Dracula [Blu-ray] [Import]
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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For all its considerable flaws, Universal's "Dracula" (1931) marks the birth of modern horror cinema. Read morePublished on March 21 2011 by Señor Spook
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
I love all of the old Universal Monster Movies and I love all the DVD versions that Universal has issued. Read morePublished on May 31 2004 by JR Pinto
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
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 morePublished on May 21 2004 by Jay Dickson
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 morePublished on May 14 2004 by Daniel Jolley
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 morePublished on April 30 2004 by Lauren B. Floss