The Gorgon (1964) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Terence Fisher
Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Richard Pasco
Rated: M/Region B (Will play in A)/1:75/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from ViaVision Films
In early-twentieth-century middle-Europe, villagers are literally becoming petrified. Although the authorities try to hush the matter up, it is apparent that at the full moon, Megaera, a Gorgon, leaves her castle lair and anyone looking on her face is turned to stone. When this fate befalls a visitor, experts from the University of Leipzig arrive to try and get to the bottom of it all.
The Gorgon is a 1964 Hammer Horror Classic from the good folks over at ViaVision Entertainment. It is basically a re-telling of the classic Medusa story when someone looks at someone and is turned to stone. This happens in one area in the movie which sets off a bit of an investigation and when it keeps happening we finally have the right people on the case and that makes things get pretty darn entertaining for the most part. Like most great Hammer films this one stars the always great Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. We also have some pretty cool for 1964 effects as well to help drag this out to being one of the more enjoyable Hammer produced films I’ve watched. This one also packs in some great mood and atmosphere that makes it a movie that you might perhaps best enjoy on a rainy late night. We have tension, we have some drama, and we have a twist or two making this one about as solid of a midnight style movie as you can get.
The lovely Barbara Shelley in the role of Carla is something to see in this film. While Cushing and Lee are always on their A-game in Hammer films and are awesome in their roles, we can’t forget about how well she does here as well. Visually the film is as solid as they come and that is something the transfer of the film really glows with here in HD on this disc. If you are a fan of Hammer films this is probably one of the better ones out there and I’m shocked I don’t hear people talking about it more often. I’d go as far as to say that even if Hammer isn’t your cup of tea, this is one that you will probably enjoy regardless. I think it is just THAT good. Some extras on the disc would have been nice, but at least is looks great.
Quality of Transfer: 93%