Scream Factory Drops TONS of Vintage Hammer Horror onto Blu-ray!

Every time Scream Factory (interview here) releases a home video announcement, I get shivers down my spine… especially when it comes to the classics! Today is NO different! Behold the bevy of beasts coming to Blu-ray!

From the Press Releases:
This summer beat the heat with two creepy Hammer Films classics! On July 30, 2019, Scream Factory will be releasing Lust for a Vampire and The Reptile for the first time on Blu-ray. Both releases include numerous new bonus features, including new audio commentaries and interviews, as well as feature presentation in two aspect ratios, 1.66:1 and 1.85:1.

In Lust for a Vampire a mysterious man performs rites of black magic, bringing the notorious female vampire Carmilla Karnstein back to life. Looking to quench her bloodlust for the fairer sex, she enrolls at an exclusive girls’ school as the young debutante Mircalla (Yutte Stensgaard) and begins to feast on her fellow students as well as indulging in her unholy desires for a teacher. With the death toll mounting at both the school and the nearby village, can anyone stop Carmilla’s evil ways?

Special Features:

  • NEW 4K scan of the negative – presented in two aspect ratios – 1.66:1 and 1.85:1
  • NEW audio commentary by author/film historian Bruce Hallenbeck
  • NEW interview with actress Mel Churcher
  • Audio Commentary by director Jimmy Sangster, star Suzanna Leigh, and Hammer Films historian Marcus Hearn
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Galleries

In The Reptile a deadly epidemic is spreading through the remote Cornish village of Clagmoor Heath. As darkness falls, its victims are found foaming at the mouth with savage wounds on their necks. After his brother falls prey to the “black death,” Harry Spalding (Ray Barrett, Terror From Under the House) travels with his new wife (Jennifer Daniel, The Kiss of the Vampire) to Clagmoor to investigate his sibling’s mysterious death. With little help from the unfriendly locals, Harry follows a trail of clues that leads him to the sinister Dr. Franklyn (Noel Willman, The Vengeance of She), the doctor’s strange, but beautiful daughter (Jacqueline Pearce, “Doctor Who”)… and a horrific family secret.

Special Features:

  • Presented in two aspect ratios – 1.66:1 and 1.85:1
  • NEW audio commentary by film historians Steve Haberman, Constantine Nasr, and Ted Newsom
  • NEW interview with 1st assistant director William P. Cartlidge
  • The Serpent’s Tale – The Making of The Reptile
  • World of Hammer – Wicked Women
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spot
  • Still Galleries

Hobbs End, Knightsbridge, London. While working on a new subway tunnel for the London Underground, a group of construction workers uncover a strangely shaped skull. Nearby, another discovery: a large, mysterious and impenetrable metal object. Initially mistaken for an unexploded bomb, the object and its strange power turn out to be far more horrific than anybody could have possibly imagined. Is it of this earth? Could it be the ancestral link to mankind’s evolution? Or could it be an ancient link to the unleashing of the ultimate evil? There’s only one man capable of unravelling the clues, and his name is Professor Bernard Quatermass, a man of science who thrives on the dark mysteries of the world.

On July 30, 2019, Scream Factory is excited to present two seminal British sci-fi cult classics QUATERMASS 2 and QUATERMASS AND THE PIT on Blu-ray. A must-have for movie collectors and sci-fi enthusiasts, these definitive Blu-ray editions contain extensive bonus content, including new interviews, audio commentaries, and much more! 

QUATERMASS 2 (1957) is the second and most talked about of the three science fiction stories written by Nigel Kneale and based on his critically acclaimed 1955 BBC series. Professor Quatermass, played by Hollywood veteran Brian Donlevy (Beau Geste, The Glass Key) reprising his role from The Quatermass Xperiment, is Britain’s most clever scientist. Investigating a series of bizarre incidents that have been reported from a deserted area, he finds a group of soldiers and government officials that appear to be controlled by aliens from another world. When a close friend is brutally murdered by these beings, Quatermass leads a mob of local workers to a showdown with the extraterrestrials. Directed by Val Guest (The Day the Earth Caught Fire) and produced by Anthony Hinds (The Curse of Frankenstein), QUATERMASS 2 was retitled Enemy From Space for its U.S. theatrical release.

Written by legendary screenwriter Nigel Kneale, QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1967) stars Andrew Keir (Cleopatra), James Donald (The Great Escape), Barbara Shelley (Village of the Damned), and Julian Glover (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). The film is directed by Roy Ward Baker (A Night to Remember) and produced by Anthony Nelson Keys (The Plague of the Zombies). For its U.S. theatrical release, QUATERMASS AND THE PIT was re-titled Five Million Years to Earth.

QUATERMASS 2 Special Features:

  • NEW 2K scan of a pristine archival film print
  • NEW audio commentary with filmmaker/film historian Ted Newsom
  • NEW audio commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman and filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr
  • NEW interview with Academy Award-winning special effects artist Brian Johnson (Alien)
  • NEW interview with assistant director Hugh Harlow
  • Vintage interview with director Val Guest
  • Audio Commentary with director Val Guest and writer Nigel Kneale
  • World of Hammer – Sci-Fi
  • U.S. Theatrical Trailer – ENEMY OF SPACE
  • Still Gallery

QUATERMASS AND THE PIT Special Features:

  • NEW audio commentary with film historian Bruce G. Hallenbeck
  • NEW audio commentary with filmmaker Constantine Nasr and author/film historian Steve Haberman
  • NEW interview with actor Hugh Futcher
  • NEW interview with Academy Award-winning special effects artist Brian Johnson (Alien)
  • NEW interview with clapper loader Trevor Coop
  • NEW interview with focus puller Bob Jordan
  • Interview with author Judith Kerr
  • Interview with actor Julian Glover
  • Interview with actor/writer Mark Gatiss
  • Interview with filmmaker Joe Dante
  • Interview with author/film historian Kim Newman
  • Interview with author/Hammer Film historian Marcus Hearn
  • Audio Commentary with director Roy Ward Baker and writer Nigel Kneale
  • World of Hammer – Sci-Fi
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Alternate U.S. Credits
  • Still Gallery

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