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Directed by Terence Fisher

UK 1964

 

Many petrified corpses are found in the village of Vandorf in 1910. When Bruno Heitz, an artist, is found hanging from a tree following the death of his girl friend, he is assumed to be the murderer. Attempting to clear his son's name, Professor Heitz visits Vandorf, where he encounters the hostility of Police Chief Kanof, brain surgeon Namaroff, and the villagers themselves, who set his lodgings ablaze. In the ruins of Castle Borski the professor confronts Megaera, the legendary gorgon. Her gaze gradually turns him to stone, but he notifies his elder son, Paul. Accompanied by his mentor, Professor Meister, Paul arrives in Vandorf. When Namaroff refuses to see him, Meister's suspicions are aroused. Aware that Paul is attracted to Carla, Namaroff's assistant, Meister advises him to shun her. From Namaroff's papers Meister learns that Carla, an amnesiac, is the surgeon's former patient. Discovering that Paul and Carla have arranged a tryst at Castle Borski, Meister rushes to the ruins. There he and Paul slay both Namaroff and Carla, whose body had housed the gorgon..

 

 

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Theatrical Releases: 1960 - 1964

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Sony (2-disc) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Mill Creek Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray vs. Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

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Distribution Sony - Region 1 - NTSC Mill Creek Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray Indicator - Region FREE' - Blu-ray
  1.78 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.14 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,415,797,068 bytes

Feature: 11,291,541,504 bytes 

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 17.00 Mbps

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 32,493,514,160 bytes

Feature: 24,614,477,376 bytes 

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 35.09 Mbps

Time: 1:23:15  1:23:24.040 1:23:26.167
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DVD of The Gorgon

Bitrate: Millcreek Blu-ray of  The Gorgon

Bitrate: Indicator Blu-ray of  The Gorgon

Audio English (original mono) Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

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

Subtitles English, None None English (SDH), None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Sony

Aspect Ratio:
All Original Aspect Ratios - 2:35:1 for The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) + The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964)
1:66:1 for The Gorgon (1964) + Scream of Fear (1961)

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: October 14th, 2008

One Keep Case
Chapters: 12 X 4

Release Information:
Studio: Mill Creek
 

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,415,797,068 bytes

Jekyll Feature: 11,951,990,784 bytes

Gorgon Feature: 11,291,541,504 bytes 

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 17.00 Mbps

 

Edition Details:

• None

Blu-ray Release Date: September 6th, 2016
Standard
Blu-ray Case

Chapters: 4 + 4

 

Release Information:
Studio: Indicator
 

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 32,493,514,160 bytes

Feature: 24,614,477,376 bytes 

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 35.09 Mbps

 

Edition Details:

• Heart of Stone - Inside The Gorgon (14:01)

• The Gorgon audio commentary with Daughters of Darkness’ Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger
• The Gorgon introduction by actor and filmmaker Matthew Holness (14:51)
• Hammer’s Women – Patricia MacCormack on Barbara Shelley (9:29)

Trailer (2:48)

Promotional Material (1:43)

The Gorgon Comic Strip Adaptation (3:36)

Blu-ray Release Date: October 30th, 2017
Custom
Blu-ray Case

Chapters: 10

 

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray October 17':

The Indicator is part of their 4 Blu-ray set of Hammer Volume One: Fear Warning with Maniac, The Gorgon, The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb and Fanatic.

Mill Creek's 2016, 1.78:1, Blu-ray transfer isn't much competition. Indicator's new 1.66:1 1080P is dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate (more than 2 X that of the Mill Creek.) Generally we see more information in the frame, significantly better colors (warmer skin tones), much more grain and a, far superior, dynamically satisfying presentation in-motion.

Indicator use an uncompressed linear PCM mono track (24-bit) - also a notable improvement over the Mill Creek lossy audio transfer. The indicator add optional English (SDH) subtitles and their Blu-ray disc  package is Region FREE - playable worldwide.

So many great extras starting with a new audio commentary with Daughters of Darkness’ Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger who look at mythology, the female power of sexuality, the less definable 'fantastique' genre with female sexuality as a potentially monstrous force and so much more. It's professional and highly interesting. Great job! Heart of Stone - Inside The Gorgon is a 1/4 video piece discussing various facets of the production with Jonathan Rigby and others. There is an extensive introduction/discussion by actor and filmmaker Matthew Holness, a 10-minute piece on Hammer’s Women with Patricia MacCormack discussing Barbara Shelley. We get a trailer, promotional material, and panels of The Gorgon Comic Strip Adaptation. The full package has four box set exclusive booklets with new essays, contemporary reviews, historic articles, and full film credits.

Indicator continue their high caliber work in a flawless package of a classic Hammer film. Our highest recommendation!

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ADDITION: Mill Creek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray September 16': Mill Creek's 2016 Blu-ray transfer is kind of underwhelming - the two features share a single-layered Blu-ray disc supporting a modest bitrate (17 Mbps) and only lossy audio (no improvement). There are no extras and no optional subtitles.

Does it look better? - yes, it does but far from the best it could. The US remains indifferent to the Hammer Films archive where in region 'B' you can get many of the studios desirable titles. I'm anxious to obtain and review Universal's 2016 Hammer Horror 8-Film Blu-ray Collection.

Big bonus here, though, is the price. Fans should probably nab it. We reviewed the 2 disc Sony DVD HERE - which still has value.

We have reviewed/compared Mill Creek's Blu-ray of Hammer Film Double Feature - Revenge of Frankenstein & The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, HERE.

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ON THE DVD Boxset: Much in the vein of Sony's Icons of Horror - Boris Karloff or Sam Katzman collections, the four feature films of this boxset are shared, two each on two dual-layered, progressive DVDs with all 4 widescreen features being anamorphically enhanced. All have original aspect ratios - 2:35:1 for The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) + The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964), 1:66:1 for The Gorgon (1964) + Scream of Fear (1961). Each disc is coded for Region 1 in the NTSC standard. They have original mono audio (or 2.0 channel stereo) and the dialogue is supported by optional English subtitles. The 2 DVDs are housed in one keep cases and they are not sold separately at this time. I believe these particular NTSC editions can only be obtained in Sony's Icons of Horror - Hammer Films collection at present.

Image quality: The three color features look quite strong and fairly consistent. Scream of Fear seems the weak link with a strange softness at times that may very well be part of the original presentation. But the prevalent noise I'm sure is nt and contrast can be a bit muddy. I have no adamantly strong complaints with the way these, essentially single-layered, transfers look as my expectations were not astronomic.  There is some minor digital noise throughout but, except for Scream of Fear, nothing distracting. There are no overt damage marks - just some minor light speckles here and there. I think the captures below give a fair representation of how the DVD package looks. They are certainly very watchable.

Audio was acceptable if unremarkable. It was consistent and clear enough and the dialogue is supported with optional English subtitles.

 

Unfortunately there are no extras save some trailers which are both intense and amusing!

 

I love sinking into these genre efforts - no matter the 'cheese factor' - Hammer always had a slight edge in quality over a lot of similar, more exploitation based, horror films. This package is fun but I'd recommend Universal's The Hammer Horror Collection over it by a mile (8 super Hammer Horrors in one package for about $2 each). Still for new fodder, I immersed myself in this one and admit to enjoyment. Fans have an idea what they are in for - and this package shouldn't disappoint despite the lack of supplements. The Gorgon was especially pretty cool!

Gary W. Tooze


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