Hammer have announced an ambitious restoration project in tandem with STUDIOCANAL, Anolis Entertainment (Germany), Pinewood, illuminate Hollywood fka HTV and others to bring over 30 films from the Hammer Horror back catalogue into the high definition age.
First up is Dracula: Prince Of Darkness, starring Christopher Lee in his definitive role and leading ‘scream queen’ Barbara Shelley, which is set for a Blu-ray release in March 2012, with footage originally cut by squeamish censors finally restored.
The lost Dracula footage was restored by the BFI in 2007, and supplied by The National Film Center at The Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and shows a death scene for Lee’s titular Count that was considered “too erotic” for moviegoers of the day.
Other titles confirmed are The Reptile and The Plague Of The Zombies in the Spring, and The Devil Rides Out, Rasputin The Mad Monk and The Mummy’s Shroud later in the year.
Also lined up for future release are The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires, Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter, Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell, Frankenstein Created Woman, The Witches, The Lost Continent, Slave Girls, The Viking Queen and The Vengeance Of She.
All films are being remastered from the original negatives and given a plethora of bonus features.
More details can be found at the official Hammer Horror restoration blog.