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Bathory: Countess of Blood [DVD]

Anna Friel , Juraj Jakubisko    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Anna Friel
  • Directors: Juraj Jakubisko
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: In2Film
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,459 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Bathory is based on the legends surrounding the life and deeds of Countess Elizabeth Bathory known as the greatest murderess in the history of mankind. Contrary to popular belief, Elizabeth Bathory was a modern Renaissance woman who ultimately fell victim to men's aspirations for power and wealth. The various stories of her life resulted in her infamy as a cruel queen, the greatest murderess in the history of mankind and possibly her true identity as a vampire queen.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anna Friel Sizzles 9 Mar 2011
Anyone who knows their vampire history will have heard of and know about Elizabeth Bathory (yes, I know that I have written her first name in English), after all she is supposedly the most prolific female serial killer of all time. This film is not however a horror movie. Bathory may have done some killing and may have tortured people, but since at least the 19th century until modern times there has always been a big question mark over what really went on.

Anna Friel brings home a great performance as Bathory and really brings this film to life. In a time of superstition and constant fighting with the Turks, Hungary has also to keep an eye open for Hapsburg intrigues. Spanning the late 16th and early 17th centuries, Bathory's husband is often away on wars, so Elizabeth has to manage the estates and bring up their children. When a mishap occurs her husband has to call in a woman that most consider a witch to save her, and thus the two women form a bond. As the 'witch' claims she can keep Bathory looking young, Elizabeth starts taking baths, but are these in blood, or something less innocuous?

Taking a few liberties with the facts this presents a thought provoking film, but I am not sure whether the surreal dreamlike imagery is really needed, or a couple of Catholic monks sent into the area to spy. These monks are like early James Bonds with gadgets that must have been made by an early Q.

If you like something a bit different that makes you question the folk tales that get handed down over the years, then you will probably enjoy this, but as I put above, there are a few things that this film would have been better without. Also included on this dvd are extras, a documentary feature, deleted scenes and a music video.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on the legend 14 Aug 2010
I just watched this and I loved it. Its an interesting take on the Countess. Not completely grounded in historical fact but I liked the way it challenged the vampire, psychotic murderess myth and showed the countess in a more humane light, and as a victim of political plotting by her enemies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE PAINTING IS A POEM FOR THE EYES 28 April 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is not a story about a vampire who stays young by bathing in the blood of virgins. This is an embellished version of historical events.

This is the story of Elizabeth Bathory (Anna Friel) who lived during a time of conflict between the east and west and Catholic and Protestant religions. She was able to survive one, but not the other. This tale depicts the countess as slightly mentally unstable suffering from a disease of the blood. There are scenes which blend reality with dreams in a surreal fashion. It worked rather well for me, but there wasn't a lot of it. Bathory was ruthless and beautiful. In an effort to gain her wealth, her enemies accused her of heinous crimes, at least some of which were true.

What you will first notice is the costumes. They went to great length and expense in this aspect reminding me of Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon." Some of the background is CG, such as the castle with its constant full moon and some of the fires. The monk and his assistant made inventions which made this account seem fictional. Indeed, both of them and the Italian artist appear to be Hollywood creations. Anna Darvulia is historical, but her exact influence is unknown. The film is long: 2 hours and 20 minutes. It moves at a slow and steady pace. You do feel the time. This movie is a not for everybody. It is artsy and based on a true story. It can get boring building background.

Parental Guide: Sex and Nudity.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sooooooooo Disappointed!!! 28 Aug 2011
I LOVE Anna Friel, I LOVE the legend of Bathory, so I was so looking forward to watching this.
However, after initially watching the documentaries on the DVD, I realised that this may be a bit different to the sexy vampire, gore fest that I was anticipating...& indeed it was.
The film was a very protracted & drawn out & (according to the director from the making of documentary) still a hypothetical take on the legend of Bathory...& ended up a much more boring one than if it had followed the traditional take on the life of the lady in question.
Instead of a good horror movie (for which the subject matter would have been excellent) the film became a very subjective slant on how Bathory had been framed by power hungry politicians & served to suggest that the whole bathing in blood/ murderess/ vampire mythology was, not even just exaggerated, but entirely made up! Even if most of it was untrue, by the director's own admission, this was also unsubstantiated. The end result made for a very long, very boring movie, with little to save it (except for the stunning Anna Friel, couple of good battle scenes & some of the architecture in the localities of the shoot...all of which would have been better used lending themselves in a more traditional take on the Bathory legend).
For the DVD cover to proclaim 'Countess Of Blood' & 'Vampire' and then to contain teh film that it does is, at least, very misleading. VERY disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film 2 Feb 2013
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Great film, especially with Anna friel. Is a great great great film and she is great actress. Buy it now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable 29 Aug 2012
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I watched this film twice in a week because i thought i needed to fully absorb the details i missed on first viewing. Nobody really knows the truth behind Countess Elizabeth Bathory and so much of whats been written about her are largely folklore and conjecture but this movie goes some way into addressing all the angles and presenting a different picture of a much misunderstood figure in history.

You have to stay with it though as you will be mesmerised by the costumes, scenery and the sheer beauty of the women portrayed in this period. Anna Friel puts on a robust performance and is endearing as a countess and loving mother to her cherished daughters but things start going horribly wrong during her husband's long absences at war and the blood letting starts much later than i imagined.

There is a conspiracy against her and her Protestant stance against an increasing Catholic uprising who eventually plunder the Bathory wealth and have her banished in a castle until her death. So the legend of 'history's most prolific serial killer' may somewhat be influenced by this. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie as it portrays a noble countess in a slightly different light and leaves the viewer perplexed as to her abominations of which she was alleged to have carried out!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT, NO BLOODFEST. NO TORTURE. Did she really kill 400+ ???

I recently discovered the viking metal band, Bathory and read more. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Mr Paul Savory
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Mr Michal Smal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
It's interesting to see how viewpoints can be misdirected at various points leading to confusing situations where the characters become drawn by their viewpoints, regardless of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by MRD
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
Definately works better as a mini series. It all seemed a tad insubstantial however, It's not all bad I suppose.
Published 6 months ago by VeeJay L
4.0 out of 5 stars Bathory Countess Of Blood
A different treatment of the usual version of this story from a gory period of European history. Didn't do her any good in the end.
Published 7 months ago by apteryxaustralis
3.0 out of 5 stars Its okay
As usual no film jargon.
Did I enjoy it? = It was OK. A bit disjointed in places and the story line takes a bit of getting used to.
Would i recommend it? Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. J. Chippendale
3.0 out of 5 stars Bathory
Film technical quality good. Story and plotline East European. Acting and diakogue reasonable. Worth the cost and would buy again.
Published 10 months ago by Kbrom99
1.0 out of 5 stars No english subtitles as stated in the description!
if you are deaf, as me,do not buy this one!... It is a swindle!... There are no subtitles at all!...
Published 12 months ago by Archivist51
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting subject
I enjoyed this. Took a little time to get use to accents! after that it was good, surprised it was based on an actual woman!
Published 14 months ago by sharon Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the Blu-Ray
I don't regret purchasing this. It was in perfect condition. As second hand purchases go, this was a bargain; though I wish I'd bought the Blu-Ray instead. :)
Published 16 months ago by Ms S D Brown
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