Wednesday, April 30, 2014

VCI Entertainment Brings Three More Santo Adventures To DVD On May 13

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Santo returns on May 13 in three classic horror-themed adventures courtesy of VCI Entertainment.

Santo (aka: Rodolfo Guzman Huerta), the legendary masked wrestler from Mexico, subject of comic books and star of over 50 films featuring his “super hero” persona of El Santo is every bit as popular today (some 30 years after his death) as he was during the glory days of his film career.

With four already released on DVD (Santo Contra la Hija de Frankenstein, Santo Contra Los Jinetes del Terror, Santo y Blue Demon Contra Dracula y el Hombre Lobo and Santo y Blue Demon Contra el Dr. Frankenstein) with their original Spanish-language tracks, it’s time for the series to expand with three more of this film vault collectible treasures.

First up is the 1969 film release of director René Cardona’s Santo en el Tesoro de Dracula, which features both time travel (MGM’s The Time Machine was released in 1960 so the invention of “El Orificio del Tiempo” was fair game) and the legend of Dracula (the Hammer horror cycle was going strong during this period with Christopher Lee as Dracula), which made this tale of the lost treasure of Dracula the perfect combination to thrill Santo’s legions of fans.  

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Aldo Monti starred as Dracula, with the sultry Argentinian Noelia Noel (Carnival of Crime, Night of the Bloody Apes) on hand as Luisa, Santo’s girlfriend and time-travelling victim of the bloodsucker ... can our hero save her from the fiend, win the big wrestling match and restore the space-time continuum by film’s end?

Next we find Santo en la Venganza de la Momia (also directed by René Cardona) and released in 1971.   After a championship double-team match in Mexico City, our hero heads out on an expedition to explore some ancient ruins.   

This adventure will prove to be fatal for most of those taking part as they unearth the tomb of Prince Nonoc, a cursed and rotting mummy!   The action is neatly bookend with a titanic death match at the film’s conclusion which pits Santo against the La Momia!

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyLastly, Santo en la Venganza del la Llorna (aka: Vengeance of the Crying Woman) is a 1974 film release directed by Miguel M. Delgado (who wrote and directed several of the Cantinflas comedies).

Santo is once again on an expedition to explore another lost tomb — the tomb of Eugenia Esparza — with the noble purpose of using any treasure found to help small children.  

When not helping his friends battle the deal-with-the-devil evil mummy that they’ve raised from the dead, Santo and his sidekick, Idem (Cuban-born World Welterweight boxing champion José Mantequilla Nápoles), have to take on real-life villains who are out to steal the treasure for themselves! 

To download this week's complete edition of the DVD and Blu-ray Release Report:  DVD & Blu-ray Release Report
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