THE TERROR OF THE TONGS - BD
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(Anthony Bushell, 1961)
Release date: 21 June 2021
Standard Edition Blu-ray
Part historical adventure, part crime-revenge thriller, and sharing elements of Hammer’s horror films, The Terror of the Tongs portrays exotic villains and shocking violence in a plot which unfolds at breakneck speed. Penned by the great Jimmy Sangster, the film is set in British-occupied Hong Kong, and concerns one man’s crusade to crush the feared Red Dragon Tong gang who had brutally murdered his daughter.
The Terror of the Tongs was the first film in which star Christopher Lee received top-billing – in a role that he clearly relished, as Chung King, the sadistic head of the Red Dragon Tong. It was one that would also serve as a dry run for one of his most famous character portrayals in the later Fu Manchu series of films.
INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES
- High Definition remaster
- Original mono audio
- Audio commentary with writer Jimmy Sangster, assistant editor Chris Barnes and film historian Marcus Hearn
- Hatchet Men: Inside 'The Terror of the Tongs' (2018, 22 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: Yvonne Monlaur (2018): British cinema expert Laura Mayne explores the life and career of the French-born film, stage and television actress
- Stephen Laws Introduces 'The Terror of the Tongs' (2018, 22 mins): scene-setting appreciation by the acclaimed horror author
- Hammer and Tongs (2018, 11 mins): a new appreciation of James Bernard’s score by David Huckvale, author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
- Shear Terror (2018, 3 mins): interview with assistant costume designer Yvonne Blake
- Original theatrical trailer
- Image gallery: promotional photography and publicity material
- New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
BBFC cert: 15