Synapse Films does it again! On May 6th Hammer Films’ Countess Dracula will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray! The 1971 classic is based on the story of Elizabeth Bathory, the legendary Hungarian Countess said to have bathed in the blood of young girls to keep herself young and known to have brutally murdered nearly 100 victims. You can check out the trailer (or a trailer) is below:
Here’s the synopsis of the film, directed by Peter Sasdy (Taste the Blood of Dracula, The Lonely Lady):
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).
Special features on the DVD and Blu-ray will include: audio commentary with Ingrid Pitt, Peter Sasdy, screenwriter Jeremy Paul, and author Jonathan Sothcott, a vintage audio interview with Ingrid Pitt, theatrical trailer, “Immortal Countess: The Cinematic Life of Ingrid Pitt” featurette, a still gallery, and reversible cover artwork. A photo of the cover artwork is below:
Pretty sick, right? And here’s the disc information:
Directed by: Peter Sasdy
Starring: Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green, Lesley-Anne Down
Run Time: 93 minutes
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen Anamorphic 1.66:1
Format: Blu-ray / DVD Combo
Region: 1 / A
Out May 6th! Enjoy!