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Dracula [Blu-ray] [Import]

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5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T REPLACE YOUR COPY! June 20 2004
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best DVDs I own... May 31 2004
I love all of the old Universal Monster Movies and I love all the DVD versions that Universal has issued. They have done it right, giving us deluxe editions of The Wolf Man and The Mummy with all the bells and whistles. Of all of these, my favorite is Todd Browning's Dracula. Dracula may not be considered the best of the Universal films (that title usually goes to Bride of Frankenstein) but it certainly is the best DVD.
EVERYTHING is on this DVD. There is a wonderful DOCUMENTARY, The Road to Dracula. Amazingly, this is hosted by Carla Laemmle - the niece of the producer who actually ACTED in the movie. (She is the girl in the stagecoach who had the first line of dialogue in the film - indeed, in any sound horror film.) Clive Barker also adds valuable commentary. Although Barker is at the cutting edge (pun not intended) of hard-core horror, he still has great appreciation and insight about the classics.
FEATURE COMMENTARY: This is provided by David J. Skal, the noted Dracula/Vampire expert. Along with the documentary, this should tell you everything you ever wanted to learn about Dracula.
SPANISH LANGUAGE VERSION: It is now a famous story that, after Browning and his crew finished work for the day, a Spanish cast and crew would come in at night to film the same movie for the Spanish-speaking markets. The Spanish crew was very competitive and many critics say that the Spanish version is actually better. I do not agree with this. True, there are more interesting camera moves, but most of what we come to Dracula for is the Bela Lugosi performance - not to mention Dwight Frye as Renfeild with his inimitable laugh. The Spanish version is also great because it is a more accurate realization of the shooting script.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dracula done right! 4 1/2 stars! Nov. 12 2011
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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 running for the part of Dracula as far as director Browning was concerned.Lon Chaney was originally pegged as the lead but he succumbed to throat cancer long before they could even think of putting the film into the can.They started auditioning many other stars at the time but through happenstance Lugosi and company happened to be on tour with the show in tinseltown and he auditioned for the part,eventually getting it.And the rest is show biz history.
The well known plot is loosely based on the Bram Stoker novel Nosferatu.The original silent version by Murnau was an unauthorized version and the Stoker estate successfully sued him and had all existing prints destroyed(thank goodness for collectors even then!).Universal obtained the rights to the novel legally to avoid a nasty lawsuit.Browning was not a happy camper during this shoot,speculation being that he didn't get the leading man and good friend he wanted and missed.The lead cameraman Freund was apparently the one who shot a good portion of the film in Brownings frequent absences;though the credits do not give that impression.
The story here is part Stoker,part Broadway play and part made up.A lawyer has come from Britain to get the good Count Dracula to sign a lease to stay at an old Abbey in London.Renfield(Dwight Frye)travelling in stagecoach has to make a forced stop at a local tavern.The locals upon learning of his destination implore him not to go at night,but instead during the day,but he rebuffs all offers.
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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 Sixx Morais
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 This movie is the all time classic universal monster movie!!
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... Read more
Published on May 29 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb package of materials surrounding the Browning classic
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)... Read more
Published on May 21 2004 by Jay Dickson
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 May 1 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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