Daughters of Darkness (1971) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

Daughters of Darkness (1971) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

Daughters of Darkness (1971) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

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Daughters of Darkness (1971) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Harry Kümel
STARRING: Delphine Seyrig, John Karlen, Danielle Ouimet
Rated: UR/Region O/1:67/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 3
Available from Blue Underground

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 (French 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.

Daughters of Darkness busts on the 4K formate from Blue Underground is another awesome transfer from the same label that brought up Zombie looking better than it ever did before in 4K. Daughters of Darkness is a very mature and lesbian driven vampire flick and while I never did think the movie was perfect for what it was, I do think the movie has a perfect transfer, regardless if you are looking at the Blu-ray disc or the 4K disc that comes with it. As an added bonus, Blue Underground keeps a recent tradition going by tossing in a CD soundtrack that you can toss on and vibe to when you feel like it. Toss all this together with the overall slipcase and package and you have another must-own title from Blue Underground, even if it isn’t a perfect movie in my humble opinion. But if you are looking for a solid movie that shows how awesome the new format for old movies is, this will be used as a prime example of just that.

As for the movie, it’s the old tale of a couple getting married and getting way more than they figured they’d get. This time in the form of a lesbian woman, blood, and more. The movie has a very stylish tone to it. Like an edgier Hammer horror affair. It packs a punch in spots, but it also takes its time getting to the point in other spots. I would take it over many of the Jess Franco movies I’ve seen that isn’t too far off in comparison to it, but it still doesn’t really measure up to other vampire classics I’ve seen either. So, is it a bad movie? No, it isn’t. But it isn’t one that will be for everyone either. Still, I do find it to be just solid enough.

Extras

  • BRAND NEW 4K 16-BIT RESTORATION FROM THE 35MM CAMERA NEGATIVE SUPERVISED AND APPROVED BY DIRECTOR HARRY KUMEL
  • DOLBY VISION/HDR PRESENTATION OF THE RESTORATION
  • ENGLISH DOLBY ATMOS TRACK, plus French DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 track
  • NEW Audio Commentary #3 with Kat Ellinger, Author of Devil’s Advocates: Daughters of Darkness
    NEW Alternate U.S. Main Titles
  • NEW Poster & Still Gallery
  • NEW Theatrical Trailers
  • Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Writer/Director Harry Kümel
  • Audio Commentary #2 with Star John Karlen and Journalist David Del Valle
  • 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
  • Radio Spots
  • Optional Subtitles: English SDH, Français, Español, English for French Audio
  • REGION–FREE
  • CD DISC: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by François de Roubaix
  • Collectible Booklet with new essay by Michael Gingold
  • Limited Edition Lenticular Slipcover on First Pressing Only

Quality of Transfer: 100%

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