THE VIKING QUEEN
Don Murray, Carita, Donald Houston
THE VENGEANCE OF SHE
John Richardson, Olinka Berova, Edward Judd
Martine Beswick, Edina Ronay, Michael Latimer
fair to lump these three mid-sixties Hammer movies together. Two of them
are poor relations or direct sequels to better Hammer movies (She
and One Million Years B.C.) and the third is a strange orphan more
reminiscent of The Devil Ship
Pirates or Captain Clegg than
anything else the studio produced. All of them are rather charming in
their own right, and certainly their availability on DVD is to be greatly
welcomed. The Viking Queen is
especially endearing. It could almost be Carry
On Boudicca, except that jokes are rather thin on the ground.
There’s plenty to enjoy, including a cast of great British character
actors - many of them Hammer regulars -
like Patrick Troughton, Andrew Keir, Adrienne Corri and Niall
MacGinnis. Anchor Bay’s disc is presented in 1.85:1 (non-anamorphic)
matted ratio, from a very nice looking and sounding print.
Vengeance of She is,
without doubt, one of the least interesting films Hammer made, completely
lacking the sense of adventure and epic grandeur of its 1965 predecessor.
The film is more like a remake than a sequel, and sorely lacks actors with
the screen presence of Peter Cushing or Ursula Andress, (making do with
John Richardson and Kiss of the Vampire’s Noel Willman, not to mention the
charisma-free Olga Schoberová, aka Olinka Berova). The disc, presented in a mild 1.66:1 non-anamorphic
widescreen ratio, also includes two deeply unconvincing TV adverts.
very rarely seen, at least here in the UK, and it’s almost certainly
never been shown in its original Cinemascope widescreen ratio since it
originally graced British cinema screens back in 1968, as Slave
Girls. This disc presents the longer American version of the film,
which adds about fifteen minutes of material not in the seventy-five
minute UK cut. The film’s not in the league as
Million Years B.C., or even Creatures
The World Forgot. It’s more like an old Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan
movie. The disc also includes two black and white TV adverts for 20th
Century Fox’s Prehistoric Women / The
Devil’s Own double bill.
the discs includes the film’s theatrical trailer and a 25 minute episode
of the World of Hammer TV
series (Lands Before Time,
which includes clips from The
Lost Continent and Blood From
The Mummy’s Tomb). Inside each box there’s a very nice 5”x7”
reproduction of the film’s poster, on the back of the list of chapters.