Most releases are uncut, or at least as uncut as they can be, some footage is probably lost forever ie: Vampire Circus
The Warner releases of the early trio of classics, Frankenstein, Dracula and the Mummy, are the best currently available - but I really wish Warners had allowed the BFI to release their restored version of (Horror of) Dracula
. Let's hope Warners revisits these titles for Blu-ray at some point. Word is also afoot that in a Japanese vault some of the long-lost footage for Dracula
has been discovered and that Warners are being urged to approach them about it. Once Japan gets back on its feet, it'll be curious to see where this leads.
Some of the early Anchor Bay Hammer titles were a bit shoddy, but watchable - and at least Dracula - Prince of Darkness
and The Satanic Rites of Dracula
were uncut, even if they were non-anamorphic and somewhat poor in presentation. Satanic Rites
is crying out for a decent release, but there's no sign of one yet, that I know of.
One gem worth getting hold of, and is another favourite of mine, is the unique Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde
. Never before was a sex change so sexy!