Limited 180gm black vinyl housed within a gatefold jacket with sleeve notes by Kim Newman. Cover design by Silver Ferox. Death Waltz Recording Company is proud to exhume another classic from the Hammer horror stable in the shape of Dracula A.D. Bringing the legend of Bram Stoker's immortal creation into then-present day, the film pits the charismatic Count up against the disco decade after being resurrected by a group of hippies performing black magic, with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing reprising their signature roles. Composing this madness was Mike Vickers, former member of 60's pop quintet Manfred Mann, who provided a suitably contemporary score that followed in the footsteps of the jazz scores of the era. Dracula A.D. 1972 starts off very traditionally, with the classic symphonic Hammer sound as established by the likes of James Bernard scoring a nineteenth-century prologue as Dracula and Van Helsing battle to the death. Dramatic drum rolls and emphatic brass mark this as the Hammer you're used to, before the main theme strides into action with its Barry-esque brass hits and uber-catchy sax melody and shocks you with just how cool it is. Vickers combines both approaches with ease, although a highlight is the psychedelic and harrowing score for the black magic ceremony. A classic example of great scoring from the world of pop, Dracula A.D. 1972 will leave you breathless and screaming - with delight.
Three years after helping to achieve some of the most amazing imagery in cinema history with 2001: A Space Odyssey, special effects maestro Douglas Trumbull made an auspicious directorial debut at age 29 with the environmentally themed science fiction classic Silent Running. In the distant future, plant life on our planet is extinct. Remaining specimens are cultivated in vast greenhouse-like domes orbiting in space. Bruce Dern (Marnie, Coming Home, The 'burbs, Monster) stars as Freeman Lowell, dedicated botanist aboard the Valley Forge , awaiting the call to refoliate Earth – despite the scorn of his crewmates. When an order comes to instead destroy the domes and return home, Lowell takes matters into his own hands, beginning a long and lonely voyage into the unknown. With its remarkable special effects (especially the robot drones Huey, Dewey, and Louie); glorious score (including songs performed by Joan Baez); memorable sound effects (created by Joseph Byrd from the cult band The United States of America); a screenplay co-written by Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter) and Steven Bochco (Hill Street Blues), and an impassioned central performance from Dern, Silent Running remains a uniquely contemplative and haunting adventure that continues to make hippies of young children, even today. Extensive Special Limited Edition Blu-Ray Steelbook Features, All New to the UK: New high-definition master in its original aspect ratio A host of extras to be announced nearer the release date PLUS: A lavish booklet featuring rare production imagery, and more!