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Horror of Dracula [DVD] [1958] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh
  • Directors: Terence Fisher
  • Writers: Bram Stoker, Jimmy Sangster
  • Producers: Anthony Hinds, Anthony Nelson Keys, Michael Carreras
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 2002
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G8K0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,694 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Mercy on 23 Dec 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Considered by many to be the greatest Dracula movie yet made, Hammer's 1958 take on Bram Stoker's novel is a classic piece of cinema that in my view ranks as the most important British horror film of all. If the famous company hadn't made any more Dracula movies after this one, these days it would be thought of as equalling David Lean's Great Expectations and Oliver Twist in the rankings of British cinema's great literary adaptations. Instead, it is simply regarded as the first film in a fondly-remembered, though essentially campy series of chillers that took a dip in quality with every subsequent episode, ending with some real dreck in the early 1970s. But Terence Fisher's movie, only his second gothic horror, did justice to the story in a way that no other filmmaker has been able to repeat. It's scary, sexy, action-packed, laced with atmosphere, and shows no signs at all of the low budget it was made under. The photography is gorgeous, the sets even better, and the music just perfect. The ending, a violent piece of hand-to-hand combat between Count Dracula and his nemesis Dr. Van Helsing, was unlike anything else seen in British cinema up to that point, and the special effects still impress today.
But what really makes the film work are the performances of Christopher Lee and (especially) Peter Cushing in the lead roles; Lee's star-making turn as Dracula ensured his status as one of the great cinematic villains, and though it typecast him for the rest of his career in a manner he didn't always appreciate, even he wouldn't deny the impact his feral, predatory vampire made on the horror genre. Cushing, meanwhile, also enjoys one of his signature roles, and he provides us with by far the strongest and most impressive Van Helsing on film.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brown on 15 July 2005
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Often regarded as the highlight of Hammer horror's oeuvre, The Horror of Dracula stands up today as a fresh and inventive take on what is maybe the best story ever written. Hammer is a studio that has had many a fine hour, and although this is one indeed; I think that there are several other films from their ranks that just top it. Just, being the operative word as this is certainly up there with the best of them. As you might expect, the story follows that of Bram Stoker's original novel; with a young man travelling to Dracula's castle, and not returning. This attracts the attentions of Professor Abraham Van Helsing; an authority in the field of vampirism who then sets out to slay the malevolent fiend that is the source of all the foul play in the movie; Dracula himself.
Although this is based on the classic story, Hammer very much makes it their own. Of course, the campy horror styling that that the studio has become famous for features strongly in the movie and serves in giving it that classic Hammer feel. Furthermore, this movie features both of Hammer's greatest stars; Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Christopher Lee may be no Bela Lugosi, but if there was anyone other than Bela Lugosi that I would want to play Dracula; Christopher Lee is that man. He isn't actually in it that much, but the moments when he is are the best in the movie. He has an incredible amount of screen presence, and all of that is transferred into the character of Dracula. In a similar way, Peter Cushing plays Van Helsing. Like Lee, Cushing has buckets of screen presence, but it's all in a very different style. While Lee is a defined evil, Cushing is more subdued, which allows him to adequately play the hero as well as well as he plays the villain.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Feb 2006
Format: DVD
This is the greatest Hammer film ever made. Starring the two mainstays of British Horror Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.

Terence Fisher (the best Hammer director) directs with style and James Bernard produced a score that would be used in variations by many Hammer films over the years. For any musicians out there the chord Bernard uses to signal Dracula's presence is an augmented chord...

Christopher Lee is magnificent as Count Dracula. Bela Lugosi may have starred in the role first but Lee is vastly superior in every respect: He has more screen presence (helped by being 6' 5"), is better looking and most crucially unlike Lugosi he can act.

As Van Helsing Peter Cushing is mesmerising. Whether he is carrying out a blood transfusion or dictating into an early phonograph recorder, the script is delivered with absolute conviction. I always end up believing vampires exist after watching this film!

The ending to this film is perhaps the single greatest moment in the entire history of Hammer films. While the special effects look dated now the realisation of the ending is just a great piece of film making.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ess. on 22 Jun 2008
Format: DVD
Along with 'the Wicker Man' this is the finest British thriller ever made.
A big accolade but one it deserves.
It made me jump out of my seat as a child: the imposing scene where Christopher Lee bursts in and starts throwing luscious Valerie Gaunt around gast my flabber. Despite my mother having histrionics - and warning me on pain of death not to tell my school-teachers that I'd been up late watching titilating horror pictures - it set me up for a lifetime of wonderful (and occasionally vile) film experiences.
Whether you're a horror fan or not, this is a cracking, lightning-paced, sexy, gothic joy-ride.

The plot is bare-basic (and is detailed elsewhere) so 'Dracula' relies on atmosphere, beautiful visuals and superb acting - particularly Peter Cushing, who is, despite a delayed entrance into the commotion, relentlessly convincing as the single-minded hellion-undead pursuant, Van Helsing.
I read somewhere that Cushing possessed, in the writers opinion: 'an elegant, yet soulful screen presence'. I'm in agreement; he holds the attention totally when he's on screen. Lee similarly, but for different reasons: While Cushing is a better technician, Lee makes a more nobly unforgettable cinematic impression here, both gaunt and genuinely sepulcheral.

The music track is sensational. James Bernard. One of 'scores'(sorry!) he did for Hammer during a rewarding (for us!) 20 (another score! Sorry again.) year association with the studio ~ and there's not many better than this one. Surprisingly subtle at times, but rips fiercely with that familiar and startling theme when the action ignites.
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