Want More Hammer on Blu? Sign this Petition and Be Heard!Movies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
Hammer Film Productions has had immense influence on the genre, resurrecting Gothic monsters from their black and white beginnings and populating their films with acting greats such as Peter Cushing, Oliver Reed, Barbara Shelley and Christopher Lee. By giving these classic tales of terror excellent scripts, beautiful production design and colorful cinematography, Hammer cemented their place in cinema history and have gone on to inspire generations of filmmakers in the years since. Yet, to many modern fright fans, these films don’t nearly get the appreciation they deserve, often times released by their respective studios in bare-bones reprints of foreign DVDs to the domestic marketplace.
Well, fear not, Hammer fans, as a petition co-sponsored by Diabolique Magazine and DVD Drive-In hopes to sway Warner Brothers into not only giving their Hammer films a worthy home video release, but in glorious high definition. According to the petition, which is open to sign until April 30th, these publications are demanding that classic Hammer titles, specifically FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED, DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE, THE MUMMY, DRACULA A.D. 1972, HORROR OF DRACULA, THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA are given a full restoration and their first ever stateside Blu-ray release.
These titles have been anxiously awaited by collectors, most of whom would have to turn to expensive UK imports to get a taste of Classic Hammer in 1080p, so if you’re a fan of these films and hope this may spur on more Hammer Blu-ray releases, you can sign the petition here. Horror fans more than ever should let studios know that there is still a market for high definition horror outside of the V.O.D. model, and as a huge fan of DRACULA A.D. 1972 as well as an avid Blu-ray collector, this writer will be making his voice heard. Will you?