(aka "Dracula")

directed by Francis Ford Coppola
USA 1992

From the moment Dracula (Oldman) trails a bloodied razor across his tongue with a look of ecstasy, you know that this version, going back to source in Stoker's novel, isn't going to offer a silver-tongued bloodsucker hovering over swooning damsels. In the opening sequences, Dracula's soul-mate Elisabeta (Ryder) commits suicide in the mistaken belief that he had died in battle. Forsaking God, he seems doomed to an endless existence of guilt and loneliness, until lawyer Jonathan Harker (Reeves) shows him a picture of his fiancée, who just happens to be the spitting image of Elisabeta. A gorgeous, stylised adaptation, full of visual tricks and dazzling camerawork, this places the emphasis firmly on perverse, rampant eroticism. Equally forceful is Oldman's extraordinary performance, especially in his older guise, complete with bouffant hairdo and elongated fingers. In contrast to Hopkins' aggressive performance as vampire-hunter Van Helsing, a stupefied Reeves puts in a hopeless show of defiance. This lack of a convincing central dynamic leads to the occasional sense that the film is little more than a spectacular edifice, but you'll be too spellbound to resist seduction.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: November 13th, 1992 - Canada

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DVD Comparison:

Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1 (SB)- NTSC vs. Columbia Tri-Star - Region 2 - PAL vs. Columbia Tri-Star (SB) - Region 2/4 - PAL

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Distribution Columbia Tri-Star
Region 1 - NTSC

Columbia Tri-Star
Region 2 - PAL

Columbia Tri-Star
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 2:07:12 2:02:12 (4% PAL speedup) 2:02:08 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.87 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.73 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.96
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes

Bitrate:

Region 1 SB

 

Bitrate:

1st Release

Bitrate:

Region 2

SUPER BIT

 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS) English (Dolby Digital 2.0 ) 
English (Dolby Digital 5.1) 
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 ) 
German (Dolby Digital 2.0 ) 
Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 ) 
Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 )

English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS)

Subtitles English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai and none English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Arabic, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish and none English, and none
Features

Release Information:

Studio: Columbia/Tristar Home Video

 

Aspect Ratio: 

Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1


Edition Details: 

Generic superbit informative booklet with 1 sheet scene selection insert in the booklet that is title specific

 

DVD Release Date : December 11, 2001

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Chapters 28

Release Information:
Studio: Columbia/Tristar Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Cast & Crew Filmographies 
Photo Gallery - Costume Designs 
Featurette - Blood Lines. Dracula. The Man, The Myth, The Movies (28 1/2 mins)
• Dolby Digital Trailer-City


DVD Release Date: July 7th, 1999
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Release Information:
Studio: Columbia/Tristar Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Dolby Digital Trailer-City
• Generic superbit informative booklet with 1 sheet scene selection insert in the booklet that is title specific

DVD Release Date: 14 October, 2002
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Comments:
Frankly I don't see a heck of a lot of difference in image quality between the two Region 2 releases, but the SB Region 1 is, predictably, the sharpest with the most film-like appearance (and, of course, no PAL speedup). The Extras are in favor of the original release and the sound to the SuperBits with DTS as well as 5.1.  

- Gary W. Tooze

BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA - I am not fond of this film, neither as a Coppola or Dracula work, but its excessive use of reds, blacks, lighting, and other exceptional Michael Ballhaus camerawork makes it a particular challenge for DVD's MPEG-2 format.  As a result, even the U.S. Superbit edition falls short (often very much so) of capturing the way this looked on 35mm film.  A Digital High Definition transfer down the line will be a revelation.  As for the sound, this was an early digital sound release and the DTS on either Superbit is a step up from the Dolby Digital-only original theatrical release.  This was also made just before Sony’s own Sony Dynamic Digital Sound (SDDS) system debuted, so it is a 5.1 mix exclusively and all the way.  That leaves extras, which are absent or practically so on all DVD copies we know of, but some great ones do exist.  Unfortunately, the costume sketches, production design sketches, look at Dracula films and vintage Horror genre films Coppola referenced for the film, isolated music and sound effects tracks, scene-by-scene visual effects analysis, an edit-it-yourself scene from the film where you choose the takes to put together, and a full-length audio commentary by Francis Coppola, makeup man Greg Cannon and then-visual effects supervisor (and now outstanding filmmaker) Roman Coppola are still only available on the 12” LaserDisc 3-set Criterion issued during the film’s initial home video release.  Since Sony and Criterion have parted ways, who knows when and if these goodies will ever make it to DVD.

Nicholas Sheffo from FulvueDrive-In.com

 





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Image:

Region 1 Superbit

Sound:

Superbits

Extras: Original
Menu: Original

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Distribution Columbia Tri-Star
Region 1 - NTSC

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Region 2 - PAL

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Region 2 - PAL



 

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