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1930s Serial ‘Wild West Days,’ Mexican Film ‘Santo in the Treasure of Dracula’ Coming to Disc Feb. 9 From MVD and VCI

The 1937 serial Wild West Days and the Mexican film Santo in the Treasure of Dracula: The Sexy Vampire Version are coming to DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 9 from MVD Entertainment Group and VCI Entertainment.

In Santo in the Treasure of Dracula, after inventing a time machine, Mexican wrestler El Santo goes back in time to track down the location of Dracula’s hidden treasure with the noble intention of using the treasure to help fund a children’s hospital. In his quest to obtain the treasure, he is forced to face down and battle Dracula and his bevy of beautiful, vampire vixens. The original 1969 release of Santo en El Tesoro de Drácula was black-and-white and featured no nudity. The film was simultaneously shot in color featuring full frontal nudity for European markets and finally released in Mexico in 2012 as El Vampiro y el Sexo. Presented for the first time in the English language, the film was directed by Rene Cardona Sr., who helmed a number of entries in El Santo’s filmography including two co-directed with his son — Santo in Operation 67 and Santo in the Treasure of Montezuma. Bonus materials include trailers.

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Wild West Days, a Universal Studios film serial based on a Western novel by W. R. Burnett restored in 4K, was based on the novel Saint Johnson by William R. Burnett. However, the main character in the serial is a frontiersman called Kentucky Wade instead of Saint Johnson as in the novel. It’s an action-packed serial presenting the dangers, hardships and triumphs of the early Western pioneers. Kentucky Wade and his two buddies ride to help a couple who are being threatened by outlaws, and he and his pals also keep busy fighting their way across the plains and mountains to battle a tribe of Indians led by Red Hatchet. Shortly they also contend with false reports of a strike, which starts a gold rush and hair-trigger action. Episodes include “Death Rides the Range,” “The Redskin’s Revenge,” “The Brink of Doom,” “The Indians Are Coming,” “The Leap for Life,” “Death Stalks the Plains,” “Six Gun Law,” “The Gold Stampede,” “Walls of Fire,” “Circle of Doom,” “The Thundering Herd,” “Rustlers and Redskins” and “Rustler’s Roundup.” Directed by Ford Beebe and Clifford Smith, the serial stars Johnny Mack Brown, George Shelley, Lynn Gilbert, Frank Yaconelli, Bob Kortman, Russell Simpson and Walter Miller. Wild West Days was the 103rd of the studio’s 137 serials (and the 35th with sound) and was the first of three serials Brown made for the studio before being promoted to his own ‘B’ Western series in 1939.

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