Blue Underground seldom does things in a less than high-class fashion.
So it is with Daughters of Darkness, Harry Kumel’s 1971 Belgian vampire film – how many Belgian
vampire films have there been? – which arrives in a superior state.
Starring Delphine Seyrig – I find it difficult to believe that’s she’s been gone for thirty years – who was born in Beirut, and raised in Paris to a very interesting family. Worth researching.
As noted above, Blue Underground seldom fails to impress, and here they almost go overboard, inclusive of a lenticular slipcover, that might lead some to believe that this is the missing 3D version of the film.
While it isn’t, it’s beautiful. Derived from a 4k scan of the uncut original negative – I believe here in the U.S. it was always uncut – this is a meticulously produced 4k release.
Colors pop. Grain structure is lovely. Shadow detail, black levels, image stability, all shine.
As a film, it’s something special, as it never hits one over the head – “Look, a Vampire!” – and takes a far more
delicate tone in moving the tale along.
Well worth owning, as the relapse is filled to overflowing with wonderful extras, inclusive of an audio CD of the score.
Originally released in monaural, the release includes a remix, presumably from the stems to 5.1. The original mono is also included.
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from Blu-ray – Absolutely!
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