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Severin To Release COUNT DRACULA With Christopher Lee On Blu-Ray

The fine fiends over at Severin Films keep delivering the goods! Just announced, on December 8th, they’ll be releasing a Blu-Ray of Jess Franco’s 1970 classic COUNT DRACULA starring the late, great Christopher Lee! This will be the UNCUT version of the film, compete with the controversial previously deleted baby scene and it also includes the experimental ‘Making Of’ Feature CUADECUC, VAMPIR. Also on December 8th, they’ll be unleashing 2 drive-in cult classics, AXE and KIDNAPPED COED! Full details and specs for both releases are below!

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COUNT DRACULA 
HD Disc Of Jess Franco’s 1970 Film Will Include
First Ever US Release Of Experimental ‘Making Of’ Feature CUADECUC, VAMPIR

In 1970, cult director Jess Franco and screen legend Christopher Lee collaborated on what they promised would be the most faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel ever filmed. From its remarkable performances – including Lee as the Count, Herbert Lom (MARK OF THE DEVIL) as Van Helsing, Soledad Miranda (VAMPYROS LESBOS) as Lucy, Maria Rohm (VENUS IN FURS) as Mina, and authentic madman Klaus Kinski as Renfield – to its lush locations and atmosphere of sinister sensuality, it remains perhaps the most spellbinding version of Dracula in movie history. Fred Williams (SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY) and Paul Muller (NIGHTMARE CASTLE) co-star in this “thrilling” (Twins Of Evil) and “fascinating” (Arrow In The Head) horror classic, now fully restored, loaded with all-new Bonus Features including Pere Potrabella’s experimental ‘making of’ feature CUADECUC, VAMPIR, and re-mastered in high-definition for the first time ever.

Specs are as follows:

Uncut Feature in HD (Includes Controversial Previously Deleted Baby Scene) at Franco’s Approved Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
CUADECUC, VAMPIR (1970): Experimental ‘Making Of’ Feature By Pere Portabella
Audio Commentary with horror historian David Del Valle and Actress Maria Rohm
Beloved Count Interview with Director Jess Franco
An Interview With Actor Jack Taylor
‘Handsome Harker’ Interview With Actor Fred Williams
Christopher Lee Reads Dracula
’Stake Holders’ An Appreciation By Filmmaker Christophe Gans
German Trailer

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On the same day and date Severin’s sister label Intervision Picture Corp will release the brand new feature length documentary E – an in-depth look at the lord of the vampires’ origins, the creation of Bram Stoker’s novel, and his journey through popular entertainment of the 20th century. The DVD will also include audio interviews with several actors who have played the Count including Christopher Lee and Udo Kier and over 90 minutes of Dracula movie trailers.

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Severin Films’ Massive AXE / KIDNAPPED COED Blu-Ray Release

70s Drive-In Classics Unearthed and Restored for December 8th Release.

In the mid-1970s, writer/producer/director/actor Frederick R. Friedel went to North Carolina to film a pair of enigmatic yet startling low-budget thrillers – AXE and KIDNAPPED CO-ED – only to see them both presumed lost to shady dealings, sudden tragedies, moral outrage and drive-in oblivion. In AXE, depraved killers on the run hold a young woman and her invalid grandfather hostage in an isolated farmhouse. In KIDNAPPED CO-ED, the teenage daughter of a wealthy family forms a perverse relationship with her abductor. Once thought doomed to drive-in obscurity, fans and grindhouse historians have begun to compare Freidel’s films to those of David Lynch and Terrence Malick, and now the complete story behind this strange journey can finally be told. Severin Films is proud to present both features restored from their original negatives — plus Friedel’s recut of the two features as one twisted crime epic called BLOODY BROTHERS — and loaded with exclusive Bonus Features that reveal the startling saga behind the casts, crews and surprising rediscovery of these nearly forgotten grindhouse/arthouse classics – the ultimate look at one of the most fascinating sagas in indie exploitation history!

Blu-Ray

AXE feature, new 2k transfer from Original Negative
English & German Audio Tracks
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Frederick R. Friedel, Production Manager Phil Smoot, Makeup Artist Worth Keeter & PA Richard W. Helms
KIDNAPPED COED feature, new 2k transfer from Original Negative
English & German Audio Tracks
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Frederick R. Friedel, Production Manager Phil Smoot & Makeup Artist Worth Keeter
BLOODY BROTHERS feature, conformed from new transfers of hybrid feature
Audio Commentary with “Nightmare USA” Author Stephen Thrower
At Last… Total Terror! – The Incredible True Story of AXE & KIDNAPPED COED (61 mins.)
Moose Magic – Soundtrack Composers George Newman Shaw & John Willhelm Featurette (38 mins)
“Nightmare USA Author” Stephen Thrower on AXE & KIDNAPPED COED (10 mins)
Trailers, TV Spots & Radio Spots

Special Limited 2 Disc Edition comes with Audio CD of the first ever release of AXE & KIDNAPPED COED Original Motion Picture Soundtracks. Plus Bonus Tracks By Soundtrack Composers George Newman Shaw & John Willhelm

At the www.severin-films.com store the Blu-rays will come signed by Director Frederick R. Friedel and we will also be offering a bundle with Original One Sheet AXE Posters (not reproductions, folded) signed by Friedel. These posters are very limited, recently unearthed in the late Harry Novak’s store room (see attached pic).

There will also be a single DVD version with specs as follows:

DVD

Axe feature
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Frederick R. Friedel, Production Manager Phil Smoot, Makeup Artist Worth Keeter & PA Richard W. Helms
Kidnapped Coed feature
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Frederick R. Friedel, Production Manager Phil Smoot & Makeup Artist Worth Keeter
At Last… Total Terror! – The Making of AXE & KIDNAPPED COED (61 mins)
Stephen Thrower on AXE & KIDNAPPED COED (10 mins)
Trailers, TV Spots & Radio Spots

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