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DRACULA - WHAT ABOUT ZULU ?
, 19 May 2013
This review is from: Dracula (Blu-ray + DVD)  (Blu-ray)
LIONSGATE thump on about what a " wonderful transfer " DRACULA ( Blu Ray ) is.
OK - I'm a self confessed perfectionist critic when it comes to transfers - but " DRACULA " falls far short of the best transfer of another 50 yr old movie - and I'm talking about " ZULU " ( 1964 )which for me set the bar standard of what was achievable ! True , if the original " DRACULA " print was crap to begin with ( and with " DRACULA " Lionsgate DO harp on about that ) - then ANY improvement on " crap " ( garbage in / garbage out ) has to be commendable I guess so we have to be grateful for small mercies.
Is this BLU RAY better than the 2007 release - yes , but only marginally ( in my opinion )- the exception being the sound track of which there is a noticeable improvement. Having said all that , I AM using top end equipment ( projection on to a 10ft wide screen )- whereas I am sure that my delineations would be far less evident on a TV screen of modest proportions ( less than 50 " ).
So in summary, " DRACULA " is certainly watchable and probably as good as its ever gonna get - but a " wonderful transfer " ( as "ZULU" ) ... it ain't !
Final comment : A much earlier ( 1954 ) movie ( " Creature from the Black Lagoon " ) has been given the full restoration transfer process ( including 3D ) with results equally as good as " ZULU ". So , for me , whatever the excuses .... it CAN be done !!
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