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Hammer Volume 5: Death & Deceit – More Hammer adventures

UK label Indicator/Powerhouse Films is releasing their next Blu-ray box set Hammer Volume 5: Death & Deceit.

This box set 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
  • The Brigand of Kandahar (1965) takes Hammer to the North-West Frontier 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. This limited edition box set is strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units.

Release date: March 23, 2020
Genre: Action / Adventure

Disc and film details

  • Country: UK
  • Production Year: 1961-1965
  • Discs: 4 Blu-ray Discs
  • Region: B
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Formats: Color
  • Audio: English
  • Subtitle: English
  • Studio: Indicator Series / Powerhouse Films

Special features for each film:

Visa to Canton (Blu-ray)

VISA TO CANTON

  • 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

The Pirates of Blood River (Blu-ray)

THE PIRATES OF BLOOD RIVER

  • 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

The Scarlet Blade (Blu-ray)

THE SCARLET BLADE

  • 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 on the eclectic career of writer-director John Gilling
  • 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

The Brigand of Kandahar (Blu-ray)

THE BRIGAND OF KANDAHAR

  • 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
  • Swashbuckling (2020): writer and historian Neil Sinyard looks at writer-director John Gilling’s films for Hammer
  • 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 Pirates of Blood River (1962) trailer

Notice: The picture quality of these videos do not reflect the picture quality of the Blu-ray or DVD in this package.

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