IN WHITEWOOD, TIME STANDS STILL…

Christopher Lee was already a horror icon when he started filming The City of the Dead in 1959. Having played Frankenstein’s Monster, Count Dracula and The Mummy for Hammer, this new picture would allow him to extend his range to the American Gothic – and witchcraft in a small New England village…

Lee plays Professor Driscoll, an authority on the occult who persuades one of his students (Venetia Stevenson) to research his hometown, Whitewood, once the site of witch burnings in the 17th century. Booking herself into the Raven’s Inn, she soon learns that devil worship among the locals hasn’t been consigned to the past.

Produced by future Amicus founders Milton Subotsky and Max Rosenberg, and beautifully shot by Desmond Dickinson (whose credits ranged from Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet to Horrors of the Black Museum), The City of the Dead is a wonderfully atmospheric and still shocking slice of horror that stands firmly alongside with its Hammer contemporaries.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • New 4K digital restoration by the Cohen Film Collection and the BFI
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of two versions of the film: The City of the Dead and the alternative US cut, Horror Hotel
  • Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary by film critic Jonathan Rigby, author of English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema 1897-2015 and Christopher Lee: An Authorised Screen History, recorded exclusively for this release
  • Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!
studio:
  • Arrow Video
Run Time:
  • 154 mins approx.
Certificate:
  • 18
Aspect Ratio:
  • 1.85:1
Main Language:
  • English
Number of Discs:
  • 2
Brand:
  • Arrow Video
Director:
  • John Llewellyn Moxey
Actor:
  • Dennis Lotis
  • Christopher Lee
  • Patricia Jessel
  • Tom Naylor
  • Betta St. John
  • Venetia Stevenson
Subtitle Languages:
  • English SDH

Theatrical Release Year:
Region:
  • 2
  • B

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IN WHITEWOOD, TIME STANDS STILL…

Christopher Lee was already a horror icon when he started filming The City of the Dead in 1959. Having played Frankenstein’s Monster, Count Dracula and The Mummy for Hammer, this new picture would allow him to extend his range to the American Gothic – and witchcraft in a small New England village…

Lee plays Professor Driscoll, an authority on the occult who persuades one of his students (Venetia Stevenson) to research his hometown, Whitewood, once the site of witch burnings in the 17th century. Booking herself into the Raven’s Inn, she soon learns that devil worship among the locals hasn’t been consigned to the past.

Produced by future Amicus founders Milton Subotsky and Max Rosenberg, and beautifully shot by Desmond Dickinson (whose credits ranged from Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet to Horrors of the Black Museum), The City of the Dead is a wonderfully atmospheric and still shocking slice of horror that stands firmly alongside with its Hammer contemporaries.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • New 4K digital restoration by the Cohen Film Collection and the BFI
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of two versions of the film: The City of the Dead and the alternative US cut, Horror Hotel
  • Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary by film critic Jonathan Rigby, author of English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema 1897-2015 and Christopher Lee: An Authorised Screen History, recorded exclusively for this release
  • Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!
studio:
  • Arrow Video
Run Time:
  • 154 mins approx.
Certificate:
  • 18
Aspect Ratio:
  • 1.85:1
Main Language:
  • English
Number of Discs:
  • 2
Brand:
  • Arrow Video
Director:
  • John Llewellyn Moxey
Actor:
  • Dennis Lotis
  • Christopher Lee
  • Patricia Jessel
  • Tom Naylor
  • Betta St. John
  • Venetia Stevenson
Subtitle Languages:
  • English SDH

Theatrical Release Year:
Region:
  • 2
  • B

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Stands up to the more famous Hammers

Excellent story and great acting. Good to see Lee in a witchcraft /psychological film instead of a creature feature or vampire flick. Watched it on DVD some years ago and the Blu Ray transfer in my opinion is superior. Some interesting extras and even though the film is entirely predictable it carries enough difference from the other films of this genre at the time to make it stand out Awesome.

City of the Dead though really a town

The Anchor blu ray version is a great version of this classic British horror film and in spite of the New England setting and accents, it is a British outing. It reminds me at times of old black and white tv series like The Twilight Zone. It does the much-used plot of witches-from-Puritan-era rather well and the picture and sound are crystal clear. Town would be a better title than city but who’s worried? Ideal for a late night sitting with the lights out and a candle or two reflecting off your drinks glass