Hammer House of Horror Blu-ray Review & Comments

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    1. Steve Withers

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      Excellent review, thanks Steve.

      Will pick up at some point :)
       
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      Thanks for the review,one to pickup,remember from TV :)
       
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      Excellent review. I was too young to stay up late and watch these as a kid when they were on tv (I was only about 6 or 7), so my parents actually used to record them on VHS for me to watch another day!
       
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      I vaguely remember some of the Hammer House Horror tv series, House that bleed was a good one, the tv series is better than a lot of Horrors of today
       
    6. Steve Withers

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      You definitely would have been too young, I was 13 and a couple of the episodes scared the hell out of me at the time.
       
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      Great review thank you and brought back a lot of childhood memories reading it. The one that really sticks in my head is "The house that bleed to death", OMG did the scare me at the time...
      One that I will buy I think.
       
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      The pedant in me feels the need to point out a couple of things regarding the review.
      It says that British tv on 35mm was rare at the time, which is true but HHOH was made by ITC who would have been the ones to commission Hammer to make it and apart from a brief foray into 16mm around 1970 ITC series were always made on 35mm. While the halcyon days ended after The Persuaders ITC did return with The Zoo Gang in 1973, Space 1999 was also in production for almost 4 years from 73-76 and Return of the Saint around 1977. Most of the ITC money was tied up by Lew Grades attempts to beat Hollywood with a series of box office duds. But all he managed was bleeding the coffers dry which ensured season 3 of 1999 never got made and his movie making basically cost him his ITV franchise in 1982.
      Prior to that between Return of the Saint and 1982 we had little things like The Shillingbury Tales and tv movies appeared also like Dirty Money ( out on dvd under its non UK title of Sewers of Gold).
      And recently Network released a Bluray of a little ITC show from 1981 called Wolcott which was also 35mm although only 4 episodes.
      It would have been ITC rather than Hammer who had their eye on US sales. Like the vast majority of their movies and all their tv shows Hammer didn't own them or make money from them after they were made.
      But the Blurays are excellent. There is a technical explanation on the case which explains why HHOH is more constantly perfect than other ITC shows. The exteriors are superb in their clarity.
      It wasn't networked from episode 1 but by episode 3 (IIRC) it was. But after the original broadcast the repeats were sporadic and depending on where you lived some were cut.
      VHS releases of NTSC transfers and Bravo repeats kept us going back in the day.
      Once ITC came home and was bought back by ITV in the late 90's ITV themselves did eventually repeat the show on their digital channels. The Carlton dvd's are actually pretty good but these Blurays are up to the usual top notch standard of Network
       
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      Ordered.
       
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      Likewise, having read the review again, just ordered.
       
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      I love it when Bluray can still make me go WOW. And its rarely movies that make me do it.
      Browsing HHOH a bit more and the opening minutes of Rude Awakening after the opening credits are incredible quality. As Denholm Elliott walks to his office its just a simple street scene but the quality of 1080 combined with the removal of dirt, dust , specks etc really do make this a feast for the eyes.
      I'm sure I'm not the only one who knows most of the episodes very well so being able to watch them again and just admire the surroundings and the sets is a great gift. As I said above the exteriors pop off the screen and the rural settings for some episodes seem clear enough to see each blade of grass.
      Despite seeing the episodes a number of times over the years, the bonus feature that shows the pre-credits sequence of Rude Awakening being shot has allowed me to see that my previous opinion that the shots were just clips lifted from the actual episode was wrong - they were specially shot just for that scene.
      A shame it was the scene most often cut on the 80's ITV repeats. Great episode though
       
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      I quite agree, it's the clarity and detail in simple shots of the streets that really blew my mind, it was like going back in time for someone who remembers the late 70s.
       
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      What we need now is a box set of another Hammer produced TV series "Journey to the Unknown"

      17 episodes ran from September 1968 to January 1969. It gave me the creeps as a kid.
       
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      ON a similar note about going back in time, the new Prisoner set has some fabulous aerial shots on the menus and they are so clear I wondered where on earth they came from. Can't recall where I read it but apparently the footage is brand new and taken from a drone. But Portmeirion still looks basically the same today as it did in 1967 so easy to confuse new footage with old
       
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      Bit of a Holy Grail for Hammer fans. It's never been released on any home video format anywhere ever. When it last appeared on British tv in the late 80's ITV seemed only to have 9 of the 17 episodes, although a few years earlier the Sky cable service did show some that ITV didn't although I think they might have been tatty 16mm copies.
      At least the other series Hammer made for Fox , Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense AKA Fox Mystery Theater did get a dvd release albeit using the exact same masters that Brent Walker used for their 80's rental video release.
      With some of the independents like Arrow in the UK and Twilight Time in the US having deals with Fox you would have thought these obvious lost treasures were ripe for rediscovery. Kino Lorber have read the market and are to release The Outer Limits in the US soon so perhaps they might go after these Hammer rarities if nobody else does.
      With Batman 1966 available in a lovely set we can never say never about any tv shows anymore
       
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      I found this picture whilst looking for the intro.
      journey_to_unknown_dvd_01.jpg


      "Journey To The Unknown" - '68...
       
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      Off one of those dodgy sites that sells VHS transferred to dvd I'm guessing.

      Edit - had a quick look. Does anyone really believe this stuff is Public Domain?
       
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      For reasons I can't fathom my parents let me stay up to the ungodly hour of 9pm to see some of these. I would have been around 7. The episode 'charly boy' utterly terrified me in a way no film ever could as an adult
      Seemed the most hardcore of horrors possible
       
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      Would have been 10.15pm as the episodes didn't start until 9.15
       
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      Ha! Wasnt just you.. [emoji3]
       
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      In the second episode The Thirteenth Reunion I'm finding a lot of digital artefacts/compression, mainly on skin tones which is the opposite of what the review says, yellow straight to pink with no gradient in between, can anyone else confirm this, I do find it a bit distracting but if it's only this episode I'm not too bothered.

      TV is LG OLED B6 using the settings from here just to take that out of the equation.
       
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      Watched this on sunday on my 50" 4k screen and didn't spot anything untoward. Network Blurays of ITC material are usually beyond brilliant and so far this seems to be as good.
       
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      Thanks for letting me know, I'm at work now but when I get back in the morning I'll play another Bluray to cross referance, I hope my TV's not broken, since I posted I played a bit of episode 4 and got the same thing again, I'll put a picture up as well.

      I didn't notice anything distracting in Rude Awakening though, strange.
       
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      Really odd, I've just tried to recreate what I saw last night to take some photos and I'm now getting proper skin tones, can only think it's a glitch in the UHD Bluray player not hand shaking properly with the TV if that's even possible, any way, onto enjoying the rest of the series.
       
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      I'm no expert on UHD players but I used to get all manner of handshake issues with my HD DVD and PS3 players. I found if I attempted to play through through the copyright warnings and the like while watching something else I had loads of bother. No sound or no picture or the surround sound playing on the front speakers. I cured the problems by switching to the correct input before starting the discs. I no longer get those issues whatever I do.

      Bri
       
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      Thanks, I'll keep an eye on what I turn on first and what inputs I switch from.
      I won't clutter this thread up anymore an it's clearly not the disc/s and just coincidental, thanks again.
       
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      Wouldn't compression issues more likely be an issue with the player or disc rather than the display? The fact it seems ok now might indicate the discs and /or laser might have got dirty. Easier to replace too!
       
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      I think this type of problem can be common with some setups but once connection is established it should be ok with no picture problems.
      I had similar issues between my Panasonic UHD player and my Panasonic 4k tv. Something as simple as disabling the quick startup cured it
       

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