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Lee Mannering
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Derann Films release

Early Hammer 400ft release from Derann and as mentioned back in the day one of its best selling titles.

Cleverly edited to a nice collectable 400ft reel The Scars of Dracula was a film produced at a time of crisis for Hammer, mind you when were they not having financial problems. It features a interesting cast list Chris Lee, Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley and Patrick Troughton to name a few. If you had ever seen this projected in a cinema you will remember the lively colour however this now quite ancient 400ft was always muted looking back in time and now most 8mm prints are a shade of red. BUT all is not lost! Now and again reasonable colour prints can be found and fortunate enough to have finally found quite a good print.

I bumped into Jenny last year which was a nice surprise and she still has that charm about her and funny. Would be great to have her at Blackpool 2019 doing autographs, I'm sure fans would love to see the queen of Super 8 horror.

Anyway back to the plot before I loose it again. The 400ft flows well along its 17 minutes or so featuring many key moments of the feature film and is really enjoyable particularly if you factor in this was a relatively early colour 4 X 400ft release for beloved Derann as well. The old Acetate prints are a bit of a ticking time bomb due to the prospect of Vinegar Syndrome setting in but I have yet to see a SOD suffering from it.

So, here we have a highly desirable 400ft reel release with pots of Derann history attached and worthy of any film collectors mini archive.

9/10 from me for the film

10/10 for the colour box design.
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Leon Norris
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Lee, I can see why Derann put out the full Length Feature! Because of this digest! I have this excellent print and color feature! Its one of hammers BEST! Very Repeatable!

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Adrian Winchester
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I sold the 400' when I obtained the full length version, but if I remember rightly one interesting point about it is that it includes a sequence lasting a few minutes - that builds up to the girl working at the inn becoming a victim of Dracula - that wasn't included in the 4 x 400' version.

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Brian Stearns
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I picked up the full version last year its on 5 x 400ft reels. It has the R ratings logo in the beginning. Film is mostly faded Eastman with some trickles of some low fade stock.Good movie to watch on Halloween.

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Adrian Winchester
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Brian - I think you must have the 4 x 400 with some extracts cut in from the feature or the 400'. The feature was released on 4 x 600' and it appeared far enough into the 1980s to mean that it's almost impossible that any prints were not on polyester low fade stock.

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Leon Norris
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The 4x600 ft version is the one to get! On low fade stock! A sharp print with excellent color! Runs 96 minutes! Uncut! Rated R. A real show stopper!

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Lee Mannering
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Yes Leon but you forget that came a good few decades later!

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Adrian Winchester
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If anyone would like a full length print for a relatively low price, I currently happen to have an unwanted copy of the Derann b/w Std 8 5x400' version!

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David Skillern
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I love the full length print of this - I bought it from the states several years ago an excellent print .

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Bill Phelps
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Adrian I tried to send you a pm about the film you have but your mailbox is full.

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