(Francis Ford Coppola, 1992)
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|S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r|
H D - S E N S E I
A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze
Bram Stoker's Dracula [Blu-ray]
(Francis Ford Coppola, 1992)
Studio: Sony Pictures / Sony (Supreme Cinema Series)
Region: FREE! / Region 'A'-locked (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 2:07:22.635 / 2:07:21.634
Disc Size: 47,199,227,687 bytes / 48,494,834,156 bytes
Feature Size: 32,794,558,464 bytes/ 32,230,440,960 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.94 Mbps/ 23.29 Mbps
Chapters: 16/ 16
Case:Standard Blu-Ray case + case cover / Clear case packaging
Release date:October 2nd, 2007 / October 6th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 4608 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4608 kbps /
Dolby Atmos Audio English 5606 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 5606 kbps
/ 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: )
English (SDH), English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Romanian, Icelandic, Bulgarian, none
English (SDH), English, French, Spanish, none
1993 Audio Commentary by Director Francis Ford Coppola, Visual Effects Director Roma Coppola and Make-up Supervisor Greg Cannom
Audio Commentary with by Director Francis Ford Coppola
Exclusive new intro from director Francis Ford Coppola (3:55)
Reflections in Blood: Francis Ford Coppola and Bram
Stoker’s Dracula (29:11)
The Blood is the Life - The Making Of Dracula
Theatrical Trailer (2:36)
'Beware' Trailer (1:31)
Ultra-Violet leaflet code for digital version
Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder and Academy Award Winner Anthony Hopkins (1991 Best Actor in a Leading Role, Silence of the Lambs) star in Oscar winning director Francis Ford Coppola's (1974 Best Director, The Godfather: Part II) visually stunning, passionately seductive version of the classic Dracula legend. In Bram Stoker's Dracula, Coppola return to the original source of the Dracula myth, and from that gothic romance, he creates a modern masterpiece. Gary Oldman's metamorphosis as Dracula - who grows from old to young, from man to beast - is nothing short of amazing. Wynona Ryder brings equal intensity to the role of a young beauty who becomes the object of Dracula's devastating desire. Anthony Hopkins co-stars as the famed doctor who dares to believe in Dracula, and then dares to confront him. Opulent, dazzling and utterly irresistible, this is Dracula as you've never seen him. And once you've seen Bram Stoker's Dracula, you'll never forget it.
This is it, the quintessential
vampire movie. Based on Bram
Stoker's 1897 gothic masterpiece
"Dracula." There are many arguments
as to who was Stoker's influence for
The Count, and the most rabid
purists insist that it is NOT Vlad
the Impaler. However, this movie
forms it's basis around the Vlad
story, and I'm obliged to agree that
this is the most familiar of all the
various versions of the tale of
Count Dracula, and whether or not
this is where Stoker got his
influence is a moot point and does
not make this film any less of a
Casting for the movie is fantastic. I don't care much for Winona Ryder or Keanu Reeves, but the performances of Gary Oldman, Tom Waits, and Anthony Hopkins' masterful portrayal of Van Helsing more than make up for this oversight. The sets were epic, the use of shadowing was amazing. Basically this movie does a lot of what other vampire movies fail to do and that is to explain Dracula's aversion to mirrors (vanity disgusts him), crucifixes (he renounced Christ remember?), why he has to sleep in his native soil, etc. Dracula also keeps a pretty impressive stable of half-naked vampi-concubines (one played by the beautiful Monica Bellucci.) The three of which alone satisfy this movies nudity quota.
The Video: NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Firstly, there is a less-glamorous package of this transfer is at Amazon HERE and also listed at TCM and Amazon Canada. It is cheaper than this one and I suppose a simple case and no Digibook. There is also a cheaper (considering exchange rates) Supreme Cinema Series with Clear case packaging (if you can go by the photos) HERE in Canada, but it comes out October 20th. This could be an error.
Cited as a new 4K restoration - simply put, yes, I can see the improvement. The new transfer is similarly technically robust to the 2007 Blu-ray but the image has richer and warmer colors and contrast is notably superior - darker dark scenes and brighter lit ones. It looks magnificently creepy in-motion showing a shade more information on the bottom of the frame and a bit less on the top - and it has shifted slightly left. It looks beautiful. I don't think the static screen captures can do it full justice and you should toggle between the expanded caps to see more disparity with the framing having some marginal differences (in the new 4K-restored version it moves slightly upward and to the left.)
NOTE: This is the 'Limited Edition Clear Case Packaging' and its quite a beautiful digi-book case. It looks and feels like glass but may be plastic. Very slim with the disc shoved into the side in a sleeve. Sweet.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Subtitle Sample Capture
Sony (Supreme Cinema Series) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Firstly, this is Dolby Atmos - described as "A revolutionary new audio technology that transports you into an extraordinary entertainment experience. With Dolby Atmos enabled receivers and speaker configurations, sound comes from all directions, including overhead, to create an immersive experience with clarity, richness, detail, and depth. With existing home theater systems, you will get a great surround sound experience."
My system is not Atmos configured but I can still hear it on my system (identified as 7.1 Dolby True HD) and it sounds.... amazing. Tight, rich and very deep. If I can trust my software it is 5606 kbps / 24-bit. Wow. Wojciech Kilar's (award winning music for this film and has done music for Wajda's The Promised Land, as well as Roman Polanski's The Pianist, and composer for other Polanklsi films; The Ninth Gate and Death and the Maiden - to name a few) score is awesome via the lossless - very tight and rich. The non-English in the film (Romanian, Greek, Bulgarian, Latin) is subtitled in English (no fancy font - see below). There are also optional subtitle (English - SDH, English, French + Spanish) and the disc is indeed region 'A'-locked.
No fancy font for non-English dialogue subtitles in opening:
NOTE: My software recognizes this as TrueHD, but from Wikipedia: "Because of limited bandwidth and lack of processing power, Atmos in home theaters is not a real-time mix rendered the same way as in cinemas. The substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. This substream only represents a losslessly encoded fully object-based mix. This substream does not include all 128 objects separated. This is not a matrix-encoded channel, but a spatially-encoded digital channel. Atmos in home theaters can support 24.1.10 channel, but it is not an object-based real-time rendering. Filmmakers need to remix and render the TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus soundtracks with Dolby Media Producer."
This is one of the standard released Blu-rays with more supplements available. I believe they are the same release in the "Collector's Edition DVD", but some are now in high definition and the pleasant part is that all of them are subtitled, even the audio commentary, in English and some other languages like Portuguese and even Korean.
All the documentaries have their value, and actually I don't know if anything more interesting could be added to make this package more worthy. You have many features that range from the making of to the costume design. Two good short documentaries about the visual effects, that will give you an insight of the good and original ideas used to make this film.
The the amount of deleted scenes included is impressive, more than 30 minutes, including an alternative ending. IMO, they should stay as deleted scenes, but I still found this raw collection of cuts interesting to watch.
This is probably the best kit of extra I found in a single disc release and I am satisfied, even more considering the price.
Let's simply go over what is new in this Limited Edition Clear Case PackagingBlu-ray. We get the old commentary and a 'rare' 1993 audio commentary by Director Francis Ford Coppola, Visual Effects Director Roma Coppola and make-up supervisor Greg Cannom and what is cited as an exclusive new intro from director Francis Ford Coppola lasting just shy of 4-minutes. New video featurettes include the 1/2 hour Reflections in Blood: Francis Ford Coppola and Bram Stoker’s Dracula with the director expanding on his love of the film beyond what he says in the introduction. Practical Magicians: A Collaboration between Father and Son is a 20-minute piece with journalist and critic F. X. Feeney talking to the pair about the production with specific details and interpretations of the original story. I believe the 30-minutes worth of Deleted and Extended Scenes are the same as the original release and the 4 Legacy featurettes, about 1 1/4 hours worth are also included. Lastly, is the trailer and shorter 'Beware' Trailer. The package is a digi-book of sorts with a 24-page book with rare and beautiful photos included.
Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Sony (Supreme Cinema Series) - Region FREE - Blu-ray
BOTTOM LINE: Well, this one is famous - this is that puritan love story about a Dracula who left Monica Belluci plus 2 bonus girlfriends behind to go after Wynona Ryder. And save for some casting discrepancies I consider this movie a great accomplishment in a chamber environment with theater like performances. This Blu-Ray was a pleasant surprise, and if I am not mistaken this is the first Coppola release in High-Def. I am happy with the result considering the stylistic intent. I think this a good addition to any Blu-Ray collection and makes this film experience even more enchanting.
Bottom line - is the Supreme Cinema Series worth it? It always depends on how much you love the film. The 4K video, audio advancement, new extras and attractive case give this immense value. I admit I was initially skeptical, but I love this and it's the only way to watch this film in your Home Theatre. Our highest recommendation!