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Bram Stoker's Dracula --Superbit [DVD] [1993]

Gary Oldman , Winona Ryder , Francis Ford Coppola    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Richard E. Grant
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Writers: James V. Hart, Bram Stoker
  • Producers: Francis Ford Coppola, Charles Mulvehill, Fred Fuchs, James V. Hart, John Veitch
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Romanian, Greek, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Oct 2002
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JNC2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,872 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

Product Description

DVD Special Features:

English
Aspect Ratio 1:1.85
Subtitles: English (Hard of Hearing)



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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DrAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!cula 25 July 2000
Format:DVD
Got this DVD this morning... and lobbed it in the DVD player straight away. This was definately not what I expected! The thing about this is that it's more of a love story... obviously something most people wouldn't usuaully associate with a bloody-thirsty, satanic demon. I can't believe that an hour into the film I started feeling sorry for Dracula! But, it most certainly does make a change from the classic Hammer, Christopher Lee stuff. I noticed a hell of a lot of stuff copied from the 1922 classic Nosferatu, one of the first vampire films based on Dracula, although the film-makers were probably ressurecting some of the old material, rather than "copying it" as such. This includes some scenes that were shot in the same way.
As for extra features... This DVD contains an awesome 30 minute programme about how they made the film and a brief look at the history of Dracula. It also contains the theatrical trailer, and some other stuff.
There's a bit at the beginning where he thrusts a sword into the centre of a huge stone crucifix which spurt out loads of blood, and then the statues of angels start crying tears of blood really freaked me out! Buy it!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Upgrade your old vanilla edition NOW! 28 July 2008
By m VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This film really cast a spell on me when I saw it in the cinema back in the early nineties and I was always slightly disappointed with the vanilla edition DVD, because it always seemed that there was such a lot to say about a film which looks so good.

I know the Coppola take on Dracula was not to everyone's taste, but this great edition gives the full story, for those who want to know. Lovely packaging, presentation, great commentary from Mr C himself. By far though, it's the 3 or 4 documentaries which make this release. Why? Because they illustrate brilliantly the single-minded process which went into creating the film.
I was stunned to learn that Coppola insisted on all old-style effects, so that everything done in actually done ON SCREEN i.e. no CGI. Usually documantaries are a bit take-it-or-leave-it but here it's totally fascinating: how they created Dracula's separate shadow, the long arm of the coachman, even little illusions which go by almost un-noticed in the film.

Also, a seperate doc on the costumes and again, you really appreciate how important that was (Coppola:"the costumes ARE the set for this film")

The most incredible thing for me was learning that the WHOLE FILM was shot on a soundstage - that almost defies belief. As Coppola says at one point - it's the restrictions which lead to inventiveness.

The only let down was the lack of really up to date interviews with the actors, but in a sense this is Coppola's show, and with this disc he opens up his bag of tricks and gives us a quick but fascinating glimpse inside.

Buy without worry. By far, the most interesting take on the book in the last fifteen years now has a worthy DVD to match.
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80 of 93 people found the following review helpful
By Ged
Format:Blu-ray
The Movie: Very little needs to be written about the plot and production values of this 15 year old film. Chances are you've seen it at least once, if not then I would suggest looking further afield for detailed reviews, a few critics have been snippy about small details or overblown minor flaws. This is to be expected regarding a film of such high caliber, there really isn't anything substantial to berate. The movie is one of the all time greats of the 1990's, great plot (faithful to the book) which has been enhanced by F.F. Coppola's production to make the transition from book to film flawless. Rarely dull with real emotion and exciting action and horror sequences.

The Blu-ray Presentation: First of all, the major concern is that this film is advertised as being 2.40:1 aspect ratio - it isn't - it's the same as the original DVD release which is 16:9. Neither is the sound format made entirely clear, the packaging states simply '5.1' but doesn't say weather it's Dolby Digital or DTS. It isn't until you play the film that it becomes clear that it's DD. The picture clarity is excellent - and that's only on a 1080i TV - I'm sure it would be even better with a 1080p capable TV. It's amazing to think that this movie was made before High Definition was an option. The make-up and set design is absolutely flawless - really, quite stunning. Of interesting note, Gary Oldman's make-up is actually much more convincing whist he's portraying the old and decrepit Dracula; His make-up whilst in his 'young' mid 30's guise is actually less believable, but not so much as to be distracting. Winona Ryder's make-up is barely visible as is that of Keanu Reeves. The sets look realistic, solid and vivid, showing up extremely well in HD.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well, better than the DVD, but...... 1 Sep 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Brilliant movie, of course, but here I'm reviewing the blu-ray production. It's my first ever blu-ray; I'm a bit late to this business.

As a photographer, I know what a full resolution 1080 high image looks like, and this is nowhere that near even though the packaging claims 1080 and the player also reports true 1080. I'm playing on a quality photograher's Eizo colour corrected (and sRGB accurate), IPS 1080 16:9 screen.

I am comparing this to the superbit version of the DVD of this movie: a special version with less compression, so less compression artifacts, and better colour than a normal DVD (and usually less sharpening halos which is how a DVD compensates for the radical lack of resolution, and over-compression, on larger monitors). As an aside, from looking at DVD file sizes, multi DVD disk special editions are often super-bit even if they aren't advertised as such, but there was a time when at least one studio explicitly brought out labelled 'Superbit' versions of some films including this movie.

Compared to the 'super-bit' DVD it's definitely superiour. Better resolution and loses the obvious sharpening halos that the super-bit version has. But it's not radically better. The lack of sharpening halos would seem to be because it isn't sharpened at all. You might think that's an advantage but a bit of sharpening, without the need to induce halos, makes a significant subjective increase in clarity and seeming resolution without significant downsides unless oversharpened. Sharpening is mandatory in photography as the last step before placing on a wepage even with a full resolution pic.
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