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  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: MGM Mod
  • Release Date: May 17 2011
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  • ASIN: B004X63ROS
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Blood Bath

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa5588a14) out of 5 stars 19 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa55b6618) out of 5 stars Tracing the history of a horror film curiosity May 31 2016
By The Movie Man - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
“Blood Bath," 1966 feature overseen by Roger Corman, has been given a luxurious box set release containing four different versions of the lurid horror tale.

William Campbell stars as Sordi, a painter who works in a bell tower, lures beautiful women to his studio, kills them, covers them in wax, and paints their pictures. He believes he is the reincarnation of his ancestor and the lovely Dorean (Lori Saunders) is also a reincarnation. In addition to all this baggage, it is suggested that Sordi just might be a vampire.

Corman invested in a Yugoslavian picture called “Operation Titian” just before it went into production. Insisting that it be filmed in English, he sent actors William Campbell and Patrick Magee and uncredited story editor Francis Ford Coppola to Dubrovnik to make a U.S.-friendly movie but wasn’t pleased with the result. First he had it recut and re-scored to create “Portrait in Terror,” a film more compatible with the tastes of drive-in movie fans. Next he gave it to Jack Hill, then Stephanie Rothman, each director undertaking reshoots that resulted in a vampire picture called “Blood Bath.” When a TV version was required later on, scenes were eliminated and others added to create “Track of the Vampire.”

The 2-disc Blu-ray edition contains all four versions, newly restored. Bonus extras include a new interview with actor Sid Haig recorded exclusively for this release; archive interview with producer-director Jack Hill; stills gallery; double-sided fold-out poster; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork; and limited edition booklet containing behind-the-scenes information about the cast and the making of the film.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa55b666c) out of 5 stars Quantum Art June 7 2012
By Doctor Mabuse - Published on
Format: DVD
The remarkable low-budget horror film BLOOD BATH is an esoteric example of accidental art whose production history is as interesting as the film itself.

Uncredited Executive Producer Roger Corman hired co-director Stephanie Rothman (THE VELVET VAMPIRE) to complete an unfinished and shelved independent thriller directed by Jack Hill (SPIDER BABY), about a killer artist stalking the Beat art scene in Venice, California. Rothman's re-write transformed the villain into a vampire.

Corman embellished BLOOD BATH with ten minutes of rich atmospheric footage from a Yugoslavian film, OPERATION TITIAN, which in turn was revised by Corman protege Francis Ford Coppola as a very obscure feature released exclusively to television, PORTRAIT OF TERROR. This combined the dubbed and re-edited TITIAN with new scenes featuring actors William Campbell (STAR TREK) and Patrick Magee (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE), shot by second-unit director Hill during the filming in Ireland of Coppola's first commercial feature, DEMENTIA 13.

In BLOOD BATH, William Campbell's character retained the same occupation and name (artist "Antonio Sordi", or "Tony") from PORTRAIT. An early cut of the film contained even more footage from TITIAN which was trimmed for the finished theatrical edition released by American-International Productions.

For the television version of BLOOD BATH entitled TRACK OF THE VAMPIRE, Corman and Rothman expanded the 62-minute theatrical cut by eleven minutes, restoring some of the Yugoslavian footage and adding out-takes from the American version (including a three-minute interpretive ballet on the beach by Lori/Linda Saunders).

The most notable addition to TRACK OF THE VAMPIRE was a scene of Campbell and Magee from PORTRAIT OF TERROR, newly-dubbed to fit the existing story. The scene established a sub-plot which altered one of the supporting characters. (It also served as preparation for the nonsensical presence of Magee's "corpse" in the finale.)

These additions and restorations emphasized the patchwork nature of the film but also enhanced the unique sense of a bizarre collage.

The main debit is the jarring inclusion of awful improvisational black-comedy scenes, set in a Beat coffee-house, which look and play like out-takes from Corman's BUCKET OF BLOOD. These do, however, slyly satirize the very randomness of the film itself, enlightening us as to the "cosmic" effect of quantum physics on pretentious modern art. (The scenes were deleted from the TRACK OF THE VAMPIRE cut.)

The film's strongest assets are its beautiful black-and-white photography (by Alfred Taylor and Nenad Jovicic) and an eerie score by Ronald Stein. It benefits from a deeply creepy performance by Campbell, a striking one by Sandra Knight (of FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER and Corman's THE TERROR), and the bikinied presence of breathtaking Saunders.

In either of its variants, BLOOD BATH is a tremendously weird and compelling film that makes no sense at all on a story level but chances to succeed as low-budget surrealism worthy of Mario Bava. A dream scene effectively suggests the designs of Salvadore Dali; while a nightmarish sequence (shot with style by Rothman) of Knight tracking the vampire on shadowed streets approaches the haunting beauty of Herk Harvey's CARNIVAL OF SOULS.

The MGM Limited Edition made-to-order DVD-R is the original 62-min. theatrical version of BLOOD BATH, presented in its correct aspect ratio and rarely seen since its original release. This is a good print which looks and sounds dramatically better any any of the public-domain DVD's of the TRACK OF THE VAMPIRE version. Adjust monitor's sharpness control to minimum for intermittent excess grain.

RATING: 7/10 ***½ GOOD.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa55b6aa4) out of 5 stars A CULT FAVORITE GIVEN THE FULL TREATMENT June 14 2016
By Casey62 - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Ever since I first saw TRACK OF THE VAMPIRE a.k.a. BLOOD BATH (1966) on a Friday night late show back in the '70's, I've had a special fondness for this low budget, patchwork of a movie. I found its premise of an artist/vampire terrorizing the beatniks of Venice Beach, California rather compelling and the location photography wonderfully atmospheric. Little did I realize then the complex back story about how this obscure horror gem came to be.

It all started in 1963 when B-movie maestro Roger Corman secured production of a Yugoslavian crime thriller, OPERATION TITIAN and, hoping to appeal to an American audience, cast William Campbell and Patrick Magee in principal roles. Unhappy with the result, Corman re-cut and re-scored the film, as well as added a few scenes and released it as PORTRAIT IN TERROR. Believing he could still fare better, Corman had the premise re-structured into a vampire tale requiring more extensive reshoots resulting in BLOOD BATH, which itself was expanded for TV distribution as TRACK OF THE VAMPIRE. Although he was the guiding force behind this convoluted venture, Roger Corman received no onscreen credit on any of the four BLOOD BATH incarnations.

In retrospect, the source for all the subsequent versions - OPERATION TITIAN - isn't bad at all, with fine direction by Radoš Novaković and fabulous location photography of the ancient, Adriatic coastal port of Dubrovnik. BLOOD BATH was directed by Jack Hill and Stephanie Rothman, and likewise generates great atmosphere derived from footage of TITIAN's exteriors coupled with the scenes shot at Venice Beach which sort of resemble Dubrovnik. Indeed, they recall DEMENTIA a.k.a. DAUGHTER OF HORROR (1955) and Orson Welles' TOUCH OF EVIL (1958), two other films that also make splendid use of Venice. PORTRAIT IN TERROR streamlines TITIAN's plot somewhat, while TRACK OF THE VAMPIRE pads out BATH's with re-dubbed scenes from TITIAN and two incongruous sequences: the vampire chasing a sarong-clad girl in broad daylight and a solo ballet along the beach that goes on forever. The severely underrated William Campbell is the only actor to appear in all four versions of BLOOD BATH as artist Antonio Sordi; his transformation into a vampire with a Zorro-type hat is played by an uncredited actor.

All the films are worthwhile in their own way. BLOOD BATH has some genuinely frightening moments, such as the gruesome murder of one of Sordi's models, former Playboy Playmate Marissa Mathes. Another great sequence is when Sandra Knight's character pursues the vampire Sordi and becomes pursued herself, meeting a grisly fate on a carousel.

Arrow Video is to be praised for finally giving this quartet of films their just due with a most welcome Blu-ray edition sourced from original film elements. I never thought I'd ever get to see OPERATION TITIAN, let alone an entire boxed set celebrating everything that led up to TRACK OF THE VAMPIRE. Bonus features include a superb documentary, "The Trouble with Titian Revisited" by Tim Lucas that chronicles the complicated history of BLOOD BATH's multiple versions, a new interview with actor Sid Haig, archival interview with director Jack Hill, a stills gallery, a double-sided fold-out poster and a limited edition booklet with new articles on all four films.

As a fan of these underground cult classics, I would have to say that this is easily the most significant video release so far in 2016.

My highest recommendation.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa55b6a8c) out of 5 stars Now a 2-Disc Limited Special Edition on Blu-ray May 17 2016
By Wee Wilbur - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
“Blood Bath”
Now a 2-Disc Limited Special Edition on Blu-ray
Amos Lassen
“Blood Bath” has quite a perplexing plot to say the least. It is about an insane artist (William Campbell) who believes that he's the reincarnation of his ancestor, a madman burned at the stake centuries ago. Campbell lures women to his studio above a bell tower, paints their portraits, kills them, and then dips them in wax. There are four different versions of the film and all four are included in this release from Arrow Films. “Track of the Vampire” is the television title of “Blood Bath” and it is ten minutes longer that the movie house version. The film’s history is quite interesting. It began as a Yugoslavian production called "Operation: Titian" that was helped set up by Corman himself who found the film to be unreleasable, but it later showed up on TV as "Portrait of Terror" (the second version). Then producer/director Roger Corman hired Jack Hill to shoot new scenes in California with Campbell, Sid Haig, Jonathan Haze, former playmate Marrisa Mathes, and others. Later, Stephanie Rothman was brought in to film even more scenes, mostly involving a subplot with Sandra Knight and the search for her missing sister.
“Sordi” (Campbell) is a painter who firmly believes that he is the reincarnation of his ancestor and that the beautiful Dorean (Lori Saunders) is also a reincarnation. He e kills Dorean's friend Daisy
and Daisy's sister Donna (Sandra Knight). A group of comical artists come to the rescue and in the end, we see several wax-covered victims come to life and turn on their creator.
In some cases the acting is terrible but horror fans will find it to be a treat.
For this release Arrow Video has searched through the vaults to bring you all four versions of Blood Bath, newly restored from the best materials available to provide a definitive release of one of Corman s craziest ventures.
Limited Edition collection of the complete “Blood Bath”
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of four versions of the film: “Operation Titian”, “Portrait in Terror”, “Blood Bath” and “Track of the Vampire
Brand new 2K restorations of Portrait in Terror” with “Blood Bath” and “Track of the Vampire” from original film materials.
Brand new reconstruction of “Operation Titian” using original film materials and standard definition inserts
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on all four versions
“The Trouble with Titian Revisited” - a brand new visual essay in which Tim Lucas returns to (and updates) his three-part Video Watchdog feature to examine the convoluted production history of “Blood Bath” and its multiple versions
“Bathing in Blood” with Sid Haig - a new interview with the actor, recorded exclusively for this release
Outtakes from “Track of the Vampire”, scanned from original film materials
Double-sided foldout poster featuring original and newly commissioned artworks
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford
Limited edition booklet containing new writing on the film and its cast by Peter Stanfield, Anthony Nield, Vic Pratt and Cullen Gallagher.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa55b6f48) out of 5 stars An unholy mess of a film July 10 2011
By DVD Verdict - Published on
Format: DVD
Judge Gordon Sullivan, DVD Verdict -- "With multiple directors it's somewhat difficult to determine who is responsible for what, but the overall atmosphere of Blood Bath is impressively creepy. Part of that is due to the actors giving some intense performances, but the lion's share of the credit goes to the nighttime black-and-white photography. It's not quite as stylized as typical noir or horror, but the darker scenes have an interesting edge to them, and even the scenes in daylight have an "off" quality. The idea of somehow capturing life or death on canvas is a good one. Sure Oscar Wilde did it with Dorian Gray, and it's been done in other pics as well, but the whole "Dead Red Nudes" concept is a solidly weird one. But the fact that the film throws in a bizarre vampire subplot to this already over-saturated tale just shows how off the rails an hour-long film can get."

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