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DDHE to bring you Sony classics later this year

DDHE Ltd have announced their acquisition of DVD rights to a substantial library of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment film and television classics, many of which have not been released before on DVD anywhere in the world.

The list of titles include collector’s films such as Bunny Lake is Missing, Albert Finney’s Gumshoe, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Kenneth More’s Father Brown, The Admirable Crichton and Jack Hawkins’ Gideon’s Day. While the bulk of the new DVD releases will concentrate on the 1960s and 1970s, DDHE will also be raiding the Sony vaults to uncover no less than six previously unavailable George Formby films.

For collectors of British studio Hammer’s titles there’s the first DVD release of The Gorgon, plus Camp on Blood Island, The Damned, Terror of the Tongs, The Stranglers of Bombay, Taste of Fear, Creatures the World Forgot, Never Take Sweets from a Stranger, The Sword of Sherwood Forest, Maniac, Cash on Demand, Don’t Panic Chaps and Watch it Sailor.

Horror fans might also be pleased to hear about the long-awaited DVD release of Night of the Demon. Plans are unconfirmed as yet, but this release may well include the American cut of the film as well as the original British release and a number of specially commissioned features. As with many DDHE collector’s releases, fans can expect a detailed behind-the-scenes booklet by film and TV historian Marcus Hearn. Japanese monster movie Mothra will also be a forthcoming guilty treat for the genre aficionados.

Classic American films due for release included an eclectic mix featuring everything from Zero Mostel and Woody Allen’s The Front to Richard Widmark's The Long Ships and 1970s pop-rock sensation Godspell. All three of Dean Martin’s cult Matt Helm spy movies are also scheduled for release.

DDHE’s deal with Sony also extends to television series and mini-series, with Casey Jones, Roger Moore’s Ivanhoe, The Last Days of Pompeii and SF series Fantastic Journey and Dark Skies are all included in the package.

All the titles above are scheduled for release between August 2007 and April 2008, with specific dates and more detailed information on features to be announced closer to each individual release.

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