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(Freddie Francis, 1964)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Hammer Films
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 19,543,506,597 bytes
Feature Size: 14,930,995,200 bytes
Video Bitrate: 19.98 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase
Release date: November 7th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1406 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1406 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1344 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio French 1420 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1420
kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1344 kbps / 16-bit)
• La Hammer Films La Petite Boutiques Des Horruers (10:19)
Description: Janet is a young student at a private school; her nights are troubled by horrible dreams in which she sees her mother, who is in fact locked in an insane asylum, haunting her. Expelled because of her persistent nightmares, Janet is sent home where the nightmares continue.
The fourth of Hammer's psychological thrillers, made to capitalise on the success of films like Psycho and Les Diaboliques. It is one of Freddie Francis' most imaginative films, making the most of a patchy Jimmy Sangster script. Knight (a faceless Hammer lead) is the suspect hero, and Linden the tormented young heroine haunted by the fear of hereditary insanity who, as the film begins, is plagued by a recurring nightmare in which her mother lures her into a mental asylum. Normally the Hammer psychological strain has a disconcertingly contemporary tone, but here the apparatus (who is trying to drive the girl out of her mind?) is truly Gothic: old country house, absent guardian, white phantom, etc..
Nightmare, despite the absence of any member of the Hammer
Trifecta, is a Hammer masterpiece. From the chilling beginning to the
surprising conclusion, this film sets the bar for British suspense.
Sharp, haunting, and absolutely timeless, Nightmare should
already be on your video shelf.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Nightmare appears modest on Blu-ray from Elephant Films in France. The image looks marginally vertically squished and I'd like to compare it to the Final Cut. The film was show in 2.55:1 (Hammerscope) according to IMDb but this Blu-ray is in 2.35:1. It can look a shade waxy and soft. It's 1080P but in the lower tier of HD visual quality.
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Elephant Films offer uncompressed DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel tracks (16-bit) in both original English or a French DUB option. The film is loaded with load screams that carry depth. The score is by Don Banks (Torture Garden, The Evil of Frankenstein, Rasputin The Mad Monk, The Mummy's Shroud, The Reptile) and it supports the film well. There are optional French subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE.
There are two French-language extras about Hammer films running about 10-minute each, 11 trailers - mostly similar genre films, a Gallery and the package has a second disc DVD.
January 8th, 2018