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Ship of Fools and a second Hammer box set from Indicator in February

30 November 2017

With the dark days of winter well and truly upon us, Indicator has once again ventured into the vaults of the UK's most celebrated purveyor of chills...

Available 19 February, Indicator presents Hammer Films, Volume Two: Criminal Intent, the latest in its series of lovingly produced Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Sets dedicated to British cinema's most iconic film production company. Criminal Intent features four of the best Hammer thrillers of the late 50s and early 60s, all presented in the most complete versions available: Guy Green’s twisted serial-killer thriller The Snorkel (1958); Cyril Frankel’s controversial Never Take Sweets From a Stranger (1960); Val Guest’s disturbing The Full Treatment (1960); and Quentin Lawrence’s heart-pounding heist thriller Cash on Demand (1961), starring the great Peter Cushing. All four films are making their world premieres on Blu-ray, and are accompanied by a wealth of newly commissioned and archival extra features.

Also on 19 February Indicator present Stanley Kramer’s Oscar-winning drama Ship of Fools (1965), with its stellar cast of screen stars including Vivien Leigh – in her final screen performance – Simone Signoret, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer, Oskar Werner and George Segal.

Hammer Volumne Two: Criminal Intent

Hammer Films, Volume Two: Criminal Intent

Four classic thrillers from the vaults of Hammer Films released on Blu-ray for the very first time, including premiere presentations of the complete, uncensored UK theatrical release versions of Val Guest’s The Full Treatment and Cyril Frankel’s Never Take Sweets from a Stranger and a host of new and exclusive extra features. This stunning Limited Blu-ray Edition Box Set from Indicator is strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units.

Indicator Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set features:

  • HD restorations of all four films 
  • Original Mono audio
  • New title-specific documentaries exploring aspects of each film
  • Two presentations of Never Take Sweets from a Stranger: the original UK theatrical cut, containing original titles and dialogue; and the alternative US version with amended Never Take Candy from a Stranger titles and censored dialogue
  • Never Take Sweets from a Stranger introduction by actor and filmmaker Matthew Holness 
  • Archival audio interview with Never Take Sweets from a Stranger director Cyril Frankel
  • Two presentations of The Full Treatment: the uncensored UK theatrical cut; and the censored US version with alternative Stop Me Before I Kill! titles
  • Audio commentary with film historian Michael Brooke and author Johnny Mains on The Snorkel
  • Audio commentary with film historians Jonathan Rigby and David Miller on Cash on Demand
  • New and exclusive interviews with cast and crew members, including actors Janina Faye (Never Take Sweets from a Stranger) and Lois Daine (Cash on Demand), props master Peter Allchorne (The Snorkel) and second assistant director Hugh Harlow (The Snorkel) 
  • Appreciations of composers Elizabeth Lutyens (Never Take Sweets from a Stranger) and Francis Chagrin (The Snorkel) by David Huckvale, author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
  • Hammer’s Women: Betta St John (2018): Diabolique magazine’s editor-in-chief Kat Ellinger offers an appreciation of the American actress, singer and dancer 
  • Hammer’s Women: Gwen Watford (2018): British cinema expert Dr Laura Mayne explores the life and career of the prolific English film, stage and television actress
  • Hammer’s Women: Diane Cilento (2018): Dr Melanie Williams, author of Female Stars of British Cinema, explores the life and career of the Australian theatre and film actress and author
  • Hammer’s Women: Lois Daine (2018): critic and author Becky Booth on the popular English film and television actress
  • Archival documentaries, interviews and featurettes
  • Original trailers
  • Image galleries: extensive promotional and on-set photography, poster art and marketing materials
  • Exclusive booklets for each film, with new essays by Kat Ellinger, Julian Upton and Kim Newman, archival interview materials, contemporary reviews, and full film credits 
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • World Blu-ray premieres of all four films
  • Limited Edition Box Set of 6,000 numbered copies

Ship of Fools Blu-ray pack shot

Ship of Fools

Stanley Kramer’s star-studded, Oscar-winning adaptation of Katherine Anne Porter’s novel about passengers aboard an ocean liner bound to Germany from Mexico in 1933 forms a potent allegory of a world drifting inexorably towards war. With its incredible cast – including Vivien Leigh (in her last screen role), Simone Signoret, Lee Marvin, George Segal, Oskar Werner and Jose Ferrer – Ship of Fools is a powerful drama and a compelling viewing experience. It remains one of the finest ensemble pieces of the period.

Indicator Limited Edition features:

  • High Definition remaster 
  • Original mono audio 
  • Audio commentary with Nick Redman, Lem Dobbs and Julie Kirgo
  • Karen Kramer Introduction (2007, 2 mins) 
  • On Board the Ship of Fools (2007, 28 mins) 
  • Voyage on a Soundstage (2007, 11 mins) 
  • Original theatrical trailer 
  • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography 
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Neil Sinyard, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film 
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray 
  • Limited Edition of 3,000 copies