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The beautiful Ingrid Pitt (The Wicker Man, Where Eagles Dare) stars as Elisabeth Nádasdy, an aging Hungarian Countess who discovers she can reverse her aging by bathing in the blood of young women. While in her youthful state, the Countess falls for the handsome Lt. Imre Toth (Sandor Elès), and impersonates her own daughter to win his affections. Soon, girls in the village go missing… kidnapped and murdered by the Countess and her steward, Julie (Patience Collier) to satiate her horrifying bloodlust. Can Elisabeth live a life of deception with her grotesque lust for blood to stay eternally young, or will her ghoulish secret finally be revealed? Co-starring Nigel Green (Jason and the Argonauts, Zulu).

Considered 'one of the more underrated films from the latter days of the Hammer Films dynasty' (Donald Guarisco, Allmovie.com), Countess Dracula is based on the real-life Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory, a woman accused of torturing and murdering more than 600 girls.

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary With Actress Ingrid Pitt, Director Peter Sasdy, Screenwriter Jeremy Paul And Author Jonathan Sothcott
  • Immortal Countess: The Cinematic Life Of Ingrid Pitt Featurette
  • Audio Interview With Ingrid Pitt
  • Still Gallery
  • Reversible Cover Artwork
  • Theatrical Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green, Lesley-Anne Down
  • Directors: Peter Sasdy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2014
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ITZXDDY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,785 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Nice extras on blu ray also.
Rick Branda
She is by far the sexiest and best female vampire that ever graced the silver screen.
Leland D. Petty
I truly believe they could have done a better job.
Humberto Velazquez

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By William Amazzini on May 13, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Synapse Films has released Director Peter Sasdy's 'COUNTESS DRACULA'-1972 in the Blu-Ray format and boy, does it look good. Posing at the time as part of Hammer Films Vampire series, it emerges as a cheat in that department for there is nary a fang in sight as the film is an historical take on the life of Countess Elisabeth Bathory with supernatural elements. Hammer already did something similar back in 1966 with Director Don Sharp's 'RASPUTIN-THE MAD MONK' . It also boasts the best performance by actress Ingrid Pitt transforming back and forth in aging makeup and a final performance by the great Nigel Green who passed away after the release of the film. You will also see a young Leslie Anne Down included in the proceedings. Director Sasdy handles the historical antics with fervor coming off the excellent 'TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA' -1971 utilizing cinematographer Ken Talbot's images and hypnotic music score by Harry Robinson to great advantages. MGM's Midnight Madness series had released this film on DVD in a double sided disc with Director Roy Ward Baker's 'THE VAMPIRE LOVERS'-1970 back in 2005 but the negative was a bit on the dark side. Synapse has restored it in a gorgeous 1.66 -1080P transfer restoring the cuts made by 20th Century Fox for the US release to secure a PG rating which butchered it's co-feature 'VAMPIRE CIRCUS' even more. This release is also packed with extras including an Audio Commentary by actress Pitt, Director Sasdy and screenwriter Alexander Paal, a featurette on Pitt's career 'IMMORTAL COUNTESS' , an archival audio interview with Pitt, a lavish still gallery and an original British trailer. If you didn't get the MGM DVD, you won't go wrong with the DVD included here which also looks excellent.Read more ›
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Egyptian Gurl on May 11, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
It is now 3am in the morning and I am on my fifth (if not more) viewing of this movie! The Hammer movies never fail to entertain and keep you glued to the screen. In fact, I've never seen a bad Hammer film. Why don't we have movie houses today who can make movies like this?

Ingrid Pitt shines in this movie, as she transforms from a frumpy old countess into a beautiful young, voluptuous woman with the help of virgins' blood! Quite eery, but so well done in this film. Unfortunately, Ingrid is not with us today, but her talents are so visible in this well-written, well-directed film. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this movie to lovers of vampire movies, or for those who wish to watch a well-written, well-acted horror movie. This one WON'T DISAPPOINT!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Leland D. Petty on September 2, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
When one conjures up the name Ingrid Pitt, what comes to mind? Ahhh a female vampire, but not just an ordinary female vampire! She is by far the sexiest and best female vampire that ever graced the silver screen. I loved this movie and always will. Synapse has done a real good job on this edition. I think if Ingrid were alive to see it this way, she would have enjoyed it even more. The menu design is well done and the background music adds to the atmosphere. I used to own the midnight movies edition years ago, but I have to say this is an improvement over that for certain.
Not only do you get the movie, but you get these special features:

Countess Dracula Still Gallery with moving pictures and music

Immortal Countess: The Cinematic Life of Ingrid Pitt (although this is a nice bio featurette, it mainly focuses on her few major movie roles "The Vampire Lovers", "Countess Dracula", "The House That Dripped Blood", "Where Eagles Dare", "The Wicker Man" and talks about her very first appearance in the "Sound of Horror")

Archival Audio Interview with Ingrid Pitt, which is just wonderful.

Theatrical Trailer

The movie is DTS HD 2.0 original mono soundtrack or Audio Commentary with Actress Ingrid Pitt, Director Peter Sasdy, screenwriter Jeremy Paul, and author Jonathan Sothcott
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Scott Baker on May 27, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big fan of Hammer Horror, and my fandom grows exponentially with each new title I watch. I have to confess I’ve only seen a handful of Hammer films, however I’ve seen enough to know I love them. And thanks to Synapse Films, fans like me can enjoy these timeless classics with digitally remastered sound and picture. Their latest release, COUNTESS DRACULA, stars the lovely Ingrid Pitt and embodies everything Hammer Horror is renowned for.

Director Peter Sasdy directed a couple of other Hammer films, including TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA and HANDS OF THE RIPPER, as well as three episodes of the short-lived HAMMER HOUSE OF MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE television series. As such, he was the perfect choice to bring this concept to the big screen.

COUNTESS DRACULA is shot well and has the same foreboding feel that made Hammer films so popular. The acting is first rate with the afore mentioned Ingrid Pitt portraying the titular character. She is accompanied onscreen by Sandor Eles, who portrays Lt. Toth, and Nigel Green as Captain Dobi. Pitt steals the show, however, giving a magnificent performance as both a young woman and an old crone.

There’s not much gore or even blood in the film, which really surprises me given the premise. However, the lack thereof is just fine; the intensity that is built up within the film doesn’t need gore or blood to heighten it. That’s not to say it wouldn’t have been enjoyable to see…but with Hammer, the darkness comes from within the characters, not from splattering the walls with carnage.

I have not seen a previous copy of COUNTESS DRACULA, so I cannot say how much the picture and/or sound have improved…but watching this film on Blu-ray is an excellent experience.
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