WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Kiss Of The Vampire/Nightmare

Reviewed In Issue 16 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Clifford Evans, Edward De Souza, Noel Willman, Jennifer Daniel

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42521
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $$59.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 88
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1962
(LD Release Date): 9/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Don Sharp
(Screenplay/Written By): John Elder
(Story): NA
(Music): James Bernard
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Bernard Robinson
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): James Needs
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Anthony Hinds

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Kiss Of The Vampire is a 19th century story about a British newlywed couple (De Souza & Daniel) who get stranded in a remote part of the Bavarian forest and seek shelter with the mysterious Dr. Ravna (Willman), lord of the local castle. Soon the young couple find themselves in a terrifying lair of ritualistic vampires from which there may be no escape. Their only hope is Professor Zimmer (Evans) who calls upon an ancient ritual in a desperate attempt to destroy the vampires and free them from Ravnaís power. Another classic from Britainís famed Hammer Film Studio.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 matted picture is sharp and detailed with natural fleshtones and vibrant colors. Blacks are deep and solid and shadow detail is good, but with some noise artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is mono.
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