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Icons Of Horror Collection (Two Faces Of Dr. Jekyll/The Curse Of The Mummyís Tomb/The Gorgon/Scream Of Fear/Hammer Films/Sony DVD)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C-†††† Films: C+



Icons of Horror is the latest Columbia Pictures-distributed set of Hammer Horror production Sony has decided to issue on DVD and though they are not the best films the studio ever made, they are interesting examples of what they achieved when color and the British approach were still a novelty that sold tickets.



Two Faces Of Dr. Jekyll (1960) has Paul Massie in the title role in this Terence Fisher-helmed bit that is not the best adaptation of this material, but with Christopher Lee, Dawn Addams, Oliver Reed and an uncredited Walter Gotell, one of the classier attempts to deal with the material.Jack Asher (who already lensed Hammerís first Dracula, Mummy and Hounds of the Baskervilles) shot this in MegaScope (in EastmanColor) and takes advantage of the full frame.


The Curse Of The Mummyís Tomb (1964) was shot in lesser Techniscope by the great Otto Heller (The Ipcress File) and has a great use of color with more energy, but despite its ambitions to imitate the best past such films, writer/director Michael Carreras and his good, lesser-known actors still come up with an uneven film.It looks good here, though.


The Gorgon (1964, 1.66 X 1) reunites Lee, Cushing and Fisher in its Medusa-like tale that has its moments as they are joined by Barbara Shelley, Michael Goodliffe and Patrick Troughton in one of the best adaptations of this material to date.It may show its age, but makes for compelling viewing.Part of the reason it also holds up is the camera work of Michael Reed, B.S.C., who shot several key Hammer films, key episodes of The Saint with Roger Moore, the great British Sci-Fi film Z.P.G. and James Bond classic On Her Majestyís Secret Service, all reviewed elsewhere on this site.


Scream Of Fear (1964, 1.85 X 1) is a James Sangster-penned thriller with Psycho ambitions, Christopher Lee, Susan Strasberg and Ann Todd that was shot in black and white by no less than Douglas Slocombe (the Indiana Jones trilogy, John Hustonís Freud, Never Say Never Again) has some suspense in director Seth Holtís hands, but it is uneven and as compared to William Castleís later Homicidal, is simply very dated.



All the films are presented in anamorphically enhanced framing (aspect ratios noted above) and can be soft and grainy despite being new transfers.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono in all cases is fine, but all show their age, despite being as clean as Sony could make them.The only extras are theatrical trailers for all the films, but I expected more.


For more Hammer DVD sets from Sony, try Icons of Adventure at this link:





-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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