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Bram Stokers Dracula

Gary Oldman , Winona Ryder , Francis Ford Coppola    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (330 customer reviews)

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With dizzying cinematic tricks and astonishing performances, Francis Coppola's 1992 version of the oft-filmed Dracula story is one of the most exuberant, extravagant films of the 1990s. Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder, as the Count and Mina Murray, are quite a pair of star-crossed lovers. She's betrothed to another man; he can't kick the habit of feeding off the living. Anthony Hopkins plays Van Helsing, the vampire slayer, with tongue firmly in cheek. Tom Waits is great fun as Renfield, the hapless slave of Dracula who craves the blood of insects and cats. Sadie Frost is a sexy Lucy Westenra. And poor Keanu Reeves, as Jonathan Harker, has the misfortune to be seduced by Dracula's three half-naked wives. There's a little bit of everything in this version of Dracula: gore, high-speed horseback chases, passion, and longing.

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1.0 out of 5 stars tragedy June 19 2012
One of the great tragedies of film making.
All the potential was there: Fantastice book; present day special effects technology, people like Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins; Coppola's talent... And a FANTASTIC sound track. The music over the end credits is worth the price alone.
How could anyone in their right minds have even thought of Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder on the same set as these people? I guess I don't understand the business but this is a terrible and regrettable lost opportunity to come up with a masterpiece. It's crap!!!
Check out the BBC version from the 70's with Louis Jordan if you want to see what the story is supposed to be like, and just try to imagine what Coppola's version could have been.
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3.0 out of 5 stars great, but not that great. Aug. 11 2003
By Portia
This film won a ton of technically oriented Oscars, and it's obvious why. The cinematography and special effects are mind-bending. Finally, we actually get to watch all the creepyness of the Dracula story without the campiness of seeing all the wires and smoke machines. This is Transylvania, not Stage 42. The costumes are lush, the atmosphere eerie.
Gary Oldman is repulsive and attractive at the same time, which is a remarkable feat of theatrics that any vampire would be proud of. Anthony Hopkins is excellent as usual, but seems to know, deep down, that he and Oldman are the only members of the cast taking this thing seriously.
Unfortunately, everything else undermines whatever good the creepily excellent special effects or Gary Oldman could have done. The plot veers bizarrely away from the original story, but instead of hightening the interest in the characters, it diminishes it.
You could care less about Lucy and Mina, who are both stupid and oversexed and don't seem to have motives for anything they do. Winona Ryder just doesn't do anything for me. (You spend a good deal of the film wondering why the heck she's with Keanu Reeves!)
The guy who plays Renfield is creepy and wonderful, but the movie doesn't really establish him like the book does, and if you don't know the book well, you're likely to become confused.
Oldman creates an amazingly sympathetic Dracula, despite all of these awful plot problems. The choice to make Mina a sort of reincarnation of his dead long-lost love was probably a bad one. It confuses the original issues and makes Dracula more of a Lloyd-Webber-Phantom-Adaptation-Character than anything else.
Keanu Reeves proves in this movie, more than in any other, just what a terrible actor he is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fact, Fiction and My Inspiration. Aug. 26 2007
1462, Transylvania, Vlad the Impaler leaves his wife to fight the Turks. Out of malice, The Turks send her a letter telling her that her husband is dead. She is so distraught over his death and terrified at being captured that she throws herself from the castle turrets. When Vlad returns, he is told that his wife may not enter the Kingdom of Heaven as she has killed herself, which is a mortal sin. Vlad immediately renounces God and then he himself is condemned.

400 years later, Jonathon Harker leaves London and his fiancée Mina to travel to Transylvania. He has been assigned to help Count Dracula acquire property in England. Jonathon may never return...

This film, despite its flaws, will always hold a place in my heart as it inspired me to write my novel, Vrolok. I have always loved horror movies so when I heard that Francis Ford Coppola was making a new Dracula film, I could not wait to see it. I remember eagerly anticipating the announcement of who was to play Dracula, and when I found out that it was Gary Oldman, I was not happy! The only thing I had seen him in was JFK, and I was not very impressed (I was too young to have appreciated Sid and Nancy). However, I still decided it was worth going to the cinema to see the movie as Keanu Reeves, Cary Elwes and Bill Campbell were also in it. From the moment Gary Oldman appears on screen, he captivates his audience. His performance is camp, overdone, and at times preposterous, yet it is still somehow seductive, mesmerizing, and sublime. (Bram Stoker would have been proud!). He even utters the line "The children of the night. What sweet music they make" with a thick Romanian accent and gets away with it. I saw this film when I was fifteen and was immediately converted into a life long Gary Oldman fan.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Crap--read the book, people! May 19 2004
By A Customer
This film is so far off the book it can barely be called the same thing, and how they managed to incorporate the author's name in the title is beyond me. Keanu Reeves is laughable trying to mimic a posh British accent, and the high amount of sex thrown in at any slow point (none of which occurs in the story) is enough to put you off entirely. The performances are pablum, and even Anthony Hopkins, who has saved other movies in his time, could not pull this one out of the dung pile for me or anyone I know. All I can say is thank God Coppola did The Godfather, because without that, where would he be with films like this? There are much better Draculas out there, notably the original, silent German film Nosferatu, which actually FOLLOWS THE BOOK, a concept apparently lost on the makers of this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Review of Bram Stoker's Dracula
I received this DVD in excellent condition, it arrived well within the timeline estimated. I am entirely satisfied in every aspect. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2012 by Craig Pittman
2.0 out of 5 stars Her prince is coming
When Francis Ford Coppola is good, he's very very good. When he's bad... he turns out something like "Bram Stoker's Dracula. Read more
Published on June 14 2008 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars colourful and stylish adaptation
i really enjoyed this movie.it is beautifully photographed,with great
camera work.i'm not sure how accurate it is to Bram Stoker's novel,but
it is very different from the... Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2007 by falcon
4.0 out of 5 stars Fact, Fiction and My Inspiration.
1462, Transylvania, Vlad the Impaler leaves his wife to fight the Turks. Out of malice, The Turks send her a letter telling her that her husband is dead. Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2007 by Nolene-Patricia Dougan
5.0 out of 5 stars bram stokers dracula
awesome movie for all those who are interested in vampires and sick of the lame ones this is a must have for any vampire lover.
Published on Dec 31 2004 by michele
5.0 out of 5 stars best Dracula Movie
Coppola did an amazing job on this film, drama fans will love it, horror fans will like it and advanture fans will love it, a truly visually amazing film.
Published on Nov. 26 2004 by Deimos
4.0 out of 5 stars Bram's Stoker's best
You can't go wrong with Drakula, and this is the best translation to film of Bram Stoker's Masterpiece to date.
Published on July 16 2004 by Antonio Canas
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic telling of a classic tale
Francis Ford Coppola breathed new life in to the classic vampire story by Bram Stoker, keeping faith with much of the original novel while adding his own touches that made it an... Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by C. Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars The best vampire movie ever!
Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, Apocalypse now) delivers the best vampire movie ever. "Dracula" has great performances from Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony... Read more
Published on June 26 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad.
Making a good vampire film seems like a rarity nowadays, perhaps because people are confused on what a vampire should be, apparantly the trend is to be oversexed and rich. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Isabella
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