fanfare Optimum Releasing are bringing together the first two instalments in
Hammer's Carmilla trilogy (based on the novella Carmilla by Irish author
J. Sheridan Le Fanu) on dvd in the UK for the first time.
are presented in a 16x9 anamorphic ratio (approx 1.85:1) with extras limited to
theatrical trailers for each film.
A Vampire has been previously available, but The Vampire Lovers
previous UK dvd release was on a poorly-distributed disc from little-known
independent company ILC in 2002, and has long been deleted.
Vampire Lovers ushered in a new phase in Hammer's use of exploitation with
copious amounts of nudity and a lesbian vampire plotline to keep audiences and
the co-producers at AIP enthralled. Lust for a Vampire was the rapidly
commissioned sequel, and would itself be followed up by Twins of Evil.
retails for £15.99 and can be bought via the links on the right.