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The Vampire Lovers [DVD] [1970]

Ingrid Pitt , Pippa Steel , Roy Ward Baker    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ingrid Pitt, Pippa Steel, Madeline Smith, Peter Cushing, George Cole
  • Directors: Roy Ward Baker
  • Writers: Harry Fine, Michael Style, Sheridan Le Fanu, Tudor Gates
  • Producers: Harry Fine, Louis M. Heyward, Michael Style
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Ilc
  • DVD Release Date: 12 April 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000634E1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,725 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Sumptuous period backdrops and a wildly melodramatic soundtrack add to the spooky gothic atmosphere of this classic slice of sex-fuelled gore from the Hammer House of Horror. Ingrid Pitt plays Camilla, a beautiful blood-sucking lesbian vampire with milky white skin and a thirst for the blood of pretty young virgins. When she attacks Laura (Pippa Steel), the daughter of General von Spielsdorf (Peter Cushing), the general enlists the help of Baron Joachim von Hartog (Douglas Wilmer) to overcome the vampiress and bring an end to the terror and bloodshed.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Region free for a change. 17 May 2013
By Mr. K. Arts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase

Ingrid pitt plays a vampire out for revenge against a small town. She gets herself invited to various wealthy households and seduces the nubile young daughters of the Austrian nobles (said nobles played by Hammer Stalwart Peter Cushing and Arthur Daley himself George Cole) slowly draining them inbetween some extremely softcore lesbian sexaimed at an audience for an audience growing steadily jaded by an influx of sex filled euro-horror from directors like Jean Rollin and Jess Franco.
Vampire Lovers is a film that has one foot still firmly in the old school hammer gothic tradition with fog shrouded villages, taverns country estates and period costumes galore. The other foot is in the world of the modern (for the 1970's) euro-horror imports that were stealing Hammers thunder. In spite of its attempt to pander to the more purient audiences of the time Vampire lovers is still a lot of fun. The sets are great, the performances are also uniformly good and director Roy ward Baker makes the most of things.
The blu-ray IS region free. A rarity for scream factory releases but it will play on your PS3 with no problems. Its using the same sources as the MGM midnight movies release and looks great. Theres some print damage evident but its still a noticable step up from that release. Extras wise it carries over all the bonus features from the midnight movies release including the commentary track and Ingrid Pitt reading an extract from Carmilla as well as including a couple of short new featurettes as well.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Hammer Horror!!! 27 Sep 2002
This is a classic Hammer Horror, co-produced by American International Pictures in 1970, this was the first Hammer film to feature scenes of sex and nude vampires! This DVD is a MUST for any horror DVD collection, and if you like sexy thrillers!!! There are no extras, however, there is a secret still gallery of around ten stills! Highlight the "o" in Vampire L"o"vers on the main menu, and hit enter!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer Horror at its best! 19 Jun 2002
By Alex
Vampire Lovers was released by American International/Hammer Horror pictures in 1970 and it went on to be one of their most successful films. It spawned two further sequels. Whilst it did not differ significantly from Hammer Horror's other films released at the time, it concentrated more on relationships and seductions rather than draculas and fangs. This proved to work well.
The production boosts and impressive cast. Peter Cushing only has a small cameo role at the beginning and end but Ingrid Pitt is excellent as the undead nymphomaniac vampire who seduces both men and women alike before drinking their blood. Also featured is George Cole and Kate O'Mara.
Though the film is not very scary as such, it is not played "camply" and the full frontal female nudity took it one step further in relation to the film board sensors.
It is my favorite Hammer Horror, not least because it features my old English school master Harvey Hallsmith (Harvey Hall in the credits) as a house butler.
One criticism - This release contains no extras - No commentary, no trailer, no subtitles, no language dubs and no accompanying booklet (although there is chapter selection). The film clarity and sound is however crystal clear.

I recommend watching this film and "The Abominable Dr Phibes" for classic Hammer Horror before it all started to get a bit silly in the late 70s.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid This Substandard Release 8 Aug 2013
If you are a fan of fanged femmes then The Vampire Lovers is for you. Unfortunately, if you do not own a multiregional Blu-ray player, you will have to wait for a UK release of the film to get a decent transfer of this enjoyable romp.
This Aussie Blu-ray release was allegedly originally released in late 2012. not that you would have known it existed as it could not be found on the shelves of either the large chain stores or smaller independents. So, when I finally tracked a copy of the disc down today I was understandably excited to see if the film was as enjoyable lurid as I remember it being all those many years ago on the late friday night creature feature. The answer is in the affirmative. It's just a shame that the quality of this Aussie release is so poor.
Yes, this is a forty year old film and the cost of restoration work has to be balanced by potential sales,but this transfer is a shocker. Scratches, speckling and film dirt are all on full display. It makes one very grateful for Hammer's restorations of The Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula. I understand that The Vampire Lovers was a co-production with American International Pictures so Hammer may not have any say in this particular release.
Others may find the visual quality satisfactory. The deal breaker is the awful, heavily distorted music and effects track.
Dialogue is strong and clear, but everything else on the soundtrack is a phasing, shimmering mess. It might sound good at a Cure concert, rocking out to A Forest, but it does not make for a comfortable viewing/listening experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great latter-day Hammer, poor blu-ray 2 April 2013
The picture quality on this Australian blu-ray seems OK, but the audio is horrid. Whether it comes from an inferior source or has just been badly mastered I don't know, but it's overly-quiet and prone to what sounds like wow & flutter from a warped tape. It's noticeably worse than any of the DVD versions I've encountered (both US and UK releases).

I suggest holding off for the Scream!Factory release due in April 2013.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THANKS
Published 8 days ago by David Squires
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied
Supplied with just the disk; the product does not include any other accompanying materials.
Published 1 month ago by Lorentz
3.0 out of 5 stars BUYER WARNING
The Vampire Lovers was always one of my fav Hammer films so i was a bit disappointed to find that the UK 15 rated stand alone version is cut. Read more
Published 7 months ago by lister
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice HD print
Firstly this is a review of the "Shout Factory" release from the USA.

This is a region free release which will play on UK region B Blu Ray players thankfully. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Lovers
As any fule kno this is the first part of the Hammer's Karnstein trilogy (The Vampire Lovers, Lust for a Vampire, Twins of Evil) based on Irish Gothic-horror writer Sheriden Le... Read more
Published 11 months ago by P.D.Nash
3.0 out of 5 stars HAMMER TRY A NEW TWIST
With there DRACULA and FRANKENSTIEN movies not doing to well at the box office HAMMER had to try something new so they came up with more sex in there movies. Read more
Published 11 months ago by horror king
5.0 out of 5 stars Fangtastic! Ingrid at her best.
This is the best version of this 70's Hammer classic available. The movie looks beautiful and the fantastic array of extras is breath taking . Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. R. Cook
3.0 out of 5 stars No subtitles at all!
I love this film... Its a great to have this in bluray disc! But im so angry, because there is no subtitles at all!
Published 12 months ago by monte mario
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
I saw this movie at the cinema during its original release in the 60's. An unsurpassed vampire story and first class camerawork.
Published 13 months ago by Terence M. Dorrington
3.0 out of 5 stars PICTURE IS OK NOTHING MORE.
This is a pretty dull Hammer outing with a few boobs thrown in to keep you interested.The picture doesn't appear that great and i don't know if the extras are on other dvds so... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Vlad the emailer
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