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Captain Clegg aka Night Creatures [Blu-ray]


(Peter Graham Scott, 1962)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Hammer Film Productions

Video: Final Cut Entertainment



Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:18:48.720

Disc Size: 22,931,666,486 bytes

Feature Size: 16,572,026,880 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.98 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: June 23rd, 2014



Aspect ratio: 2.0:1

Resolution: 1080i / 25 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit



English, none



• The Making of Captain Clegg--Narrated by John Carson with contribution from historian Wayne Kinsey (30:42)
The Mossman Legacy--George Mossman's Carriage Collection--Introduced and hosted by historian Wayne Kinsey (6:36)
Stills Gallery (2:42)





Description: Captain Collier (Patrick Allen) and his band of sailors show up to an English coastal town to investigate reports of “Marsh Phantoms” who ride by night spreading terror to the town. The Captain suspects that the local reverend (Peter Cushing) might be hiding something. Are the phantoms genuine or a cover for illegal smuggling activities?

Excerpt from Wikipedia located HERE


The Film:

Despite the American title of this movie (NIGHT CREATURES) and a subplot concerning ghosts on horseback, this isn't really a horror movie, nor does it act like one; it's more of a period crime melodrama (the original title, CAPTAIN CLEGG, is much more accurate). This may be one of the reasons that this remains one of the more obscure Hammer thrillers, but those who choose to seek it out may well enjoy it. The story is solid and entertaining, and the performances are strong throughout, particularly from Peter Cushing, Oliver Reed, and Michael Ripper (who nearly steals the whole movie as the local undertaker).

Excerpt from Sci-fi-film located HERE

Adapted from the Russell Thorndike novel, Dr Syn, Hammer’s Captain Clegg, was a somewhat horrific pirate adventure about smuggling in the Romney Marshes by celebrated pirate Captain Clegg and his men. The story has been filmed twice previously, in 1937 by Gaumont-British, starring George Arliss and Margaret Lockwood, and was released in the same year as this version by Walt Disney with Patrick McGoohan in the title role.

Excerpt from Brit Movie located HERE


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

Captain Clegg (or Night Creatures) was part of Universal's Hammer Horror Series DVD set. It gets a 1080i transfer (50hrz - PAL) to Blu-ray from Final Cut Entertainment in the UK. It is single-layered with a supportive bitrate for the 1-hour, 18-minute, feature. It seems reasonably consistent. Generally the visuals are pleasing with a few impressive close-ups. Colors have some richness and there is no noise or artifacts that I could see. This Blu-ray gave me a decent presentation in the lesser-seen 2.0:1 aspect ratio (original 1.85:1?). Regardless, the 1080I video quality was only acceptable - nothing dynamic although very watchable.


















Audio :

Final Cut utilize a linear PCM mono track at 1536 kbps. It is clear, flat but has a bit of punch. Don Banks (Rasputin the Mad Monk, The Evil of Frankenstein, The Mummy's Shroud) score adds to the period horror and benefits from the lossless transfer. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.


Extras :

Final Cut include two new featurettes. Running 1/2 hour The Making of Captain Clegg is narrated by John Carson with contribution from historian Wayne Kinsey and deals with specifics of the production - before and during shooting. The Mossman Legacy--George Mossman's Carriage Collection is 7-minutes and is introduced and hosted by historian Wayne Kinsey. There is also a stills gallery.



Captain Clegg is a good Hammer production. I was in the perfect mood after Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter. I was wondering why it all seemed familiar - then I remembered watching the DVD of Dr. Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. The film has wonderful sets and costumes and interesting character development. There is suspense, action, sexy Yvonne Romain, plus Hammer stalwarts Cushing and a young Oliver Reed. The Final Cut Blu-ray provides a decent, if not progressive, a/v presentation and includes supplements. Fans of the Studio's work will likely want to indulge. This is a good Hammer period adventure piece - a shade short - lighter on the horror - but still very worthwhile. Recommended! 

Gary Tooze

July 14th, 2014


About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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