Today: June 22, 2024

Second Sight’s Hammer Double Feature

It’s a great time to be a Peter Cushing fan. After StudioCanal’s glorious 4K rereleases of the 60s Dr. Who films, Second Sight Films have given two of his finest Hammer Film Productions outings their usual lavish treatment. These two cult classics – Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974) and The Mummy (1959) – offer a fantastic showcase for the celebrated thespian’s horror output while also being a loving tribute to Hammer. Boasting the usual wealth of new and archival special features, stunning packaging, and definitive transfers of the films themselves, these two releases are absolutely essential purchases for horror buffs. 

Do Second Sight ever miss? It’s getting quite absurd how reliable they are in their releases. Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell and The Mummy offer up yet another reminder that they truly are the leaders of physical media, and their reputation upon that throne remains utterly unshakeable. 


FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL

Synopsis

The finale to Hammer’s Frankenstein cycle features a young Doctor who is interned in the asylum where Baron Frankenstein supposedly perished after being found experimenting on stolen corpses. In the asylum he meets the mysterious Doctor Victor and gradually comes to realise that Frankenstein is alive and well and continuing his work.

Special Features 

  • Main feature presented in original UK Theatrical aspect ratio 1.66:1 and alternative full frame 1.37:1
  • New audio commentary by film academic Kat Ellinger
  • Archive audio commentary by Shane Briant, Madeline Smith and Marcus Hearn
  • An Appreciation of Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell by David Huckvale
  • The Music of Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell
  • Taking Over the Asylum
  • Charming Evil: Terence Fisher at Hammer
  • Stills Gallery

Limited Edition Contents

  • Rigid slipcase with new artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Soft cover book with new essays by Kevin Lyons, Kelly Robinson and Emma Westwood plus production stills
  • 5 collectors’ art cards

THE MUMMY

Synopsis

In 1895 a team of British archaeologists discover the untouched tomb of Princess Ananka but accidentally bring the mummified body of her high priest back to life. Three years later back in England a follower of the same Egyptian religion unleashes ‘The Mummy’ to exact grisly revenge on the despoilers of the sacred past.

Special Features 

  • Main feature presented in original UK theatrical aspect ratio 1.66:1 and alternative full frame 1.37:1
  • New audio commentary by film academic Kelly Robinson
  • Archive audio commentary by Marcus Hearn and Jonathan Rigby
  • An Appreciation of The Mummy by David Huckvale
  • The Music of The Mummy
  • Unwrapping The Mummy
  • The House of Horror: Memories of Bray
  • The Hammer Rep Company
  • Original Promo Reel
  • Still Gallery

Limited Edition Contents

  • Rigid slipcase with new artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Soft cover book with new essays by Kat Ellinger, Lindsay Hallam and Kevin Lyons plus production stills
  • 5 collectors’ art cards

FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL and THE MUMMY are available on Limited Edition Blu-ray from Second Sight Films on August 29 2022

 

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