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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008LSAP30
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,121 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20 2004
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 8 2007
Format: DVD
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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By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 12 2011
Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
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. Many actors have played the role of Count Dracula but the image of Hungarian actor Bela Lugosi as Dracula is a striking one, he defined the image of the vampire many of us have with his voice, charm and looks. After all he IS the original Dracula and in my opinion does the best representation of the role; he accurately transfers the character to the screen. The first attempt at a Dracula film was the 1922 German Expressionist film Nosferatu (another masterpiece, the two are very different) but legal problems with Stoker's widow changed this.

Originally Lugosi's beliefs made it difficult for him to accept the role of Count Dracula This film made of actor Bela Lugosi a legend, Lugosi played some interesting roles afterwards and proved to be a very talented actor in such films as the independent White Zombie (1932), Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), The Black Cat (1934) and The Raven (1935). In case you are wondering he could play much more than Dracula (and if you like his performance here you should definitely watch some of his other works). Lugosi had such a powerful presence as the count and it's hard to forget the classic lines he delivered such as "I never drink...Wine!"Dwight Frye is excellent as Renfield, delivering a fantastic performance full of emotion and all the actors were truly excellent in their respective roles.

Speaking of the DVD itself now, you have the option of also playing the film with Phillip Glass'1999 soundtrack, and the 75th Anniversary edition also has the Spanish Dracula. Personally I prefer the film without the soundtrack, as it was originally but it is nice to have that option.
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