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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..........
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,...
Published on 8 May 2012 by Gordy

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Film Poor DVD
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,...
Published on 30 April 2012 by D. Mccaffrey


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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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I never drink... wine, 11 Jan. 2015
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Bram Stoker's vampire novel has been remade dozens of times, but perhaps the best adaptation is the classic Bela Lugosi version. Fairly faithful to the novel and dripping with gothic atmosphere, what really makes "Dracula" stand out is the bone-chillingly charming performance by Lugosi.

A solicitor, Renfield (Dwight Frye), is travelling to Count Dracula's castle for a real estate deal, despite the locals freaking out and crossing themselves whenever Dracula's mentioned. He soon finds out why -- the Count (Lugosi) is a vampire, who enslaves a mad Renfield to his will. Soon after, a ship with a dead crew (and Renfield and Dracula in the hold) arrives in England.

Soon Dracula has moved into his new home, Carfax Abbey, and is insinuating himself with the Seward family -- and especially with pretty Lucy Westenra, who dies of blood loss and is reborn as a vampire. Only the intervention of the mysterious Dr. Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) can stop Dracula's attacks in London.

Then there's the Spanish-language one, which is virtually identical and was filmed on the exact same sets, during the hours when the English-language one was not being shot. Same settings, same marks, same cinematography, many of the same scenes -- although it's much longer. It's excellent, and although it lacks that iconic intensity that Lugosi brought the English-language film, it's full of atmosphere and good acting.

Technically "Dracula" wasn't the first adaptation of "Dracula" -- that honor belongs to "Nosferatu" -- but it was the first to actually tackle the storyline in Stoker's book. And to date, it's perhaps the only to portray everyone's favorite vampire with the necessary atmosphere -- ominous, dignified and creepy.

Tod Browning sets it in all the necssary places -- crumbling castles, savage mountainous villages, foggy London streets, and sumptuous Victorian drawing rooms with eerie noises from outside. Granted, a fair amount of stuff is changed -- Jonathan Harker is partially replaced by the mad Renfield -- but none of these really detract from the storyline.

And Browning pours the creepiness on thickly, such as Dracula's seduction of young women, which keeps up the whole idea of vampiric sexuality. But Browning also knows how to pour on the subtle horror, without blood or violence -- like any scene with Renfield.

The script is just as great as the direction, with some unspeakably good dialogue ("For one who has not lived even a single lifetime, you're a wise man, Van Helsing"), usually from Dracula. But the best scenes and dialogue are made up of highlights from the novel (such as Dracula saying dreamily, "Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!").

But the star of all this is Lugosi himself, one of the two quintessential vampire actors (the other being Christopher Lee). While he doesn't resemble the book's Dracula, his hypnotic stare and charming, intense manner make him an ideal vampire count. And Frye deserves a nod for one of the nastiest, maddest, creepinest performances in cinema history. Sort of a nuttier, bug-eating Gollum ("Not when I can get nice fat spiders!").

The original "Dracula" is still the best, more than seventy years after it was made. Dripping with Gothic atmosphere and seductive charm, this is a magnificent piece of work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars CLASSY, 27 Mar. 2015
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Wonderful old-time horror movie proving Bela LUGOSI was the best nosferatu of all.

Highly stylized and somewhat stilted, this eloquently creates the necessary gothic atmosphere: The only way to tell a story so replete with implicit sexual yearning and danger. Understanding how closely related are fear and sexual desire, makes it easy to see how LUGOSI seduces so many young women with his eyes and gentlemanly manners.

Helen CHANDLER is excellent as the ingenue who realizes she is turning intro a vampire yet who, out of love for her fiancé, warns him to stop loving her. Her inner conflict of a woman unable to focus her sexuality against the polygynous attractions of the undead is well expressed.

Dwight FRYE is also superb as an everyday estate agent who then goes mad - in the kind of way Peter Lorre would rightly envy - after being bitten by the eponymous lead character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 20 Oct. 2014
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Daughter absolutely loves this old movie. Great dvd
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC MOVIE, 28 Sept. 2013
I REALLY ENJOYED THIS CLASSIC MOVIE . BELA LAGOSI PLAYS DRACULA VERY WELL . THE PICTURE QUALITY IS VERY GOOD FOR A 80 YEAR OLD MOVIE. NOTHING MUCH CAN BE SAID .
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dracula dvd, 2 Jan. 2013
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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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