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Icons of Adventure Collection (The Pirates of Blood River / The Devil-Ship Pirates / The Stranglers of Bombay / The Terror of the Tongs) (1961)

Christopher Lee , Oliver Reed  |  Unrated |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Oliver Reed
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008
  • Run Time: 332 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016KCCCC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,931 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Icons of Adventure Collection (The Pirates of Blood River / The Devil-Ship Pirates / The Stranglers of Bombay / The Terror of the Tongs)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Classic color cartoon "The Merry Mutineers"
  • Chapter one of 1953 serial The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd
  • Rare two-reel comedy Hot Paprika
  • Original theatrical trailers for all four features, plus bonus trailers

Editorial Reviews

Icons of Adventure is a terrific quartet of picaresque features from Britain's Hammer studios, best known for such unique horror films as The Curse of Frankenstein and the 1958 Dracula, both starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Lee was also the star of three of the films in the Icons set, two of those colorful pirate adventures. The 1962 The Pirates of Blood River finds Lee playing a deceptively docile buccaneer, one-eyed Captain LaRoche, who convinces a fugitive from a penal colony to help him locate a Huguenot colony on a large island. The runaway prisoner (Kerwin Matthews) is actually the son of a colony founder, sentenced to hard labor for challenging the establishment's tight grip on personal freedom. When the hero discovers that LaRoche simply intends to overwhelm the colony and use it as a new base of operation, he leads the fight to protect the authorities who previously threw him into hell. The more elegant and engaging The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964) is a 16th century tale of a Spanish pirate, Captain Robeles (Lee), who convinces a small village on the British coast that Spain has won its Spanish Armada battle against England. Pretending to be an official, occupying force instead of a bunch of swashbucklers, Robeles rules the village with an iron fist while being hectored by a real Spanish naval officer who doesn't agree with his methods.

Lee turns up again as the imperious leader of a cutthroat tong--a secretive, organized criminal society--in the exotic 1961 Terror of the Tongs. Geoffrey Toone plays the captain of a British passenger ship whose daughter is murdered by the Red Dragon Tong during the latter's attempt to find incriminating papers smuggled (against her knowledge) within her possessions. As the captain seeks vengeance, he gets close to the dangerous heart of the tong, which exacts punishment over anyone who does not cooperate by hacking off his or her fingers. The fourth feature in Icons of Adventure is very different from the others and doesn't involve Lee. The Stranglers of Bombay (1960) stars Guy Rolfe as Captain Harry Lewis, a career soldier helping to protect the interests of exporters the British East India Company. Stationed in India for years, Lewis has conducted a thorough study of a rash of disappearances and anticipates a military assignment to solve the long-running mystery. When the job goes to an outsider who knows nothing about India, Lewis works independently and discovers a religious cult called the Stranglers, who waylay travelers and steal their possessions. A tense thriller involving crazed rituals of bloodletting, torture, wild-eyed sacraments and poisonous snakes, The Stranglers of Bombay looks like an influence on Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

The Devil-Ship Pirates - In the 16th century, the pirate ship "Diablo" joins forces with the Spanish Armada until it becomes evident that the Armada will not win. Fleeing the battle, the pirate ship sails into an isolated port where the villagers conclude that the Armada has won and the ship is part of the Spanish invasion forces. Brutal pirates take full advantage of this situation until a band of villagers rise up and destroy the evil pirates and their DEVIL-SHIP. The Terror of the Tongs - In this action packed film, a British merchant sea captain Toone sets out to crush the Red Dragon Tong, a secret society terrorizing Hong Kong in 1910. Toone goes on a rampage when his daughter and servant are murdered by Lee's henchmen. He hooks up with a former slave, and together they incite a riot which destroys Lee and his group of bandits. The Stranglers of Bombay - In the 1820's in India, followers of a religious cult, who worship Kali, goddess of destruction, murder hundreds of travelers

Customer Reviews

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NICE RELEASE OF EXCEEDINGLY RARE HAMMERS June 13, 2008
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Hammer Studios is known for its particular brand of horror films, but in the early sixties they also ventured into the realm of adventure. Four of those titles are included here. PIRATES OF BLOOD RIVER is a swashbuckling potboiler, with Christopher Lee as a one-eyed pirate, and Sinbad's Kerwin Matthews as the persecuted hero who saves the town that rejected him from treasure seeking mauraders.

DEVIL-SHIPS PIRATES has a clever premise, a Spanish privateer that sailed with the Armada runs ashore near a small and remote British town and terrorizes the populace, tricking the hapless villagers into believing (at least for a while) that the Armada defeated the British navy and the rest of England is now occupied by the victorious Spaniards. This clever IT HAPPENED HERE touch from screenwriter Jimmy Sangster makes DEVIL-SHIP special, as does Christopher Lee's performance as the absolute nastiest villian he's ever played in his long and distinguished career.

Two dark masterpieces are on the second disk. THE TERROR OF THE TONGS, with Christopher Lee as the evil head of the Red Dragon Tongs, is set in nineteenth century Hong Kong. When the Red Dragons murder a British sea captain's teenaged daughter, they unleash a reckoning they never imagined.

The second film on disk two is STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY, the "true" story of the Kali Cult in India. This film is the only black and white entry in this set and it stars no major Hammer actors, yet you'll be rivited by a suspenseful story that really draws you in. Though this was made decades ago, be warned, STRANGLERS is not for the faint of heart. This story was "remade" in the 1980s with James Ivory behind the camera and Pierce Brosnan in front of it, titled THE DECEIVERS.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Any fan of Hammer films and/or Christopher Lee cannot wait to snatch up this rare item. Be aware casual Hammer Film fans these are not Horror films but action/adventure. Many familiar Hammer actors and directors. So if you are a completist of the Golden Age of Hammer like myself,snatch up this DVD collection.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to see "The Stranglers" on DVD finally! June 19, 2008
I wanted to specifically point out my enthisiasm for "The Stranglers of Bombay". I've been trying to acquire this great 1960 Hammer film for a long time and, finally, it's now available!

This movie is shot in black-and-white and runs for 80 minutes. As I mentioned, this is a Hammer Studios film. It was directed by Terrence Fisher and conveys a sort of story about the Thuggees of India, a murderous religious cult.

Guy Rolfe plays Captain Harry Lewis, a seasoned British officer who trys to persuade the East India Company to investigate a situation where people have disappeared -- he is ignored. Lewis is replaced by an incompetent for all his troubles so he investigates the matter on his own. George Pastell plays the role of the High Priest of Kali.

The big picture is that this is yet another story of British mis-management of one of its colonies, in this case, India.

This is a very rare film and, for this movie alone, this movie set is worth the price. Highly recommended!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Icons of Adventure June 27, 2008
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I'm literally speechless! The set is so beautiful- superb prints! We finally get to see the pirates in the ambush pit - the british censor took it out of the prints showed at the movies in England, so that was a first! Tongs was the biggest pleasure, having only seen elderly,faded prints on rare occasions on TV -now we have it in all its glory, and with out mate Jimmy Sangster's comentary too.What more could we ask for!
Thanks America for cherishing them for us and letting us have them back again.Congrats to all concerned, and thanks to Amazon for their safe and quick delivery
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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That caveat aside, this is a rather splendid set of four of Hammer's adventure films of the Sixties with a nice array of extras - including audio commentaries on all four films - and trailers to compliment the fine widescreen transfers.

The Pirates of Blood River is infamous as the pirate movie that takes place entirely on land (well, you do at least see a ship at sea from the shore). Kerwin Matthews is the rebellious youth trying to bring moderation to the fiercely religious island community of exiles who finds an even bigger problem when Christopher Lee and his band of pirates land on the island in search of the founding fathers' hidden treasure, and aren't too bothered by how many villagers have to die finding it. Sporting an eye patch, a good accent that strangely makes him sound like a French Max Von Sydow and a henchman called Hench, Lee is a villain so cool he doesn't even sweat, and if the movie isn't a great high adventure it's an entertaining programmer. A problem picture for Hammer, who couldn't decide whether to go for a restrictive X or a general U certificate, it went back and forth with the censors several times (the main casualty was the amount of blood in the water after the piranhas lunch on one character). None of the censor trims have been restored here, but the film boasts a good 2.35:1 widescreen transfer.

The Devil-Ship Pirates is an entertaining pirate romp from Hammer that's a part of studio legend. Hammer built a Spanish pirate ship for the film planning to reuse it on other pictures. Unfortunately, it was a death trap - the woodwork was so bad the decks would give way under people's feet and it was so unseaworthy that even in calm landlocked waters the thing would capsize, nearly drowning cast and crew.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hammer does it again.
the four hammer films are really good and the terror of the tongs is very good.the actimg is really good as with most hammer films.
Published 2 months ago by randyboes
4.0 out of 5 stars Icons of Adventure: TERROR OF THE TONGS / STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY.
ICONS OF ADVENTURE is a two DVD set from Sony Pictures (current owner of Columbia Pictures who released the films included here) that offers 4 action/adventure movies from Hammer... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Chip Kaufmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Yvonne Monlaur's presence alone is worth the price of the set!
Although I vastly prefer the '50s and '60s Hammer monster movies, I have to admit that these old Hammer adventure films are delightful fun and full of surprises for the uninitiated... Read more
Published on June 21, 2011 by Trollbeard
4.0 out of 5 stars HAMMER MEANS ADVENTURE!
Hammers Icons of Adventure are not bad, the best one is Devil Ship Pirates and Terror of the Tongs,a little bit of a let down with Stranglers OF Bombay not as good as... Read more
Published on May 20, 2011 by stephen 1
5.0 out of 5 stars PIRATES, TERROR and TONGS OH MY!!!
Although I try to keep up with movies old and new, some how these went under my radar. Both these pirate movies should be in a league with THE BLACK SWAN, THE SEAHAWK or TREASURE... Read more
Published on April 22, 2011 by W. G. McCaslen
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer for ever!
I saw these Hammer movies when I was young and never see them again, except "The stranglers of Bombay" which has been censored in France in 1959. Read more
Published on August 9, 2010 by Montillard
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Christopher Lee adventures
If you're a fan of Christopher Lee this collection is a worthwhile one. He appears in three of the films--none of which ever show up on tv or video shelves with much... Read more
Published on May 26, 2010 by K. Connell
3.0 out of 5 stars Pure Hokum from Hammer
Hammer collection of their "adventure" films is not to everyone's liking.
However, Stranglers of Bombay is worth buying. The other movies can be either "take or or leave it". Read more
Published on April 1, 2010 by Mr. A. L. Bowman
4.0 out of 5 stars Icons Of Adventure
Excellent choice of films from Hammer. Hope there are more of this type coming soon. Some of their not often seen non monster films such as the Brigand of Khandahar and The Crimson... Read more
Published on March 5, 2010 by Tony Charles
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Hammer Collection
This is a better than average collection and well worth the small amount of money I paid for it. Most of the films in this collection are better than the others (you can't like... Read more
Published on September 15, 2008 by Robert L. Taylor
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