge.


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All text in this review written by Timothy Young - October 2006.
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