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Dracula [Blu-ray] [1931] [US Import]

David Manners , Bela Lugosi    Blu-ray
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  • Actors: David Manners, Bela Lugosi, Dwight Frye, Herbert Bunston
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,391 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars For The Movie Only.......... 8 May 2012
By Gordy
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC MOVIE 28 Sep 2013
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Film Poor DVD 30 April 2012
Dracula (1931 - English Version) - Augmented Reality Edition [DVD]
Dracula is a classic. Bela Lugosi is the definitive Dracula in a performance that will never be forgotten.
But for me, Dracula is a lesser Universal Monster movie, surpassed by Frankenstein, The Wolfman, Creature From The Black Lagoon, and to be honest, a few more.....
It looks very staged, some of the acting is a bit much (Charles K. Gerrard as Martin the orderly...Was he serious?)
there is a serious lack of pace and most importantly, little to no music. Badly missed.
Also, this is the first time I'v seen the film on DVD and it looks and sounds absolutely awful. I'm well aware of the films age, but I have plenty of films, cheaper ones too, from the era and some of them look and sound superb. I would recommend waiting for the upcoming remastered Blu Ray version.
The features include a 35 minute documentary, a nice gallery of movie posters and production photos, an audio commentary and a score recorded for the film (be careful what you wish for....Its an awful score)
This is part of Universals 100th anniversary 'Augmented Reality' collection. The disc is a repackage of its previous releases in a nice metallic sleeve, and if you have a smart phone, you can download an app, hover it over the sleeve, and a moving image from the film appears.
Overall its a film everyone should see and own, but if you own it already, there is nothing to recommend here.
A really lazy re-release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dracula dvd 2 Jan 2013
By D. Dews
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Superb and efficient service.
Film recommended to me. Diidn,t disappoint!
Bought as a family stocking filler, but great choice of dvds with same title.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLU RAY package includes excellent Spanish version 12 July 2013
By M. Oleson - Published on
Although I've seen this classic Universal film dozens of times starting at about age 10, this is my first look at the excellent Blu ray transfer available as a stand-alone film or part of the "Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection."

The well-known tale stars Bela Lugosi in his most recognizable role. The Hungarian actor also played the character in the stage production from which much is adapted for this early talking picture. Some will snicker at the mannerisms and heightened theatrics more common in the theater. Even as a great admirer of the movie, I chuckle when I see a couple armadillos scurrying across Dracula's Transylvanian castle.

Lugosi, still struggling with English accentuates his dialog not only with an unusual cadence, enunciating each syllable but seemingly each letter. But Bela was a charmer, especially of the ladies which transformed the Count from the Dracula in Bram Stoker's novel and the first production on film, "Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror" (1922). In F. W. Murnau's film, the Count (Orlok) was ugly, sinister and more in tune with what Stoker had in mind.

One of the things that always bothered me about the film was the lack of a musical score. The story has extended moments of silence, except for noise coming from old tape or DVD transfers. The cleaned up version here, eliminates almost all of the surface noise, and makes the silence even more...well silent. I much prefer the included optional Philip Glass score performed by The Kronos Quartet. I was fortunate to see Glass perform this live accompanying the film a few years ago in Dallas. Which ever audio track you prefer, the sound quality has never been better.

This exquisite 1080p transfer maintains the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio and includes a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (mono) option. It is the way to go. Extras include some interesting short documentaries including one introduced and narrated by producer Carl Laemmle's niece who had a small role in the film which included the first words spoken. The package also includes a Spanish language version which was filmed using the same sets at the time, a couple commentary tracks, trailers and more. If you are a fan, you'll want this Blu ray.

"DRACULA" (SPANISH LANGUAGE VERSION): When Tod Browning's game-changing Dracula was being filmed in Hollywood, a Spanish language version was being filmed at night using the same sets and a slightly altered script. In some ways, this is actually a better movie. Unfortunately in some ways it is not.

The first noticeable element is that the film runs nearly 30 minutes longer. Much of this actually provides some context and continuity especially during the voyage of Dracula from Transylvania to England. Some of the length is also just laborious dialog. There are two big improvements over the English language version. First, the creepy atmosphere lingers throughout the movie, rather than just on those early scenes in Drac's castle. For example, when Dracula rises from his daytime slumber, wisps of smoke exude from his coffin before he is seen.

Secondly and most importantly, the leading lady, Lupita Tovar is much sexier and a better actress than Helen Chandler. Now Eva (rather than Mina) has a clear attraction for the Count. Her clothing reveals a bit of décolletage rather than Chandlers buttoned up look. Here Lucia is played by beautiful Carmen Guerrero although her role is scaled back. Like Eva, Lucia is taken with Drac's charms.

To offset these improvements however are two more issues. First and foremost, Carlos Villarias' Dracula is, well...terrible. His over-acting is often laughable to say the least. Bela Lugosi certainly is much better and inhabited the role. I would also point out that in this Spanish version, Renfield takes on a much bigger role and like Villarias, Pablo Alvarez Rubio is no match for his counterpart, Dwight Frye in the English-language version. All in all, this is an interesting comparo to the better known Dracula and is all the better with this Blu ray update included on the same disc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dracula 6 July 2013
By Dave. K - Published on

**** Out of 5

Tagline- Carl Laemmle Presents the Vampire Thriller!

Release Date- February 14th, 1931

Running Time- 75-Minutes

Rating- NR

Screenplay- Garrett Fort (Novel- Bram Stoker)

Director- Tod Browning

Starring- Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Helen Chandler, Dwight Frye and Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing

Released in 1931 Dracula is probably the most influential vampire film ever made and one of the biggest hits in the legacy of Universal Pictures. Since its release the good portion of vampire films have taken many elements from this film and every actor to portray Count Dracula is directly inspired by Bela Lugosi (and from time to time Christopher Lee). As much as I enjoy Dracula I'd rate it behind the first 3 Frankenstein films as well as the Wolf-Man, but with that said I actually think in some ways Dracula might hold up a little better than those films (along with the Wolf Man). Obviously in many areas the film is dated as 1931 is far, far behind us and times change and filmmaking techniques change. But I still find Dracula to be an effective chiller and while it may no longer be scary it's still loaded with eerie atmosphere and I'd go as far to say that since the end of the 30s (and even the 40s) many horror films lack the eerie feel many films from this era had. Reading some reviews it's quite a shame the modern audience are for a good portion complete dolts who laugh at the film. You don't have to love the film, but its clear on some reviews these people aren't very bright. By today's standards Dracula may no longer be scary, but I can easily see how this film scared the hell out of audiences in 1931, but its a shame so many cannot appreciate this film for the classic is it since its still a highly enjoyable film. Like I said compared to other Monster movies I'd rate Dracula behind them and in the career of Tod Browning this is his most popular film and by far is most influential and his legacy, but personally I preferred Freaks, The Devil-Doll and Mark of the Vampire (also with Lugosi and a remake of Browning's now lost silent film London After Midnight starting Lon Chaney, Sr).

I think everyone knows the plot behind Dracula so there isn't a reason to rehash it, but as I mentioned before obviously Dracula will be dated, but I still think the film holds up very well and the script by Garrett Fort based off the Bram Stoker novel is well written and plotted and quite honestly I think the script would work well even today with obviously a few changes here and there. Garrett Fort writes an excellent film with mostly solid characters. As the film gets heavier in dialogue it does slightly drop off, but I'd say that's more on the direction than the writing. Fort's screenplay is a winner and set the bar for vampire films and while this wouldn't be my favorite vampire film the iconic status of the film has never been topped and probably never will.

Director Tod Browning came from the silent era and if not mistaken this was his first talking picture and it does sort of show as Dracula can be a little rough, but this greatly adds to the film. Sometimes when a film is a bit raw it adds to the power and had they been made by a more experienced director results wouldn't be the same. Films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Last House on the Left are rough around the edges, but that in part helps make the films so powerful and while Dracula is a completely different film I think the film being rough around the edges in part helps elevate the film. After Dracula I felt Browning would improve and make better films from a technical standpoint. Even though Dracula wasn't my favorite Tod Browning film there are many aspects of the film I love than the films I liked more than this one. There are also stretches with no dialogue (mostly early in the film) and its almost like a silent film and this is where Browning really succeeds. Obviously the film is dated and certain techniques are decades and decades out of date, but even to this day Dracula still has plenty of eerie atmosphere and still retains a lot of its mystery and suspense. While this isn't my favorite Universal Monster film I do think it might hold up the best. I love the visual look of Dracula and the scenes in Dracula's castle in the opening is brilliant; I love the far wide shots and the lack of music really adds to the eerie feel and when I say Dracula holds up well I think the scene in Dracula's castle is highly effective to this day. The 2nd half of the film when it gets a bit more heavy on dialogue, Dracula does slightly lose its edge and it seems to me the most effective scenes are those with little dialogue, but even as the film slips a little, Browning still crafts an eerie and mysterious film.

Dracula is the film that made Bela Lugosi an icon and there is very good reason for that; while some debate on Lugosi or Chris Lee for me there is no debate about it or on anyone else to play Count Dracula. Bela Lugosi is by far the best actor to ever play the role and nobody will ever top it. Lugosi is quite creepy and delivers one of the all time great performances. Edward Van Sloan sadly is forgotten by may despite starring in several of Universal Monster films. Besides Dracula he also appeared in the sequel Dracula's Daughter, Frankenstein and the Mummy and as Van Helsing I'd go as far to say Edward Van Sloan is just as brilliant as Lugosi and like how nobody has topped Lugosi as Dracula, nobody in my opinion has topped Van Sloan.

Dracula is one of the all time greats and while the play like feel can hinder the film I again also feel the film holds up well and is still an eerie film. Lugosi and Van Sloan are a joy to watch and this is the vampire film that forever shaped those kind of films and the horror genre as a whole.

(Blu-ray review section is based off the Monster box set, the solo release will be the same edition).

At the time of the blu-ray release Dracula was 81-years old and Universal delivers a brilliant transfer. Clarity and detail is nothing short of amazing and due to the age of the film Universal could have put less effort and people would chalk it up to age, but Universal stills shows respect for one of the films that helped shape the studio and this is by far the best Dracula has ever looked on home video. The audio is also excellent as gone is the hissing noise and you can now hear things you couldn't on past releases. Extras are all carried over from past releases and as an extra Spanish Dracula makes its HD debut as well.
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By Ben30 - Published on
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I Grew up watching this film when it used to be broadcasted on Late night TV
there's a bit of Horror in the film but most of the film is more of a Thriller
so i have alot of respect for this film especially cause it's in black & white which makes it special
colour prints were available but very very expensive in 1930 that is why the film is in black & white
but cause of Technology reasons, colour prints wouldn't of been Good quality anyway
it does not matter, the film is special in Black & white, it would look strange in colour i think.

in 2006 Universal released the 75th Anniversary edition of this film which i bought
which is a 2 Disc set, the U.S. version on Disc 1 and the Spanish version on Disc 2
along with tons of special features
2 Audio commentary tracks by Historian David skal and another commentary by Steve Haberman
who wrote the screenplay for Dracula-Dead and Loving it
plus the Road to Dracula Documentary which is the making of the film and couple other featurettes
the U.S. version released in 1931 is based on a stage play
and in 1930 Universal had a very tight budget and had to cut alot of scenes out from the script
before they filmed the scenes
that is why the U.S. release only goes for 1 hr 15mins
the production was cut aswell that is why the film looks like a play on stage actually
i only realized this when i watched this 75th Anniversary edition

But the Spanish version does go longer about 1 hr 45mins which is about 105mins
i have watched both versions
the spanish version is very similar to the U.S. version but with extra scenes of course
that ties the story together, so not only is the movie longer
but the Production is twice as big as the U.S. production lots of Great special effects
Great Camera work it looks like a Modern day Dracula film
especially when Dracula rises from his coffin, Great effect for the time
But it's all to do with the financial situation back in 1930

on this 2 Disc set the U.S. and Spanish version is only Digital remastered
which looks and sounds Great
there are some scenes in the spanish version where the picture quality has deterioated big time
the first scene right through til Dracula looks at the Lease on Carfax abbey is very clean picture
looks really Good Digital remastered but then some scenes after that the picture and audio quality
Deterioate big time, there's alot of lines on the screen
maybe some of the original negatives were damaged and couldn't be fixed, it's anybody's guess why
but it happens throughout the film some scenes look fantastic Digitally restored and some scenes couldn't be helped
this is the first time i watched the spanish version and i do prefer it compared to the U.S. version
mainly cause of the bigger production the film has
the only Highlight of the U.S. version is Bela Lugosi that's all, cause the production was tight on money
lots of cut scenes.
the extra scenes in the spanish version that ties the script together makes more sense
than the U.S. version, but each to their own it's a matter of opinion.

fast fwd to this week i got the Blu-ray release which has both versions on 1 Disc
and i was amazed big time at How Good the picture and audio quality is for a 1931 film
because the film is that old, i had Doubts that Digitally restoring this film in HD would be impossible
but from a fans view i am very surprised
much better quality than the 2006 75th anniversary release
the Audio is in mono but has been enhanced big time to sound close to stereo,
lots of background Hiss but that's to be expected from a very old film.
the picture quality is excellent for a HD restoration, about 8/10 quality
Universal really did make as much effort as they could to give this film a HD print

the spanish version has been given the same HD print so the quality is Just as Good as the U.S. version
in my opinion.

both films are in Fullscreen of course with optional English subtitles
all the special features/extras from the 75th Anniversary edition are on this Blu-ray
the Road to Dracula Documentary
Dracula-Blu-ray restoration featurette which is about how Universal restore Dptmnt
actually restored the picture and audio in HD print
Lugosi the Dark prince featurette,
Monster tracks which are pop up facts that can be read while watching the film, but optional
there's an option selection on the Menu
Both commentaries from the 75th Anniversary edition are on this blu-ray aswell
there is even a different score to listen to for the film if you want
but i prefer Swan Lake score.

Universal U.K. have also released this film on blu-ray i've seen it on amazon uk
but as far as i know the spanish version is not on the U.K. blu-ray
and is only available on this U.S. blu-ray
so for any big fan of this film,
this U.S. Blu-ray release of 1931 version is definitely worth getting no doubt about it.
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT 22 Feb 2014
By Sam M. Gindy - Published on
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A great Universal Monster Classic, now shown in crystal clear Blu-ray quality. A must have for collectors of these classic monster films.
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray Bela Lugosi Dracula is a must have! 21 Feb 2014
By John - Published on
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This version of the Dracula classic is beautiful looking! Remastered the right way, it looks great in 1080p. The audio is DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono which sounds amazing!

Special features like commentaries with film Historian David Skal and Steve Haberman, the alternate score by Philip Glass, Lugosi: The Dark Prince, Dracula: The Restoration, The Road to Dracula, and the Spanish version this Blu Ray is a MUST have for all fans of the Dracula Bela Lugosi classic!
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