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Product Details

  • Actors: Susan Strasberg, Ann Todd, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Richard Pasco
  • Directors: Michael Carreras, Seth Holt, Terence Fisher
  • Writers: Michael Carreras, J. Llewellyn Devine, Jimmy Sangster, John Gilling, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Oct. 14 2008
  • Run Time: 324 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B9ZVVC
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Product Description

Genre: Home Productivity Software
Rating: UN
Release Date: 14-OCT-2008
Media Type: DVD

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Yves-Michel TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 16 2009
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This is a bit off-beat. Itfeels like buying the "we also have..." from the Hammer production catalogue. Technically and artistically, there is nothing wrong with these "classics", but you cannot strike gold time.

You get 2 movies which are more SPOOKY FILM NOIR than horror. "...fear" is the best in the package. Full of twists and turns, it keeps you riveted to your seat. "...Hyde" is a stylish Film Moir which is more entertaining than interesting, as it gives a whole new twist to te Jekyll/Hyde story (Silver is fine !!!!)

Then comes "The Gorgon". It benefits from the Lee/Cushing duo, but goes nowhere. It just did not grab me. "...Mummy" is pointless. In an era where dashing special effects were not the norm, there was only so much you could do with a Mummy. In bothe cases, it seems that Hammerv production was trying to launch new franchises. They lack the depth of Dracula and Frankenstien and ended up being OK generic 60s monster stuff.

At 29$, it is a bit pricey for the casual H-fans. Collectors and Veteran horror fans will want this one.. even if it is the best of the rest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 25 2011
Hammer Horror turned out a lot of now-classic movies, particularly their adaptations of the Dracula and Frankenstein stories (and their varying sequels). But "Icons of Horror Collection: Hammer Films" focuses instead of some of their less well-known movies -- tales of gorgons, mummies, murders and the legendary Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde.

"The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb" kicks in when a mummy is uncovered in Egypt by Sir Giles Dalrymple, Annette Dubois, and John Bray. But after it is co-opted by the greedy showbizzer Alexander King, it vanishes without a trace. Then King and Giles are found strangled -- and the mummy seems intent on killing anyone who violated its tomb.

And in "Scream of Fear," wheelchair-bound Penny Appleby (Susan Strasberg) travels to her father's Riviera estate -- and that night, she is shocked to see his dead body propped up in a storehouse. His body keeps appearing, but it always vanishes before she can show it to someone. Is Penny losing her mind, or has her genial stepmother Jane (Ann Todd) murdered him?

The weakest entry has to be "The Two Faces Of Dr. Jekyll," in which Dr. Henry Jekyll is trying to find a way to access humanity's "dark" and "light" side... and fails to notice that his wife is having an affair with his buddy Paul (Christopher Lee). Jekyll ends up accessing his own dark side -- called "Edward Hyde" -- and soon discovers that Hyde is quickly overwhelming him.

Finally, "The Gorgon" is loose in a small German town in the early 1900s, but for some reason no one will acknowledge that people are being turned to stone. After his brother and father are killed, the incredibly annoying Paul Heitz (Richard Pasco) is determined to find the creature that did it, with the help of his mentor (Christopher Lee).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Old Film Lover on June 28 2014
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A good set of lesser-known Hammer films.

Audio and video are very good on all films.

The only extras are the trailers.

Scream of Fear (= Taste of Fear in Britain) is a remarkably good murder/suspense yarn. Christopher Lee thought it was the best movie Hammer ever made. It's not a horror film in the normal sense (though it has a few horrifying moments), but it is probably the best film in the collection. Unfortunately it is only in black and white, but that's how it was made.

The Gorgon is a reasonably good reworking of the ancient Greek myth, with Lee and Cushing (Cushing with the larger role). The spirit of Medusa (called "Megaera" in the film, in a confusion of the Gorgons with the Furies that could easily have been avoided) is still alive in an unnamed country in "MittelEurope."

The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll is a polished, educated reworking of the Jekyll/Hyde story. Interesting for its variations on the standard version.

Curse of the Mummy's Tomb is a solid, middle-of-the-road Mummy's curse movie. Good sets, acting, etc. It's hard to make these stories really interesting because the basic theme was exhausted back in the 1930s and 1940s by Universal and by the Hammer remake of the late 1950s. Still, this one is a decent job.

Most of these films rank about a 7 to 7.8 out of 10; Scream of Fear deserves an 8 out of 10.
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By Dagmara on July 25 2015
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Great selection of movies and Great seller too.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. B on March 30 2013
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ok this is another release of columbia icon of horror and has far has it goes i bought this only for the gorgon, but
i found the 2 faces of dr jekyll to be lots of fun, not the best film i have seen in the jekyll and hyde stories
but i did dig it and it's an ok film nothing special, maybe because i'm a big fan of lee i don't know!has for the curse
of the mummy's tomb it's pretty slow and boring film i don't know i'm not just a fan of mummy's film they are pretty
slow most of the times but has i said before i'm not just a mummy movies fans aside from the 1st mummy that hammer
did with chirstopher lee and peter cushing it's the only one i love!scream of fear is a psycho B&W film ok film but truly nothing special and it also starring christopher lee, i think in my opinion the best B&W
film in the 2 boxset of icon of horror i have seen is paranoiac with oliver reed i was pretty amaze by this one.

Has for the gorgon this is a wonderfull hammer films highly reccomended i only bought this boxset for the gorgon i will love
to see bluray specials editions of this movie someday, has for the movies transfer they are verry good nothing to complain about wonderfull transfer, the packaging is verry poor you don't have any cover for none of the movies it's done pretty cheap !do i think it's worth it for the price? no not just for the gorgon but these are lesser known hammer films and if
you consider yourself has a fan of the gorgon or a diehard hammer film fans fan buy it! if not pffff wait for a lower bargain cheaper price.
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