Hammer Films Double Feature (Maniac / Die! Die! My Darling!) (Blu-Ray Review)
Rated: UR/Region A/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Mill Creek Entertainment
Directed By: Michael Carreras
Starring: Kerwin Mathews, Nadia Gray, Donald Houston
An American painter has an affair with a bar owner in a French village and agrees to help her murderer husband escape from a prison for the criminally insane.
1963’s Maniac is a Hammer film I have a bit of a mixed opinion on for a number of reasons. I like the acting side of it and I do like how well the movie seems to use such things as it’s location. It may use the locations of the movie better than it does anything else honestly. The movie is far more thriller than anything else and while it isn’t a bad watch while you are watching it, it doesn’t do a whole lot to make you want to remember it after you’ve seen it. This isn’t my first time seeing this movie, but my first time seeing it in HD. I like the transfer enough, but the movie still doesn’t do a whole lot for me as it follows a bit of a love triangle in a French town. At the end of the day, it is still well acted and that is a very good thing, but not enough to overall get this one over the hill for me.
Quality of Transfer: 90%
Die! Die! My Darling! (1965)
Directed By: Silvio Narizzano
Starring: Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers, Peter Vaughan
Patricia Carroll arrives in London to get married to her fiancé Alan Glentower. However, the stubborn Pat decides to pay a visit in the country to Mrs. Trefoile, the mother of her former fiancé Stephen, who died in a car accident. Once there, the religious fanatic Mrs. Trefoile insists to Pat to stay overnight to go to the mass on the next morning. After going to the church, the naive Pat tells Mrs. Trefoile that she was not going to marry Stephen, triggering her insanity. Mrs. Trefoile abducts Pat to purify her sins and make her pure for her beloved son.
If you’ve seen a Hammer produced film you know what to expect as far as the look and vibe. The movie is guilty of perhaps borrowing a scene here and there from other films, but as a whole I found it to be a harmless affair that can be rather entertaining at certain times with great acting here to help pull things together. There are a few interesting characters here and the acting is a sure make-or-break for films like that and here is played well and as a result, the film comes across very well. Then again, it IS a Hammer film and they are rarely sloppy. They can at certain times be a bit dull, but this one doesn’t fall into that category much if at all. I have nothing at all against the Bible, but you can rarely go wrong with a Bible-spewing nut on screen. The people here seem to enjoy what they are doing and that shines through. I would have liked a little more horror and perhaps a little less thriller, but it isn’t like we get a bad movie out of what we do get here. All in all, we have a Hammer film that isn’t set way back in those old castle days and it doesn’t turn out bad at all. Actually, compared to other Hammer films it feels rather fresh. And, we have a pretty solid looking transfer here as well.
Quality of Transfer: 91%
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