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Hammer Horror Series (Brides of Dracula / Curse of the Werewolf / Phantom of the Opera (1962) / Paranoiac / Kiss of the Vampire / Nightmare / Night Creatures / Evil of Frankenstein) (1960)

Peter Cushing , Clifford Evans , Don Sharp , Terence Fisher  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Peter Cushing, Clifford Evans, Herbert Lom, Janette Scott, David Knight
  • Directors: Don Sharp, Terence Fisher, Freddie Francis, Peter Graham Scott
  • Writers: Anthony Hinds, Jimmy Sangster, John Elder
  • Producers: Anthony Hinds, Jimmy Sangster
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 685 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X770O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,257 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Editorial Reviews

Hammer Films, one of the most celebrated horror studios in the history of cinema, presents 8 classic horror films in one collection. From Dracula to Frankenstein, werewolves to phantoms, the Hammer Horror Series showcases some of the most terrifying monsters in the history of cinema and features legendary performances by Peter Cushing, Oliver Reed and Janette Scott.

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232 of 237 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hammer horror films unleashed! June 17, 2005
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I was prepared to be disappointed but hopeful that Universal would do a good job with this set. While it isn't perfect, this collection of classic Hammer films (and some not so-classic ones as well)looks pretty good in this DVD transfer. Although "Brides of Dracula" and "Curse of the Werewolf" don't look as stunning as the "Horror of Dracula" (or "Revenge of Frankenstein")each appears in what appears to be the correct aspect ratio. Universal evidently used notes with the prints indicating the original theatrical aspect ratio (at least for the U.S.)much as Warner did with "The Mummy" and "Horror of Dracula". There aren't any extras to speak of but the image quality is solid. There's grain evident in most of these DVD transfers but all of that can't be attributed to the transfer itself as these were shot on stock that was grainy to begin with. Older DVD players (and some newer ones as well)may have a problem playing some of these discs. Evidently there are reports (again) that these Universal discs can cause some players to freeze and lock up the DVD players which is related to a manufacturing issue related only to dual layered discs. These discs would have looked terrific on single layered releases or on single sided dual layered releases. The reason these are being released like this is due to $$. Luckily, so far I haven't had a problem but I thought the same thing with some of the other Universal releases and found out otherwise much later.

"Brides of Dracula" has a misleading title. Dracula doesn't appear at all instead this film focuses on Van Helsing's (Peter Cushing) efforts to rid a village of a young vampire that has been inadvertantly released by a young woman. Although the script isn't quite as strong as "Horror of Dracula", the film has a number of memorable set pieces.
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98 of 111 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars G**DAMN UNIVERSAL!!!! January 31, 2006
Yep folks, I have to concur with other reviewers who have shouted BUYER BEWARE - just as Paranoiac gets interesting, the image freezes and completely locks up and all you can do is to make a note of the exact time on the DVD clock, then start the movie again using chapter stops to go PAST the lock-up, then reverse back to about 50 secs after the freeze occured ... a wonderful carry-on for a suspense thriller, huh ? And ditto playing it on the computer - ever tried to eject a disc when your computer is frozen up ? The great tragedy is that these are wonderful, wonderful movies but the DVD quality is obviously a crap shoot (in fact some of those earlier reviews telling us how brilliant the disc quality is are highly suspect ... but Universal would never stoop so low as to stuff the ballot now would they?) To those who have clean copies - well lucky you.

What I will say though is that no emails I have sent to Universal ("Contact Us" ! says their website) have been acknowledged, still less has anyone at Universal Customer Services (hah) offered refund or replacement or EXPLANATION AND APOLOGY. Service ? Heaven forfend ! We want your MONEY !

All the other reviewers who have complained so plaintively and angrily have my full support - now tell me, apart from Amazon's willingness to replace defective discs, has ANYONE had any satisfactory contact with Universal ? And indeed has Amazon complained to Universal on our behalf ?
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88 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am buying this DVD set for Night Creatures August 28, 2005
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This is a good set of Hammer films but I am going to buy this set for one movie only. That film is Night Creatures, titled Captain Clegg in the UK. I am not surprised that many of the reviews here are not familiar with it. The film has not been shown on TV in over 2 decades. I spent years tracking down a bootleg copy. The story concerns pirates and smuggling. This film is not a remake of the Disney film "Dr. Syn". They were filming at the same time from the same source material. Disney sued Hammer and won. Hammer made changes in their film like changing the name of Dr. Syn to Dr. Blyss. The Scarecrow becomes a minor character in this film but even more eerie. Wait until you see the opening scene with the Marsh Phantoms. It will stay in your memory forever. It is important to point out that this is not a film dealing with the supernatural, but has the feeling of a horror film throughout. It has that old fashioned kind of spookiness and atmosphere that makes it an ideal film to watch on Halloween, if you would rather not watch the slasher type films. Many people, myself included, consider this Hammer's finest film. The rest of the films here are not too shabby in their own right. Hammer's version of "Phantom of the Opera" is here, and while I love Lon Chaney, this is my favorite version of the tale. Less horrible than other versions, which is strange for Hammer, the story includes the Phantom's origins which I found interesting. Lastly, I'll comment on "Curse of the Werewolf". You gotta see this as the only werewolf film featuring a blond wolfman, and if that dosen't pull you in, there is always Yvonne Romaine, who is also in Night Creatures. If I had not bought this set for Night Creatures, I would have bought it for Yvonne Romaine, who may have been one of the most beautiful women ever to appear in a motion picture.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great Dvd collection and it came much sooner than expected delivery which makes me very happy.
Published 13 days ago by Jonas Bogsjö
5.0 out of 5 stars Great place to start for the budding Hammer fan
My review is of the films, which are all very entertaining. I purchased this set many years ago and still pull it out now and then to enjoy the films. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Schlitze
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THESE HAMMER CLASSIC'S
Published 1 month ago by BOO
1.0 out of 5 stars DVDs are Defective
Several of these DVDs freeze during playback. Considering the fact that there set has been available for a number of years, it's a mystery as to why the manufacturer has not... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mystic Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great collection of Hammer classics. Always great fun to see these. Nothing beats a Hammer film.
Published 1 month ago by Deslock44
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great group of stories from the House That Dripped Blood.
Published 2 months ago by Ray Clemons Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars The quality looks great. I recommend the set
I purchased this for my mom (who is a big fan of these movies, especially the werewolf movie set in Spain.) She was ecstatic. The quality looks great. I recommend the set.
Published 2 months ago by Christopher C. Hoskins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by bidibule
5.0 out of 5 stars Grab this today, as it is difficult to source
A very rare boxset, including the very best of Hammer Horror.

If you love Hammer and this product is in stock, grab it today, because it can be very difficult to get... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sally Ann Melia
3.0 out of 5 stars Hammer Horror Series
THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN had some scenes omitted-- (I have VHS tape of tv broadcast) and the DVD keeps hanging up.
The other videos seem to be good.
Published 3 months ago by Ludy M. Wilkie
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Have the flaws found with the Hammer Horror Series DVD set been fixed?
I, too, am interested in whether or not Universal has fixed the problems with the disks in this set. Also, I would like to know if "Brides of Dracula" is the "original," or an updated version. I am not a movie afficionado. This was the first vampire movie I ever saw. I was... Read More
Jul 12, 2009 by Cheryl A. Whaley |  See all 15 posts
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Here's the correct order

Horror Of Dracula
Brides Of Dracula ( Not technically Dracula but I put it in anyway
Dracula - Prince Of Darkness
Dracula Has Risen From The Grave
Taste The Blood Of Dracula
Scars Of Dracula
Dracula AD 1972
The Satatnic Rites Of Dracula
Feb 15, 2010 by Macchiarulo |  See all 3 posts
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