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Four Stars For The Movie Only..........
on 8 May 2012
Dracula isn't the best of the classic era of Universal Monsters, but it was the first and, along with Frankenstein, the most memorable. I loved these films as a kid and I remember waiting for ages to see this film on late night tv. No sell-through video in those days (mid 70's). Bela Lugosi gives such an iconic performance as the Count that it made him an overnight star, and launched a whole new film genre, called 'horror'. Of the two famous Dracula's in cinematic history, only Christopher Lee has come close to matching Lugosi. If you are a serious collector of Classic Horror, you must own this movie, simple as that.
However, IF you already do, don't bother buying it again. There are no new extras, and more importantly, no SPANISH version!! For those of you who do not know, a Spanish language version was filmed alongside the Lugosi version at the same time, using the same sets but with an all Spanish cast. Many believe this film to be a superior version. In many respects, especially visually, it is. But it dosen't have Lugosi. So WHERE IS IT???? It is available on Region 1 DVD so why not here?
I hope the first reviewer is right in saying there is a Blu Ray release imminent. I'd like to see other making of documenteries, the Spanish version and also the Silent version (distributed to movie theatres at the time which didn't have sound set up yet) on it as extras.