The Curse of Frankenstein…A restored version re-incorporates eyeball scene for UK Blu-ray/DVD Combo releas

Posted: 19 October, 2012 in BBFC cuts, New Releases
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The Curse Frankenstein Blu ray DVD The Curse of Frankenstein is a 1957 UK horror by Terence Fisher.
With Peter Cushing, Hazel Court and Robert Urquhart. IMDb UK: The Restored Version was passed 12 without BBFC cuts for moderate gore and horror for:

  • UK 2012 Lions Gate RB Blu-Ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 15th October 2012

See review from sfx.co.uk

See article from blog.hammerfilms.com : Restored

The restore film will include the eyeball scene — restored from a reel of a print housed at the BFI then integrated into the main restoration, which was scanned from a Warner Bros I/P — though not the head in acid bath scene, which despite our best efforts appears no longer to exist.

See  article from  blog.hammerfilms.com : A note on the restoration, mastering and authoring

Some reviewers have commented that the DVD is better quality than the BD. As both have been transferred from the same source, this simply cannot be the case, however the DVD may in some circumstances appear to look better due to upscaling if watched on an HD screen, as this may be creating a sharpening effect. The BD clearly shows more grain and edge definition.

In addition, the HD encode, due to its higher resolution, shows more of the artefacts present in the source material, including softness, grain and high contrast. The SD encode may appear to look smoother as these artefacts are less visible. Finally, there are multiple user-defined and screen-specific settings that affect the way a picture displays on any given TV or computer screen.

Overall, the quality of the picture is dictated by the quality of the source material, and by the decisions taken to retain grain and not to apply filters. We are more than happy with the final result and feel that it properly reflects the work and care that went into the restoration process.

Previous Censorship History

UK: The US Version was passed 12 without further BBFC cuts for:

  • UK 2003 Warner R2 DVD

UK: The US Version was passed 15 without further BBFC cuts for:

  • UK 1989 Warner VHS

From IMDb. Cuts and edits for the US Version were:

  • A man’s head being dissolved in acid is reduced to a brief shot as per the UK cinema version
  • Missing a brief close up shot of a severed eyeball seen through the Baron’s magnifying glass. See cut scene on  youtube.com

UK: Passed X (16) with BBFC cuts for:

  • UK 1957 cinema release

From IMDb. The BBFC cuts were:

  • Cuts to the scene where a man’s head is severed by the Baron and dissolved in acid. The severing was reduced to a brief shot and no footage at all survives of the acid scene.

Promotional Material

The Curse of Frankenstein fully restored in high definition for the first time in its original Academy Ratio of 1.37:1. Available on 3 disc Double Play, it includes 1 Blu-ray and 2 DVDs full of brand new content. Featuring new documentaries and bonus extras and including the infamous ‘eye ball scene’ which was originally banned but has now been fully restored.

SINGLE Blu-ray 50 DISC:

  • HD Main Feature — Never before released Academy ratio 1.37:1 83 mins — DTS MA 2.0
  • HD The Curse of Frankenstein (1.66:1 version) Alternate Aspect Ratio 83mins — DTS MA 2.0
  •  New audio commentary with Marcus Hearn & Jonathan Rigby
  • Frankenstein Reborn: The Making of a Hammer Classic (new & exclusive)
  • Life With Sir (new & exclusive Peter Cushing documentary)
  • Four Sided Triangle (Bonus feature film) 80 mins
  • Tales of Frankenstein (Bonus TV pilot) 25 mins
  • The Tale of Tales of Frankenstein (new & exclusive Ted Newsom documentary)
  • World Of Hammer: The Curse of Frankenstein 25 mins
  • Stills show
  • English HOH subtitles for main feature

DOUBLE DVD:

  • Main Feature — Never seen before Academy ratio 1.37:1 83 mins – DD 2.0 — English HOH subtitles
  • The Curse of Frankenstein (1.66:1 version) – Alternative Aspect Ratio 83mins – DD 2.0
  • New audio commentary with Marcus Hearn & Jonathan Rigby
  • Frankenstein Reborn: The Making of a Hammer Classic (new & exclusive)
  • Life With Sir (new & exclusive Peter Cushing documentary)
  • Four Sided Triangle (Bonus feature film) 80 mins
  • Tales of Frankenstein (Bonus TV pilot) 25 mins
  • The Tale of Tales of Frankenstein (new & exclusive Ted Newsom documentary)
  • World Of Hammer: The Curse of Frankenstein 25 mins
  • Stills show
  • PDF Original shooting script
  • All-new PDF booklet The Creator’s Spark: Hammer’s Frankenstein Begins with text by Hammer archivist Robert J. E. Simpson

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