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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Love for a Vampire" or "To Love a Vampire")

 

Directed by Jimmy Sangster
UK 1971

 

A mysterious man performs the rites of black magic ... bringing the notorious female vampire Carmilla Karnstein back to life. Looking to quench her bloodlust, she enrolls at an exclusive girl's school as the young debutante Mircalla (Yutte Stensgaard), and begins to feast on her fellow students as well as indulging in her unholy desires for a teacher ... With the death toll mounting at both the school and the nearby village, can anyone stop Carmilla's evil ways?

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This is one of three Hammer films loosely based on Sheridan LeFanu's book Camilla, which gives the standard vampire story a lesbian twist. The other two films are The Vampire Lovers and Twins of Evil. In this film, Count Karnstein, through a magical ritual, relies on the feedings of the newly re-fleshed and voluptuous vampire Mircalla (Yutte Stensgaard) for his own sustenance. This keeps her very busy indeed. She finds a ready supply of victims at a girls' finishing school. Her troubles begin when two male teachers from the school decide to investigate.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: January 17th, 1971

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Review: Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Coming out on Blu-ray in the UK, by Studio Canal, on August 12th, 2019

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Distribution Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:35:46.741        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,826,615,345 bytes

Feature: 25,037,475,840 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1625 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1625 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
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Shout! Factory

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,826,615,345 bytes

Feature: 25,037,475,840 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Presented In Two Aspect Ratios 1.66:1 And 1.85:1
NEW Audio Commentary By Author/Film Historian Bruce Hallenbeck
NEW Interview With Actress Mel Churcher (3:35)
Audio Commentary By Director Jimmy Sangster, Star Suzanna Leigh, And Hammer Films Historian Marcus Hearn
Theatrical Trailer (2:41)
Radio Spots (1:33)
Still Galleries (9:33)
Poster Gallery (4:56)


Blu-ray Release Date:
July 30th, 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 (August 2019): Shout! Factory have transferred another Hammer Horror, the salaciously titled, Lust For a Vampires to Blu-ray. It offers the film in both the 1.85:1 (25 Gig) and 1.66:1 (19 Gig) aspect ratios (see our comparisons below). They are advertised as being from a "NEW 4K Scan Of The Negative". Housed on a dual-layered disc with a high bitrate the image quality is excellent - notably textured. Colors are strong with richness and there is pleasing detail in the film's many close-ups.

NOTE: 44 more full resolution (1920 X 1080) captures for Patrons are available HERE.

On their Blu-ray, Shout! Factory use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (24-bit) in the original English language. It has the usually effects and an effective score by Hammer-regular Harry Robertson (Countess Dracula, Fright, Jane and the Lost City, The Oblong Box, Demons of the Mind, The Vampire Lovers, Twins of Evil) probably benefits the most from the uncompressed track.  Shout! Factory offer optional English subtitles (see sample) on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Shout! Factory offer a new audio commentary by Bruce Hallenbeck (author of The Hammer Vampire: British Cult Cinema) and he gives some excellent background on the film production, the stars, Sangster and much more including the themes involving Victorian Erotica and Lesbianism. He can be a bit monotone and dry but the information he imparts is fabulous. There is a second commentary track from a past DVD with Jimmy Sangster, Suzanna Leigh, and Hammer Films historian Marcus Hearn (author of The Hammer Story: The Authorised History of Hammer Films). It's good with Suzanna Leigh being fairly animated and fun. It's worth the indulgence for Hammer fans. There is a very brief new interview with actress Mel Churcher who played one of the Schoolgirl students. There is a theatrical trailer, radio spots, a stills galleries and poster gallery.

Lust For a Vampire is one of the most explicit of the Hammer stable of gothic horrors. It has all the charm of conventions that we love with plenty of cleavage and nudity thrown in. Not premium fare but, nonetheless, very enjoyable for fans of the studio.  The Shout! Factory Blu-ray is loaded with value and completists should be very pleased.

Gary Tooze

 


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1) Shout! Factory 1.85:1 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray TOP

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