THE STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY - BD
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(Terence Fisher, 1959)
Release date: 21 June 2021
Standard Edition Blu-ray
Sensationally based on a ‘true story’, Hammer’s The Stranglers of Bombay incorporates elements of the horror and thriller genres within an exotic adventure tale involving the murderous Kali-worshipping Thuggee cults in India during the early 1800s.
Under Terence Fisher’s masterful direction, and with a surprising degree of attention to historical detail, The Stranglers of Bombay presents a solid yarn while (naturally) highlighting the gruesome and horrific elements of the story. It set an impressive and intriguing precedent for Hammer’s subsequent adventure-thrillers.
INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES
- High Definition remaster
- Original mono audio
- Three presentations of the film: the original uncensored UK and US theatrical cuts, and an integral version incorporating all existing footage presenting the most complete version of the film ever seen
- Audio commentary with screenwriter David Z Goodman
- Ritual Murder: Inside ‘The Stranglers of Bombay’ (2018, 17 mins): documentary written and directed by Hammer expert Marcus Hearn, narrated by Claire Louise Amias, and featuring film historians Alan Barnes and Jonathan Rigby
- Hammer’s Women: Jan Holden (2018, 6 mins): Colette Balmain on the popular stage and screen actress
- ‘The Stranglers of Bombay’ and the Censor (2018, 27 mins): ex-BBFC examiner Richard Falcon discusses the film’s history with the Board
- About the Versions (2018, 7 mins): highlighting the differences between the UK and US theatrical cuts
- Musical Orientalism (2018, 17 mins): a new appreciation of James Bernard’s score by David Huckvale, author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
- Original theatrical trailer
- Brian Trenchard-Smith trailer commentary (2013, 4 mins): a short critical appreciation
- Image gallery: promotional photography and publicity material
- New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
BBFC cert: 15