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Countess Dracula [1971] / The Vampire Lovers [1970] (Double Feature) [US Import] [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC]

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  • 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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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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A twin set of films from Hammer who were often mocked for their corniness even then but both outings are now standards in the seventies horror genre and frankly,they're very good with fine prints and extras which make the entertainment value over 6+1/2 hours and the commentaries are well worth hearing through-Pitt is intriguing and pithy to listen to as are the others who discuss technical details and Ingrid also reads atmospherically huskily from Le Fanu's Carmila and this in addition to both trailers all of which is great.

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.
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once again midnight movies have excelled themselves! Horror fans, escpecially Hammer afficianados will already know these films but for anyone who doesn't they're two sexy vampire classics from hammer studios featuring Ingrid pitt as the voluptuous Carmilla, loosely based on the real life female serial killer the countess Elizabeth Bathory. In countess dracula she's more like the actual real life countess sacrificing virgins to bath in their blood and gain youth, while in vampire lovers she's a more traditional fangy undead vamp preying on village womenfolk in some (for the time) surprisingly sexy sequences!
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!
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COUNTESS DRACULA sees Ingrid Pitt as the title character who accidentally gets a servants blood on her face only to find it's the ultimate wrinkle cream so, to make herself young and beautiful she slices and dices her way through the local wenches. When she's old she's a cantankerous witch and when she's young, she's vivacious and coquettish but why she's called Dracula is beyond me because she's more of a mass murderer than a vampire, a sexy Pol Pot if you like. It's a watchable film of murder, buxom wenches, oddballs, dodgy hats and Ingrid Pitt sponging her naked body in blood.
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Remembering Ingrid Pitt 29 Nov. 2010
By Chip Kaufmann - Published on Amazon.com
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With the passing of Ingrid Pitt a few days ago (Nov 23, 2010) I just had to weigh in on these two films especially THE VAMPIRE LOVERS as it had quite an impact on me when I first saw it in 1970. It was October of that year. I was a freshman at the University of South Carolina and already a Hammer devotee. I was already familiar with the Sheridan Le Fanu story CARMILLA and an earlier film version called TERROR IN THE CRYPT but I was not prepared for how sexually charged this film would be thanks to Ms Pitt's lack of inhibitions and Roy Ward Baker's sensitive direction which enhanced the film's erotic and atmospheric qualities. The fact that I dated a girl in high school (I even took her to the senior prom) who strongly resembled Ingrid Pitt no doubt had something to do with my reaction. Of course it seems quite tame compared to what you see in movies today especially horror films but back in 1970 it was really something else and the film still has the power to occasionally mesmerize thanks to Ms Pitt.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Countess Dracula" Hammer Masterpiece 13 Jan. 2012
By V. Risoli-Black - Published on Amazon.com
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1971's "Countess Dracula" starring Ingrid Pitt is double-billed with Ingrid Pitt in 1970's AIP/Hammer "The Vampire Lovers" based on the story "Carmilla" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. "Countess Dracula," based upon the life of Elizabeth Bathory, who in real life bathed in the blood of virgins to keep youthful, was the subject of a very good film starring Delphine Seyrig as the Countess titled, "Daughters of Darkness." Although Ingrid Pitt does not have the acting skill of Seyrig, she is very good in what with a brilliant script by Jeremy Paul based on a story by Alexander Paul, Peter Sasdy and Gabriel Ronay and directed skillfully by Peter Sasdy who had directed "Taste the Blood of Dracula" for Hammer and followed "Countess Dracula" with "Hands of the Ripper" also for Hammer. He later directed the Pia Zadora debacle "The Lonely Lady." Actually, the film is so succinct and handled so well, it is one of Hammer's few true "masterpieces." Ingrid Pitt's accent was a problem for the director in a few key scenes and her voice was dubbed. It is intact in "The Vampire Lovers" which features Peter Cushing and Jon Finch, but under Roy Ward Baker's direction and as written by Tudor Gates, it has less spirit. Roger Vadim's "Blood and Roses" is still the best adaptation of "Carmilla" yet.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic hammer vampire movies 27 April 2016
By Alan C. Logan - Published on Amazon.com
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No Christopher Lee here, but we don't need him this time. We've got Ingrid Pitt! Vampire Lovers, the last Hammer film financed by American dollars, is from a story older than Dracula. It is the first movie in the Karnstein trilogy which also include Lust for a Vampire and Twins of Evil. Peter Cushing is in the movie as a General and the father of a girl who is seduced and bitten by Marcilla, played by Pitt.

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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, But of its Kind--One of the Best 3 Jun. 2012
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The film is a fairly accurate adaptation of L. Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla"--which is also not perfect but nevertheless dear to the hearts of lovers of vampire lit. It's definitely a bosom-feast, most often with clothes on, but in a few brief scenes, not (so to speak). And it's a sexy film, with a lesbian subtext that is quite faithful to the novel which has the same. Technically speaking, Pitt is too old to play Carmilla; in the novel Carmilla died at about the same age as the protagonist, Emma, here played by spectacularly beautiful Madeline Smith, and as a vampire, she obviously should still appear to be only 16 or 17. Pitt clearly looks to be around 30. Nevertheless, Pitt gives an appealing sexy performance and radiates a vampire's eroticism and power. The film rearranges the chronology of the novella, so that the end of the novella becomes the beginning of the film, but this makes sense since the end of the novella relates events that occurred before the beginning of the story. There are also unexplained loose ends (strange vampire who seems to watch from afar all that occurs)but oddly enough, this is also true of the novel as well. Over all, very worth seeing for Hammer film fans, Vampire film fans, and Carmilla fans: However--the definitive version of this wonderful story has yet to be filmed.
3.0 out of 5 stars BETER THAN A TWO, BUT NOT QUITE A 4 OR 5! 9 Jun. 2013
By David C. McMunn - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a certain degree of eroticism to any vampire movie, but in the case of both Countess Dracula and The Vampire Lovers, it was a tad overused. Ingrid Pitt the female star in both movies did what I consider to be a decent job of portraying her characters, and coupled with her sensuality though overused, at least kept the viewing audience interested. In Countess Dracula her husband of many years dies...and as she gazes into the mirror the countess beholds an old woman, who lacks the beauty and vitality she once had in her youth. She falls for a young military man, but finds the costs associated with staying young and keeping her lover to be quite high, as the blood of virgins is required in producing a youth renewing cold cream she discovers totally by accident. In The Vampire Lovers Ingrid again does a decent job of acting, though both films were weak and lackluster, I suspect having much to do with the scripts and poor direction. She plays a vampire named Camilla who shows up at a dance and is left there by I believe her mother or aunt due to an alleged family illness that is happening elsewhere, promising to return as soon as possible. Camilla befriends, and eventually puts the bite on the daughter of Peter Cushing who is the lord of the manner...and then working her way around the countryside seeks other young maidens or similar prey to satisfy her insatiable bloodlust. Though not two of Hammer Film's best, I still feel both Countess Dracula and The Vampire Lovers still garners a 3 star rating!
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