We've known for a while that Synapse Films was going to bring Countess Dracula to Blu-ray and now an official release date has been announced. We also have details on a petition for Warner Bros. to bring their Hammer titles to Blu-ray. Thanks to DVD Drive-In, we know that Synapse Films will release Countess Dracula as a Blu-ray / DVD combo on May 6th:
"The beautiful Ingrid Pitt (THE VAMPIRE LOVERS) stars as Elisabeth Nádasdy, an aging Hungarian Countess who discovers she can reverse her aging by bathing in the blood of young women. While in her youthful state, the Countess falls for the handsome Imre Toth (Sandor Elès), and impersonates her own daughter to win his actions. Soon, girls in the village go missing… kidnapped and murdered by the Countess and her steward, Julie (Patience Collier) to satiate her horrifying bloodlust. Can Elisabeth live a life of deception with her grotesque lust for blood to stay eternally young, or will her ghoulish secret nally be revealed? Co-starring Nigel Green, this is considered “one of the more underrated films from the latter days of the Hammer Films dynasty“ (Donald Guarisco, Allmovie.com), COUNTESS DRACULA is based on the real-life Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory, a woman accused of torturing and murdering more than 600 girls."
Bonus Features Include: Audio commentary with Ingrid Pitt, director Peter Sasdy, screenwriter Jeremy Paul and author Jonathan Sothcott; Immortal Countess: The Cinematic Life of Ingrid Pitt – Featurette; Archival Audio Interview with Ingrid Pitt Still Gallery; Theatrical Trailer; Reversible Cover Artwork. We've included a look at the cover art below thanks to Fangoria.
While we're seeing a push from Hammer and Synapse to release these classic horror movies, Warner Bros. controls a number of titles in the US and we've been told that they have no plans to release them to Blu-ray at this time, unless they see enough interest. DVD Drive-In and Diabolique Magazine put together a petition and are looking for 10,000 signatures. If you'd like to see Blu-ray releases for movies like Dracula A.D. 1972, Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, and more, add your name to the list: