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Countess Dracula/The Vampire Lovers (Midnite Movies Double Feature)

Ingrid Pitt , George Cole , Peter Sasdy , Roy Ward Baker    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Polish-born actress Ingrid Pitt's erotically supercharged presence is the highlight of this double bill of vampire chills from Hammer Films. In Countess Dracula, Pitt stars as an aging noblewoman (inspired by the real-life Erzebeth Bathory) who discovers the secret to eternal youth in the veins of young virgins, while in The Vampire Lovers (based on J. Sheridan LeFanu's "Carmilla"), Pitt's sensuous bloodsucker seduces Hammer starlets Madeleine Smith and Kate O'Mara and incurs the vengeful wrath of Peter Cushing. Countess is the more sober of the two films, with Jeremy Paul's script and Peter Sadsy's direction playing out more like an Old Dark House mystery than Hammer horror, while Lovers' aims for comic-book thrills with plenty of nudity and violence (much of which was trimmed from the American version, but reinstated here); in both cases, Pitt's sexy/scary performances make this DVD a memorably viewing experience for vintage and new-school horror fans alike. --Paul Gaita

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Due to the enduring cult favorite status of these films and Ingrid Pitt, MGM's double-sided DVD offers a number of extras devoted to this sensuous star. Pitt is featured in audio commentary tracks for both films; on Countess (presented here in widescreen format), she's joined by director Peter Sadsy and screenwriter Jeremy Paul, while on the anamorphic widescreen Vampire Lovers, she is featured alongside director Roy Ward Baker and scripter Tudor Gates. Both tracks are filled with a wealth of production history, though Pitt's accent and fluctuating vocals occasionally make her contributions difficult to hear. Pitt is also heard on Vampire Lovers reading excerpts from the LeFanu short story "Carmilla," on which the film is based, over a battery of production stills. The discs are rounded out by original theatrical trailers for both films and optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles. --Paul Gaita

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4.0 out of 5 stars A must see..... March 4 2009
By Yves-Michel TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Both movies are more gothic/dark than real horror. Not Sexploitation, but a blend of classy lust and atmospheric tension. Ingrid Pitt is casted in roles made for her. She can act circles around recent days starlets.

Enjoyable.... Budget priced.... A no-miss.

One drawback : I found the movies a bit on the long side.
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4.0 out of 5 stars TWO GOOD HAMMER FILMS Jan. 9 2011
I had to order these two hammer horror films with the recent death of Ingrid Pitt and to add it to my hammer collection. Two great hammer films are here. I liked Countess Dracula. It is the better of the two.
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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
The commonality between these two Hammer films is that they both star Ingrid Pitt, which means they are both driven more by eroticism than horror. "Countess Dracula" is really a metaphorical title because we are not talking about a true member of the Dracula family (or even a vampire for that matter) but rather a figure clearly based on the historic figure of the Countess Elisabeth Bathory, a 16th Century noblewoman who bathed in the blood of virgins to preserve her youth and whose legend is frequently cited in the historical basis for vampirism. In this 1970 film set in medieval Europe, the aging Countess Elisabeth Nadasdy (Ingrid Pitt), is a cruel ruler who discovers that when she washes in the blood of young girls it makes her young again. So she orders her lover, Captain Dobi (Nigel Green) to go out and find more of them. However, when the Countess starts pretending to be her own daughter, Ilona (Lesley-Anne Down), so she can go out and enjoy the company of the younger Imre Toth (Sandor Eles), Dobi gets jealous. Then the Countess discovers that her rejuvenation requires the blood of only virgins, and Dobi's job gets a lot more difficult.
The truth is that the main attraction here is Pitt's countess giving herself a bloody sponge bath, but there is a rather good moment involving a hairpin that stands out in terms of the Hammer films (this DVD package was temporarily withdrawn because "Countess Dracula" was erroneously rated "PG" and you can only wonder how many children were exposed to Pitt's self ministrations). How much you like this film will have to do with what you think about the makeup job on the Countess, because she keeps bouncing back and forth.
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This double feature, of two of Ingrid Pitt's early films; in which she looked quite good, has a strange mix of horror and sex. She was quite good, and has always struck me as quite enigmatic (but I think her voice might have been dubbed on one, as she has a quite strong accent). The second featured the late, great, Peter Cushing as a nobleman. There was quite a bit of nudity (for the '70's), particularly on Ms. Pitt's part, and a strange reading of "Carmilla", by Ms. Pitt, on the second feature of this double-sided disc. Also, production stills from the movie, under "special features". It also features "Hammer" beauties Dawn Addams and Kate O'Mara. Not cinematic horror "classics" but not a bad pair of movies to see.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Double Whammy of Ingrid Pitt's Heaving Bosom April 8 2004
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MGM has done a fantastic job restoring Hammer Film "Vampire Lovers". Snippets of gore and nudity have been rightfully reinserted. Although "Vampire Lovers" is worthwhile, Peter Sasdy's "Countess Dracula" is the FAR better film. The entire production from art direction, costumes, cinematography, direction, casting, script is superior. The commentary is also much livelier.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BLOODY, Bathtime FUN With Ingrid Pitt!!! Feb. 3 2004
Being a self described Hammer fan, I must say that these two films are top notch later Hammer productions. Countess Dracula really doesn't have anything to do with DRACULA or VAMPIRES as an aging noblewoman finds the secret to eternal youth by bathing in the blood drained from virgins in the noblewoman's kingdom. No FANGS, no crosses, no stakes or drinking of blood- just bloody bathtime fun with Ingrid Pitt! The Vampire Lovers film (better of the two) with REAL vampire/dracula references and lots of weird lesbianism goin' on between Ingrid Pitt & the other young, nubile, (& unfortunate) women victims in the film. I would definitely recommend both films to anyone who likes classic horror and/or vampire tales...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Double Dose of Ingrid Pitt Oct. 27 2003
Two wonderful Hammer films with a vampire theme.
Countess Dracula is not really about a vampire, but a retelling of Countess Bathory and the legend that she killed virgins so that she could bathe in their blood. In this story, the Countess accidently discovers the rejuvenating powers of blood. As she switches between crone and beauty, she must deal with court intrigue, lovers, suspicions and loyalty. Although the box claims this movie is rated PG, there is plenty of nudity.
The Vampire Lovers is a retelling of Sheridan Le Fanu's classic lesbian vampire tale Carmilla. Ingrid Pitt plays a vampire who keeps getting invited to stay at estates where she can prey on young daughters. Nicely told but with a few gaps in the story. We find out Carmilla's origin but who are her mother and the gentleman in black? Other than these two lapses, the rest of the story is beautifully done and I loved seeing how modern science slowly step out of the way of the occult.
Two nicely-done thrillers with beautiful sets and costumes (these are Hammer films after all) as well as decent casting. Good viewing fare for vampire film fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars You must die! Everybody must die!
The Vampire Lovers, while certainly well made and acted, it didn't really live up to the hype of being Hammer's creative high of the 70s. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2003 by Mykol
1.0 out of 5 stars nice DVD transfer, but as for the content.........
There's something that the delirious Hammer fans seem to forget, in between gushing about the films' pedigree, and the transfer, and the charms of Ingrid Pitt: bad scripts,... Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2003 by ReadListenWatch
4.0 out of 5 stars Am I seeing double?
Don't let the PG rating fool you Countess Dracula has some great boob scenes!!! Unfortunately that's about the only reason to watch this excruciatingly dull flick. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Wonderful Films On One Disc
COUNTESS DRACULA is a fictional account of ELIZABETH BATHORY, and is quite fun. But VAMPIRE LOVERS is definately the jewel of this disc. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars What a pair!
My hat is off to the folks at MGM/UA for this fabulous pair-of films, that is, on this DVD. Luscious, Polish-born Ingrid Pitt scored a triple home run in 1970, appearing in 3... Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2003 by Michael Wilk
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent in every way!!!!
MGM has done an amazing job of remastering these great films from 1970. These two films belong to the era when Hammer Films was trying to update their image by featuring nudity and... Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2003
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