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(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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Runtime 1:35:09         1:35:13.999     
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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

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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)

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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)

Subtitles English, None English, German, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony

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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)

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

Chapters 11

 

 

Comments:

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

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.

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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. It's a film that always evokes The Village of the Damned and Children of the Damned milieu and has the photogenic Shirley Anne Field. It's a weird and delightful 60's entry... and 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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