Bram Stoker's Dracula (30th Anniversary Steelbook) [4K UHD] [Region Free] [Blu-ray]
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years later and Bram Stoker's Dracula still holds up as one of the most popular vampire movies and one of the best horror movies of all time.
Tod Browning’s famous 1931 film starring Bela Lugosi wasn’t recognized come Oscar time; the same goes for films like “Horror of Dracula” from 1958 starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, and “Dracula” from 1979 starring Frank Langella and Laurence Olivier. Dialogue remains clear and coherent, and well prioritised, and that score, that score haunts the proceedings, with plenty of literal thunder to engage the LFE. Much like Michael Palmer summarized in his 2017 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review, this film’s visual mileage and impact may rest on an understanding of the time this was filmed and the techniques used. This new Region A Blu-ray release captures the director's intention with a great picture and a Dolby Atmos soundtrack. After countless film adaptations of the iconic vampire, Francis Ford Coppola hammers his own stake into Bram Stoker’s Dracula.Engendering empathy in his repositioning of a previously devilish villain, Coppola found perfection in lead casting and lavish costume design evident right from the opening Fall of Constantinople setpiece, one of the single greatest sequences in the entire movie, which introduced the world to Gary Oldman's seminal Dracul, née Vlad the Impaler, replete with some of the finest battle armour designs in the history of cinema (the kind of design that feels like it inspired visionary artist Tarsem Singh's ideas for costumes in The Cell).
Coppola went all-out to produce one of the most heavily effects-laden non-CG productions in the history of cinema, and all of these should rightly take their toll on the final product when held up to close - say, 4K - scrutiny.Then, the scene cut to the deck of the Demeter and the captain’s log before cutting to Van Helsing’s perspective. Netflix releases riveting ‘Society of the Snow’ behind-the-scenes documentary ‘Who Were We on the Mountain?
In 1992, a Dracula movie was released that has been the source of both positive and negative reviews. Unlike many adaptations, Bram Stoker’s Dracula follows the novel not only by (at least partially) utilizing an epistolary approach, but also by embracing communications technologies that would have been considered newfangled in 1897. In the first of two commentary tracks, the always voluble Francis Ford Coppola goes into every aspect of the film’s creation, covering his visual inspirations, reasons for shooting entirely in the studio, keeping the special effects practical, relations with cast and crew members, and the film’s overarching themes. It's a technical marvel, employing techniques - spanning 70 years of cinematic trickery and in-camera effects - all in one film.Dracula's 4K Blu-ray enjoys what appears to be the exact same outstanding Dolby Atmos track that has adorned not only the previous 2017 4K release but even its preceding 2015 Blu-ray reissue, and, such is the testament to its quality, it continues to be one of the finest tracks on the format.
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The Ultra HD Blu-ray delivers a fabulous native 4K presentation, replete with lashings of filmic grain and texture, and adding in Dolby Vision HDR to this reissue for good measure, providing the cherry on an already delectable cake.