Peter Cushing's Whitstable
Today I did something I’d been talking about doing for ages; going to Whitstable to see some of the old haunts of my favourite actor, Peter Cushing. What prompted me to finally get of my butt and do it was an exhibition at Whitstable’s compact museum devoted to Peter’s Centenary year. He was born on the 26th of May 1913, and lived in Whitstable from 1959 until his death in 1994. So with limited...
londongrumblr: The environmentally sound way to open your mail this Easter
So after my recent posts, I’m sure you’re all wondering how to tell the difference between a steelbook and a steelbook knock-off. Glad you asked! Top to bottom: IronPak, Viva Metal Box, Scanavo steelbook, 2 Star MetalPaks: The IronPak has a hinged metal spine that fits into the plastic inserts in the front and back of the case. The fit isn’t great so the case doesn’t...
Other defunct non-steelbooks include the Star MetalPak, which were marketed by a French company and released mostly in the low countries (though the terrible plane zombie movie I got on a whim in Germany, and Knight and Day was from Thailand or Singapore as an alternative to the way-too-expensive Japanese steelbook). Then there’s the only example I own of an Ironpack, the Canadian...
Alternate Hammer tile cards
I’ve been pleased that where possible, Hammer’s UK blu-ray releases have used the original British title cards. Most of the masters that are available for home releases are the American versions, so it’s caused some problems to restore the British captions. In some cases the restoration house has taken frames from horribly damaged theatrical prints and used these to digitally...