The Hammer Horror films are so addictive with Peter Cushing and Christoper Lee giving us the English versions of Frankenstein, the Mummy and most importantly Dracula. Making things a bit frustrating is that Hammer didn’t have one distribution partner in America so the rights to them are spread over numerous companies. This meant the home video releases varied in quality and bonus content. They weren’t going to get the same golden treatment as the Universal Classic Monsters which is a shame. During Comic Con, Scream Factory excited the crowd when they announced they had landed the rights to some of the Hammer Horror films including Dracula: Prince of Darkness. The film was the return of Christopher Lee into the bloodsucking role nearly eight years after Horror of Dracula. The film was notable since Dracula doesn’t talk during the film. He just gets down to business after he’s brought back from his previous death. Scream Factory should be loading up the bonus features for their release since it’s getting the prized Collector’s Edition tag. Here’s a press release from Scream Factory’s Facebook page about the exciting event that will make you counting the days to the week before Christmas:
***DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS Update***
We have some more info about another title we announced at Comic Con back in July. Hammer Films’ classic vampire tale – starring the legendary Christopher Lee — is planned for a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release before the holidays! Some more detail as follows:
• Official street date is December 18th for U.S. and Canada territories (Region A)
• Release will come with a slipcover (guaranteed for three months after its original release date)
• The newly-commissioned artwork pictured comes to us from artist Mark Maddox. This art will be front-facing and the reverse side of the wrap will showcase the original theatrical poster art design.
• Extras are still underway and will be announced later in Nov. We are reconfirming today though that we have an all-new High-Def transfer in the works.
Once again National release date is planned for 12/18/18. However, if you pre-order now for early shipping directly from us @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/dracula-prince-of-darkness-collector-s-edition?product_id=6916
you will also receive an 18′ x 24″ rolled poster of the newly-commissioned art. Only 500 of them are being produced.
Tags: christopher lee, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Hammer Horror, Scream Factory