table is a guide to the availability of Hammer films and TV series on DVD. Not only
does it provide a useful checklist to a film's availability, it
also compares features if there's more than one version available, and
notes if there are significant differences between
different versions. Where no disc is available, some indication as to who
might hold the rights may be offered, which may give an indication
whether or not a future release is likely. Where a film is not available on DVD, VHS or laserdisc
availability is indicated.
Comments, corrections and additions are most welcome. You can email
information to me directly, using the button, left, or contribute it to
thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum. Further research is recommended before
purchasing decisions are made. The
latest updates are in yellow.
HAMMER TV SERIES AND
of Frankenstein - TV Pilot
- All Day Entertainment
scrapbook of Frankenstein-related material, includes The Face in the
Tombstone Mirror, the half hour pilot
episode for an aborted 1958 Hammer TV series, Tales of Frankenstein.
Zeta Minor review This
disc was reviewed in Video Watchdog magazine, issue 79:48.
- Alpha Video
pilot episode is being released as a double-bill by Alpha Video in
November 2003, under the title Tales of Frankenstein. Presumably
the pilot is a public domain title in the US, meaning that anyone who has
a copy could release it without license. The disc also includes Roger
Corman's The Terror, a more ubiquitous public domain title. The
disc is very cheap.
Journey To The Unknown - TV Series
available on DVD, and never released on home video. Series is probably
owned by Twentieth Century Fox. Hasn't been broadcast for many years (1989,
in this part of the UK), but copies of all episodes are known to circulate amongst fans.
The series is comprised of seventeen fifty-odd minute
episodes: The New People,
Somewhere In A Crowd, Matakitas Is Coming, Jane Brown's Body,
Do Me A Favour And Kill Me, Poor Butterfly, The Madison
Equation, Girl of My Dreams, The Last Visitor, Eve,
The Indian Spirit Guide, The Killing Bottle, Stranger in
the Family, The Beckoning Fair One, One On An Island,
Paper Dolls and Miss Belle.
House of Horror - TV Series
- Carlton Home Entertainment
picture quality from Carlton, who used new telecine transfers. No extras.
English HoH subtitles available.
- A&E Home Video
extras. Relatively poor quality. The discs doe not have English closed
captions or subtitles. This set was
reviewed in Video Watchdog magazine, issue 84:36.
Zealand - Magna Pacific
No extras. Seems to be a clone of Carlton's UK version.
Australia - ?
Probably a clone of Carlton's UK version.
The series has been released on DVD in
Germany - Koch Media
Available as Hammer House of Horror -
House of Mystery and Suspense - TV Series
Episode Guide in Microsoft Word format
UK - DD Video (Verified as Region 2 only)
The series was released by DD Video in 2005,
on two three-disc sets. A Complete Series box set was released the
Volume 1 features six episodes (Czech
Mate, The Sweet Scent of Death, A Distant Scream, The
Late Nancy Irving, In Possession and Black Carrion), as
well as bonus interviews with contributors John Hough (30m), Val Guest
(15m) and John Peacock (15m), and photo' galleries. Volume 2
features seven episodes (Last Video and Testament, Mark of the
Devil, The Corvini Inheritance, Paint Me A Murder,
Child's Play, And The Wall Came Tumbling Down and Tennis
Court), as well as interviews with John Peacock ( 7m) and Val Guest
(8m) and photo' galleries. As with many DD Video Hammer discs, both sets
feature a worthwhile booklet of "Viewing Notes".
With the demise of DD Video, all three sets
have gone out of print, and now command premium prices.
The series was previously available on VHS in the UK as a range of tapes priced for
the rental market, on the defunct Brent Walker label.
- The Studio That Dripped Blood
BBC Documentary. Not available on DVD.
and Blood - The Hammer Heritage of Horror
about the studio, includes exclusive interviews, and some poignant footage
of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee's last meeting. It was screened by the BBC in August
1984 in two fifty-minute parts. Peter Cushing died in the week between the
two instalments, and the second part was followed by a moving,
three-minute tribute montage, prepared by the BBC. A report on the
recording of this documentary can be found in Video Watchdog issue
US - Image Entertainment
The VHS edition, from Anchor Bay (99'32"),
was reviewed in Video Watchdog issue 54:15.
new disc features a slightly different edit to the one shown by the BBC.
It also has an odd edit about fifty minutes in, which appears to be a few
seconds from a different programme! The disc comes with a
lavishly-illustrated 36-page booklet. The disc apparently has a poor audio
- [Distributor Unknown]
DVD is available from Japan, in English with Japanese subtitles.
Many Faces of Christopher Lee
hour-long interview with Christopher Lee, talking about his wide-ranging
career. Made for video, and released in the UK on VHS by Lumiere. Extracts
from the interview appeared on Encore's Hammer laserdisc box set (extracts
relating to The Devil Rides Out and Dracula - Prince of Darkness).
(The third film in the laserdisc box set was Quatermass and the Pit).
Not currently available. The rights are probably now held
by Studio Canal Plus.
Horror of Hammer
- All Day Entertainment
collection of more than fifty Hammer trailers, and two bonus promotional
featurettes, for When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth and Dracula AD
72. The disc does not have
English closed captions or subtitles. Zeta
Minor review. This disc was reviewed in Video Watchdog
magazine, issue 79:48.
A disc which appears to be the equivalent
of the US version is available in Australia.
Hammer Trailer Collection
- Anchor Bay Entertainment
promotional disc was given away with purchases from Anchor Bay's Hammer
Collection titles. It contains twenty Hammer trailers. Copies of the disc
were later added to initial copies of Anchor Bay's Blood From The
Mummy's Tomb DVD. The disc
does not have English closed captions or subtitles.
"documentary" series, using clips linked by narration by Curse
of the Werewolf star Oliver Reed. Originally planned as a series of
twenty-six episodes, but eventually cut down to thirteen.
UK - DD Video (Verified as Region 2
DD Video's two-disc set features all
thirteen episodes, in their original 4:3 format. It could be looked upon
as an essential purchase, if only because it makes a lot of the early
Anchor Bay discs obsolete!
Anchor Bay released ten
episodes on VHS in the US, and twelve episodes were subsequently released
on DVD as bonus features on their early Hammer Collection discs. Anchor Bay ill-advisedly
presented some episodes in anamorphic 4:3 format (i.e.: "windowboxed" with
black bars at the top and sides, with the intention of keeping the content
of a particular disc in a uniform format).
Lee is on
the US Rasputin The Mad Monk DVD
and the Undead is on
the US Satanic Rites of Dracula DVD and the German Dracula -
Prince of Darkness disc.
is on the UK and Japanese Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell DVDs, the US
Four Sided Triangle DVD and the US and German Frankenstein Created Woman DVDs.
Before Time is
on the US Prehistoric Women, The Viking Queen, Vengeance of She and Lost
Continent DVDs. It's also on the German Vengeance of She disc.
Werewolves and the Living Dead
is on the US Plague of the Zombies and The Mummy's Shroud DVDs
is on the US DVD of
The Devil Rides Out
on the UK and US Abominable
is on the UK and US X-The Unknown DVDs, and the US Quatermass
2 and Quatermass and the Pit DVDs. It's also on the German Quatermass
is on the US Shatter DVD]
is on the US DVD of The Reptile and the UK Captain Kronos DVD
Women is on
the US DVD of The Witches
is on the German Men
of Sherwood Forest DVD, and the Dutch disc of The Reptile.
only episode that Anchor Bay has not released is: Trials of War.
Greasepaint and Gore
This disc features two seventy-five minute
documentaries, focusing on the work of Hammer make-up artists Phil Leakey
and Roy Ashton. It uses extensive interview footage with Leakey, as the
basis for the documentary about him, as well as clips from (public domain)
Hammer trailers, and interviews with fellow cast and crew members. The
Ashton documentary does not have an interview as its backbone, so relies
more on reminiscences from his colleagues. Interview subjects include
Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, James Sangster and Val Guest.
The disc is in NTSC format, and is Region 0
The disc is available from the production
Anchor Bay Entertainment,
Paradiso Filmed Entertainment
comprehensive Hammer filmography used as the basis for this guide was
adapted from Marcus Hearn and Alan Barnes' fine book The Hammer Story [Titan
Books, revised edition - 2007, ISBN: 978-1845761851 (Hardback
- UK /
information was taken from the Hammer fan magazines The House That
Hammer Built, Dark Terrors and the invaluable
Little Shop of
Horrors (formerly The Hammer Journal), and from the hallowed
pages of Video Watchdog magazine. Additional censorship
information came from The Dark Side magazine's Choice Cuts
column, written by the peerless Brad Stevens,
Shivers magazine's Video
Reviews column, edited by Stephen Foster, and directly from the BBFC.
Further recommended books about Hammer
and other British horror films:
Hammer Films: The Elstree Studios Years
by Wayne Kinsey [US
Hammer Films: The Bray Studios Years
by Wayne Kinsey [US
English Gothic - A Century of Horror
Cinema by Jonathan Rigby [US
A New Heritage of Horror - The English
Gothic Cinema by David Pirie [US
The Peter Cushing Companion by David
Christopher Lee - The Authorised Screen
History by Jonathan Rigby [UK
A Thing of Unspeakable Horror - The
History of Hammer Films by Sinclair McKay [UK
UK Softcover /
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