Schöne Meldung von Hammer Films! Die restaurieren über 30 ihrer Klassiker für aufwändige BluRay-Releases. Den Anfang macht natürlich Dracula, inklusive einer längeren Todesszene aus der japanischen Version des Films, das Teil erscheint im März, weitere folgen verteilt im ganzen Jahr, unter anderem „Plaque of the Zombies“, „The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires“, „Frankenstein Created Woman“ und „The Mummys Shrout“. Zur Restaurations-Aktion haben sie auch ein eigenes Blog aufgesetzt, das ich mir grade in den Feedreader gepackt habe. Leider finde ich kein Wort zu meinem Lieblings-Hammer „The Curse of the Werewolf“. Abwarten.
Dracula Prince of Darkness is the first title scheduled for release in the global restoration project and will be released in the UK in conjunction with STUDIOCANAL in March 2012. The partnership continues throughout the spring for the releases of The Reptile and The Plague of The Zombies, and will also include The Devil Rides Out, Rasputin the Mad Monk and The Mummy’s Shroud during the course of the year.
Hammer will also release definitive versions of its three hugely-influential original Gothic classics in the UK: The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula and The Mummy.
As well as featuring a fully-restored HD picture and restored sound, the remastered films will boast a host of newly-filmed extras, including interviews with cast members. These documentary extras are being produced by Hammer expert and historian, Marcus Hearn – author of the recent „The Hammer Vault“.
Pinewood Studios carried out the restoration of the first three STUDIOCANAL titles after housing the original negatives for the films, restoring the original UK title sequence to The Plague of The Zombies as well as the UK title cards to Dracula Prince of Darkness.
Recently-discovered footage that was originally cut from the British version of Dracula has been restored by Molinare to the BFI’s 2007 restoration courtesy of The National Film Center at The Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. The Japanese footage features an extended and particularly gruesome death scene for Dracula, as well as a moment considered too erotic by the censors of the day.
Following the discovery and restoration of the Japanese footage to Dracula, Hammer is keen to unearth further „lost“ scenes and on-set footage from The Curse of Frankenstein, The Mummy and other titles in their library, and hope that any private collectors with viable unseen elements will contact the company.