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Directed by Cliff Owen
UK 1968

 

She used her beauty to bring kingdoms to their downfall and men to their knees!


A young beautiful woman named Carol (Olinka Berova) is plagued by hallucinatory voices calling her "Ayesha" and is drawn by a mysterious force toward the east. During her voyage, she meets Dr. Philip Smith (Edward Judd) who decides to accompany Carol to her unknown destination. Eventually the two reach the lost city of Kuma where Carol is greeted as the reincarnation of Queen Ayesha, the beloved of King Killikrates (John Richardson). Philip is imprisoned and meets Za-Tor (Noel Willman) who tells him of the high priest's deceitful plan to obtain the secret of immortality by bringing back Ayesha to King Killikrates. Will Philip escape in time to reveal the truth and save Carol from destruction?

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Killikrates (John Richardson) is the ruler of the city of Kuma, an idyllic civilization seemingly frozen in another time. In a religious ceremony, he waits for his Queen Ayesha (Olinka Berova) to return and be immortalized by a fiery ritual. The High Priest has other ideas and plants a look-alike from provincial France to take her place. The new girl has a boyfriend, a dedicated physician who must rescue his damsel in distress. The doctor battles against the evil machinations of the High Priest to save his true love and help the benevolent ruler keep his crown. Things get out of hand when the fire spreads out of control and Kuma is in danger of being completely engulfed in flames.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: April 14th, 1968

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Review: Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:41:21.116        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 36,071,739,916 bytes

Feature: 29,635,135,488 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1780 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1780 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Shout! Factory

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 36,071,739,916 bytes

Feature: 29,635,135,488 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• NEW Interviews With Assistant Director Terence Clegg (2:35), Visual Effects Artist Joy Cuff (8:02), And Clapper/Loader Trevor Coop (5:42)
• NEW Audio Commentary By The Monster Party Podcast Hosts Matt Weinhold, Shawn Sheridan, Larry Strothe, And James Gonis
• World Of Hammer – Lands Before Time (24:40)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:23)
• TV Spots (1:22)
• Still Gallery (5:23)


Blu-ray Release Date:
December 4th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 14

 

 

Comments:

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

Shout! Factory bring Hammer Studio's The Vengeance of She to a new Blu-ray edition. It's on a dual-layered disc in 1080P with a max'ed out bitrate. It can look a shade inconsistent with softness as well as some more impressive detail in close-ups exporting bright rich colors. The film has majority exterior shots, with locations in Monaco and Spain, and they can seem to vary in terms of sharpness. It is in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and is cited as being a 'New 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements'. I imagine this is very similar to how the original film looked - not stellar put very watchable with attractive scenery.... and, of course, Miss Berova. 

The restored audio is transferred in a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 channel track (24-bit) and there are some effects that come through with depth. The score is by
Mario Nascimbene (The Vikings, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, The Barefoot Contessa, Barabbas, A Farewell to Arms, Love in the City) and it is pleasing with a few saxophone solos, but I was not a fan of the repetitious use of the quasi-theme "Who is She?" with the lounge-like male vocals. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles on this Region 'A' Blu-ray.

Shout! Factory add a new enthusiastic audio commentary by 'The Monster Party' Podcast hosts Matt Weinhold, Shawn Sheridan, Larry Strothe, and James Gonis who both share some details of the film and the stars as well as fun-loving amusement. I appreciated the serious side a bit more but I think it had a decent balance once the film got going. Excellent and entertaining. There are also new interviews with assistant Director Terence Clegg (2:35), Visual Effects Artist Joy Cuff (8:02), And clapper/loader Trevor Coop (5:42) who share their memories of working for Hammer and on the production of The Vengeance of She. Tacked on is another 25-minute World Of Hammer episode - this one entitled Lands Before Time plus a theatrical trailer, TV Spots and an extensive gallery.

The Vengeance of She is a sequel to
Hammer's 1965 She with Ursula Andress. Since they couldn't get her - they cast the sexy look-alike, Olinka Berova. But there is a shift of the character to some degree and it doesn't have the same tone - certainly nothing like the posters suggest - and it is generally a notch below its predecessor. But there are things to appreciate including the recognizable Edward Judd (First Men in the Moon, The Day the Earth Caught Fire, Island of Terror) and Hammer regular Andrι Morell. The Blu-ray transfer is pleasing and there are extras including a fun commentary, new interviews and nice packaging. Hammer fans who can never get enough... go for it.

Gary Tooze

 


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