Death & Deceit As Indicator Announce March Will Be ‘Hammer’ Time

This coming March, Indicator will dive deep into the Hammer vaults for the fifth time. Spies, pirates, swashbuckling adventure, and a revenge-driven magician, will make up the latest limited-edition. The box-set series devoted to British cinema’s most iconic film production company, and the sensational thrills of Vincent Price in 3D!

From 23 March, HAMMER VOLUME FIVE: DEATH & DECEIT collects four films from the early sixties which found the studio looking beyond the horror genre for its next box-office success. VISA TO CANTON (1961, released in the US as PASSPORT TO CHINA) is a torn-from-the-headlines spy thriller; THE PIRATES OF BLOOD RIVER (1962), starring Kerwin Mathews (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) and Christopher Lee (The Face of Fu Manchu), is a swashbuckling adventure; THE SCARLET BLADE (1963, released in the US as THE CRIMSON BLADE) is an English Civil War-set actioner which follows the fortunes of Cromwell’s Roundheads; and THE BRIGAND OF KANDAHAR (1965) takes Hammer to the North West Frontier of India for an action-adventure starring Ronald Lewis (Taste of Fear) and Oliver Reed (The System). All four films are presented for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK, while VISA TO CANTON, THE SCARLET BLADE and THE BRIGAND OF KANDAHAR make their world Blu-ray premieres.

Also available on 23 March is the long-awaited INDICATOR release of John Brahm’s THE MAD MAGICIAN (1954). Starring Vincent Price as Gallico the Great, a master of disguise who is out for revenge, the film is presented in both two- and three-dimensions! Accompanied by a pair of 3D comedy shorts by the Three Stooges, THE MAD MAGICIAN is presented on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.

VISA TO CANTON ADVENTURE

High Definition remaster
-Original mono audio
-Alternative feature presentation with the US Passport to China titles
-Audio commentary with film historian Kevin Lyons (2020)
-Hammer’s Women: Lisa Gastoni (2020): profile of the Hammer star by critic and writer Virginie Sélavy
-Ticket to Ride (2020): film historian Vic Pratt discusses ethnocentrism in sixties British cinema
-David Huckvale on Edwin Astley (2020): appreciation of the film’s score by the author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
-Original theatrical trailer
-Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
-New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
-Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Josephine Botting, an account of the RB-47 affair which inspired Visa to Canton, an overview of promotional materials, and film credits
-World premiere on Blu-ray

THE PIRATES OF BLOOD RIVER ACTION ADVENTURE


-High Definition remaster
-Original mono audio
-Audio commentary with screenwriter Jimmy Sangster, art director Don Mingaye and Hammer historian Marcus Hearn (2008)
-Hammer’s Women: Marla Landi (2020): profile of the Hammer star by film historian Kat Ellinger
-Stephen Laws Introduces ‘The Pirates of Blood River’ (2020): an appreciation by the acclaimed horror author
-Andrew Keir at the Manchester Festival of Fantastic Films (1993): archival video recording of the acclaimed actor in conversation with Stephen Laws
-Did I Write That? (2020): Jonathan Rigby, author of English Gothic, discusses the career of Jimmy Sangster
-David Huckvale on Gary Hughes (2020): appreciation of the film’s score by the author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
-Yes, We Have No Piranhas (2020): video essay on the censorship history of The Pirates of Blood River
-Original theatrical trailer
-Brian Trenchard-Smith trailer commentary (2013): short critical appreciation
-Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
-New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
-Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Lindsay Hallam, Jimmy Sangster on The Pirates of Blood River, a selection of promotional materials, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
-UK premiere on Blu-ray

THE SCARLET BLADE HISTORY ADVENTURE


-High Definition remaster
-Original mono audio
-Alternative feature presentation with the US The Crimson Blade titles
-Audio commentary with film historian Kevin Lyons (2020)
-Hammer’s Women: June Thorburn (2020): profile of the Hammer star by film historian Josephine Botting
-Stephen Laws Introduces ‘The Scarlet Blade’ (2020): an appreciation by the acclaimed horror author
-Interviews with Hugh Harlow and Pauline Wise (2020): the second assistant director and continuity person discuss the making of The Scarlet Blade
-Almost an Auteur (2020): horror author and critic Kim Newman considers the films which writer-director John Gilling made for Hammer
-David Huckvale on Gary Hughes (2020): appreciation of the film’s score by the author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
-Original US theatrical trailer
-Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
-New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
-Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Neil Sinyard, an extract from Oliver Reed’s autobiography, a -selection of promotional materials, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
World premiere on Blu-ray

THE BRIGAND OF KANDAHAR ADVENTURE HISTORY

-High Definition remaster
-Original mono audio
-Audio commentary with film historian Vic Pratt (2020)
-Hammer’s Women: Yvonne Romain (2020): profile of the Hammer star by film historian Melanie Williams
-Stephen Laws Introduces ‘The Brigand of Kandahar’ (2020): an appreciation by the acclaimed horror author
-Adventures in Film (2020): writer and historian Neil Sinyard examines the career and reputation of writer-director John Gilling
-David Huckvale on Don Banks (2020): appreciation of the film’s score by the author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
-Original theatrical trailer
-Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
-New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
-Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Naman Ramachandran, an extensive selection of promotional materials, and film credits
-World premiere on Blu-ray

THE MAD MAGICIAN HORROR MYSTERY


Made shortly after the box-office success of House of Wax, The Mad Magician returns Vincent Price to the world of three-dimensional horror. He plays Don Gallico, the creator of elaborate illusions for stage magicians, who seeks their fame… and will turn to murder to achieve it!

Directed by John Brahm (The Undying Monster), The Mad Magician is presented in two- and three-dimensions, and is accompanied by a pair of 3D comedy shorts by the Three Stooges.
-2K restoration
-3D and 2D presentations
-Original mono audio
-Audio commentary with film historians Kevin Lyons and Jonathan Rigby (2020)
-Three-Dimensional Magic (2020): appreciation of The Mad Magician and the 3D filmmaking boom of the 1950s by cinematographer Frank Passingham (Kubo and the Two Strings) and archivist Tom Vincent, presented in 3D and 2D
-Super 8 version: cut-down home cinema presentation in anaglyphic 3D
-Two short films starring the Three Stooges and produced by Columbia Pictures: Pardon My Backfire (1953) and Spooks! (1953), presented in 3D and 2D
-Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
-Original theatrical trailer
-New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
-Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Kat Ellinger, a look at the career of producer Bryan Foy, an archival interview with director John Brahm by David Del Valle, a guide to the promotional campaign of The Mad -Magician, an overview of contemporary critical responses, Jeff Billington on the Three Stooges’ 3D shorts, and film credits
-UK premiere on Blu-ray
-Limited edition of 3,000 copies

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The founder of The People's Movies, started the site 20th November 2008.The site has excelled past all expectations with many only giving the site months and it's still going strong. A lover of French Thrillers, Post Apocalyptic films, Asian cinema. 2009 started Cinehouse to start his 'cinema education' learning their is life outside mainstream cinema. Outside of film, love to travel with Sorrento, Guangzhou and Manchester all favourite destinations.Musically loves David Bowie, Fishbone, Radiohead.

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