Blu-Ray Review: THIRST (1979, Blu-Ray)
Until Severin announced they were bluing this movie, I had never heard of it before. Trailer and TV Spot looked pretty good and the TV Spot actually looked familiar, not that I had ever seen the movie but I may have seen the commercial for it.
It gave me that déjà vu feeling.
Anyway the movie starts out promising enough with this woman coming to in a coffin, sitting up in horror and screaming her lungs out. We then flash back to how she got to be in that coffin and are introduced to Kate Davis (Chantel Contouri) living a normal life with her boyfriend, Derek (Rod Mullinar), when suddenly she’s kidnapped right out of her home and put into this “facility.”
The Brotherhood tells her she’s a descendant of Elizabeth Bathory and seeks to mate her with one of her own to make their “society” even stronger. You see The Brotherhood is made up of vampires. Modern vampires. They can walk around in the day and pretty much look like you and I, except when they get hungry. Then they’re eyes glow and they have to put in false fangs to tear flesh.
Kate denies any urge to be a vampire but they won’t have any of that. They’re plan is to brainwash her to make her come to grips with the vampire lineage within her DNA. She remains on their “farm,” where they keep humans to use essentially as cattle. Milking them of their blood and putting it into this special milk that’s sent out into the world for all the vampires to drink.
It’s a very strange take on vampirism with similarities to True Blood and a subplot in Blade 3. I was actually into this movie until Kate descends into madness during her conditioning and we get to see all the weird pseudo-realities she thinks she’s experience, and then I lost interest and was bored to tears.
Henry Silva appears briefly in the movie.
From what I can gather Synapse Films released this movie on DVD back in 2008, now Severin Films owns it and they have released it in a DVD/Blu-Ray combo for the first time. The 1080p 2.35:1 anamorphic high definition print looks as gorgeous as their Dead Kids blu-ray did. The English DTS-HD mono audio was perfect, too.
Concerning extras the only ones not ported over from the Synapse DVD are the Photo Gallery and Cast And Filmmaker Biographies. What got ported over is the audio commentary with Director Rod Hardy and Producer Antony I. Ginnane, the Isolated Music Score By Brian May, a theatrical trailer and 3 TV Spots.