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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "The Damned" or "Hallucination" or "On the Brink")

 

Directed by Joseph Losey
USA 1962

 

One of the best British science-fiction films and one of the most controversial, THESE ARE THE DAMNED was made in 1961, butchered by its producers, and not released in England until 1963, eventually finding its way to American shores in 1965. The story concerns a young American, Carey, who, while visiting the English seaside, meets and falls in love with Field, the sister of sadistic and lecherous motorcycle gang leader Reed. Reed despises the American, and this rivalry for his sister's affections bring his own incestuous feelings for her bubbling to the surface. Eventually the couple is driven away by Reed and they take refuge in a cave under a nearby military base. There they discover a group of children living in the cave who are cold to the touch. The children are the result of an experiment conducted by scientist Knox, who seeks to develop a race of humans capable of surviving an atomic blast. Unfortunately, the children have all become radioactive during the experiment and unwittingly kill anyone who comes into unguarded contact with them. Seeing the children as surrogates for the family they will never be allowed to have (if Reed has anything to say about it), Carey and Field free the youngsters and are unknowingly subjected to massive doses of radiation.

Unrelentingly grim and haunting, the film was directed by American expatriate Losey, who fled the US because of his declared Marxist beliefs. The film won the Golden Asteroid at the 1964 Trieste Festival of Science Fiction Films.

Excerpt from TV Guide located HERE

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Joseph Losey's black-and-white SF thriller, made in 1962 during his pre-Pinter British period, begins as a sort of love story—MacDonald Carey is an American businessman who shows interest in Shirley Anne Field and as a consequence gets beaten up by teddy boys led by Oliver Reed—then gradually turns into an antinuclear parable about radioactive children sequestered from humanity in an underground cave. Originally titled The Damned, the film was mangled by distributors but later restored for TV; more than an interesting curiosity, it's one of Losey's best English efforts, and Viveca Lindfors contributes a striking part as an eccentric sculptress.

Excerpt from Jonathan Rosenbaum located HERE

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Theatrical Release: November 16th, 1962

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Comparison:

Sony (3-disc) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Koch Media - Region 'B' - Blu-ray vs. Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray

1) Sony (3-disc) - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT
2) Koch Media - Region 'B' - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Indicator - Region 'B' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

Box Cover

 

Bonus Captures:

Part of Indicator's Hammer Volume Four: Faces of Fear with THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL, TASTE OF FEAR, THE DAMNED:

 

Sold individually on Blu-ray by Indicator in July 2021:

or buy directly from Indicator:

Distribution Sony (3-disc) - Region 1 - NTSC Koch Media - Region 'B' - Blu-ray Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:35:09         1:35:13.999      1:35:18.963 / UK: 1:27:26.157      
Video

2.35:1 Aspect Ratio

Widescreen Anamophic
Average Bitrate: 5.23 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,964,397,136 bytes

Feature: 23,064,268,800 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.07 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc 1 Size: 45,505,159,852 bytes

Feature: 24,391,832,640 bytes

UK Disc: 22,152,154,776 bytes

UK: Feature: 22,144,693,824 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.907 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate DVD:

Bitrate Koch Blu-ray:

Bitrate Indicator UK version Blu-ray:

Bitrate Indicator Blu-ray:

Audio

English (original mono)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 767 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 767 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 654 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 654 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps / 16-bit)

DUB:

DTS-HD Master Audio German 853 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 853 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / 16-bit)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1109 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1109 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio Commentary:

English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
DTS-HD Master Audio Isolated Score:

1089 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1089 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None English, German, None English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratios - 2:35:1



Edition Details:
• trailers

DVD Release Date: April 6th, 2010
One Keep Case
Chapters: 12 X 6 films

Release Information:
Studio:
Koch Media

 

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,964,397,136 bytes

Feature: 23,064,268,800 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.07 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Trailer (2:23)

Gallery


Blu-ray Release Date:
June 13th, 2019
Black Blu-ray Case

Chapters 11

Release Information:
Studio:
Indicator

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc 1 Size: 45,505,159,852 bytes

Feature: 24,391,832,640 bytes

UK Disc: 22,152,154,776 bytes

UK: Feature: 22,144,693,824 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.907 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Alternative presentations of the complete 96-minute version, playable as either The Damned or These Are the Damned
Box-set exclusive presentation of the rarely seen original 87-minute UK theatrical cut of The Damned
Audio commentary with film historians Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
On the Brink: Inside ‘The Damned’ (2019, 26:35): new and exclusive documentary, featuring Alan Barnes, Kevin Lyons, Nick Riddle and Jonathan Rigby, exploring aspects of the film’s production
Hammer’s Women: Viveca Lindfors (2019, 14:25): profile of the renowned actor by film historian Lindsay Hallam
Looking in the Right Place (2019, 10:03): actor Shirley Anne Field recalls working with Oliver Reed and Joseph Losey
Children of ‘The Damned’ (2019, 23:16): former child actors David Palmer, Kit Williams and Christopher Witty discuss their experiences of making The Damned
Something Out of Nothing (2019, 6:36): screenwriter Evan Jones reflects on his first feature-film credit
Smoke Screen (2019, 11:22): interview with camera operator Anthony Heller
Beneath the Surface (2019, 25:37): interview with filmmaker Gavrik Losey, son of director Joseph Losey
Beyond Black Leather (2019, 14:20): academic I Q Hunter discusses The Damned
No Future (2019, 25:29): appreciation by author and film historian Neil Sinyard
The Lonely Shore (2019, 20:50): appreciation of James Bernard’s score by David Huckvale, author of James Bernard, Composer to Count Dracula: A Critical Biography
Isolated music & effects track
Original US theatrical trailer (2:43)
Joe Dante trailer commentary (2013, 3:25): short critical appreciation
Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Richard Combs, Joseph Losey on The Damned, a look at the US pressbook, an overview of contemporary reviews, and film credits
UK premiere on Blu-ray


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 25th, 2019
Custom Blu-ray Package (see below)

Chapters 10 X 2

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (October 2019): Indicator have transferred Joseph Losey's These Are the Damned to 1080P Blu-ray. It is part of Indicator's Hammer Volume Four: Faces of Fear with THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL, TASTE OF FEAR and THE DAMNED. The Indicator offers alternative, seamlessly-branched, presentations of the complete 96-minute version, playable as either The Damned or These Are the Damned and a second Blu-ray of the rarely seen original 87-minute UK theatrical cut of The Damned. The video quality, cited as a "2K restoration" seems on-par with the German 1080P from earlier this year. The Indicator may be slightly superior in-motion. Both UK and 'complete version' are also on-par with each other. You can see the comparison captures below.

NOTE: We have added 40 more large resolution Blu-ray captures for DVDBeaver Patrons HERE.

Audio-wide, Indicator go with liner PCM tracks (for both) in 24-bit. It is in English mono and advances in minor ways over the 16-bit Koch, The James Bernard (The Terror of the Tongs, The Devil Rides Out, The Plague of the Zombies, Dracula Prince of Darkness, Across the Bridge, The Curse of Frankenstein) score sounds very effective here. Indicator offer optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

This is the most stacked of all 4 films in the Hammer Volume Four: Faces of Fear boxset (which is saying something.) On the complete 96-minute version, we get an audio commentary with film historians Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan who discuss how this is more of a Losey films than a Hammer film, the shooting locations in place like Weymouth that Kat was very familiar with, how These are the Dammed exists in the same universe as the Boulting Brother's Brighton Rock and much more. It contains some fabulous analysis and is a very rewarding listen. On the Brink: Inside ‘The Damned’ is a new and exclusive 26-minute documentary, featuring Alan Barnes, Kevin Lyons, Nick Riddle and Jonathan Rigby, exploring aspects of the film’s production. Always great to hear form these knowledgeable chaps. We get another segment of Hammer’s Women - this time a new 1/4 hour profile of Viveca Lindfors by film historian Lindsay Hallam. Looking in the Right Place spend 10 lovely minutes with, still attractive, actor Shirley Anne Field recalling working with Oliver Reed and Joseph Losey. Children of ‘The Damned’ is a new 23-minute interview with former child actors David Palmer, Kit Williams and Christopher Witty discussing their experiences of making The Damned. Something Out of Nothing spends 7-minute with screenwriter Evan Jones reflecting on his first feature-film credit, Smoke Screen is a new 11-minute interview with camera operator Anthony Heller, Beneath the Surface is a 25-minute interview with filmmaker Gavrik Losey, son of director Joseph Losey as a subsection of three critical appraisals along with Beyond Black Leather - a 1/4 hour with academic I Q Hunter discussing The Damned and No Future - a 26-minute appreciation by author and film historian Neil Sinyard. Phew - these are all solid gold extras. Next up is The Lonely Shore a new 21-minute appreciation of James Bernard’s score by David Huckvale, author of James Bernard, Composer to Count Dracula: A Critical Biography. There is an optional isolated music & effects track, an original US theatrical trailer plus a Joe Dante trailer commentary from 2013, as another critical appreciation. Lastly is an image gallery of promotional and publicity materials plus the package has a limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Richard Combs, Joseph Losey on The Damned, a look at the US pressbook, an overview of contemporary reviews, and film credits. Incredible.

So we recently cited Shout! Factory's 1988 The Blob Blu-ray as the most complete package of the year... well, move over - The Indicator Blu-rays of The Damned (actually the entire Hammer Volume Four set) has, already, pushed that out of top spot - and what's more, this is a magnificent film - perhaps Hammer's only one delving into art-house territory. It's cinema that is always evocative of sequels or pre-quels to The Village of the Damned and Children of the Damned and has the photogenic Shirley Anne Field. It's a weird and delightful 60's entry and a must have for any cinephile digital librarians. Buy with extreme confidence.

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ADDITION: Koch Media Blu-ray (June 2019): Koch Media have transferred Hammer Studio's These are the Damned, directed by Joseph Losey, to Blu-ray. It looks reasonably pleasing in 1080P. We've compared it to the, relatively, lackluster Sony DVD set from 2010 (reviewed HERE.) It certainly advances in terms of clarity, detail, contrast.... the higher resolution and 5X bitrate exposes a superior presentation. It looked great on my system.

On their Blu-ray, Koch Media use a DTS-HD 2.0 channel mono track (16-bit) in the original English language with a similar encoded German DUB. It is a modest advancement in the film's audio with another pleasing score by frequent Hammer composer, James Bernard (The Terror of the Tongs, The Devil Rides Out, The Plague of the Zombies, Dracula Prince of Darkness, Across the Bridge, The Curse of Frankenstein) sounding a bit deeper with consistent and clear dialogue. Koch Media offer optional English or German subtitles on their Region 'B'-locked Blu-ray.

The Koch Media Blu-ray only offer a trailer and image gallery which includes posters and stills.

One of the more unique films in the Hammer canon. I've awaited this entry for a long time and have heard it will be coming to Indicator, or the like, soon. Now on Blu-ray. An easy recommendation to Hammer completists - I can finally ignore my Sony DVD set as they have all reached 1080P! 

Gary Tooze

 


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Bonus Captures:

Part of Indicator's Hammer Volume Four: Faces of Fear with THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL, TASTE OF FEAR, THE DAMNED:

 

Sold individually on Blu-ray by Indicator in July 2021:

or buy directly from Indicator:

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