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Bram Stoker's Dracula (30th Anniversary Steelbook) [4K UHD] [Region Free] [Blu-ray]

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Francis Ford Coppola certainly brought the operatic intensity that was evident in his previous film, The Godfather Part III, to Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

But you know… he’s in love with Winona Ryder’s Mina so he’s actually kind of good and he’s worthy of redemption somehow? In an interview with Fangoria after the film’s release, Winona Ryder, who played one of the main leads in the film, Mina Harker, presented Coppola with the screenplay written by James V. With Gary Oldman as the titular classic monster, the film is an artistic masterpiece even if it doesn’t completely stay true to the novel.

Dracula's 4K Blu-ray enjoys what appears to be the exact same outstanding Dolby Atmos track that has adorned not only the previous 2017 4K release but even its preceding 2015 Blu-ray reissue, and, such is the testament to its quality, it continues to be one of the finest tracks on the format. Speak up and share your huffy opinions in our famous forums where 5,000 showbiz leaders lurk every day to track latest awards buzz. The cinematographer, Michael Ballhaus, gets into the spirit so completely he always seems to light with shadows. Quick note about the included Blu-ray disc - it is still the same Cinema Series disc as before and has not been updated nor have the subtitles been fixed. Even though the novel came out in 1897, there is no denying the sexual overtones in this story with Dracula admitting he is comfortable trying to “seduce, penetrate, [and] drain another male.

However, I will say this 4K image certainly doesn’t betray these elements, if anything I had a greater appreciation of them and how fluidly they worked - Harker’s letter on the left side of the screen with Dracula’s castle to the right that fades into Harker’s room as he’s shaving while the letter then slowly fades revealing the full room as the narration finishes is beautiful in-camera effects work. The Ultra HD Blu-ray delivers a fabulous native 4K presentation, replete with lashings of filmic grain and texture, and adding in Dolby Vision HDR to this reissue for good measure, providing the cherry on an already delectable cake. It raised a few eyebrows in Hollywood for the director of classic films like The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, and The Outsiders to sign on to direct a vampire movie. The script itself is a triumph for the character considering that it stays the truest to Stoker’s 1897 novel.

Back in the early 90s, horror was not really a flashy genre, let alone having one of the great American directors at the helm. Bram Stoker’s Dracula rises from the grave once again to feed upon the wallets of physical media collectors for a new two-disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 30th Anniversary SteelBook. While this isn’t a night-and-day improvement, the extra attention with dynamic metadata marks a notable improvement in color shading and shadow play for some of the most heavily stylized sequences. I guess this is fine if you’ve already listened to it, but both tracks are great and worth getting into so if you’ve never heard it, it’s frustrating not to have them on the 4K disc.

Indeed, Oldman would be so damn good in the role that he would cast a long shadow over just about everybody else, leaving the likes of a woefully miscast Keanu Reeves (who literally cited Oldman's presence as one of the reasons for why he 'didn't give his best performance') and even Ryder - who, judged on this, may not have exactly saved The Godfather Part III on acting alone - floundering, and even the great Anthony Hopkins having to ham it up to the max as Van "Cameo" Helsing. Some great movies like Friday the 13th and Halloween still hold up to this day but others like Sleepaway Camp or Hardrock Zombies, not so much. In 1992, a Dracula movie was released that has been the source of both positive and negative reviews. Elsewhere, there are several thorough pieces on costume designer Ishioka Eiko, in-camera effects work (with a lovely nod to Mario Bava), and the production of elaborate electronic storyboards. Coppola’s film unspools like an erotic nightmare, dredging up all the pent-up and sexually charged energy that roils (sometimes barely) below the surface of Stoker’s novel.Although at the time of publication we were unable to directly compared the 2017 HDR10 edition with this new Dolby Vision version, we'll be sure to update once that's been done. Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times said, “The movie is an exercise in feverish excess, and for that if for little else, I enjoyed it. years later Bram Stoker’s Dracula remains one of those cinematic oddities that split audiences but is still highly regarded. I was ten years old when this film came out and I’ve had a love of classic monster movies for as long as I could remember, and this was something I desperately wanted to see. She never thought it would move forward, but Coppola admitted that Dracula was one of his favorite movie monsters.

When the charismatic Dracula meets Mina (Winona Ryder), a young woman who appears as the reincarnation of his lost love, the two embark on a journey of romantic passion and horror.Sadly, the solo Coppola and Family Audio Commentaries, once again, remain only on the included Blu-ray disc and are not included with the new pressing of the 4K disc. Similarly, in Sound Effects Editing, the other two nominees “Aladdin” and “Under Siege” didn’t pose much of a threat. Tod Browning’s famous 1931 film starring Bela Lugosi wasn’t recognized come Oscar time; the same goes for films like “Horror of Dracula” from 1958 starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, and “Dracula” from 1979 starring Frank Langella and Laurence Olivier. After already enjoying an excellent release, Bram Stoker’s Dracula celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release offering up the same excellent transfer now with Dolby Vision HDR, Atmos audio, and a terrific assortment of bonus features in a classy SteelBook.

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