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The Vampire Lovers [Blu-ray]
(Roy Ward Baker, 1970)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: Shout! Factory
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 32,936,062,455 bytes
Feature Size: 23,401,310,208 bytes
Video Bitrate: 29.92 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: April 30th, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2083 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2083 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps
English (SDH), none
• Commentary with director Roy Ward Baker, star Ingrid Pitt and writer Tudor Gates
•Feminine Fantastique: Resurrecting The Vampire Lovers (9:42)
• Reading of 'Carmilla' by Ingrid Pitt (12:05)
• Madeline Smith - Vampire Lovers (20:35)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:18)
• Radio Spot (:51)
Description: A female vampire with lesbian tendencies
ravages the young girls and townsfolk of a peaceful hamlet
in eighteenth century Europe who, years earlier, killed off
her fellow vampires. A rousing hunt for the vampires ensues
as a group of men follow her bloody trail of terror through
the countryside. Adapted from J. Sheridan Le Fanu's novella
"Carmilla," The Vampire Lovers stars Ingrid Pitt, George
Cole and Peter Cushing.
This sexy horror story from Britain's Hammer Films finds Ingrid Pitt playing three roles, the most notable being a lesbian vampire who will resort to biting a man only when it is absolutely necessary. A doctor and a manservant are victims, but only after she has exhausted all attempts to sink her fangs into the bosoms of young women. The General (Peter Cushing) finds his daughter Laura (Pippa Steel) is victimized by the bite of the vampiress. With the help of Baron Hartog (Douglas Wilmer), they try to end the horror brought by the blood-sucking beauty. Blood, gore and a few decapitations are depicted before the wooden stakes and crosses are brought out.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
The film which made Ingrid Pitt a major horror movie cult figure (she plays a voracious lesbian vampire). Based on Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla, it is well mounted and enjoyable, with solid performances: the pre-credits sequence, in particular, has a dreamy beauty. But some of the action is a bit flat; and overall it marks the point at which vampirism in British movies became so overtly erotic that the films virtually ceased to be about anything except sex. Later examples of the strain were to become terribly monotonous.Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Vampire Lovers comes on Blu-ray in Region 'A' from Shout! Factory. There are many positives to the transfer but it colors are not intense (spattered blood looks a bit dull.) Contrast is a shade faded but detail is the close-ups is impressive. This is dual-layered with a high bitrate. There is no damage or heavy speckles. This Blu-ray is in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and gave me a decent presentation - perhaps slightly below expectation in terms of visuals but the 1080P is easily well-above SD definition.
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The audio is transferred in a competent DTS-HD Master stereo track at 2083 kbps. It has some depth in the intensity of the screams and the moody score by Harry Robinson (Twins of Evil). Dialogue may have a few sync anomalies - but they are barely notable. There are optional English subtitles.My Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
With get a commentary - from the past, hosted by Jonathan Sothcott, with director Roy Ward Baker, star Ingrid Pitt and writer Tudor Gates. Feminine Fantastique: Resurrecting The Vampire Lovers is a 10-minute featurette detailing some of the production history, we get a dozen minutes of Ingrid Pitt reading Sheridan Le Fanu's 'Carmilla' and a 20-minute interview with Madeline Smith (Emma Smith in the film). There is also a theatrical trailer and Radio Spot included.
April 23rd, 2013
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Gary W. Tooze
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