A plea to MGM to release Hammer Horror on DVD sign now

MGM has made great strides in gaining the admiration of horror movie fans recently with their Midnight Movie line of dvds. This is a plea that you go one step further and begin releasing the Hammer Films in your ownership.

The English film studio, Hammer Films, made a name for themselves in the late fifties with revolutionary reworkings of classic horror themes, and remained at the forefront of horror cinema for the next two decades, indelibly stamping their name forever on the gothic horror genre. During this time, they produced several classic films, some of which MGM now holds the home video rights to. MGM has already expressed an interest in releasing The Vampire Lovers and The Hounds of the Baskervilles to dvd in 2002; this is a promising start, but there are several more titles that we are concerned about.

First and foremost on the list is Twins of Evil, that legendary film presenting Peter Cushing in one of his finest performances as a fanatically righteous witchfinder, the beautiful Mary and Madeleine Collinson, and Damien Thomas as the sinister Count Karnstein. It is reported that upon Twins of Evil's initial release in America, the MPAA made 34 separate cuts to the film, shortening it by 5 minutes and 36 seconds. Please restore this footage to the film for release on dvd. The dvd format provides for the addition of supplemental material. Unfortunately, the great Peter Cushing has been gone from us for some time, but the Collinson twins and Damien Thomas are all very much still with us, and frequently make public appearances supporting Hammer Films in general, and Twins of Evil in particular. With such a history of accessibility, we feel these actors could, and should, be approached for the purpose of contributing to the dvd release by providing a commentary track and perhaps other material. If MGM were to act upon these recommendations, this would be a very special release of Twins of Evil indeed.

In addition to Twins of Evil, all of the Hammer films in MGM's possession are classics that deserve representation on dvd. We, the undersigned, petition MGM Home Video to release the following films to dvd, fully uncut, with anamorphic transfers in their original aspect ratios in those cases where the films were shot in anything other than the Acadamy ratio of 1.37:1, before we all rot in our graves, as so many unfortunate Hammer victims.

Hands of the Ripper
The Quatermass Experiment
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Ten Seconds to Hell
The Vampire Lovers
Countess Dracula
Twins of Evil
Vampire Circus

Thank you very much for your attention and consideration in this matter

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  • 21 February 20161000. Richard L
    Vampire Circus+DVD=A must have.
  • 12 February 2016999. Robert T
    Please..Don't you want our money??
  • 21 January 2016998. David Hs
    I support this petition
  • 21 January 2016997. John P
    I support this petition
  • 20 January 2016996. Kent S
    Consider Hammer for your next DVD release MGM.
  • 16 January 2016995. David S
    I support this petition
  • 13 January 2016994. Dylan S
    Release this classic movie and restore the lost footage!
  • 10 January 2016993. John M
  • 09 January 2016992. Matthew K
    I support this petition
  • 06 January 2016991. Vivian Morrison
    I support this petition
  • 04 January 2016990. Faith C
    I have two Hammer films on dvd and would love to see more of their work. they are a part of horror movie history.
  • 03 January 2016989. Josh W
    I support this petition
  • 28 December 2015988. Marty Rollins
    Films in there correct aspect ratio enhanced for widescreen TV with extras
  • 26 December 2015987. Alan H
    I support this petition
  • 25 December 2015986. Philip H
    These films were wonderful and very special to several generations of film audiences. They still have enormous appeal and should be seen. Please release them!
  • 24 December 2015985. Carl R
    I am guaranteed to purchase all high quality Hammer releases.
  • 20 December 2015984. Chris S
    I really want to see Twins of Evil and Vampire Circus on MGM dvd.
  • 15 December 2015983. Troy H
    I support this petition
  • 08 December 2015982. Brian C
    I support this petition
  • 05 December 2015981. Keith S
    I support this petition
  • 22 November 2015980. Rick B
    I support this petition
  • 19 November 2015979. James M
    Twins of Evil
  • 15 November 2015978. Kasper Boegh
    I support this petition
  • 14 November 2015977. Kevin R
    Please check this site and sign too for more Hammer DVDs via Warner Brothers: http://www.petitiononline.com/c1a2r3r4/petition.html
  • 10 November 2015976. Dwight Sr
    i fondly remember seeing the hammer horror filmson fridays creature feature night back in the 70's. Releasing them on dvd would sure bring back memories of enjoying those films.
  • 05 November 2015975. Tim C
    I would also like Curse of Frankenstein, Evil of Frankenstein, Dracula with Christopher Lee and The Mummy Peter Cushing Christopher Lee ,Revenge of Frankenstein, Brides of Dracula, The Gorgon, & Frankenstein must be Destroyed on DVD PLEASE!!!
  • 26 October 2015974. Walter A
    I support this petition

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