WASHINGTON (June 10, 2010)—As theatergoers prepare for “Eclipse,” the latest film adaption from Stephanie Meyers’ blockbuster “Twilight” book series, National Geographic explores centuries of vampire lore and legend in its new home entertainment offering, “Is It Real? Vampires,” available now on shopNGvideos.com, in stores where videos are sold or by calling (800) 627-5162.
Since Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” was published in 1897, vampires have proven to be one of the more intriguing figures in popular culture. Today, successful film, book and television properties like “Twilight,” “True Blood” and “The Vampire Diaries” have sparked interest in these mysterious creatures among a younger generation — but how much of the vampire legend is rooted in fact, and how much is pure fantasy?
“Is It Real?” delves into the secret world of vampires, as it features commentary from experts in anthropology, forensics and folklore who trace the origin of the vampire legend to its place in the modern world. From a self-proclaimed blood-drinking vampire to a bishop who claims to have exorcized vampires and demons, “Is It Real? Vampires” sheds light on why this archetypal image has haunted us for so long.
The DVD includes a full-length bonus program, “Vampire Forensics,” that asks: Did vampires roam the Earth in the time of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci? The program traces historical records that indicate people’s belief in these otherworldly creatures centuries ago. Now, more than 400 years later, a 16th-century mass grave is unearthed near Venice that includes a skeleton with a brick apparently inserted between the jaws of the skull. This appears to be evidence of a macabre ritual designed to “kill” a vampire and sparks a highly unusual forensic investigation. “Vampire Forensics” originally aired on the long-running “Explorer” series on the National Geographic Channel.
“Is It Real? Vampires” and “Vampire Forensics” were produced by National Geographic Television for the National Geographic Channel.
Available now in bookstores and online at www.nationalgeographic.com/books, “Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the Origins of an Enduring Legend” (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-0607-8; $25 hardcover; on-sale Feb. 16, 2010), by author Mark Jenkins, draws on the latest science and anthropological and archaeological research to explore the origins of vampire stories, providing gripping historic and folkloric context for the concept of immortal beings who defy death by feeding on the lifeblood of others.
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“Is It Real? Vampires”
Street Date: June 8, 2010
Suggested Retail Price: $19.97
Run Time: Approx. 50 Mins.
About National Geographic Entertainment
National Geographic Entertainment (NGE) combines into a single operating group National Geographic’s Cinema Ventures, Feature Films, Kids Entertainment, Home Entertainment and Music & Radio business units. NGE is part of National Geographic Global Media, which brings together all of National Geographic’s editorial platforms in order to streamline collaboration and further support the Society’s mission.
About Vivendi Entertainment
Vivendi Entertainment is a full service independent film, television, DVD and digital distribution company operating in the United States and Canada. Representing a vast range of genres including action, comedy, thriller, urban, family, fitness and stand-up comedies, Vivendi Entertainment has become a favorite distribution partner for independent content providers. The company has built an extensive catalog of over 3,000 titles, and its customer-centric business model was founded on the principles of collaboration and financial transparency. The company provides sales, marketing, and distribution services to many of the home entertainment industry’s most prestigious brands including: The Weinstein Company, World Wrestling Entertainment, Classic Media, RHI, Shout! Factory, Salient, and Code Black. The company currently has “New York, I Love You” and “Letters to God” in theatrical release. Vivendi Entertainment is a division of Universal Music Group Distribution, the award-winning sales, marketing and distribution arm of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company.