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on 27 March 2016
This is a typical Hammer House Horror film, with its soft lighting and very distinct look to it.
Christopher Lee is an excellent Dracula, and he shared the screen with a very good if familiar British cast.
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on 18 May 2017
Excellent release of the classic movie. Movie is presented in original aspect ratio with the option to watch with censored scenes reinserted. The remaster is high quality, a good selection of special feature on the disc. Includes both blu ray and DVD copies which is welcome.
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on 4 May 2017
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on 8 February 2016
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VINE VOICEon 9 September 2013
Hammer's first foray into Bram Stoker's Dracula was never readily available on DVD. It seemed to appear for a while under the title 'the Horror of Dracula' and then disappear completely, to be available only on region one for the US. However now the UK have finally been treated to this wonderful film in Blu Ray, and the US misses out. This release from Lion's Gate has been lovingly restored and given a new level of detail that hasn't been seen. The picture quality and sound are just superb, Dracula really has risen from the grave in this release. Director Terence Fisher's films with Hammer are very distinctive and capture the gothic atmosphere wonderfully. I think the best part of the initial Hammer Horror's was they didn't rely on special effects gimmicks too much (no rubber bats, no Medusa with plastic snakes in her hair). The other thing you notice about this film is it's a lot more violent than I remember. Burning crosses onto a vampire's forehead, violently staking another through the chest, Christopher Lee's manic bloodshot eyes. Hammer also went to great lengths to include some additional scenes too, one in particular has Dracula kissing the young victim before he bites her, again something that just adds much more depth to this classic film. Thoroughly recommended to all Hammer Horror fans and all those who love a classic movie.
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on 3 April 2013
I've been a fan of this film since I saw it as a kid when it was first released in theatres and called "Horror of Dracula" over here. This restoration includes additional footage so it's like seeing it for the first time (tho I've owned it on VHS & DVD). Also excellent are the featurettes about the restoration.

Great film. If you live in the US, it's films like this that make getting a region-free Blu-ray worthwhile. BUT be sure your player will play all regions. My previous one only played Region A but my new Toshiba plays Regions A, B, and C. This Blu-ray is Region B.
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on 9 December 2016
In equal parts dark, gothic, camp and jolly good fun.
Yes the story has been altered somewhat from the book and Dracula himself is a little underutilised in the film but the performances, atmosphere and set design are excellent. A character like Dracula and the way the story plays out also has more than a slight erotic overtone, as erotic as you could really do in Victorian England. The film plays up this aspect too which works well. The only bit that felt out of place really was the slapstick character, felt like something straight out of Dad's army, not really right for a horror film.
Overall the picture quality on the Blu Ray is quite impressive and the film seems to have been nicely restored. There area a few terrible flaws though, Dracula sleeps in a coffin with a cross on it and also the innsburg bookkeeper is British.
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on 21 November 2014
A classic of the hammer christopher lee is very nice and good
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Hammer's groundbreaking 1958 version of Dracula (aka Horror of Dracula) is still one of the very best despite the many liberties Jimmy Sangster's concise and highly effective script takes with Bram Stoker's novel to whittle it down to an hour-and-a-half. It's not just the names that have been changed around and the cast of characters greatly reduced to Hammer's budget levels (admirably disguised here by Bernard Robinson's excellent production design). John Van Eyssen's Jonathan Harker is no longer a lawyer, but here is posing as a librarian to get into Dracula's castle with an ulterior motive - presumably on the grounds that the audience knows going in just what Dracula is so there's no point putting the hero through all that mystery when there's staking to be done. The budget doesn't stretch to the voyage and arrival of the ghost ship Demeter or even a Renfield for that matter, and this Dracula has no social interaction with his intended victims in Whitby or London - in fact, he never even leaves the continent. Nor is the vampire fascinated with Harker's intended - here he simply seeks her out as revenge. Yet the changes work surprisingly well, and even throws in a few good twists like the location of Dracula's hiding place.

Although he doesn't have much screen time, Christopher Lee is inspired casting, a feral, vicious creature rather than a Eurotrash smoothie while a very agile Peter Cushing makes a surprisingly physical Van Helsing, the final fight between the good doctor and the evil count surprisingly energetic and violent before the best of the studio's ashes to ashes, dust-to-dust finales. Although rather sedate by today's standards, this film still has a surprising degree of energy and it's easy to see why it made had such a profound impact on the horror genre for decades to come. The first colour version of the tale, it made a big selling point of being able to see the blood in all its vivid hues of red, although it also makes much play on the vampire's female victims being absolutely gagging for it (perhaps not so surprising with Peter Cushing and Michael Gough as the male leads), setting the groundwork for the tits'n'fangs formula that would become the studio's bread and butter over the next couple of decades. A surprisingly cheap picture, thanks to Bernard Robinson's elegant production design and fine direction from Terence Fisher before the drink got to him, it never looks cheap: if anything, it's rather seductively good looking.

Where Warners' widescreen DVD was overcropped at 1.85:1, Lionsgate's Region B-locked Blu-ray and DVD combo restores it to its original 1.66:1 ratio as well as restoring the original title Dracula (the previous release used the US title Horror of Dracula). But of more interest is that the disc includes two separate cuts of the film - .the 2007 BFI restoration and a 2012 restoration by Hammer that includes footage censored from the film everywhere but Japan. It's worth noting that its only a few seconds worth - Dracula's seduction of Mina is a bit longer and the long-rumoured shot of a decaying Dracula clawing at his own face as the skin peels off - but completists will be delighted. As for the restored picture quality, the first reel is a little disappointingly cold (in one of the accompanying documentaries they talk about not going all-out to reproduce the original Eastmancolor tones, which seems a little perverse in a film famous for its Eastmancolor tones), and the definition occasionally gives away just how much use the original negative has had over the years, but once it gets going it's a very pleasing job.

There's a fine extras package included on both formats: audio commentary by Marcus Hearn and Jonathan Rigby, making of documentary Dracula Reborn (though Christopher Lee is notable by his absence), featurettes Resurrecting Dracula, Censoring Dracula, The Demon Lover – Christopher Frayling on Dracula and Janina Faye Reads Stoker at the Vault Festival, very worn unrestored versions of Japanese reels 6-9 (complete with Japanese subtitles on the side of the screen), episode of clip show The World of Hammer – Dracula and the Undead, stills gallery and (on the DVD only) PDF script and booklet. The only conspicuous absence (apart from Mr. Lee) is the film's trailer, which was included on Warners' DVD but is curiously missing here.
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on 4 March 2013
I'm truly astounded to read reviews of a Blu-ray written BEFORE the film has even been released - especially the one which damns the film based purely on misleading screen-grabs and pre-emptive complaints from people with an obvious axe to grind posted on the net.

Of the reviewers here, with the exception of Matt and myself, I believe that no one else has actually watched the Blu-ray - so how they feel entitled to post a review is beyond me.

I was the person who found the extra footage in Japan and so, like Matt, I was sent a review copy which I have watched several times.

My verdict? Magnificent.
Well done Hammer.
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