Blu-ray Review: THE VENGEANCE OF SHE

THE VENGEANCE OF SHE was directed by Cliff Owen and based on characters created by H. Rider Haggard, this high camp fantasy film classic stars John Richardson, Olinka Berova (aka Olga Schoberová) and Edward Judd. Noel Willman and Colin Blakely also co-star in the movie.

A young beautiful woman named Carol (Olinka Berova) is plagued by hallucinatory voices calling her “Ayesha” and is drawn by a mysterious force toward the east. During her voyage, she meets Dr. Philip Smith (Edward Judd) who decides to accompany Carol to her unknown destination. Eventually the two reach the lost city of Kuma where Carol is greeted as the reincarnation of Queen Ayesha, the beloved of King Killikrates (John Richardson). Philip is imprisoned and meets Za-Tor (Noel Willman) who tells him of the high priest’s deceitful plan to obtain the secret of immortality by bringing back Ayesha to King Killikrates. Will Philip escape in time to reveal the truth and save Carol from destruction?

This 1968 fantasy adventure follows Carol, a beautiful woman with amnesia who sets out on an adventure that’s drawing her to the east. She hears these voices in her head that’s calling her “Ayesha” and this is what wills her drive to find out who’s behind the summoning. She’s joined by Dr. Philip Smith and the two finally arrive at their destination, Kuma, where she’s welcomed in like a Queen and he’s treated like a prisoner. The thing is, King Killikrates has been convinced that Carol is the reincarnation of Queen Ayesha and she’s believing it too.

What they don’t know at first is that Carol and Killikrates are being manipulated behind-the-scenes by Men-Hari who has a sinister agenda of his own that will allow him to become immortal. If Carol and Killkrates walk into the Sacred Flame then it supposedly allow Men-Hari (and others) to become immortal. Philip on the other hand gets a little assistance from Za-Tor and he’s able to stop Men-Hari and his ritual where he ultimately rescues Carol from this sinister sacrifice. This leaves Killikrates heart broken so he walks into the Sacred Flame alone which triggers the destruction of Kuma.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some vintage promotional artwork. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. The Vengeance of She has been given a 2K scan of the original film elements. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Scream Factory continues to dig deep into the Hammer catalogue and this time they’ve delivered the 1968 fantasy adventure cult classic The Vengeance of She which is actually a loose sequel to the 1965 hit She. I don’t have anything to compare this one to since I haven’t watched the first movie but all I can say is that The Vengeance of She is a major cheesefest from beginning to end. There is a fantasy element to it but the movie spends way too much time on the boring journey that the two main characters go on to get to their destination. Once they arrive it kind of bails out the watch some because things do get a little more interesting as Carol finally discovers who she really is. One thing is for sure, Olinka Berova looked like a goddess because she’s an extremely attractive woman. Acting chops? Well, that’s another story. Anyway, some Hammer fans have been crying out for this obscurity for a while and Scream Factory once again has answered the call with a nice Blu-ray upgrade and some extras to boot. The Vengeance of She will make its Blu-ray debut on February 26th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 101 Minutes

Rated: G

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.66:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include three new interviews with some of the crew, some new audio commentary, a classic World of Hammer episode (I really like these!), theatrical trailer, two TV spots and a still gallery.

  • NEW Interview with assistant director Terence Clegg (02:35)
  • NEW Interview with visual effects artist Joy Cuff (08:02)
  • NEW Interview with clapper/loader Trevor Coop (05:42)
  • NEW Audio Commentary by the Monster Party podcast hosts Matt Weinhold, Shawn Sheridan, Larry Strothe and James Gonis
  • World of Hammer – Lands Before Time (24:40)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:23)
  • TV Spots (01:22)
  • Still Gallery (05:27)
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