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Blu-ray of Cult Classic ‘The Vampire Lovers’ Due Dec. 21

Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, will release The Vampire Lovers: Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 21.

The 1970 cult classic, adapted from J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella Carmilla, stars Ingrid Pitt, Madeline Smith and Peter Cushing in the tale of a diabolical female vampire that ravages the young girls and other townsfolk of a peaceful hamlet in 18th century Europe as revenge for the killing of her fellow vampires years earlier. A rousing hunt for the vampiress ensues as a group of men follow her bloody trail of terror through the countryside.

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The Blu-ray boasts a new 4K scan from the original camera negative and several newly produced and legacy bonus materials.

New extras include an audio commentary with film historians Dr. Steve Haberman and Constantine Nasr; “The Rapture of Cruelty: Carmilla In Classic Cinema,” an audio essay read by Madeline Smith; “To Love a Vampire,” an introduction by Smith; “Carnal Crimson, film historian Kim Newman on the Carmilla legend; and “Fangs for the Memories,” film historian Jonathan Rigby looks back on the film.

Additional extras include a commentary with director Roy Ward Baker, actress Ingrid Pitt and screenwriter Tudor Gates; a commentary with film historians Marcus Hearn and Jonathan Rigby; “Feminine Fantastique,” about resurrecting The Vampire Lovers; “New Blood: Hammer Enters the ’70s,” in which film historians discuss Hammer Films from the 1970s; “Madeline Smith: Vampire Lover,” an interview with the actress; a reading of Carmilla by Pitt; a deleted shot of the opening beheading; a “Trailers From Hell” episode about the film with Mick Garris; the theatrical trailer and radio spots; and a photo gallery with movie stills, behind-the-scenes photos, posters and lobby cards.

Fans who order The Vampire Lovers on Blu-ray from the ShoutFactory.com store will receive an exclusive 18×24-inch rolled poster featuring new artwork, while supplies last.

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