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Dracula [VHS]


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  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling
  • Directors: Terence Fisher
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 1 May 2000
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CU53
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,999 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic Hammer horror starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Jonathan Harker (John Van Eyssen) journeys to Castle Dracula, where he is turned into one of the undead by the famous vampire (Lee). Professor Van Helsing (Cushing) arrives and drives a stake through Harker's heart, but must then pursue Dracula to London, where the Count intends to make Harker's fiancée Lucy Holmwood his bride. Lee and Cushing went on to make several more 'Dracula' films for Hammer.

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This is the first (it dates from 1957) of the many films which were to identify Christopher Lee with Bram Stoker's undead anti-hero and, in many ways, it remains the best. Tied reasonably closely to that of Stoker's novel, the plot sees the English academic Jonathan Harker (Van Eyssen) entering the employ of Dracula, secretly aware that the nobleman is a vampire and with every intention of destroying him. Sadly, it doesn't work out and Harker, in one of the film's several gentle structural conceits, becomes Dracula's servant in more senses than one, prompting one Doctor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing, of course) to investigate his disappearance. The rest, of course, is a slightly wobbly version of history. This is the only film of the series to retain its roots in theatrical melodrama--the clipped, "ack-torly" exchanges between Lee and Van Eyssen are a joy--but it remains gripping in spite, or because of that. Best of all, it allows Lee to present Dracula as a real character--a haunted, tragic figure, impatient with the mortal world and its trivia--before camp tomfoolery, likeable enough in its own way, came to dominate the series. --Roger Thomas

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By McColl on 22 Jun 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The moment I received my restored version of HORROR OF DRACULA in my home in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I called on the phone some special old friends of mine. They were High School companions who saw the movie with me in the 50's. They came to my place with their wives for a Reunion after so many years. It was also the occasion to screen this classic movie in the glorious original colours with all the splendour of a digital image. When we finally came to the last scene, there was a wonderful déjà-vu sensation among us. We have been watching one more time the disintegrating face of Dracula, just as it was shown at movie Theatres in Brazil 54 years ago. What happened with this movie, occurred with many other Hammer pictures which were shown originally in our Country without the usual censored cuts.
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122 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Magnus on 4 Mar 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I'm truly astounded to read reviews of a Blu-ray written BEFORE the film has even been released - especially the one which damns the film based purely on misleading screen-grabs and pre-emptive complaints from people with an obvious axe to grind posted on the net.

Of the reviewers here, with the exception of Matt and myself, I believe that no one else has actually watched the Blu-ray - so how they feel entitled to post a review is beyond me.

I was the person who found the extra footage in Japan and so, like Matt, I was sent a review copy which I have watched several times.

My verdict? Magnificent.
Well done Hammer.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By J. Rae on 13 Mar 2013
Format: Blu-ray
...Four Brand-New Featurettes:

* "Dracula Reborn". New 30 min. featurette about the film's creation and history, featuring, among others: Jimmy Sangster, Kim Newman, Mark Gatiss, Jonathan Rigby and Janina Faye (Tania in the film).

* "Resurrecting Dracula". New 20 min. featurette about the film's restoration, from the BFI's 2007 restoration through to the integration of "lost" footage, featuring interviews with key staff at the BFI, Molinare and Deluxe142. Also covers the February 2012 world premiere of Hammer's interim restored version including "vox pop" interviews with fans after the event.

* "The Demon Lover: Christopher Frayling on Dracula". New 30 min. featurette.

* "Censoring Dracula". New 10 min. featurette on the original cuts to the film ordered by the British Board of Film Censors.

Commentary:

* New commentary by Hammer historian Marcus Hearn and author & critic Jonathan Rigby.

Plus:

* All 4 surviving "Japanese reels" (6 - 9) unrestored (40 mins).

* The World Of Hammer episode: Dracula And The Undead.

* Janina Faye reading a chapter of Stoker's novel at the VAULT festival.

* Stills Gallery of over 100 fully-restored and rare images.

* Booklet by Hammer archivist Robert J. E. Simpson (PDF).

* Original shooting script (PDF).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Redfearn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Jun 2002
Format: VHS Tape
The 1950s was the best time for Hammer films, producing some great successes notably The Quatermass Xperiment and The Curse of Frankenstein. This version of Bram Stoker's Dracula is wonderful for its time for a number of reasons. First, the pairing of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Second, the atmosphere the film generates, and finally the script which was beautifully written. The final scene of Dracula's destruction has never been surpassed. Incidentally, this video version has an extra scene which had been omitted from its original release in 1957. This was due to a reference made by Van Helsing to the use of drugs which was still taboo in those days of course. Overall, any Hammer film fan cannot afford not to buy this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Dedicated To M.Scott my friend & continued supporter of my reviews.

Dracula 1958.
Directed by Terence Fisher.
Produced by Anthony Hinds.
Written by Jimmy Sangster, Based on Bram Stokers (Novel).
Starring.
Christopher Lee.
Peter Cushing.
Michael Gough.
Melissa Stribling.
Release date(s) 8 May 1958.
Running time 82 minutes
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English.

Cast.
Peter Cushing as Dr. Abraham Van Helsing.
Christopher Lee as Count Dracula.
Michael Gough as Arthur.
Melissa Stribling as Mina.
Carol Marsh as Lucy.
Olga Dickie as Gerda.
John Van Eyssen as Jonathan.
Valerie Gaunt as Vampire Woman.
Janina Faye as Tania.
Barbara Archer as Inga.
Charles Lloyd-Pack as Doctor Seward.
George Merritt as Policeman.
George Woodbridge as Landlord.
George Benson as Official.
Miles Malleson as Undertaker.
Geoffrey Bayldon as Porter.

Blu-ray Disc Restored Version.
Format: Colour, Widescreen, PAL, Mono.
Language: English.
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English.
Region B/2.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1.
Number of discs: 3.
Classification: 15.
Includes DVD version.

Blu Ray Extras.
"Dracula Reborn". New 30 min. featurette, featuring contributions from Jimmy Sangster, Kim Newman, Mark Gatiss, Jonathan Rigby & Janina Faye (Tania in the film).
"Resurrecting Dracula". New 20 min. featurette about the film's restoration, from the BFI's 2007 restoration through to the integration of "lost" footage.
*"The Demon Lover, Christopher Frayling on Dracula". New 30 min. featurette.
"Censoring Dracula". New 10 min.
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