After The Satanic Rites of Dracula, Hammer took their brand of horror to the Far West to hook up with the legendary Shaw Brothers Studio. The two studios created a pure blend of an English horror story with the action found in a Chinese ghost story. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires brought Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) to China for a lecture. But soon he discovers that vampires aren’t limited to Transylvania. Can he fight the on the other side of the world? Even though horror and kung fu were big in the mid-70s, turns out the film didn’t find any major studio love and was cut up by a minor distributor. Scream Factory is putting out the original cut and the butchered version released to grindhouses and drive-ins. Here’s the press release from Scream Factory with a list of bonus features:
THE LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES
DEBUTS ON BLU-RAY™
FROM SCREAM FACTORY
ON APRIL 9, 2019
Hammer Horror! Dragon Thrills! The First Kung Fu Horror Spectacular!
Los Angeles, CA – Black belt vs black magic. Scream Factory presents The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires on Blu-ray™ for the first time on April 9, 2019. Presented here for the first time in high definition is Hammer’s original uncut version. It was released in the US in an edited version called The 7 Brothers Meet Dracula which is also included here in high definition as a bonus feature.
The complete list of bonus features also includes new interviews with actor David Chiang and Hong Kong film expert Rick Baker, and new audio commentary with film historian Bruce G. Hallenbeck.
Professor Van Helsing (Star Wars‘ Peter Cushing) and Count Dracula (The Vampire Lovers‘ John Forbes-Robinson) meet again in this spectacular Kung Fu horror thriller set in the village of Ping Kuei. After learning about the seven golden vampires of the village, Hsi Ching (David Chiang), Vanessa Buren (Julie Ege) and Mai Kwei (Szu Shih) offer to guide Van Helsing and his son to Ping Kuei to free it from the curse of Count Dracula.
Throughout their journey, the group encounters several unwanted attackers until they arrive at the golden vampires’ derelict temple, inhabited by Count Dracula. In the temple, Van Helsing and the count begin a fearsome battle to the death – an ultimate clash between good and evil!
NEW 2K scan of the original film elements
NEW Audio Commentary with author/film historian Bruce G. Hallenbeck
NEW When Hammer Met Shaw – an interview with actor David Chiang
NEW Kung Fear – an interview with Hong Kong Film Expert Rick Baker
Alternate U.S. Theatrical version – The 7 Brothers Meet Dracula (in HD with some standard definition inserts)
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