Wednesday, May 18, 2016
This movie is something else. The history behind this film is probably one of the best story's in film history. But before we get to that let me give you a quick synopsis.
This is the story of Max. A nice normal guy who paints nude women. He calls them "Dead Read Nudes" he meets a young lady admiring one of the paintings and after a little prodding convinces her to be his next model.
He takes her back to his tower like studio. Then turns into some sort of demon vampire thingie. He kills here and dumps her body in wax.
Its not just her he kills, no he kills lots of people through the film. Unfortunately for him the boyfriend of his first victim is searching for his missing girlfriend. At one point a woman who may be the incarceration of Max's former witch lover even comes into play.
This is a must see for horror fans. Filmed in chilling black and white with an amazing score, it's one of the most atmospheric films ever made. Its beautiful to watch. And seeing as how this is an Arrow release its better than ever.
The transfer is flawless. Nothing was spared in transferring this to Blu Ray. The shadows all pop in the film and the sound is absolutely perfect. And you get all the versions of the film to boot. Yes all the versions.
So Roger Corman bought the rights to a film called Operacija Ticijan problem was the finished version, in his eyes was unwatchable so he changed a few things and released it at Portrait of Terror
Now the following year, still unhappy they took the film and did re shoots and changed it to the story of a lunatic who,kills women. This was Blood Bath.
Still not really happy, a few years later he decided to once again film new scenes and change the film around. The twist with Max being a vampire like monster was added in but the title stayed Blood Bath. This version actually got a limited theatrical run.
And, as this film has a short run time, especially for television more scenes were added, that mostly just featured a girl dancing and it was re-titled Track of the Vampire!
As this is brought to you via the fine folks at Arrow you know it's loaded with special features. These are as follows:
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of four versions of the film: Operation Titian, Portrait in Terror, Blood Bath and Track of the Vampire
• Brand new 2K restorations of Portrait in Terror, Blood Bath and Track of the Vampire from original film materials
• Brand new reconstruction of Operation Titian using original film materials and standard definition inserts • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on all four versions
• The Trouble with Titian Revisited – a brand new visual essay in which Tim Lucas returns to (and updates) his three-part Video Watchdog feature to examine the convoluted production history of Blood Bath and its multiple versions
• Bathing in Blood with Sid Haig – a new interview with the actor, recorded exclusively for this release
• Archive interview with producer-director Jack Hill
• Stills gallery
• Double-sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artworks
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford
• Limited edition booklet containing new writing on the film and its cast by Anthony Nield, Vic Pratt, Cullen Gallagher and Peter Beckman
This is a must have for any serious horror fan, and truthfully for any fan of cinema do to the
backstory. This is highly recommended and one that's definitely a must have for any collection.
Overall 4.5 out of 5 Stars!