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(aka "The Evil Twins" or "The Virgin Vampires" or "Twins of Dracula" or "The Gemini Twins" )

 

directed by John Hough
UK 1971

 

Two beautiful orphaned identical twins, Maria and Frieda Gellhorn (Playboy centerfold models Mary and Madeleine Collinson), move to the village of Karnstein to live with their uncle Gustav Weil (played by Hammer horror favorite, Peter Cushing), a fanatical puritan and leader of the local witch-hunting Brotherhood. The village Count (Damien Thomas, Never Let Me Go), an evil man who secretly practices Satanism, uses black magic and transforms into a vampire. Unhappy with her new life, Frieda seeks escape and tragically falls under the spell of the Count. Now overcome with an insatiable hunger for human blood, Frieda has to hide her secret from her sister, and escape her uncle's killing grasp! The wait is over! This Hammer horror classic is now available from Synapse Films in an all-new 1080p high definition transfer and loaded with exciting exclusive special features. Also stars Kathleen Byron (Black Narcissus), David Warbeck (Lucio Fulci's The Beyond) and Dennis Price (Jess Franco's Vampyros Lesbos)!

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Theatrical Release: 3 October 1971 (USA)

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Comparison:

Carlton (The Vampire Collection) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Network - Region 2 - PAL vs. Synapse Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas and Gary Tooze for the Screen Caps!

1) Carlton (The Vampire Collection) - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT

2) Network - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Synapse Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Carlton

Region 2 - PAL

Network
Region 2 - PAL
Synapse Films
Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:23:36 (4% PAL speedup) 1:23:57 (4% PAL speedup) 1:27:16.105
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.38 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.51 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 42,897,710,345 bytes

Feature: 20,363,175,936 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.91 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Carlton (The Vampire Collection)

 

Bitrate:

 

Network

 

Bitrate:

Synapse Films Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1658 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1658 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1645 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1645 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, none none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Carlton

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• none

DVD Release Date:
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Network

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Deleted Scene: True Love Sequence
• Theatrical Trailer
• Still Gallery
• Commemorative Booklet
• DVD-ROM: Original Screenplay (.pdf)

DVD Release Date: 9 October 2006
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Synapse Films

 

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 42,897,710,345 bytes

Feature: 20,363,175,936 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.91 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• The Flesh and the Fury: X-Posing Twins of Evil – feature-length documentary (1:24:36)
• The Props That Hammer Built: The Kinsey Collection featurette (23:28)

Motion Still Gallery
• Isolated Music & Effects Track
• US Theatrical Trailer (2:31)

• Original US Double Feature Trailer (2:39)
• TV Spots (1:10)

Deleted Scene (1:09)
• Still Gallery

• 2nd disc DVD with The Flesh and the Fury Documentary and a US Theatrical Trailer
 

Blu-ray Release Date: July 10th 2012
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters 12

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Synapse - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (July 2012): Thanks to Eric for the SD captures. I think it's easy to see the superiority of the 1080P - in just about every visuals facet - notably colors (skin tones) and detail. The green haze of the DVD has been replaced with crisp tighter hues. The Blu-ray is in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio and shows a shade less information on the side edges but significantly more on the bottom - which some fans may note as meaning 'more cleavage'. The brighter Blu-ray provides a dramatically improved presentation frequently appearing pristine. Big thumbs up for the video transfer.

The audio is lossless via a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1658 kbps. Effect sounds are buoyant with some depth and dialogue is clean and clear. Synapse include an optional Isolated Music & Effects Track also in uncompressed. There are optional English subtitles on the Region 'A' Blu-ray disc.

Supplements are stacked with a feature length documentary entitled The Flesh and the Fury: X-Posing Twins of Evil all about the film from production cast and more. There is also a featurette - The Props That Hammer Built: The Kinsey Collection running almost 25-minutes focusing on the many of the props used in Twins of Evil and other Hammer films of that era. There are also tidbits like a Stills Gallery, trailers, TV Spots and a short deleted scene. Included in the package is a 2nd disc DVD of the film (obviously in SD) with the Flesh and the Fury documentary and the US theatrical trailer.

I love seeing Hammer films come to Blu-ray and this is a beauty. Cushing burning witches, vampires, plenty of boobs - and all looking marvelous in the glory of 1080P. Full marks for the Blu-ray package and we give it a strong recommendation!

 - Gary Tooze

 


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1) Carlton (The Vampire Collection) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Network - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

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1) Carlton (The Vampire Collection) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Network - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Synapse Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Carlton (The Vampire Collection) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Network - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Synapse Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Carlton (The Vampire Collection) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Network - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Synapse Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Carlton (The Vampire Collection) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Network - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Synapse Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Carlton (The Vampire Collection) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Network - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Synapse Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Carlton (The Vampire Collection) - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Network - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Synapse Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

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Distribution

Carlton

Region 2 - PAL

Network
Region 2 - PAL
Synapse Films
Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

 




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