Count Dracula's Great Love
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After their carriage breaks down and their driver is killed in a freak accident, a group of young women are forced to spend the night in a strange and isolated former sanatorium, which has just been purchased by the secretive Dr. Marlow (Paul Naschy). Unbeknownst to the visitors, Dr. Marlow is actually Count Dracula, and stalking the sanatorium are his recently turned vampire slaves. Soon the guests begin to be attacked by the ravenous bloodsuckers, while Dracula sets his sights on the beautiful virgin Karen, deciding to offer her his hand in marriage...
One of Naschy's most significant roles, Javier Aguirre's COUNT DRACULA'S GREAT LOVE is a sensitive, complex, and surprisingly subversive Dracula story featuring expert direction, effective gothic atmosphere, and gruesome violence. Presented here in its full strength 'unclothed' export version, Vinegar Syndrome brings this classic piece of Spanish horror cinema to Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world, fully restored from its uncut International negative and featuring a never released feature length audio commentary track with star Naschy and director Aguirre.
1. Scanned & restored in 2k from 35mm internegative
2. Commentary track with director Javier Aguirre and lead actor Paul Naschy
3. New video interview with actress Mirta Miller
4. Includes both the English dub and original Spanish language soundtrack
5. International theatrical trailer
6. Still gallery
7. 8 page booklet by Mirek Lipinski
8. English and Spanish subtitles
9. Reversible cover artwork
10. English & Spanish Closed Captioning
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Terrible DVD. Wait for a decent release to buy this movie, which deserves the kind of treatment DEIMOS has given to Naschy's Werewolf films....
El disco BLURAY sorprende aun mas con la remasterizacion 2k de imagen, no parece tener tantos años este film, colores vivos y brillantes con gran manejo de tonos,el audio muy bien : idioma original español o doblaje en ingles con subtitulos en ambos casos.
De la pelicula se dira mucho... en si, es lenta y predecible, por momentos aburre, pero el nombre de Naschy salva la situacion, horror, sangre y romance en esta pelicula muy peculiar sobre Dracula.
Maravillosa y muy completa edicion de este producto, lo recomiendo ampliamente a los fans de Paul Naschy, excelente producto de VINEGAR SYNDROME ...
The story follows 5 companions, one man and four women, traveling through the Carpathian Mountains when their carriage breaks down and loses a wheel. Imre (the man) and Marlene are secretly lovers and while they go in search of the wheel, the driver is killed by the horse. The group walks along in hopes of reaching a nearby castle now owned by Wendell Marlow (Paul Naschy) who in reality is Count Dracula. He makes the travelers welcome, feeds them and offers them shelter until someone can come and take them on their way.
Legend has it that Dracula can return to human form when a virgin offers her love to him willingly, an offering that will include making a blood sacrifice to bring back his deceased daughter as well. Of course this means that at least one of these women must be the love of his life and willing to do so. Unfortunately there are other vampires among the household and they begin picking off the guests who in turn set out to transform their friends as well. Along the way plenty of flesh is exposed, the typical Euro-horror inclusion of lesbian attraction between the female vampires, gore enough to satisfy those seeking it as long as they keep in mind the film was made in Spain and in 1973 and a lack of concern from the characters over the disappearance of their friends. And yet…it works.
Part and parcel of the reason it works is the performances on display. Each of the actors here presents their character with enough conviction that they are believable as opposed to caricatures we’ve seen in other films. They do seem like friends, they do seem to care for one another (even if they don’t question each other’s disappearances) and they offer performances that don’t come across as low budget at all. I’ve only come across Naschy in recent years (I know, forgive me) but each time I watch one of his films I see a passion for the genre that many tend to want to deviate from. Instead he embraces it. His performance here is one of the most subtle from him I’ve seen.
All of this being said the true test of this release is how it looks. With all previous efforts to present this film have been severely lacking, offering washed out prints, visible scratches and a version from Elvira that included her performance as that character, I wondered what this version would look like. It was the first thing I’ve seen from Vinegar Syndrome so I had no idea what to expect.
What I found was that this is a company that gets what fans want. Unlike those previous incarnations of this film this one was given star treatment with a transfer that is stunning to view. Gone are the washed out colors and scratches replaced by a crisp and clean print that fans will clamor for. Without those distractions the cinematography can now be appreciated and for the most part the film is well shot. If that wasn’t enough, the disc comes with the inclusion of several extras including a commentary track with director Javier Aguirre and actor Paul Naschy, a video interview with actress Mirta Miller, both an English dub and Spanish language soundtracks, a still gallery, an 8 page booklet and reversible cover artwork.
Horror fans and Naschy fans will want to toss aside any of those previous releases of this film and add this one to their collection immediately. With any luck Vinegar Syndrome will find access to more films Naschy has done and release them in the quality format that they have here.