The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) (Blu-ray Review)

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) (Blu-ray Review)

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) (Blu-ray Review)

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The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) (Blu-ray Review)
DIRECTED BY: Roy Ward Baker, Cheh Chang
STARRING: Peter Cushing, David Chiang, Julie Ege
RATED: UR/REGION A/2:35/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Scream Factory

Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) and Count Dracula (John Forbes-Robinson) meet again in this spectacular kung fu horror thriller set in the village of Ping Kuei. After learning about the seven golden vampires of the village, Hsi Ching (David Chiang), Vanessa Buren (Julie Ege) and Mai Kwei (Szu Shih) offer to guide Van Helsing and his son to Ping Kuei to free it from the curse of Count Dracula. Throughout their journey, the group encounters several unwanted attackers until they arrive at the golden vampires’ derelict temple, inhabited by Count Dracula. In the temple, Van Helsing and the count begin a fearsome battle to the death – an ultimate clash between good and evil!

It’s Hammer meets the Shaw Brothers literally in The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires. This is the last film in Hammer’s long line of Dracula movies, but this time it comes without Christopher Lee as Dracula and a Kung-Fu twist. But you do get Peter Cushing here playing at least someone in the Van Helsing family again and that mixes with the newer elements to make for a fun ride with the classic ways of Hammer combing with the more action-packed Shaw Brothers brand of Entertainment. Really, the only thing missing from this one is Christopher Lee who’s absence in the Dracula role does hurt things a bit. But we do have a very atmospheric affair taking place with our creepy Golden Vampires who provide if nothing else at least the weirdest looking vampires you might remember on film. Toss in some blood and some hot women and we have a very entertaining vampire flick that is perhaps ahead of its time in a number of ways.

This release from Scream Factory also brings the American version of the film, The 7 Brothers Meet Dracula, to Blu-ray as well. I may actually like that version a little better based on the pace, but it’s great none the less to have both here for our viewing pleasure and outside the opening credits of the American version and some SD inserts, both look great in HD. For someone like myself that is a little mixed on Hammer films but a lover of the Shaw Brothers movies, then this is a very good combination taking the better part of the two and making one kick-ass movie. I’m extremely happy to see this one finally come to Blu-ray and you even get a cool interview about the whole thing in the extras to help talk a little more about the history of the film. Christopher Lee is missed, but all in all, it’s a fun time with a creepy vibe, karate, and some blood on top of it all.

Extras

– NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements
– NEW Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Bruce G. Hallenbeck
– NEW When Hammer Met Shaw – An Interview With Actor David Chiang
– NEW Kung Fear – An Interview With Hong Kong Film Expert Rick Baker
– Alternate U.S. Theatrical Version – The 7 Brothers Meet Dracula (In HD With Some Standard Definition Inserts)
– Theatrical Trailers
– TV Spot
– Still Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 95%

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