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Three lesser seen outtings from Hammer. A great value..... but not really a great deal. The lack of any extras is hurting the set. The 3 movies are quite different in quality and taste.
Prince of darlness : the legand states that Christopher lee was such an expensive commodity that they reduced his screen time to save money. He barely shows his fangs for 15 minutes during the film. Luckily, it gives the rest of the actors time to show their talent. A good classic Dracula story well delivered. As Victorian as the queen.. get a tea, relax and watch.
Frankenstein created Woman : Critics will say that it is the best one on the franchise. It is fabulous. it is not scary and more Sci-fi than horror. Peter Cushing is at ease in this misunderstood scientist role. The rest of the cast (with the exception of the pretty lady monster and Frankenstein's helper) is pale in comparison to main actor. A great story that flows lie a river in northern England. No gore or scary stuff on this one, it is almost theatrical.
7 golden vampires : In the later part of the early 70s, Monster movies were on life support, nudie cuties were on their way out, but Bruce Lee induced Kung Fu movies were IN. So let's do Vampire movie in Asia with some clothes-ripping scenes Chinese style. It is one of the worst glicks done by Hammer. Peter Cushing is almost ridicule and his great talent cannot save this disaster. The Kung Fu fighting scenes are endlsss. It actually feels more like a Dungeon and Dragons bad scenario. you have to see it once... I guess.
Could have ben a good set, but the absence of extras and the so-so packaging will not allow me to rate it higher than 3 stars.
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3 Hammer Horror Films For Under $10!!!March 11 2013
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Anyone who gives this set of Hammer Horror movies a low-grade is either not a fan or is just being petty. Millenium Entertainment is offering up 3 formerly out-of-print classics that were selling for well over $20 each for a used copy - all 3 for under 10 bucks!! Two sure-fire classics (Dracula Prince Of Darkness & Frankenstein Created Woman) are paired with one weird latter day Hammer entry (Seven Golden Vampires - more of a Kung Fu Movie with a Vampire backplot). This is supposedly just the tip of the iceberg as Millenium plans to release many more Hammer titles in new remastered prints on DVD & Bluray!
38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
A 3-shot of Hammer Classics from Millenium, hopefully some blu-rays to followApril 3 2013
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In early March 2013 Millenium Entertainment announced a distribution deal of Exclusive Media's library of Hammer Films - including special edition blu-rays as part of a multi-tiered marketing approach. While the UK have been getting Hammer blu-rays on a steady basis (albeit generally medicore to poor releases) here in America the pickings have been pretty slim. It's barely a month later and Millenium has already released a quickie barebones 3-film DVD set "at an affordable price to encourage the general public to join the Hammer fanbase" according to their press release. Sales figures of this DVD set are likely to be a gauge for future blu-rays. After considering the pre-order of a measly 8 bucks, the weight it may have on future releases, and the fact I still don't own Dracula: Prince of Darkness then this DVD set was a no-brainer. For the sake of this review I'll be referring to the LONG out print Anchor Bay DVDs, which haven't been distributed in over a decade and now command some pretty outrageous prices.
Unfortunately, being an apparent rushjob, this first release from Millenium has some drawbacks. The first thing that strikes me is the case insert - it's so plain and unattractive, clearly a 15 minute Photoshop job. Granted, this bears nothing on disc content but it helps illustrate the expedited manner this set was created. The arrangement is a bit awkward in that Dracula: POD has it's own single-sided disc and the other 2 films are on a double-sided "flipper" disc. There are no extras, not even trailers, so that is something the Anchor Bay DVDs have over this. All 3 films do feature English SDH subtitles though.
DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS - The transfer on this film is quite solid with natural skin tones, a stable image, and minimal imperfections. The audio is very consistent and adequate. I do not own the Anchor Bay version to compare. As far as the film itself goes, I think this one is a little overrated. It's still a good movie but there are other Hammer Dracula installments that I simply enjoy more (namely the 2 that followed it: Dracula Has Risen From the Grave and Taste the Blood of Dracula).
LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES - By far, the worst of the 3 transfers in the set. Immediately upon viewing it is obvious the film speed is off, which results in unnaturally fast motion. The runtime here is only 85 min. instead of the 89 min. length on the Anchor Bay DVD. The increased film speed acccounts for the difference and it doesn't appear as if anything is cut. However this one is in Anamorphic Widescreen and the AB release is letterboxed, which isn't' very friendly with most widescreen TVs. Surprisingly this soundtrack is much clearer and more robust than AB's which is muffled lo-fi by comparison. Also, Millenium's color palette seems more natural than the Anchor Bay transfer. Unfortunately none of these improvements overcome the terribly distracting off-kilter film speed that renders the movie almost unwatchable. Anchor Bay wins hands down on this one, and their DVD includes the American cut of the film as well (The Seven Brothers Meet Dracula). I hope they straighten out the speed issue for any further release of this interesting east-meets-west flick.
FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN - Another clean solid transfer with more natural color and even a little sharper than it's AB counterpart, although the print is a little darker overall. Audio once again is pretty tight with little to no hiss, pops, or crackles. This movie is one of the best in the Frankenstein series and definitely one of the more inventive ones. It's nice to see it in great condition here. Between the good technical aspects and artistic quality FCW is the most enjoyable in this set to watch.
All in all, this isn't a bad set. But having zero extras, minimal effort, and 7 Golden Vampires being a wash (which really needed an improved release) is enough to take off 2 stars. If you already have the Anchor Bay DVDs, then this set won't do much for you. But if you're looking for any of these films the pricetag alone makes it worthwhile. Hopefully Millenium will get around to releasing blu-rays sooner rather than later.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Nice for the PriceApril 3 2013
Gary A. Smith
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Here is the lowdown on the three movie Hammer set. I watched Dracula Prince of Darkness and it is the best I have ever seen the movie look. Gorgeous color and sharp picture. I am very impressed by this transfer. I spot checked the other two films and Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires appears to be taken from the same source that the Warner UK DVD is taken from, which is quite good. Frankenstein Created Woman opens with the Fox logo and has a Color by DeLuxe credit. The UK DVD of this title has far more vibrant color than this one does but at least this is anamorphic and somewhat sharper looking than the old Anchor Bay disc. Rating the quality of the transfers I would give Dracula Prince of Darkness five stars, Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires four stars, and Frankenstein Created Woman three stars.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Price and Great Classic Horror Films Minor SpoilersMay 5 2013
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I strongly recommend this set because of the price and getting three movies. Two of the three are awesome and classics. The weak link of the set being The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires. I didn't like that one. I got this set for Dracula Prince of Darkness alone because I heard it was very awesome follow up to Horror of Dracula. It was great but the sleeper hit of the set was Frankenstein Created Woman. I didn't expect to like that one as much as Dracula Prince of Darkness. Peter Cushing gave a solid performance in Frankenstein but the supporting actors were great in that movie. Susan Denberg played a poor girl who was crippled and had the left side of her face heavily burned. Robert Morris plays her lover and assistant to Doctor. Frankenstein. Morris did a great job. Denberg and Morris had a great chemistry and they are two characters we care about. I found this Frankenstein to better than The Curse of Frankenstein which had Christopher Lee in it. Peter Blythe was great in Frankenstein Created Woman he was very evil and definitely played the part to a tee. Thorley Walters did a great as a doctor assisting Doctor Frankenstein who is a little brainwashed by Frankenstein but he has a good heart. I was not disappointed with the ending of the movie but the beginning was my favorite part. Dracula Prince of Darkness was great as expected. It was a little slow and takes time before Christopher Lee appears. I thought this movie would suffer from the absence of Peter Cushing. Andrew Keir stepped in and filled the shoes nicely as Father Sandor. Barbara Shelley was great. I liked Suzan Farmer's performance as well. For me Farmer and Keir were tied for best performance second to Lee. The movie was very suspenseful. It had an awesome ending. In the second act it gets very exciting and I was anxious to see how the movie would end and was unsure of how it would end. I didn't find the movie predictable. It's great for a horror movie fan and those getting introduced to Lee's series of Dracula movies. Cheers!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
BEWARE OF TIME COMPRESSIONApril 25 2013
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Considering the low price of this Milenium release, you may not mind that "The 7 Golden Vampires" is time compressed. I couldn't watch it. Both "Dracula, Prince of Darkness" and "Frankenstein Created Woman" have crisper images than their previous releases but the color is pale on the latter title. But if Dracula is the one you want, this is the best copy to date.