Saturday, January 2, 2016

Count Yorga, Vampire (Twilight Time Blu-ray)

I had the pleasure to review Scream Factory’s release of The Return of Count Yorga this past October. As I hadn’t watched the original in quite some time, and I received this release a bit late, I was only somewhat lost when it came to the sequel. Count Yorga, Vampire definitely feels much more like a straight forward Horror movie with some tongue in cheek elements as opposed to the sequel that focuses on throwing everything supernatural and vampy into a box, shaking it up and then trying to get some mood out of it. The original is quite good complete with more traditional vampire elements all the while playing off the fish-out-of-water plot of a modern day vamp in the big city. It’s not as hokey as a Blackula and takes itself more seriously than Love at First Bite, but it still goes for camp over creep out.

The extra package is quite full for this release with a commentary from David Del Valle and fellow Historian Tim Sullivan as well as a Rue Morgue interview read by Del Valle and Sullivan with Yorga himself, Robert Quarry. I enjoyed the updated cover art and essay booklet. The transfer looks great and preserves film grain nicely.

Twilight Time has given a much beloved classic piece of 70’s vamp cinema special treatment in an effort to preserve the AIP legacy.

You can order Count Yorga from Screen Archives now.

From Twilight Time

Count Yorga, Vampire (1970) gives us an elegant titular character, an old-world undead gent (Robert Quarry) making his elegantly bloodthirsty way in modern-day Los Angeles. Posing as a hip medium, he attracts young lovelies to his mansion by holding séances; one bereft boyfriend (played by producer Michael Macready) enlists the help of vampire fighter Dr. Hayes (Roger Perry). Also starring Michael Murphy, and distributed by the deathless exploitation factory, American International Pictures.

VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
1970 / Color
RATED PG-13 Vampire Violence, Gore and Some Sensuality
Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Film Historians David Del Valle and Tim Sullivan / My Dinner with Yorga: The Robert Quarry Rue Morgue Interview, a Reading by David Del Valle and Tim Sullivan / Fangirl Radio Tribute to Robert Quarry with Tim Sullivan / Still Gallery: The MGM Archives / Still Gallery: The Tim Sullivan Archives / Original Theatrical Trailer


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