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Hammer Horror Classics to be Restored

Jan. 19, 2012 Dozens of horror movies produced by Britain’s Hammer studios are to be restored for their release on Blu-Ray. More than 30 films will be resurrected, with several gaining new or extended scenes that were cut from the original. Among them is Terence Fisher’s Dracula, which will incorporate a recently discovered extended death scene considered too gruesome in 1958.

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Blu-ray Restoration Project for Hammer Titles

Jan. 19, 2012 In a recent announcement, Hammer Films revealed that 2012 will see the first results of a significant effort to restore popular titles in the Hammer library. Spearheaded by Studio Canal, the restoration initiative includes Anolis Entertainment, Pinewood Studios, illuminate Hollywood fka HTV, Warner Brothers, and Cineimage; over the next few years, more than thirty movies will receive newly remastered and restored Blu-ray editions.

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Hammer Films Announces film Library Restoration

Jan. 19, 2012 Read mEngland’s Hammer Films revolutionized the horror film in the fifties and sixties. The studio announced today that it is teaming with Studiocanal, Pinewood and other international players to revamp and restore more than 30 films in HD for Blu-ray. Deadline Hollywood reports that Hammer’s original US production partners, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros and Paramount, are also participating in the project.

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Hammer Films’ Library at the Center of Restoration Project

Jan. 19, 2012 A unified push to get the Hammer Films library restored is currently underway with over 30 titles making their way to HD, thanks to Studiocanal and the various U.S. studios that own the rights to the movies made by the UK’s house of horror. Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures are all involved in this endeavor.

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HAMMER Announces Global Film Restoration Project

Jan. 19, 2012 In a landmark collaboration, Hammer today announced that STUDIOCANAL, Anolis Entertainment (Germany), Pinewood, illuminate Hollywood fka HTV and others are coming together to undertake a major restoration of the iconic Hammer film library. The project will bring over 30 movies into HD format for Blu-ray and new media exploitation in the 21st Century. This represents substantial investment by Hammer and its key partner STUDIOCANAL, and is testimony to the extraordinary regard with which the Hammer legacy is held internationally,

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Hammer Horror headed to Blu-ray

Jan. 19, 2012 Attention horror nuts, Hammer aficionados and B-cinema lovers, if you’re like us, you’ve been craving some classic horror on Blu-ray – a genre that’s sorely lacking on the format. In recent days, however, it would appear as though the winds are changing.

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Santa Barbara Film Fest Lineup: From ‘Barrymore’ to Andy Serkis to ‘Ben Hur’

Jan. 05, 2012 The 27th Santa Barbara Film Festival will showcase nearly 200 films, including more than 50 world or U.S. premieres, along with revival screenings of “A Clockwork Orange” and “Ben Hur” and tributes to Rooney Mara, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir and Andy Serkis (below), SBIFF announced on Thursday.

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Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker Powell Present an Exclusive Preview of the Newly Restored The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp at the BFI

Nov. 30, 2011 Every time I revisit THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP, it seems to have become more resonant, more moving, more profound. You could say that it’s the epic of an ordinary life. And what you retain from this epic is an overpowering sense of warmth and love and friendship, of shared humor and tenderness, and a lasting impression of the most eloquent sadness.

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A Day at the Chariot Races: The Digital Liberation of ‘Ben-Hur’

Nov. 21, 2011 The running joke about the Ben-Hur (1959) digital restoration is that Warner Home Video was still calling it a 50th anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition when it was released in September 2011 on Blu-ray. That’s because it was two years past its original street date.

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Restoring Ben-Hur: Catherine Wyler Reminisces About her Father’s Biggest Film

Sep. 30, 2011 General Lew Wallace’s novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ was not an immediate hit when it was first published in 1880. But within a decade it had sold hundreds of thousands of copies, inspiring a stage adaptation by William Young that the famous theatrical team of Klaw& Erlanger produced in 1889. An unauthorized 1907 film version written by Gene Gauntier and directed by Sidney Olcott led to considerable

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