Toho’s THE BLOODTHIRSTY TRILOGY Blu-ray Collection from Arrow Video US in May
Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release
Special Thanks to Clint Weiler
Inspired by the runaway success of the British and American gothic horror films of the sixties, Toho studios brought the vampiric tropes of the Dracula legend to Japanese screens with three spookily effective cult classics collectively known as The Bloodthirsty Trilogy (血を吸うシリーズ, Chiwosuu Shiriizu).
In THE VAMPIRE DOLL (幽霊屋敷の恐怖 血を吸う人形, Yuurei Yashiki no Kyofu Chiwosuu Ningyo, 1970), a young man goes missing after visiting his girlfriend’s isolated country home. His sister and her boyfriend trace him to the creepy mansion, but their search becomes perilous when they uncover a gruesome family history.
LAKE OF DRACULA (呪いの館 血を吸う眼, Noroi no Yakata Chiwosuu Me, 1971) begins with a young girl suffering a terrifying nightmare of a vampire with blazing golden eyes. Eighteen years later, the dream is revealed to be a hellish prophecy when a strange package containing an empty coffin mysteriously turns up at a nearby lake.
In EVIL OF DRACULA (血を吸う薔薇, Chiwosuu Bara, 1974), a professor takes up a new post at an all-girls school only to discover the school’s principle conceals a dark secret and the pupils are in grave danger.
Abounding with images of dark thunderous nights, ghostly mansions and bloody fangs, Michio Yamamoto’s trilogy emphasizes atmosphere and style and is sure to please both fans of classic gothic horror and Japanese genre cinema.
Street Date: 05/15/18
Label: Arrow Video
Run Time: 245 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Year of Production: 1970-1974
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation transferred from original film elements
• Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio
• Newly translated English subtitles
• Kim Newman on The Bloodthirsty Trilogy, a new video appraisal by the critic and writer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
• FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Japanese film expert Jasper Sharp
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