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Count Dracula [DVD] [1977] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Louis Jourdan , Frank Finlay , Philip Saville    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Louis Jourdan, Frank Finlay, Susan Penhaligon, Judi Bowker, Jack Shepherd
  • Directors: Philip Saville
  • Writers: Bram Stoker, Gerald Savory
  • Producers: Morris Barry
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R7I48G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,960 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Regarded as one of the best adaptations of the classic Bram Stoker tale, Count Dracula benefits from a critically acclaimed performance from Louis Jourdan as the title character. A cult classic from the seventies, the film faithfully recreates Stoker’s characters and prose.

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best Dracula adaptations 29 July 2007
By Me
As a child I could never understand why so many versions of Dracula strayed so far from the novel. As much as I loved Chris Lee's films etc film makers seemed determined to avoid the original plot.
When I settled down that Christmas years ago to watch the BBC's Dracula I was over joyed to see such a faithful adaptation and a brilliant one at that. All the classic characters are there (including Renfield), they filmed in Whitby, its gory, sexy, romantic and frightening. It's done with style and class. It is a proper vampire film unlike all these Super hero martial arts vampire flicks today.
I bought it when it appeared on DVD a few years ago. I am glad to see it coming out again and hope it reaches a whole new audience.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dracula adaptation that has bite 19 Sep 2007
By G. Pace
The BBC has always maintained a pretty solid reputation of providing great drama and adaptations of the classics and this 1977 version of stokers novel is a prime example.
"Count Dracula" is regarded by many as the most faithful working of the horror story to date and although lacking the menace of Christopher Lee's vampire, Louis Jourdan makes very good casting indeed.
But what really makes this adaptation so good? - well firstly the cast is a good one. Frank Finlay seems to be having a great time in the role as Van Helsing, while Judi Bowker and Susan Penhaligon make good vampire fodder. Also Jack Shepherd plays Renfield to perfection. But what i really love about this production are the outdoor locations. The shots of Mina and Lucy going up the huge flight of cliff steps at whitby and sitting on the clifftop bench overlooking the sea is just how you envisage stoker's novel- just as in the scene where Dracula first seduces a sleepwalking lucy in the clifftop churchyard in the dead of night. Also the confrontation between the vampire hunters and an undead Susan Penhaligon in londons Highgate cemetry is quite chilling, especially the scene where they drive a stake into her as it looks very convincing.
Lame special effects such as rubber bats and a dreadful mist effect coming though a bedroom window don't particularly help the production but one must think of the time this was made. All in all, a very good effort and this certainly ranks high above recent attempts at the dracula story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Count. 5 Jun 2010
By Armchair Pundit VINE VOICE
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At last, although it's been a while since I last saw this. I had never forgotten it,
especially the scene where Harker looks out of his castle window and see's Dracula clinging to the walls.
Louis Jourdan breathes new life into the titular character.
(With just the right air of a European nobleman, polite, curteous but with an arrogant streak).
This was the first time I'd seen the delightful Judy Bowker on TV since Black Beauty.
The ever reliable Frank Finlay plays a wonderful Van Helsing.
(His 1971 Casanova is worth a look too.)
And Jack Shepherd really excels as Renfield.
If you have never read the novel, then this is the most accurate version I have ever seen.
Bram Stokers characters and prose are faithfully transferred to the small screen.
Production values are typically BBC late 70's, videotape and stagey, but it's the story and acting quality I buy for,
and not a slightly dodgy TV stage set!
Original airdate:~ 22/12/77.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Louis Jourdan - inspirational 18 Aug 2011
By Dee-Jay
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This is probably the best version of Dracula ever filmed. Louis Jourdan is inspirational as Dracula, sends a chill down the spine. The filming is dark and grainy, something that just isn't done to such a degree in this modern age of HD. Sit down and watch this with the curtains closed and only candlelight for illumination. I might leave my window open tonight - just a little....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed it 1 Aug 2011
By downkiddie TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is the most faithful dramatisation of Bram Stoker's classic I've seen. There's detail in here never normally bothered with on screen, such as Jonathan Harker changing coaches at the Borgo Pass, and the children on Hampstead Heath talking about "the Bloofer Lady"; all stuff in the book to please fans. Excellent location work and good sets give the story a superb eerie feel. The special effects give it a feel of 70s "Doctor Who", but no matter, they even make a good attempt at the scene where the Count casts no reflection in Jonathan's shaving mirror (not quite right, but a good effort). A superb cast bring it to life. Louis Jourdan (who I recognised as the baddie from Bond flick "Octopussy") plays the Count with a look of baffled malevolence on his face to super effect. Susan Penhaligon brilliantly portrays poor, sweet, kind Lucy perfectly, which makes her demonic transformation all the more thrilling. The first scene where we see that her teeth have grown is particularly effective. The principal departure from the novel is that they merged the characters of Arthur Holmwood and Quincy P. Morris, but this does not actually adversely affect the story, it's a rollicking good adventure and just the right length.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Those of us who saw this marvellous BBC dramatisation of Bram Stoker's Gothic masterpiece "Dracula" at the time of its release in 1977 have waited a long time for its release on DVD. The BBC version stays close to the original novel and maintains its tension throughout the films 160 minute duration. A fine British cast brings the original novel to powerful life and the brilliant use of Gothic locations adds to the pervasive atmosphere of brooding menace. In my opinion, this BBC production is the best dramatisation of the original Dracula novel, and far superior to any other version of the Dracula story. It will probably not appeal to those with short attention spans or those who like the screen drenched with the blood of victims.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Everything was well done
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Derek Behan
3.0 out of 5 stars Some 'effects' are so badly done that it feels like one is watching a...
This is a decent adaptation - following the book much more closely than any others I know of. However, there is one slight caveat for me personally - this is obviously the 70s... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lucia
4.0 out of 5 stars Obviously BBC and 1970's
Good DVD that took me back to my childhood.My son pointed out that it was obviously BBC and obviously 1970's!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by s87jg
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite, as I remembered it
I remember thinking this was really scary when it was first released. Certain scenes are still chilling but it is showing it's age a bit. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ian R
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to watch again
Considering that the last time I saw this was when it was transmitted back in the late 70's, it is still very much like I remember it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tom Abell
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Delicious
This atmospheric, stylish adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel is generally very good viewing, despite appearing a little disjointed at times. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Neil Magrath
3.0 out of 5 stars Dracula
It was as good as I expected, no more no less. I'm glad I got it however. Nothing more to say.
Published 5 months ago by Nicholas Crowhurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb.
I have to admit to being a fan of Dracula films. This adaptation is my all time favourite. I think Louis Jordan's version is by far the best and the production closely follows the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pete.
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is truly the best ever production of Dracula ever produced. This is also the most true to the book. Louis Jordan is perfect as Dracula, seductive but with a hint of menace. Read more
Published 6 months ago by nicky
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
An interesting adapation by the BBC and a pleasure to watch. Would recommend to anyone with a passion for vampire films.
Published 7 months ago by Fern
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