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Dracula [Blu-ray] [Import]

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T REPLACE YOUR COPY! June 20 2004
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While I fully understand the urge to swap this older release for one of the new Universal sets (Dracula or the deluxe Monster Legacy box), I implore you not to do it. Not only is the sound much better on this earlier release, but the new set contains the censored print that was originally released in 1931 in which Dracula's "death groans" are highly abbreviated. The contents of the two disks seem to be identical but the quality isn't. If you can put up with the very real possibility of having to repeatedly return sets in order to obtain one that performs perfectly, the Monster Legacy box is a good deal (especially at Amazon's price) and its transfers of the other films in the Universal series are very good, but this film is the exception. THIS ONE'S A KEEPER!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I never drink... wine March 8 2007
Bram Stoker's vampire novel has been remade dozens of times, but perhaps the best adaptation is the classic Bela Lugosi version. Fairly faithful to the novel and dripping with gothic atmosphere, what really makes "Dracula" stand out is the bone-chillingly charming performance by Lugosi.

A solicitor, Renfield (Dwight Frye), is travelling to Count Dracula's castle for a real estate deal, despite the locals freaking out and crossing themselves whenever Dracula's mentioned. He soon finds out why -- the Count (Lugosi) is a vampire, who enslaves a mad Renfield to his will. Soon after, a ship with a dead crew (and Renfield and Dracula in the hold) arrives in England.

Soon Dracula has moved into his new home, Carfax Abbey, and is insinuating himself with the Seward family -- and especially with pretty Lucy Westenra, who dies of blood loss and is reborn as a vampire. Only the intervention of the mysterious Dr. Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) can stop Dracula's attacks in London.

Then there's the Spanish-language one, which is virtually identical and was filmed on the exact same sets, during the hours when the English-language one was not being shot. Same settings, same marks, same cinematography, many of the same scenes -- although it's much longer. It's excellent, and although it lacks that iconic intensity that Lugosi brought the English-language film, it's full of atmosphere and good acting.

Technically "Dracula" wasn't the first adaptation of "Dracula" -- that honor belongs to "Nosferatu" -- but it was the first to actually tackle the storyline in Stoker's book. And to date, it's perhaps the only to portray everyone's favorite vampire with the necessary atmosphere -- ominous, dignified and creepy.
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I am Drac-u-la , I bid you welcome, I never drink ... Wine
The 3 lines that famoused (new word of mine) Bela Lugosi and made him The Infinitive Count Dracula
Mr Reinsfield travels to transylvania to sail sum property to Dracula in england
Dracula welcomes him in for a feast and wine
while reinsfield is collectin all of the papers he accidently paper cuts his finger (which he really did in real life!)
Dracula goes for his neck but notices the crucifix on reinsfield's neck so he waits until reinsfield goes to bed and he pulls the chain off
all of a sudden reinsfield feels faint and passes out
leaving a feast for dracula
The next part of the film is the part of the ship which is very short
all of the passengers on board perrish from the hurricane or whatever as it travels to england accept for a mad man named reinsfield and a undead freak in the coffin named dracula (haha)
so dracula arrives to england and start's puttin the bite on the british
a classic i tell u and every1 who loves horror movies should have this!!!!
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Despite the greatness of Murnau's NOSFERATU before it and Guy Maddin's DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN'S DIARY after it, Tod Browning's Universal classic (the centerpiece of this cd) remains the standard version of Bram Stoker's tale. In large part this is due to Browning's astonishing sets and the superbly textured deep focus cinematography of Karl Freund. The Castle Dracula, and later the vampuire's stronghold in the UK, Carfax Abbey, are masterfully conveyed with giant sets and superb matte paintings. Bela Lugosi's performance is nothing to compare with, say, Boris Karloff's sensitive rendition of Frankenstein's monster in a nearly contemporary Universal film, but you still will see why it made him a screen legend: he is wonderfully charismatic, and he uses his long hands to spectacular effect. The mise-en-scene is often quite static, but it's the tableaux from this fil one remembers: the brides of the vampire swooping down of Renfield in the castle from the foreground; Renfield (Dwight Frye, in a classic performance) staring up, grinning madly, from the belowdecks of the doomed Vesta; Dracula swooping up Mina (Helen Chandler) in the vertical slash of his cloak in the fogbound grounds of the Seward Asylum. The film provides the option of a beautiful, if incredibly obtrusive, contemporary Philip Glass score since the original film was also without music altogether (which to my mind only enhances its creepiness). There's also the full film of the alternative Spanish-language version filmed on the same sets at night (to save money). Although many cineastes consider the Spanish version actually better than Browning's version, thanks to its enhanced eroticism, greater use of mise-en-scene and greater scene-to-scene continuity, this reviewer felt it crucially lacks the creepier static qualities of the Browning version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dracula done right! 4 1/2 stars!
Dracula(released Feb/31)stars now legendary Bela Lugosi as The Count himself.At the time Lugosi,a hit on the Great White Way with the show of the same name,was not even in the... Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2011 by Robert Badgley
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to them children of the night, what music they make!'-Count...
When I think of Dracula, there are two images in my mind. The first one is of BramStoker's literature classic "Dracula" and the second one is the 1931 Dracula movie. Read more
Published on March 31 2011 by Tommy Skylar
4.0 out of 5 stars Your Universal horror experience begins here
For all its considerable flaws, Universal's "Dracula" (1931) marks the birth of modern horror cinema. Read more
Published on March 21 2011 by Señor Spook
4.0 out of 5 stars Where it all began!
And so, after all these years, I've finally seen the 1931 Dracula.

I've actually read Bram Stoker's original novel near exactly twenty years ago. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2010 by Ray Lefebvre
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best DVDs I own...
I love all of the old Universal Monster Movies and I love all the DVD versions that Universal has issued. Read more
Published on May 31 2004 by JR Pinto
5.0 out of 5 stars The English and Spanish versions of the Universal classic
Bela Lugosi simply is Count Dracula; his brilliant performance in this 1931 classic, the first supernatural-based "talkie," defined the role, and - somewhat unfortunately... Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by Daniel Jolley
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Classic.
This a cool movie about a vampire who sucks peoples blood and kills them. There's a old guy named Van Helsing who tries to kill Dracula. Read more
Published on April 30 2004 by Lauren B. Floss
5.0 out of 5 stars Sink your teeth into this classic!
Universal's classic film Dracula (1931) staring Bela (Dracula) Lugosi, Edward Van (Van Helsing) Sloan, and Dwight (Renfield) Frye is the film that started all the monster mayhem! Read more
Published on April 14 2004 by Richard Stange
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Reveiw
this great movie classic is but a taste of director:Tod Browning's beautiful craft. dolby digital makes it absolutly stunning. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2004
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