54-61, 80-83, 89-92, 183-186 Hammer Volumes 1-5

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Re: 54-61, 80-83, 89-92, 183-186 Hammer Volumes 1-5

#151 Post by therewillbeblus » Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:48 pm

The jury’s right that vol. 5 can’t hold a candle to 4, though all these adventure films are somewhat entertaining, even if none are great, or often even very good. Visa to Canton is an attempt at James Bond planted into a color noir, with hardboiled narration and apathetic throwaway lines regarding human life. It doesn’t really work with the lead actor failing to charm or imbue the necessary characteristics outside of cheap imitation, but it’s an intermittently fun cheesy experiment. The Pirates of Blood River is the best of the bunch, a forward-momentum pirate tale that works because of the well-paced progression and idiosyncratic details populating the traveling scenes, which can be pretty goofy but engaging nonetheless. The Scarlet Blade is full of misses, but it moves around as a kind of espionage swashbuckler film where some of the stealth action bits nod to spy films, inconsistent in their amusement. The Brigand of Kandahar goes for a Heart of Darkness-lite adaptation as told through a Western-framed war film in foreign terrain. There is a lot of action, which can be passively exciting, but nothing to write home about.

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Re: 54-61, 80-83, 89-92, 183-186 Hammer Volumes 1-5

#152 Post by Reifferschizzle » Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:39 am

Don't know if you can call Visa To Canton an imitation, since it predates Dr.No. To me it was more evidence that most of the elements that would turn into the Bond formula were already kicking around.

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#153 Post by MichaelB » Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:59 am

Reifferschizzle wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:39 am
Don't know if you can call Visa To Canton an imitation, since it predates Dr.No. To me it was more evidence that most of the elements that would turn into the Bond formula were already kicking around.
It's the main reason for its historical interest - it arguably came closer to the 1960s Bond formula than any other thriller that predated Dr No itself including, no doubt coincidentally but decidedly spookily, an actual phrase from what would later become Monty Norman's James Bond theme. Had they put more effort into casting instead of going down the tried and trusted 1950s Hammer route of hiring a has-been (and therefore cheap) American star, and had someone with more cinematic brio than Michael Carreras picked up the megaphone, it might have been rather impressive.

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#154 Post by therewillbeblus » Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:44 am

Good points, I didn’t even think about chronology

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#155 Post by swo17 » Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:53 am

Richard Baseheart has never been a has-been, thank you very much

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#156 Post by knives » Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:24 pm

Is that because he’s never been a has?

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#157 Post by swo17 » Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:03 pm

Careful there

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#158 Post by domino harvey » Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:54 pm

Paul Massie’s performance in the Two Faces of Dr Jekyll is one of the most embarrassing things I’ve ever seen. Not that the film does him or anyone else any favors. Ah yes, the full duality of man: bookworm cuck or slumming misogynist. Half of this box set is so good, but the other half... not so much

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#159 Post by therewillbeblus » Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:30 pm

The film had me at the beginning as I appreciated how succinctly the first five minutes explained the themes, almost embarrassing to the source in how quickly two characters drained the well of psychological interest. Though what I expected (and what should have happened) is for this brush under the rug to make room for novel ideas to be explored in narrative, and instead we simply got a more cartoonish divergence of personality.

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#160 Post by MichaelB » Fri Oct 30, 2020 6:12 am

A message from Powerhouse:
Next month marks the 86th anniversary of Hammer Film Productions, founded in November 1934. Starting today, INDICATOR will be celebrating via a number of offers.

First, a collection of five limited edition postcards – each utilising original artwork – will be automatically included with every direct order from our website. Please be aware that, owing to limited numbers, the offer will not be eligible on pre-orders. No code is required for this offer.

Secondly, all of our in-print Hammer titles (box sets and Standard Editions) will be available at a 10% discount. HAMMER VOLUME TWO: CRIMINAL INTENT and HAMMER VOLUME THREE: BLOOD & TERROR are low stock and may go out-of-print before the offer ends (5 November 2020 at 9 a.m.) This offer requires no code and is available for one week only. Hammer titles will not feature in any further 2020 promotions.

All titles can be found in the dedicated HAMMER section of our website.
I've highlighted one bit in bold, because there's also a strong hint that a wider sale is imminent - but it clearly won't include any Hammer titles.

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54-61, 80-83, 89-92, 183-186 Hammer Volumes 1-5

#161 Post by MichaelB » Sun Nov 08, 2020 5:35 am

With volumes 1 and 2 already OOP, volumes 3 and 4 look set to join them (the latter in record time: they’re down to their last 122 copies less than a year after its original release).

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#162 Post by MichaelB » Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:18 pm

Standard editions of The Snorkel, Never Take Sweets from a Stranger, The Full Treatment and Cash on Demand (click on the links for full specs) are being released on 15 February 2021.

As ever, the discs will be identical to the ones the now-OOP Hammer Volume 2 (extras and all), but the booklets and reversible sleeves have been dropped.

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