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This catalog release from Paramount is typical of this studio's approach toward most of their DVD product: high on quality but skimpy on supplements. The best element of this edition of Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter is its transfer: the image quality is spotless and rich with color and detail while the mono soundtrack manages to be quite powerful despite its non-stereo limitations. In the area of extras, there is a commentary with writer/director Brian Clemens and star Caroline Munro: this track suffers from the...
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Horst Janson, Shane Briant, Caroline Munro, John Cater October 21, 2003 DVD Run time: 91 mins. Originally released: 1974. Language: English. Brand New. Factory Sealed. FREE ... Upgrade to First Class Shipping with Tracking! Read more Show Less

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This catalog release from Paramount is typical of this studio's approach toward most of their DVD product: high on quality but skimpy on supplements. The best element of this edition of Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter is its transfer: the image quality is spotless and rich with color and detail while the mono soundtrack manages to be quite powerful despite its non-stereo limitations. In the area of extras, there is a commentary with writer/director Brian Clemens and star Caroline Munro: this track suffers from the occasional dull spot (Clemens sometimes falls into the trap of parroting the on-screen action) but both participants show a contagious enthusiasm for their work and their reminisces yield a few nice tidbits. Other than this commentary, the disc has no other features - not even a trailer, which is a common problem with Paramount discs. This skimpiness is disappointing but fans will be thankful that the studio invested in the commentary, which adds some welcome context to the film. All in all, Paramount's edition of Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter could have added a few more frills for the fans who will inevitably be its main audience but it's still a good way to acquainted with this cult favorite.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Genre historian Jonathan Sothcott, writer/director/producer Brian Clemens and actress Caroline Munro; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital English mono; English subtitles
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This clever revisionist take on vampire lore is one of the last great Hammer Films productions. Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter succeeds where many latter-day Hammer productions fall short because it manages to respect the horror genre while subverting many of its conventions: it plays up the adventure (the usual cross-and-stake finale is replaced with a swordfight) and mystery angles of its premise and flouts a key vampire-film convention by valuing its heroes over its undead villains. Veteran screenwriter Brian Clemens keeps the audience guessing by making the vampire's identity a mystery and reworking the rules of vampirism to suspenseful effect. As a director, Clemens has a little trouble with pacing during the film's midsection but makes up for that with a knack for atmosphere and a keen eye for unusual visuals (look for the moment involving a cross and its deceptive 'shadow'). Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter's appeal is sealed by a rousing score from Laurie Johnson and inspired work from a well-chosen cast: Horst Janson is appropriately fearless as the Errol Flynn-like Kronos, Caroline Munro is spirited (and fetching) as his gypsy love and John Carter displays some offbeat charm as Kronos' sidekick. Some modern viewers might be thrown off by the film's subtle, stately approach but Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter is a smart, very likeable film that is a worthy addition to vampire mythos.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2003
  • UPC: 097360848441
  • Original Release: 1974
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Horst Janson Kronos
Shane Briant Paul Durward
Caroline Munro Carla
John Cater Prof. Heironymous Grost
Ian Hendry Kerro
Robert James Pointer
Trevor Lawrence Deke
Terence Sewards Tom
Wanda Ventham Lady Durward
Lois Daine Sara Durward
John Carson
John Hollis Barman
William Hobbs Hagen
Peter Davidson Big Man
Elizabeth Dear Ann Sorell
Technical Credits
Brian Clemens Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Albert Fennell Producer
Godfrey A. Godar Camera Operator
Laurie Johnson Score Composer
A.W. Lumkin Sound/Sound Designer
James Needs Editor
Robert Jones Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Bill Rowe Sound/Sound Designer
David Tringham Asst. Director
Jim Willis Sound/Sound Designer
Ian Wilson Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Drained of Youth
2. Isabella's Last Birthday
3. Professional Vampire Hunters
4. Graveyard Grief
5. Eyewitness
6. Trouble at the Tavern
7. The Durward's Residence
8. Provoked
9. Death to Dr. Marcus
10. Slain Sorell Family
11. Steel Blade and Beautiful Bait
12. A Family Secret
13. Captain Kronos Conquers
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English
      Audio Options: Commentary By Genre Historian Jonathan Sothcott, Writer/Director/Producer Brian Clemens and Actress Caroline Munro
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: None
   Scene Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hammer meets Leone meets Buffy meets the Avengers

    This is a very fun pop culture mash-up featuring a great mix of action, comedy and horror. The title character, a cross between the Man with No Name, James Bond, and one of Mifune's samuraiis, travels across Napoleonic Europe doing battle with the forces of evil and wooing the ladies. If you are a fan of almost any genre, there is something for you here. Though it has many humorous parts, there is also a very real threat in this film, making the final battle between Kronos and the main villain a swashbuckling climax of the first order. A film to be enjoyed by anyone whoever fought imaginary monsters with a cardboard sword.

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