StudioCanal have announced the UK Double Play release of Dracula - Prince of Darkness on 5th March 2012. This horror classic starring Christopher Lee and Barbara Shelley is the first title in a new joint restoration project between StudioCanal and Hammer Films which aims to restore and release some of Hammer's most iconic horror titles on DVD and Blu-ray.
Along with the fully restored film, Dracula - Prince of Darkness boasts a comprehensive extras package produced in association with Hammer expert and author Marcus Hearn. Extras include:
- Commentary featuring Christopher Lee, Suzan Farmer, Francis Matthews & Barbara Shelley
- World of Hammer episode "Hammer Stars: Christopher Lee"
- Back to Black
- Super 8mm Behind the Scenes footage
- Restoration comparison
- Double bill Trailer
- Original USA Titles
- Orginal Print UK Theatrical Titles
Hammer have setup a restoration blog which goes into a little more detail on the restoration efforts - Hammer Blog. Specific to Dracula is that it was "restored at Pinewood from a two-perf original cut negative (OCN), scanned at 4k and restored in 2k." As seen by the extras they have also restored the original UK title cards to the film.
Below we have the cover-art followed by some samples from the new transfer...