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  • Macabre Collection 2 Films [DVD] [1975] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Macabre Collection 2 Films [DVD] [1975] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Good films, lousy DVD 15 July 2003
By Sean Brady - Published on
These two Dan Curtis productions are well worth watching, particularly Dracula which features a great performance by the underrated Jack Palance as the Count. However....
The reason I have given this such a low rating is because of the appalling quality of the transfers. Dracula starts out so dark that you can't see anything. My VHS copy (not from MPI but a UK tape) clearly shows a lake, Castle Dracula, and a pack of dogs running to the castle. Here, we hear the dogs but the screen is almost pitch black. Things don't get any better later on as brighter colours bleed (no pun intended) into each other, particularly reds. There's barely a moment in the film where I wasn't distracted by the lousy transfer.
Jekyll and Hyde's problems lie with the source material and is marginally more watchable. It was filmed on videotape and looks like a second or third generation copy. This is more forgiveable considering that the original print may have been in poor condition, but no restoration work has been performed which is a shame.
Hopefully Dracula will get another DVD release sourced from the same print used for my VHS copy. It's not perfect, but at least it's more watchable than MPIs terrible DVD version. I have no idea what the later single MPI DVD release of Dracula is like, but I'm assuming it's of exactly the same appalling quality as this one.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Very good adaptations of two horror classics 15 Feb. 2001
By Phillip O. - Published on
This two sided dvd contains two films from producer Dan Curtis (who was responsible for the famous gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows"). The first is a very good adaptation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula". This novel seems to be an awkward one to film because almost every version you see changes the plot somewhat or takes liberties with the characters, especially Lucy and Mina. This version plays liberties with the characters and plot as well (the most faithful adaptation seems to be Francis Ford Coppolla's version (1992). This is a handsome production made for television (in the U.S.), so you do have the awkward editing (for commercial breaks) and zoom shots. It has an excellent gothic feel to it and was filmed in beautiful houses and castles in Europe. Jack Palance plays a great Dracula - he is hulking and menacing and brings a sympathetic edge to the character. Also included is the original European theatrical trailer and brief interviews with Dan Curtis and Jack Palance.

The opposite side of the dvd is "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde" which also stars Palance. This production also has handsome production values but was filmed on videotape, so you feel like you are watching a PBS drama. Also, Palance's transformation to Mr. Hyde is somewhat humorous - his makeup job makes him look like the Joker from "Batman". Acting is good all around, especially Denholm Elliot and Billie Whitelaw, who was introduced in this film.

On the technical side, these films apparently have not been restored and there is some nicks and scratches (especially on "Dracula") but not enough to distract. Many of the outdoor scenes in "Dracula" are very dark. Some enhancement on these scenes would have been welcome.

A recommended purchase, especially for "Dracula".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Double the Palance, Double the Fun 29 Jan. 2002
By Eric Pregosin - Published on
This 2fer disc is definitely worth it's weight in gold. Produced by Dan Curtis (the man behind Dark Shadows) these 2 movies originally aired on television in 1968 and 1972. The Dracula was improvised making the woman Dracula goes after as the reincarnation of a lost love (a la Barnabas Collins and Josette Dupres). I would love to know Jonathan Frid and Kathryn Leigh Scott's opinions of this movie. The Jekyll/Hyde was shot live on tape in the same way Dark Shadows was. In fact several of the sets and music can be recognized from Dark Shadows. Definitely an improvement over the VHS releases of both which were included with commentary by Elvira, which if you ask me was a waste of time and energy. Important note: to anyone who buys 2 sided discs by MPI Homevideo. The feature usually listed as being on side A is usually on side B and vice versa. In other words, the side labeled as Dracula is the side with Jekyll and vice versa. I've had this experience with 2 sided MPI discs before and have already emailed them about this. Although they replied with gratitude of pointing this out, I don't know if they rectified newer copies. Buy this disc by all means, but watch out for this.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Jack Palance As Dracula? YES! 19 Nov. 2001
By James M. Loveday - Published on
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I remember waiting for "Dracula" to air on network television. The creator of the Dark Shadows soap opera was bringing the novel of Bram Stoker's "undead stalker" to the small screen. Jack Palance was announced to play the lead. To tell you the truth, this would not be the first name that would come to mind to cast the role that has been played over and over, but Palance makes one of the greatest "Counts" of all! There is just enough sympathy created for the character to make you almost care, but they don't overdo this element. He's still a bloodthirsty vampire stalking victims. This is a great DVD to add to your horror collection. The companion "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" was equally good for atmospheric sets, acting, and great direction. I was glad this became available.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2 under rated versions. 14 Jun. 2009
By Mr. N. M. Smith - Published on
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Made in 1967,Jack Palance's Jekyll and Hyde is a made for TV adaptation which works very well. The story is so well known it does not need repeating but seems quite new even though the tale presented is just about the same as any other version you've seen. What makes it better is Palance's performance which is very subtle as Jekyll and strident as Hyde without being overblown. Hardly any make up used on his striking features is a big plus,as is the understated direction. 6 years later the same producer and leading man's 'Dracula' is not as successful although still a lot better than most versions and certainly better than Coppolas which stole the idea that Dracula is Vlad Tepes and comes to England to find the re-incarnation of his previous love. It also omits the sanitorium of Dr Steward and Renfield totally, but watch it anyway.

Picture quality is good. Extra's are interviews with Palance and producer
Dan Curtis
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