On the heels of yesterdays terrible news about Christopher Lee's passing, Warner Archive has announced that it is finally taking advantage of its stockpile of Hammer Horror titles and releasing a box set of four films later this year (hopefully in time for Halloween season!) according to Blu-ray.com. The title selection of Horror Classics: Volume One favors some of Hammer's campier titles and few of the acknowledged classics: Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, The Mummy, and Taste the Blood of Dracula. But as the words "Volume One" in its title imply, this should just be the first in a series of sets, and it's certainly nice to get a hi-def copy of the beautifully filmed Mummy, which also features a memorable Lee performance as the creature. I'm keeping my fangs crossed that more essential titles like Dracula and Curse of Frankenstein will follow soon. Others, such as Brides of Dracula and Curse of Werewolf, reside with Universal, but maybe WB's release will light a fire under Universal to crack their Hammers out of the crypt too.
UPDATE: We now have a release date and pre-order link for the Horror Classics: Volume One blu-ray set. October 6 is the release date. Here's the pre-order link: