Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (frame 830)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Thursday 11th March 2010, 04:16:46 AM

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Label:  Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (UK)

Region:  2, 4 & 5
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  CSS / CPPM

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 3.80 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:31:23.13

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  2.34:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.39 / 5.50 / 9.25 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: English for the deaf and hard of hearing

Menus available in: English


Special features:
 

Gallery (1:14, 26 stills & 2 posters)

24-page booklet (in English)

Notes: 
From the booklet:

A NOTE ON THIS VERSION OF THE DAMNED
The version of The Damned presented on this DVD runs to 91 minutes 21 seconds. There is a four per cent disparity between theatrical and PAL DVD frame rates, and after this is accounted for it seems almost certain that this print was struck from the original cut of the film signed off by Hammer's dubbing mixer Stan Fiferman in early November 1961. Reports of an even longer 100 minute version of the film have proved impossible to verify.
This DVD features the British version of Reel 9, with the pick-up shot of Bernard shooting Freya, but intriguingly opens with the American title
These Are The Damned. This was presumably appended by Columbia some time after Hammer's original delivery, and has been preserved here because the archivists at Sony (the Columbia rights-holders) report that the original British titles for the film are sadly not preserved.
Despite the misleading title, we are confident that this DVD presents
The Damned in its longest available format.

Plus, two more pictures I'd like to show you; in the first one, there's an interesting reflection visible in the guy's helmet (the "ghost" appears in this one single frame only):

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The second is a composition I liked very much, but it just didn't look "right" in the sequence I selected for the gallery below:

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*difference between channels is -73.78 dB (0.02 %)

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