More Hammer Horror Bowing on Blu-ray This Autumn from Studiocanal

Studiocanal is set to unleash more Hammer goodness in the UK this autumn when it issues RASPUTIN: THE MAD MONK as a Blu-ray + DVD combo. Considered one of the British studio’s most enduring classics, RASPUTIN stars Hammer stalwart Christopher Lee as the Russian mystic and was directed by Don Sharp (THE VIOLENT ENEMY). Barbara Shelley, Richard Pasco, Suzan Farmer and Joss Ackland co-star.

RASPUTIN will street on 10th September along THE MUMMY’S SHROUD which will also be released as a combo pack. Directed by John Gilling (THE REPTILE, PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES), THE MUMMY’S SHROUD was the third of four Egyptology horrors from Hammer, following THE MUMMY and CURSE OF THE MUMMY’S TOMB, and followed by BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB. The film stars André Morell, David Buck and John Phillips.

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Uncut Woman in Black Coming To US DVD and Blu-ray in May

Those (silly people) who boycotted the UK theatrical release of James Watkins’s atmospheric chiller THE WOMAN IN BLACK rejoice, the uncut version of the film is due for release on DVD and Blu-ray from Sony Pictures in the US this coming May.

The film was subject to 6 seconds of cuts in order to secure a family-friendly 12A rating in the UK and it looks like Momentum is issuing the same cut print for release on its home video platforms when it bows in June. Details of the cuts (courtesy of the BBFC website) are as follows:

This work was cut. The cut(s) were made at the request of the distributor to achieve a particular category. To obtain this category cuts of 0m 6s were required. Details of cuts below may contain spoilers of plot details.

Distributor chose to reduce moments of strong violence / horror in order to achieve a ’12A’ classification. Cuts made in line with BBFC Guidelines and policy. A ’15’ classification without cuts was available.

The fourth film in the recent Hammer revival (following THE RESIDENT, WAKEWOOD and LET ME IN), it stars Daniel Radcliffe and has scored more than £20m at the UK box office alone. The film is adapted from the Susan Hill novel by Jane Goldman (KICK-ASS, THE DEBT), Watkins previously directed the savage Brit horror EDEN LAKE. A sequel is currently in the works.

The full specs for the US DVD and Blu-ray release have appeared over on the Digital Fix and are as follows:

  • BD: 1080P Widescreen | DVD: Anamorphic Widescreen
  • BD: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA | DVD: English DD5.1
  • English, English SDH & Spanish subtitles
  • Commentary with Director James Watkins and Writer Jane Goldman
  • Inside The Perfect Thriller: Making Woman in Black
  • No Fear: Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps
  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy

At present it would appear that the Blu-ray is Region A-locked and naturally, the DVD will be coded for Region 1.

Inside scoop on Lenzi extras

Forum member Django Li has confirmed that the forthcoming FilmArt releases of Umberto Lenzi’s poliziotteschi classics THE CYNIC, THE RAT AND THE FIST and BROTHERS TILL WE DIE will include newly commissioned interviews with the director as well as Sal Borghese, Henry Silva and composer Franco Micalizzi.

The fledgling German DVD distributor has yet to set a date for either  title but their debut will mark the first time that the films have been given an official, English-friendly DVD release.

THE CYNIC, THE RAT AND THE FIST (Il cinico, l’infame, il violento) is top tier Italian crime, featuring the unbeatable triptych of Maurizio Merli, Tomas Milian and John Saxon. BROTHERS TILL WE DIE (La banda del gobbo), co-written by Milian and director Lenzi, sees the actor take on the dual role of two brothers opposite Henry Silva.