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3.0 out of 5 stars The Satanic Rites Of Dracula, 2006 2 disc Cleopatra Deluxe edition - Underrated entry in the Hammer Dracula series, 17 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: Satanic Rites of Dracula [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This 1973 film is an interesting entry into the Hammer Dracula series. Following the success of Dracula AD 1972, the action was once again contemporary (though it looks dated now!) pitting Dracula against Lorrimer Van Helsing, grandson of the anaemic one's stake wielding nemesis from the book.

There is a real attempt to do something different here. The film opens with a scene that feels like a spy thriller, and that feeling is never really lost as the film progresses. Dracula has upped his ambitions somewhat, and there is a real thrill in the final scenes as the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.

Christopher Lee turns in an excellent performance as Dracula. In what almost seems like a comment in the times, he has transformed himself into an urbane big businessman. It is a characterisation that works well, and allows Lee to do something with the character. I love the way that Lee portrays the mask slipping and the Count becoming a feral force of nature as his plans start to go awry. Peter Cushing is excellent as Van Helsing, and his scenes with Lee really add a bit of crackle to the movie.

This would be Lee's last appearance in the fangs and opera cape, he wisely decided not to appear in the final Hammer instalment, Legend of The Seven Golden Vampires. He puts in a committed and entertaining performance and manages to leave the series with his head held high.

It's as entertaining a way to spend 90 minutes as I can think of, and a highly recommended film.

This 2 disc deluxe edition is a bit of a let down the film transfer and sound are OK, but there has been no restoration. There are no extras on the film and the second disc is of third rate metal track `inspired' by the film. Not at all what the word `deluxe' brings to mind!
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