Another piece of the Hammer Films puzzle will be making its way into the high-def realm this spring when Synapse Films releases a blu-ray/DVD combo of Countess Dracula. This is a memorable Ingrid Pitt vehicle, with the scream queen lending her larger-than-life persona to a portrayal of the infamous Countess Elizabeth Bathory. The set will also include some Pitt-centric extras, including a featurette and a commentary track. Read on for all the carnal countess details…
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“ (Don 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.
• 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
• Vintage audio Interview with Ingrid Pitt
• Theatrical Trailer
• Still Gallery
• Reversible Cover Artwork
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