Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows

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The Shadow of the CatNight CreaturesThe Phantom of the OperaNightmare
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows revives four consummate Hammer classics from the early sixties, exemplifying some of Hammer Films' best work in the horror and thriller genres. Edgar Allan Poe looms large in The Shadow of the Cat, a macabre ‘old dark house’ tale of feline revenge, starring André Morell (Cash on Demand) and Barbara Shelley (The Camp on Blood Island); Peter Cushing (The Gorgon, Corruption) and Oliver Reed (The Scarlet Blade) star in Captain Clegg, which sees Hammer fuse horror and adventure in an eighteenth-century-set tale of smugglers and marsh phantoms; Herbert Lom (Mysterious Island) stars as The Phantom of the Opera in Hammer’s acclaimed production of Gaston Leroux’s Gothic classic, whilst Freddie Francis (Torture Garden) directs Nightmare, a spooky psychological thriller in the Les Diaboliques vein, which benefits from full-blooded central performances by Moira Redmond (Jigsaw) and Jennie Linden (A Severed Head).

This collection contains a wealth of new and archival extra features, including documentaries and appreciations, interviews with actors and crew members, audio commentaries, and extensive booklets. Strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 , 1.66:1 , 1.85:1 , 2.00:1 , 2.35:1
Audio: English 1.0 PCM Mono , English 1.0 PCM Mono , English 1.0 PCM Mono , English 1.0 PCM Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: B
Discs: 4 Discs |  BD-50

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Supplements

  • Audio commentary by film historian Bruce G. Hallenbeck (2020)
  • In The Shadow Of Shelley (2020): in-depth interview with the legendary horror actress Barbara Shelley
  • Special FX Catastrophe (2014, 4 mins): audio interview with assistant special effects artist Ian Scoones
  • Cat People (2021, 5 mins): assistant costume designer Yvonne Blake and Peter Allchorne, of the property department, share their memories of working on the film
  • Hammer’s Women: Freda Jackson (2021): profile of the Shadow of the Cat actress by academic Lucy Bolton
  • Kim Newman Introduces ‘The Shadow of the Cat’ (2021, 11 mins): appreciation by the critic and author
  • Catmotifs (2021, 18 mins): appreciation of Mikis Theodorakis’ score by David Huckvale, author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
  • Shadow Play: Inside ‘The Shadow of the Cat’ (2014): documentary featuring Hammer historians Alan Barnes, Marcus Hearn, Denis Meikle, Jason Morell and Jonathan Rigby
  • Double-bill TV spot
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Craig Ian Mann, excerpts from original press material, an archival interview with Barbara Shelley, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • Alternative presentation with US Night Creatures title sequence
  • Audio commentary with film historian and filmmaker Constantine Nasr (2021)
  • The BEHP Interview with Peter Graham Scott (2004): career-spanning filmed interview, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring Scott in conversation with Darrol Blake and John Sealey
  • Making of ‘Captain Clegg’ (2014, 32 mins): documentary narrated by actor John Carson, with insights from film historian Wayne Kinsey
  • The Mossman Legacy (2014, 7 mins): Wayne Kinsey discusses the contributions of transport historian and collector George Mossman to Hammer productions
  • Hammer’s Women: Molly Arbuthnot and Rosemary Burrows (2021, 14 mins): profile of the prolific Hammer wardrobe mistresses by film historian Josephine Botting
  • Kim Newman Introduces ‘Captain Clegg’ (2021, 14 mins): appreciation by the critic and author
  • Documentary looking at the life and work of Peter Cushing featuring contributions from actors Derek Fowlds, Madeline Smith and Judy Matheson (2021)
  • Smugglers’ Gothic (2021, 22 mins): David Huckvale, author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde, on Don Banks’ score and the influence of the head of Hammer Films’ music department, Philip Martell
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with new essays by Frank Collins and Kieran Foster, extracts from original press materials, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • Optional 1.66:1 and 1.85:1 presentations of the original theatrical version (85 mins)
  • Audio commentary with film historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson (2020)
  • Audio commentary with author Steve Haberman and film historian Constantine Nasr (2020)
  • Hammer’s Women: Liane Aukin (2021, 7 mins): profile of the actor, writer and director by the academic Rachel Knightley
  • Kim Newman Introduces ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ (2021, 13 mins): appreciation by the critic and author
  • The Men Who Made Hammer: Anthony Hinds (2020, 28 mins): Richard Klemensen, editor and publisher of Little Shoppe of Horrors magazine, revisits the career of one of Hammer’s most renowned screenwriters and producers
  • Phantom Triumphant: Edwin Astley and Hammer’s Horror Opera (2020, 16 mins)): David Huckvale, author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde, dissects the classic score
  • Herbert Lom: The Soul Behind the Mask (2020, 16 mins): film historian and screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner shares personal memories of time spent with the legendary actor
  • Down in the Sewers (2020, 6 mins): special effects artist Brian Johnson fondly recalls the production
  • Making of 'The Phantom of the Opera’ (2014, 31 mins): documentary presented by actor Edward de Souza, including interviews with film historian Richard Golen, sound recordist Alan Lavender, and de Souza himself
  • Brian Trenchard-Smith trailer commentary (2013): a short critical appreciation
  • Original theatrical trailers
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • Limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet with a new essay by Adam Scovell, Terence Fisher on The Phantom of the Opera, extracts from original press materials, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • Alternative TV cut (99 mins): extended version with unique scenes, presented open matte in Standard Definition
  • Audio commentary with film historians Kevin Lyons and Jonathan Rigby (2021)
  • The BEHP Interview with Freddie Francis (1994, 83 mins): career-spanning audio interview, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring Francis in conversation with Alan Lawson and Syd Wilson
  • Jennie Linden Memories (2016, 15 mins): interview with the Nightmare and Women in Love actor
  • Hammer’s Women: Moira Redmond (2021, 10 mins): profile of the film, TV and theatre actor by critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson
  • Kim Newman Introduces ‘Nightmare’ (2021, 8 mins): appreciation by the critic and author
  • Madhouse: Inside Hammer’s ‘Nightmare’ (2016): documentary with Wayne Kinsey which includes archive interviews with screenwriter Jimmy Sangster, art director Don Mingaye and actress Jennie Linden
  • Nightmare in the Making (2016): author Kevin Barnes and Jonathan Rigby revisit the production
  • Something Lurking in the Chords (2021, 30 mins): appreciation of Don Banks’ score by David Huckvale, author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Emma Westwood, archival articles and interviews, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits.
  • Peter Cushing: Perspectives (2021, 29 mins): documentary looking at the life and work of Peter Cushing, featuring contributions from actors Derek Fowlds, Judy Matheson and Madeline Smith

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