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4.0 out of 5 stars
COUNT'S FACE NOT A-PEELING BY DAY - AND KNIGHT NOWHERE TO BE SEEN, 22 Mar 2013
The restored footage?Yes,exciting.But...the footage of D tearing at his face is NOT the same as the famous still we all know,showing D's face peeling in the morning sun.That still (which is actually shown at the start of the "Dracula Resurrected" featurette on the disc) gives a crystal-clear view of the very impressive make-up.The restored footage offers an extremely quick glimpse of D's face,largely obscured by his hand,and in fact doesn't really look like the very elaborate make-up of the still anyway.This confirms to my mind that the familiar face-disintegration shot that we all know and love was only ever a publicity still and was never in any filmed footage.Does nobody else out there share my disappointment here?!
Thers's also the issue of the equally familiar pic of Harker's decimated face as he lies in the coffin following D's vampirising of him,just before Van Helsing stakes him.It would seem that this too was only ever a publicity shot.There certainly seems no evidence that this particular image was filmed and subsequently censored. Reel 4 of the Japanese version would have confirmed this.. were it still to exist - which it doesn't.
And finally,where was Sir Chris in this production??No commentary.No featurette interview.No participation whatsosever.What a great pity!
I would be interested to know if he was actually approached or not.Was he too expensive?Was he just not interested?The fact is he will be remembered not for Star Wars or for Lord of the Rings - but as Dracula,Prince of Darkness.His absence from the extras on this set is noted and keenly missed.
Perhaps some of the issues in this review are covered in the Commentary - not had chance to listen to it yet.If so, apologies.
Overall though a great effort and easily worth 4 stars.