The Vampire Lovers (1970) (Collector’s Edition) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

The Vampire Lovers (1970) (Collector’s Edition) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Roy Ward Baker
STARRING: Ingrid Pitt, George Cole, Peter Cushing
RATED: R/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Scream Factory

A diabolical female vampire ravages the young girls and other townsfolk of a peaceful hamlet in eighteenth century Europe in revenge for the killing of her fellow vampires years earlier. A rousing hunt for the vampiress ensues as a group of men follow her bloody trail of terror through the countryside. Adapted from J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella Carmilla, this “rather erotic Hammer chiller” (Leonard Maltin) stars Ingrid Pitt (Countess Dracula), Madeline Smith (Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell) and Peter Cushing (Horror Of Dracula, The Curse Of Frankenstein).

This film from Hammer is one of those that starts out really strong with very eerie shots and scenes, somewhat slows down in the middle, but then comes back for a strong finish. Along the way, we have decapitations and a whole heck of a lot of nudity. I don’t know about you, but that spells a good time for me when I’m kicked back to watch a movie. The ingredients to this well-made film are vampires, pretty women, and some spot-on acting that really helps to bring the story along. Also, don’t forget to get the replacement disc on this one if you do want to see the ever so welcomed nudity in this one.

As I noted above, it is a film that at times packs a slower pace. This is a movie that does deliver, but you have to stick with it. I think it packs enough classic vampire lore and pretty women to hold most horror fans’ attention. Scream Factory gives this one a whole new coat of paint with a new 4K-based transfer and the difference from the original release is pretty well noticeable from the jump. You also get a nice list of new extras that more than justify a double-dip if you are a bit fan of this one already. Overall I’d say the setting as a whole helps drive home the creepy gothic feel of the movie and if you dig Hammer stuff you’ll surely do this.

Extras

  • BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historian/Author Dr. Steve Haberman And Film Historian/Filmmaker Constantine Nasr
  • NEW The Rapture Of Cruelty: Carmilla In Classic Cinema – An Audio Essay Read By Actress Madeline Smith
  • NEW To Love A Vampire – An Introduction By Actress Madeline Smith
  • NEW Carnal Crimson – Film Historian/Author Kim Newman On The Carmilla Legend
  • NEW Fangs For The Memories – Film Historian/Author Jonathan Rigby Remembers THE VAMPIRE LOVERS
  • Audio Commentary With Director Roy Ward Baker, Actress Ingrid Pitt, And Screenwriter Tudor Gates
  • Audio Commentary With Film Historians Marcus Hearn And Jonathan Rigby
  • Feminine Fantastique – Resurrecting THE VAMPIRE LOVERS
  • New Blood: Hammer Enters The 70s – Film Historians Discuss Hammer Films During The 70s
  • Madeline Smith: Vampire Lover – An Interview With Actress Madeline Smith
  • Reading Of Carmilla By Actress Ingrid Pitt
  • Deleted Shot Of The Opening Beheading
  • Trailers From Hell: Mick Garris On THE VAMPIRE LOVERS
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spots
  • Photo Galleries – Movie Stills, Behind-The-Scenes Stills, Posters, And Lobby Cards
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

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