Christopher Lee Comedy ‘Dracula and Son’ Among Titles Due on Disc Sept. 26 From Severin and MVD

Christopher Lee Comedy ‘Dracula and Son’ Among Titles Due on Disc Sept. 26 From Severin and MVD

The Christopher Lee comedy Dracula and Son, the cult film Franky and his Pals, the horror film Footprints and the mystery thriller minseries Private Crimes are due on disc from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group Sept. 26.

Dracula and Son is available in a two-disc Blu-ray collection featuring the original director’s cut and the U.S. theatrical version. For his 10th and final screen appearance as Dracula, Christopher Lee starred — speaking fluent French — in this slyly ingenious 1976 horror comedy based on a novel by Claude Klotz (The Hairdresser’s Husband) and directed by Academy Award nominee Édouard Molinaro (La Cage Aux Folles). When the U.S. distributor re-cut and dubbed the film into a broad parody, it was deservedly met with universal disdain. Molinaro’s director’s cut can now be experienced for the first time ever in America, restored in 4K from the original negative with both French and English audio tracks. Bernard Menez (Day for Night), Marie-Hélène Breillat (Last Tango in Paris) and future writer/director Catherine Breillat (Anatomy of Hell) co-star in this satire featuring a score by Vladimir Cosma (Diva) and loaded with vintage and new special features. Special features include audio commentary with Christopher Lee biographer Jonathan Rigby and Hammer historian Kevin Lyons; audio commentary with Kat Ellinger, author of Daughters of Darkness; “Let the Son Shine in,” an interview with actor Bernard Menez; an archival French TV interview with Christopher Lee; “The Molinaro Tapes,” an archival audio interview with director Édouard Molinaro; “Who Was Claude Klotz?,” featuring filmmaker Patrice Leconte on his three-time co-writer and author of the novel Paris Vampire; an archival interview with Claude Klotz at a 1976 presentation of Dracula and Son in Marseille; a trailer; and a TV Spot.

Due on DVD is the cult film Franky and His Pals (1991). In the film, Franky, Drak, Wolfy, Mummy and Humper — the horny hunchback — descend on the small mining town of French Gulch in search of lost gold, but it’s Halloween night, and the monsters soon find themselves caught in the debaucherous festivities of the local townsfolk. Directed by veteran grindhouse and adult film producer Gerald Cormier (Terror Circus aka Barn of the Naked Dead, 101 Acts of Love) and seldom seen beyond the shelves of small-town video shops, this bizarro monster-comedy has finally been resurrected. Special features include “I’m Big Franky,” an interview with actor Eric Weathersbee; “It Wasn’t Me,” an interview with actor/FX artist Keith Lack; “Have You Seen My Wolfie?,” an interview with actor Shawn West; “The Band With No Name,” an interview with members of the Franky and His Pals party band; and the “Radio Beach” music video, featuring members of the Franky and His Pals party band.

The 1975 horror film Footprints is being released on Blu-ray in a two-disc set that includes the American and Italian versions. In this underseen giallo of the ’70s, Florinda Bolkan (A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin, Flavia the Heretic) stars as a freelance translator who wakes one morning missing all memory of her past three days. Will a trail of odd clues lead her to a place where perception and identity are never what they seem? Nicoletta Elmi (Deep Red), Evelyn Stewart (The Sweet Body of Deborah), Lila Kedrova (The Tenant) and Klaus Kinski co-star in this film also known as Footprints on the Moon and directed by Luigi Bazzoni (The Fifth Cord) with cinematography by three-time Oscar winner Vittorio Storaro (The Bird With the Crystal Plumage), now scanned in 4K from the original camera negative. Special features include an introduction by Kier-La Janisse, author of House of Psychotic Women; “To the Moon,” an interview with Actress Ida Galli; “Nicoletta Elmi: Italian Cinema’s Imp Ascendent,” a video essay by film scholars Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Craig Martin; audio commentary for the Italian cut with film historian Kat Ellinger; “Light of the Moon,” an interview with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro; and the trailer.

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Finally, due on Blu-ray is the North American premiere of the Italian mystery thriller miniseries Private Crimes. Nearly 25 years after their gialli collaborations Your Vice Is a Locked Room and All the Colors of the Dark, star Edwige Fenech and director Sergio Martino reunited for this four-part,six-hour TV miniseries co-produced by Fenech through her company Immagine E Cinema. In the series, when a prominent businessman is found murdered, an ambitious newspaper reporter (Fenech) and a local police inspector (Ray Lovelock of Almost Human) uncover a bizarre web of small-town corruption, violence and dark secrets, with suspects that include Paolo Malco (The New York Ripper), Annie Girardot (Shock Treatment), Gabriele Ferzetti (The Psychic), Jacques Perrin (Z) and Alida Valli (Suspiria). The miniseries has been scanned in 2K from the original RAI-TV 16mm elements with special features created exclusively for this presentation. Special features include audio commentary for part one with Kat Ellinger, author of All the Colours of Sergio Martino; “Edwige, Queen of Giallo,” an interview with actor/producer Edwidge Fenech; and “Giallo in Lucca,” an interview with director Sergio Martino.

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