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  • Actors: Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Kate Nelligan, Donald Pleasence, Trevor Eve
  • Directors: John Badham
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Oct. 2006
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I2IZPC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,937 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A 1979 re-imagining of the tale of the thirsty count Dracula (Frank Langella) sees him the only survivor of a ship gone aground off the English coast. His intention is to take over Carfax Abbey and to that end he's brought his own soil with him from Transylvania. Making friends with the locals goes well until a young woman dies through loss of blood and all is suddenly not as it should be. Laurence Olivier plays Dracula's nemesis, the vampire hunter Van Helsing.

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Chalk this one up as something that seemed like a good idea at the time. Frank Langella had just taken Broadway by storm in a revival of the play based on Bram Stoker's classic vampire novel. He was tall, elegant, and almost painfully romantic--all qualities that failed to translate to this garish, tarted-up film version. The story remains the same, if told in greater length than in Bela Lugosi's version. The film even offered Laurence Olivier as vampire-hunter Van Helsing (in one of several roles he played during the period that required a middle-European accent) and a young Kate Nelligan as the woman whose love (and blood) Dracula most wants. But director John Badham, working from W.D. Richter's clunky script, makes a hash of most of it, relying on special effects to do the heavy lifting. --Marshall Fine

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I was around 9 or ten when I first encountered this version of Dracula. We had recorded it on the video. And, after my first watch, the video tape itself acquired an aura of pure, unadulterated, unspeakable evil! I can safely say that it has been one of the most influential movies of my life and, together with the first three Omen films and, even earlier, the astonishingly scary Into the Labyrinth children's TV programme, Bill Bixby's Incredible Hulk TV series and Space 1999, it engendered a knee-trembling fascination with horror in me.
Until I accidentally rewatched Dracula the other day on DVD after nearly three decades (I had no idea this was the version I was about to watch), my memories of it were generally vague, but a few, key aspects had been deeply imprinted on me. The dramatic, ship-in-a-storm arrival of the Count into Whitby in the opening scenes, the horrifying madness of the insect-and-arachnid-eating Renfield and, most terrifying of all, the transformation of the fragile Mina into a grotesque abomination of womanhood!
Once I realized that the film I was watching was the one that had so deeply affected me all those years ago, I steeled myself for the inevitable disappointment that watching it with adult eyes would bring. I was resigned to the fact that the effects would be laughable, that the acting would be hammy, that the pace and atmosphere would be lumbering and tedious... and, worst of all, that it would no longer scare the pants off a flea!
But I was amazed to discover that, not only did it stand up to adult scrutiny, it is actually an incredible work, many of whose subtleties and qualities I had overlooked as a child. Up until the other day, I have felt short-changed by almost all of the Dracula films I have seen.
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By CAPTAIN CLEGG TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2015
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Love this adaptation of Dracula, and what i love is the atmosphere because the foggy sets were brilliant which, and the spooky soundtrack sets the mood for this terrifying film. And most of us who have seen this film back in the late 70's, well I seen it around the mid 80's, will remember how scary this film was, and Frank Langella is very good as Count Dracula, plus Laurence Olivier is outstanding as Van Helsing. This is a great film for a awesome story.

There are no bonus features on the disc which is a bit of a let down, but you do get subtitles, plus the sound is in DTS 2.0 Master Audio which sounds very good, and the Blu-ray quality is very nice, especially with the film mostly being filmed at night, it gets a 4/5.
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I am so glad to see that this some times forgotten classic adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula has finally managed to make its way onto DVD. After growing up on the Hammer versions as a child my mother introduced me to this mainly british cast version of the story and in many ways this has stayed my favourite. The beautiful Frank Langella carries all the great attributes of his stage performance with him onto the big screen and gives an outstanding performance only re-inforced by the supporting cast. Never mind the Coppola version, if you are looking for the flamboyant extravagance of a stage production against the grittiness of a typical bristish costume drama than this is for you. Well worth a watch on too many levels to mention.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Dec. 2007
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There's more than just a touch of disco to Frank Langella's costumes in John Badham's 1979 Dracula, and along with the copious amounts of dry ice accompanying his seductions and a Maurice Binder laser light love scene it occasionally hovers on the edge of turning into Saturday Bite Fever. But this is more of a lavishly mounted old-school interpretation, with W.D. Richter's screenplay reworking both the novel and the stage play to interesting effect: the film is set entirely in England, bracketed by two violent scenes at sea, and Dracula here is more of a serial seducer than a creature of the night. But by emphasizing the Byronic seductiveness of the role there's never an real sense of menace or threat: this Dracula is more like that smooth git who steals your girlfriend at a nightclub than the embodiment of evil, and it's only in the snarling violence of the finale that you get a sense of the animal beneath. That the forces of good are such a lifeless lot doesn't help much either: Laurence Olivier isn't quite as embarrassingly OTT as my memory had him, and Donald Pleasance's habit of eating in his every scene isn't as tiresome on the small screen as the large, but along with Trevor Eve's ey-upp lad northern lawyer type Jonathan Harker they don't exactly have you cheering them on. But despite the problems, the films is full of great little moments, such as the Count clawing away at the putty in a window to get to his first victim, boasts beautiful production design (the shipwreck and Carfax Abbey are particularly impressive) and has a wonderful romantic score by John Williams. The eagle-eyed will spot future Doctor Who and holder of the Guinness World Record for stuffing live ferrets down his trousers (it's genuine: look it up) Sylvester McCoy in a cough-and-a-spit part.Read more ›
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Absolutly brilliant film. A romance for sure, but still a horror with great atmosphere in the right time scale; not these remakes in modern times, they just don't work.
Frank Langella is excellent as is every other famous actor in the cast. Buy it.
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