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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka Seed of Terror' or 'Raise the Dead')

Directed by John Hayes
UK
1972

 

Considered by many as one of the greatest cult movies of all time, GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE finally arrives in a Wide Screen anamorphic edition from a 35mm High-Definition transfer. Starring B-movie icon William Smith (Maniac Cop, Red Dawn), this film shocked audiences 40 years ago when the young mother of a vampire baby began nursing it with her own blood! Grim and grisly, it quickly became a cult favorite through frequent midnight movie showings and television airings. Also starring Michael Pataki, Lyn Peters, and Diane Holden.

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This dark, violent British production stars Michael Pataki as a brutish vampire apparently lacking in Dracula's powers of seduction, since he finds it necessary to brutally rape a young woman (Kitty Vallacher) in order to sire a child. The product of this unholy mating is a half-human, half-vampire baby boy, bottle-fed on the blood of his now-insane mother (a truly sickening sight) until her eventual death from anemia. Later as a young man, the son (William Smith) is able to spend short periods in daylight, and his bloodlust is considerably lesser than that of his father. Tormented nevertheless by his evil condition, he curses his bloodline and defies his vampire heritage, tracking his father down to the university where he teaches occult sciences. Aside from Pataki's coarse but imposing performance, this low-budget film is a fairly routine genre entry, but the climactic, bloody duel between father and son vampires is quite gripping.

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Theatrical Release: September 13th, 1972

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Distribution Bayview - Region 0 - NTSC Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:29:42  1:30:34.262  
Video 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.6 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,546,593,053 bytes

Feature: 29,610,958,848 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate:  Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  DTS-HD Master Audio English 1601 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1601 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1683 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1683 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1690 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1690 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Bayview

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Edition Details:

 Restoration Demonstration
 Trailer
 Bayview 'Coming Attractions'

DVD Release Date: March 19th, 2013

Keep Case
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Criterion

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,546,593,053 bytes

Feature: 29,610,958,848 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Commentary With Author/Historian Troy Howarth
NEW Commentary With Film Historians Nathaniel Thompson And Howard Berger
Deleted Scenes (Sourced From Standard Definition VHS Tape) (01:51)
Theatrical Trailers (05:18)
Image Gallery (03:27)


Blu-ray Release Date:
April 16th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Shout! Factory Blu-ray (April 2019): Shout! Factory have released the 1972 cult-classic "Grave of the Vampire" on a dual-layered Blu-ray. The 1.85:1 HD image benefits from a nicely maxed-out bitrate. Though the film still shows some signs of wear and tear from the print used, there is a healthy amount of grain giving the feature a film-like texture. The colors of the film exist in a somewhat muted palette, with reds skewing brown, and yellows looking a little dominant. This could very well be the intended look of the film, and should not dissuade you from watching. Contrast levels could be stronger, with a certain uniform blackness to certain darkly-lit scenes, though this lack of information in the shadows does add to the creepiness factor. Not a reference-quality level of a transfer by any account, though it is nice to finally have this film on Blu-ray, with the expected 1080p bump in detail.

The film is presented in a 24-bit 2.0 DTS-HD Master audio Mono track. The eerie music (thanks to Jaime Mendoza-Nava -Mausoleum, Aloha Bobby and Rose, A Boy and His Dog, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, The Stewardesses) pairs nicely with the creepy sound effects, whether it is the crickets in the graveyard or the pulsating heartbeat looming in the background. There are optional English subtitles on this Region 'A'
Blu-ray from Shout! Factory.

Shout! Factory have included some interesting extras for this release. First up is an all new audio commentary with author/historian, Troy Howarth. Howarth does a deep-dive into the film, espousing his love for this long overlooked 70's gem of a film. Also new here is another commentary, this time with film historians Nathaniel Thompson (Mondo Digital) and Howard Berger (Destructible Man). While there is some slight overlapping with the Howarth track, the two also have a clear fondness for the film, and this track is equally worth your time. Also here are 2-minutes of deleted scenes (mostly sourced from a Standard definition VHS tape), 5-minutes of trailers for the film (which are pretty silly and worth checking out) and an image gallery.

"Grave of the Vampire" is an often overlooked 70's vampire film that deserves to be seen. Filmmaker John Hayes (director of 1969's absolutely bonkers "The Cut-Throats") had a knack for creating totally unique exploitation films, and this is no exception. This is no Hammer Dracula. Recommended to fans of films such as "Count Yorga, Vampire" and the like.

Colin Zavitz

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Grave of the Vampire is passive Grindhouse fodder. It has the wonderful 'Our Feature Presentation' quirky animated title card before the film, a William Castle-style 'Warning' and all the telltale vertical scratches that identify its genre-specific charisma of low-budget flaws (made for 50K). The single-layered Bayview transfer has edge-enhancement (see example below) and inconsistencies in the visual presentation with plenty of extensive vertical scratches.  Read this how you may but the film is probably as poor as the image quality of the SD rendering. On the positive it is anamorphic in the, original, 1.85:1 aspect ratio and is progressively transferred.

Audio has its share of crackles, but this only adds to the Grindhouse effect. Some of the dialogue is scattered but for the most part is audible. There are no subtitles offered on the region FREE disc.

Supplements consist of a brief restoration demo (sans EE), a trailer for the film and some Bayview Previews.  

The 'star' William Smith doesn't appear till after 1/2 hour of the film is passed. There isn't much to extol here, unless you are find the Grindhouse unintentional effects appealing. I enjoyed it as the epitome of 'bad', but I am a sucker for crap like this. Most won't be as enamored as they are with the cover's misleading potential. Pass.   

Gary W. Tooze


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