- Actors: Ingrid Pitt, Peter Cushing, Nigel Green, George Cole, Sandor Elès
- Format: DVD-Video
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
- Run Time: 184.00 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00009PY48
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Countess Dracula  / The Vampire Lovers  (Double Feature) [US Import] [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC]
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Two classic Horror Films on one 'Midnite Movies, Double Feature'. Both films star Ingrid Pitt, ably supported by a stellar cast of well-known actors and future stars and despite now being well-over 40 years old, both films are still thoroughly enjoyable and despite the grim subject matter, still delightfully erotic and sexy. COUNTESS DRACULA, stars Ingrid as Countess Elisabeth Nádasdy, in this fictionalised version about the real life Countess Elizabeth Bathory. Set in medieval Europe, Countess Elisabeth rules harshly with the help of her lover Captain Dobi. Finding that washing in the blood of young girls makes her young again she gets Dobi to start abducting likely candidates. THE VAMPIRE LOVERS features Ingrid as the seductive vampire Carmilla Karnstein, who with her family target the beautiful and the rich in a remote area of late 18th century Gemany.
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The tale of Erzhebet Batory is as Ingrid says too dreadful to film realistically given that she was a historical sadist along the Gilles de Retz line but this side of the disc is the historical one and it's easy to forget in the Hammer cannon that this film is not occultist like The Vampire Lovers-People could be buried alive in those days of frequent plagues and arise looking more than awful and fearsome but again the Dracula myth is also fundamentally historic and horrible without being occult although that may seem the same thing for some where strong emotion and drama transcend everyday experience.
So,two classic and excellent films whose real historic origins are both in the turbulent eastern reaches of Europa which is also why I would have liked the option of a Hungarian or a German dub with subtitles but otherwise as a DVD set,a double steal so if the genre appeals or you're a Hammer nostalgist or a neophyte or a plain horror freak,just buy it or try it now,they're both wonderful films.
I was wary at first of getting this release as countess dracula is already out in a decent R2 release but gave in mainly because I also wanted the vampire lovers and the midnite movies boxes look good together on my self! (sad I know) the fact that the disc was under three quid finally swayed me and i'm glad it did.
Countess dracula is presented in 1:66:1 widesreen with supurb picture and sound quality and comes with an audio commentary track with Ingrid pitt Director peter sadsy and screenwriter Jeremy Paul plus the origional theatrical trailer while Vampire lovers is 16:9/1:85:1 widescreen and comes with an audio commentary track with Ingridd pitt, Director Roy ward baker and screenwriter Tudor Gates, you also get excerpts from carmilla read by ingrid pitt and the origional theatrical trailer. For a midnight movies disc this one is packed! Though the british release of countess dracula does contain some archive material not all relating to the film techniacally it still is a marginally better disc but then vampire lovers is a much BETTER disc than the r2 so it's certainly worth a look! So long as you can play R1 discs and you like hammer horror this release is highly reccomended!
VAMPIRE LOVERS is more of a traditional vampire film with Ingrid Pitt as a vampire who preys on the ladies, cue heaving bosoms, more busty wenches and half naked frollicking as she picks off pert English girls across the countryside. It's the better of the two films and not just because of the bountiful cleavage (honest guv), you get Peter Cushing in a cameo, a couple of decapitations and more biting than a fight with Mike Tyson.
In short, a pretty good double bill with the sensual Ingrid Pitt on good form, particularly in VAMPIRE LOVERS although you're a better man than I if you can pinpoint what regional accent she's speaking in, my moneys's on a Transylvanian woman whose mother was French, father was Italian and who spent time as an Swedish au pair in her gap year.
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COUNTESS DRACULA I didn't see until a few years later when it played second hand at a local drive-in (I really do miss the drive-ins as I saw so many interesting films there from 1969-1975 before the X rated material took over). COUNTESS DRACULA is a totally misleading title as the title character is not a vampire and is in no way related to Dracula. She was based on a real Hungarian countess (Elisabeth Bathory) who bathed in the blood of virgins which she believed kept her looking young and fair (for a more accurate version see THE LEGEND OF BLOOD CASTLE with Ewa Aulin). Once again Pitt has a commanding presence and she is ably assited by British tough guy Nigel Green as her captain of the guard. There's even Lesley-Anne Down who appears briefly as Pitt's daughter. Hungarian Peter Sasdy's direction is atmospheric with some occasional knockout camerawork. An ideal pairing of the two big Hammer films that Ingrid Pitt made for them and on which her reputation will always rest. R.I.P. Ingrid and thanks for providing the chills and especially thrills.
The movie is full of that trademark Hammer atmosphere and Victorian setting. This time Hammer included more edgy material and nudity and lesbianism. It was racy for the time but it is a very solid entry in Hammer's library.
Countess Dracula is Pitt playing an entirely different character. She doesn't bite or suck blood, but she bathes in the blood of virgins to restore her youth and win the heart of a young man. It's the weaker of the two movies presented here but definitely worth a look if you're into old school Hammer.
Both of these movies have since been released on blu ray and I would advise seeking out those copies as they are superior to the flipper disc in this package.