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A few words about...™ The Vampire Lovers -- in Blu-ray

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#1 of 10 Robert Harris

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Posted May 05 2013 - 04:09 PM

Everyone loves lesbians.

 

Most everyone loves vampires.

 

Using Sheridan Le Fanu's (1814-1873) Carmilla as a basis, Hammer Films, Fantale Films and American-International, created The Vampire Lovers.

 

What could possibly be better than lesbian vampires?

 

The new Blu-ray from Scream Factory does justice to the film in a general sense.  I'm not an expert on either Hammer or Vampire Lovers.  I saw it when it arrived in the early '70s, and have no memory of what it looked like.

 

The film is a melange of original photography, what appears to be a bit of stock footage from other films, and various generations of dupes.  The end result is a decent quality affair.  A bit of minus density dirt (which could have been removed -- I'm thinking Olive here), but beyond that a very solid image for what is essentially a low-budget B product, that has taken a place in cinema history.

 

Nothing shocking here.  A post Woodstock, gothic tale of vampirism, based upon a solid piece of literature, and a perfectly acceptable Blu-ray experience.

 

Image - 3.5

 

Audio - 4

 

Recommended.

 

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#2 of 10 Bryan^H

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Posted May 05 2013 - 05:36 PM

This is very low on my list of good Hammer films, but as a completist I decided to upgrade from my old MGM 'Midnite Movies' line. Needless to say if it is Hammer and on Blu-Ray I will get it(that even goes for the dreadful 'Taste The Blood Of Dracula' if WB ever releases it!).

 

 

 

 

Nothing shocking here.  A post Woodstock, gothic tale of vampirism, based upon a solid piece of literature, and a perfectly acceptable Blu-ray experience.

 

 

Well said.


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Posted May 05 2013 - 06:08 PM

This isn't the same transfer used for the old MGM double-feature DVD, is it?  I'm hearing that it might be.

 

Regarding Herzog's NOSFERATU -- please, somebody, release it NOW on blu-ray. An hypnotic morbid beauty of a vampire film.


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Posted May 05 2013 - 06:37 PM

Ingrid Pitt in Blu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted May 05 2013 - 11:54 PM

Beautifully designed film, Ingrid Pitt and her female co-stars (particularly Kate O'Mara) are all lovely.  I've always felt this film underrated.  Bring on "Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde".



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Posted May 06 2013 - 12:42 AM

Regarding Herzog's NOSFERATU -- please, somebody, release it NOW on blu-ray. An hypnotic morbid beauty of a vampire film.

 

Somebody has.
 


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Posted May 06 2013 - 01:01 AM

Somebody has.


The BFI are starting up a Herzog Blu-ray collection soon, though only Aguirre is currently confirmed. Nosferatu seems a dead cert though. Hopefully it'll come without the apparent DNR of the German release.

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Posted May 06 2013 - 08:05 AM

 

 

Regarding Herzog's NOSFERATU -- please, somebody, release it NOW on blu-ray. An hypnotic morbid beauty of a vampire film.

Yes indeed. 


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Posted May 06 2013 - 08:33 AM

Ingrid Pitt was also great in Where Eagles Dare (with co-star Mary Ure). The Vampire Lovers is not one of my favourite Hammer films. At the top of my list is The Brides of Dracula arriving soon on blu-ray.



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Posted May 06 2013 - 08:34 AM

Beautifully designed film, Ingrid Pitt and her female co-stars (particularly Kate O'Mara) are all lovely.  I've always felt this film underrated.  Bring on "Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde".

I just watched this night before last, and I can't underrate this film enough.  The acting is generally poor, the plot is a confusing muddle, and the film proves that nudity does not always generate eroticism.  A disappointing film.

 

And what's with the dude with the long teeth we see on horseback from time to time?  What was his  purpose?  It wasn't to protect his fellow vampires.  I guess he just likes to watch. 


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