WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Blood for Dracula

Reviewed In Issue 22 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Arno Juerging, Maxime McKendry, Milena Vukotic, Dominique Darel, Stefania Casini, Silvia Dionisio, Roman Polanski, Vittorio De Sica

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1439L-287
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1974
(LD Release Date): 9/9/96
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Credits Information
(Director): Paul Morrissey
(Screenplay/Written By): Paul Morrissey
(Story): NA
(Music): Claudio Gizzi
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(Production Designer): Enrico Job
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Franca Silvi & Jed Johnson
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Carlo Ponti, Jean Pierre Rassam & Andrew Braunsberg

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): 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:
Blood For Dracula is Paul Morrissey’s humorous revisionist horror story about the weak Count Dracula (Udo Kier) and his search for virgin blood. Along with his faithful servant Anton (Arno Juerging), they travel to Italy because there is a shortage of virgins in Rumania. Anton meets the di Fiores, an aristocratic family, who invites him and the count into their home with the intention of providing a virgin bride from one of their four daughters. But little does Dracula know, Mario (Joe Dallesandro), the family handyman, has seduced two of the daughters, setting his sights on the youngest as well. When Mario discovers the count’s true intentions, it is a race against time to get to the virgin before Dracula does. Unrated for nudity, sex and gore, Blood For Dracula will provide humorously horrifying entertainment for informed viewers.

LaserDisc Picture:
Director Morrissey, Andy Warhol’s auteur (though Warhol had nothing to do with this or the back-to-back produced Frankenstein), and Kier provide running commentary with film scholar Maruice Yacowar. At the end there is a montage of production stills and a reprise of the music score.

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The sharp and detailed 1.85:1 matted picture is problematic with unnatural colors and slight noise and artifacts.
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