Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 21st, 2016
BluRay released: October 4th, 2016
Approximate running times: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono French
BluRay Release: Kino Lorber / Redemption Films
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.95
Daughter of Dracula was written and directed by Jess Franco, a prolific filmmaker whose career spanned over seven decades. A few of his more notable films include, Venus in Furs,Vampiros lesbos, She Killed in Ecstasy, Female Vampire and Sinner: Diary of a Nymphomaniac. Key collaborators on Daughter of Dracula include, cinematographer José Climent (A Virgin Among the Living Dead) and composer Daniel White who worked with Franco more than any other composer.
Though Daughter of Dracula sets itself up as a vampire film. The film’s opening setup plays out more like and Italian thriller and there are few more moments just like this opening moment. For a filmmaker who recycles themes from his previous movies. It should not come as a surprise that this film like so many of Franco’s films are melting pots when it comes to which genre they ultimately fit into. Of course by this stage in his evolution as a filmmaker eroticism once again plays a significant role in the story at hand.
The premise has a familiarity too it and the straight forward narrative moves along at a deliberate pace. Also there are a few long stretches of silence and it is during these moments that one really gets to appreciate the visuals. With standout moments visually including the scenes where Howard Vernon’s vampire character as he emerges from his grave.
Performance wise the entire cast are good in their respective roles. With the Howard Vernon’s performance being the one that leaves the strongest impression, despite his characters limited amount of screen time. Other performances of note include, Anne Libert (The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein, Sinner: The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac) In the role of a crazy cousin named Karine and Britt Nichols (Dracula: Prisoner of Frankenstein, The Demons) in the role of Luisa Karlstein, Dracula’s Daughter. Another standout moment in this film is the scene where Luisa seduces Karine and turns her into a vampire.
Daughter of Dracula comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The source used for this transfer is in great shape, grain looks natural and there are no issues with DNR or compression. Outside of few very minor moments of color fluctuation, saturation is consistently strong and there are moments when colors look vibrant, black levels fare well and details look crisp. It should be noted though there is print related damage, it is very mild and never intrusive.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in French and included with this release are removable English subtitles. The audio is in good shape, there are no issues with distortion or background noise. Dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. The score for the film’s sound’s robust and the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented.
Extras for this release include, a trailer for the film (4 minutes 38 seconds, in French with English subtitles), alternate “safe” footage taken from less sexually explicit version (3 minutes 19 seconds, in French with English subtitles) and an audio commentary with film critic / author Time Lucas.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, the name Karlstein in vampire lore, locations featured in the film, the cast & information about the them, how Jess Franco often recycles characters, themes and plot elements from his previous films, the look of the film and visual techniques often employed by Franco.
Overall Daughter of Dracula gets a first rate release from Redemption Films.
Note: This film is also being released by Kino Lorber / Redemption Films on DVD.