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22 June 2011

Hammer Blu-ray & DVD Round-Up

The Reident - UK DVD cover

Following the UK DVD release on 28 March via Momentum Pictures, Wake Wood is released on DVD and Blu-ray in the US on 28 June through Dark Sky Films. The film, starring Aidan Gillen, Eva Birthistle and Timothy Spall, received a US theatrical premier at the New Beverly Cinema in LA on 16 June. 

The Resident, the Hammer thriller starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Hilary Swank and Sir Christopher Lee, is released on UK Blu-ray and DVD by Icon Home Entertainment on 4 July. Both discs include an audio commentary with director Antti Jokinen. The film was released on both formats in the US in March.

For those catching up with the new Hammer films, the acclaimed Let Me In is also available on Blu-ray/DVD from Icon Home Entertainment in the UK and Anchor Bay in the US.

Fans of classic Hammer horror films continue to be catered for, with a number of titles recently released and coming up. Paranoiac was the first Hammer film to be released on the high-definition Blu-ray format, via Eureka Entertainment in the UK last year. Optimum Home Entertainment are planning a UK Blu-ray debut for Quatermass And The Pit in the autumn.

Following a highly-acclaimed Blu-ray/DVD double-pack presentation of Vampire Circus from Synapse in the US last December, the company are understood to be working on extras packages for a number of other Hammer titles, having acquired rights to Hands Of The Ripper, Twins Of Evil and Hammer House Of Horror

Several titles have also been released onto the home video market via download and DVD-on-demand in the US, a model which has yet to be tested extensively in the UK. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the Julie Ege vehicle Creatures The World Forgot on 23 March, while Warner Bros have released the 1970s thriller Crescendo (back in 2009) and MGM released Cloudburst in April, marking the first time that the first of Hammer's Bray Studios productions has been commercially available.  

All titles are availble via select high street and online retailers.

Further titles are expected to be announced over the coming months, with more classic Hammer titles making their Blu-ray debut. 

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