There are times when a genre film crosses over from the grindhouse to the art house. Daughters of Darkness arrived in 1971, movie goers that were used to Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee were treated to a new set of fangs. Countess Bathory lurked around a nearly empty resort hotel with her secretary. The only other guests is a newlywed couple that get too close to the Countess. The film is extremely artsy especially in casting Delphine Seyrig as the countess. The actress was an art house icon having been in Alain Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad, François Truffaut’s Stolen Kisses and Luis Buñuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. This sophisticated grace was reflected in the film’s approach to the vampire action. Now the film is getting a major upgrade to 4K UHD Blu-ray. Here’s the press release from Blue Underground:
DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS
50th Anniversary 4K restoration on 3-Disc Limited Edition
4K UHD Blu-ray and DVD on October 27th
Limited Collector’s Edition includes 4K UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, Soundtrack CD, collectable booklet, reversible sleeve, and 3D lenticular slipcover (First Pressing)
Blu-ray features 1080p HD Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio
UHD features 2160p Ultra HD Resolution and Dolby Vision HDR, with Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio
International screen icon Delphine Seyrig (LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD) stars as Elizabeth Bathory, an ageless Countess with a beautiful young ‘companion’ (Goth goddess Andrea Rau) and a legendary legacy of perversion. But when the two women seduce a troubled newlywed couple (Canadian beauty Danielle Ouimet and John Karlen of DARK SHADOWS and CAGNEY & LACEY), they unleash a frenzy of sudden violence and depraved desire that shocked both art house audiences and grindhouse crowds worldwide.
Co-written and directed by Harry Kümel, DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS remains one of the most exquisitely mesmerizing adult horror films ever made. Blue Underground is now proud to present the uncensored Director’s Cut of this classic psychosexual shocker in a gorgeous restoration, scanned in 4K 16-bit from its long-lost original 35mm camera negative, with Dolby Vision HDR and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix, packed with revealing Extras!
* Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Writer/Director Harry Kümel
* Audio Commentary #2 with Star John Karlen and Journalist David Del Valle
* NEW! Audio Commentary #3 with Kat Ellinger, Author of Devil’s Advocates: Daughters of Darkness
* Locations of Darkness – Interviews with Co-Writer/Director Harry Kümel and Co-Writer/Co-Producer Pierre Drouot
* Playing the Victim – Interview with Star Danielle Ouimet
* Daughter of Darkness – Interview with Star Andrea Rau
* NEW! Theatrical Trailers
* Radio Spots
* NEW! Alternate U.S. Main Titles
* NEW! Poster & Still Gallery
BONUS! DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD by François de Roubaix
BONUS! Collectible Booklet with new essay by Michael Gingold
“One of the most elegant horror pictures ever made… An ultra-sophisticated, utterly daring triumph of style and mood.” – Kevin Thomas, LA Times
“A stylish adult vampire movie.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“Far and away the most artistic vampire shocker in 10 years!” – The New York Times
“Erotic and unusual… One of the finest vampire films ever produced!” – All Movie Guide
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