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(aka "The Fearless Vampire Killers or: Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck" or "Tanz der Vampire" or "Le bal des vampires" or "Vampyrernes Nat" or "Dance of the Vampires" )

 

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USA / UK 1967

A pair of bumbling vampire-hunters attempts to destroy an undead nobleman and his cronies and rescue a buxom maiden in actor/director Roman Polanski's playful update of the venerable vampire genre. Bat expert and vampire obsessive Professor Abronsius (Jack MacGowran) barely survives his journey through the Alps into snowy Slovenia to continue his oft-maligned research into the undead. Thawed out by his hapless assistant, Alfred (Polanski), and the frisky local innkeeper, Shagal (Alfie Bass), Abronsius quickly notices the overabundance of raw garlic as a decorating motif in the inn and its environs. Too ineffectual to save Shagal from having his blood sucked, the professor and Alfred miss the boat again when the mysterious Count Von Krolock (Ferdinand Mayne) kidnaps Shagal's built, beautiful daughter, Sarah (Sharon Tate). The itinerant vampire hunters must travel through the icy wilderness to Von Krolock's abode and evade his manservant and his effete son Herbert (Iain Quarrier) before Sarah joins the ranks of the ghouls. They soon learn, however, that the luxury-starved lass actually enjoys her captors' lavish attentions. The action climaxes during a costume ball attended by a phalanx of blood-suckers, although the laughs and surprises continue until the very end. Sixteen minutes of unauthorized cuts have been restored in some video editions of The Fearless Vampire Hunters, although the animated credits sequence that replaced them is also retained. The film marks the feature debut of Tate, who replaced Polanski's original choice, Jill St. John, on the advice of producer Martin Ransohoff.

 

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Theatrical Release: February 1967 - UK

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Comparison:

Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC vs. Cinemagia (OOP) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Reino - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Ole Kofoed and Gregory Meshman for the Screen Caps!

 

1) Warner - Region 1,2,3,4  - NTSC - LEFT

2) Cinemagia (OOP) - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Reino - Region FREE - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Warner

Region 0 - NTSC

Cinemagia
Region 0 - NTSC
Reino - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:47:18 1:47:16 1:43:02.520 (4% PAL Speedup)
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.10 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.63 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

2.44:1 1080i / 25 fps

Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,398,214,736 bytes

Feature: 20,621,254,656 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.97 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Warner

 

Bitrate:

Cinemagia (OOP)

 

Bitrate:

Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, French, German, Italian Dub DD 1.0

English Dolby Digital 5.1 / 2.0 Stereo?.

Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, English captions or none. Portuguese or none. English, Spanish, Portuguese or none.
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Vampires 101 - Promo featurette with Max Wall (10:19).
• Trailer.

DVD Release Date: October 5, 2004
Keep Case

Chapters 26

Release Information:
Studio: Cinemagia

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• The pre-title cartoon from the US version.
• Biographies and Filmographies.
• Posters Gallery.
• Trailer.
• Easter Egg (10 minutes interview with Tate).
 

DVD Release Date: April 24, 2003
Keep Case

Chapters 27

Release Information:
Studio: R
eino

 

2.44:1 1080i / 25 fps

Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,398,214,736 bytes

Feature: 20,621,254,656 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.97 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video


Edition Details:

• Trailer (2:04)

Animation (1:40)

 Vampires 101 - Promo featurette with Max Wall (10:19)


Blu-ray Release Date: September 12th, 201
6
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 16

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Reino - Region FREE' - Blu-ray - November 2017: Not our first rodeo - a probable bootleg out of Spain. Firstly, it IS a pressed disc, not a BD-R but it is in 1080i PAL speed, 2.44:1, it has only lossy Dolby audio but there are some extras.

This is from the darker, bluer, Warner source - and starts with the MGM logo with the vampire animation:

It doesn't show interlaced combing but is 4% sped up over the theatrical running time. The image shows improvement over SD - even if only a blow-up of 480. It doesn't look like that - I suspect they took the Euro-source and added subs and a Spanish DUB. That's my guess. It looks decent in-motion.

This is an English-friendly Blu-ray, where the French steelbook, HERE, I bought years ago had forced French subtitles for the English audio. This has the option for English audio and for English subtitles (see sample below.)

Extras include the animation sequence, a trailer and the 10-minute Vampires 101 - promo featurette with Max Wall - all in English with optional Spanish subtitles.

We say pass and let's get a bona-fide Blu-ray to compare here soon!

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ON THE DVDs: Both DVD's is the long version of the movie, but have kept the US title "The Fearless Vampire Killers", as opposed to the "Dance of the Vampires" title shown at the top of this page from a recording from Danish television. For more information about the different cuts look HERE:

We no longer have the Brazil disc anymore so we can't see if the original mono track is included, the menu says a stereo track, but another review list it as a mono track.

There is visible damage to the Warner , but it definitely has the superior sharpness and contrast. The Cinemagia has some contrast boosting and is slightly cropped on the left edge. We recommend the anamorphic Warner most definitely in this case.

NOTE: The Warner is scaled down to 800 but the Cinemagia is in native resolution.

 - Gary Tooze


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(Warner - Region 1,2,3,4  - NTSC - LEFT vs. Cinemagia (OOP) - Region 0 - NTSC - RIGHT)
 

 

Reino - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

 

Alternate Title used on the Cinemagia DVD

 

 


 

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Subtitle Sample Reino - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

 

 

1) Warner - Region 1,2,3,4  - NTSC - TOP

2) Cinemagia (OOP) - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Reino - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Warner - Region 1,2,3,4  - NTSC - TOP

2) Cinemagia (OOP) - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Reino - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Warner - Region 1,2,3,4  - NTSC - TOP

2) Cinemagia (OOP) - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Reino - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Warner - Region 1,2,3,4  - NTSC - TOP

2) Cinemagia (OOP) - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Reino - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Warner - Region 1,2,3,4  - NTSC - TOP

2) Cinemagia (OOP) - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Reino - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Warner - Region 1,2,3,4  - NTSC - TOP

2) Cinemagia (OOP) - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Reino - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


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1) Cinemagia (OOP) - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Reino - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

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Region 0 - NTSC

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Region 0 - NTSC
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