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(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 fiancιe, 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 located HERE.

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Based on Bram Stoker's classic 1897 novel, this film from Francis Ford Coppola and screenwriter James Victor Hart offers a full-blooded portrait of the immortal Transylvanian vampire. The major departure from Stoker is one of motivation as Count Dracula (Gary Oldman) is motivated more by romance than by bloodlust. He punctures the necks as a means of avenging the death of his wife in the 15th century, and when he comes to London, it is specifically to meet heroine Mina Harker (Winona Ryder), the living image of his late wife (Ryder plays a dual role, as do several of her costars). Anthony Hopkins is obsessed vampire hunter Van Helsing, while Keanu Reeves takes on the role of Jonathan Harker, and Tom Waits plays bug-eating Renfield. Bram Stoker's Dracula was the winner of three Academy Awards.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: November 10th, 1992

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 Sony - Region 'A' - Blu-ray vs. Sony (Supreme Cinema Series) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray vs. Sony - Region FREE - 4K UHD

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Distribution Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray Sony (Supreme Cinema Series) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray Sony - Region FREE - 4K UHD
Runtime 2:07:22.635         2:07:21.634     2:07:21.633    
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,199,227,687 bytes

Feature: 32,794,558,464 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,494,834,156 bytes

Feature: 32,230,440,960 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.29 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1.85:1 2060P 4K Ultra HD
Disc Size: 62,930,863,742 bytes
Feature: 62,594,174,976 bytes
Video Bitrate: 50.39 Mbps
Codec:
HEVC Video

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

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Audio

LPCM Audio English 4608 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4608 kbps / 16-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Czech 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Hungarian 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Polish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Russian 640 kbps 4.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround

Dolby Atmos Audio English 5606 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 5606 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: )
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby TrueHD + Atmos English 5631 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 5631 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: )
Dolby Digital Audio Czech 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio German 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Hungarian 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Italian 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Japanese 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Polish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Russian 448 kbps 4.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Subtitles 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 English (SDH), English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Russian, Greek  None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Sony

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,199,227,687 bytes

Feature: 32,794,558,464 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Deleted Scenes
• Audio Commentary and Introduction by the Director
• The Blood is the Life - The Making Of Dracula
The Costumes Are The Sets - The Design of Eiko Ishioka
• In-Camera - The Naive Visual Effects of Dracula
• Method and Madness - Visualizing Dracula


Blu-ray Release Date:
October 2nd, 2007
Standard
Blu-ray Case inside cardboard sleeve

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio:
Sony

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,494,834,156 bytes

Feature: 32,230,440,960 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.29 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• 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)
• Practical Magicians: A Collaboration between Father and Son (20:07)
Deleted and Extended Scenes (28:14)
• 4 Legacy Featurettes
The Blood is the Life - The Making Of Dracula (27:48)
• The Costumes Are The Sets - The Design of Eiko Ishioka (14:02)
• In-Camera - The Naive Visual Effects of Dracula (18:46)
• Method and Madness - Visualizing Dracula (12:06)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:36)
• 'Beware' Trailer (1:31)
24-page book with rare photos
• Ultra-Violet leaflet code for digital version


Blu-ray Release Date:
October 6th, 2015
Clear case
Blu-ray packaging

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio:
Sony

 

1.85:1 2060P 4K Ultra HD
Disc Size: 62,930,863,742 bytes
Feature: 62,594,174,976 bytes
Video Bitrate: 50.39 Mbps
Codec:
HEVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Blu-ray with:

Edition Details:

• 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)
• Practical Magicians: A Collaboration between Father and Son (20:07)
Deleted and Extended Scenes (28:14)
• 4 Legacy Featurettes
The Blood is the Life - The Making Of Dracula (27:48)
• The Costumes Are The Sets - The Design of Eiko Ishioka (14:02)
• In-Camera - The Naive Visual Effects of Dracula (18:46)
• Method and Madness - Visualizing Dracula (12:06)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:36)
• 'Beware' Trailer (1:31)
• Ultra-Violet leaflet code for digital version


4K Ultra HD Release Date:
October 3rd, 2017
Standard 4K Ultra HD Case inside cardboard slipcase

Chapters 20

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Sony 4K UHD (July 2019): We can see from our comparison of the original 2007 and 2015 (Supreme Cinema Series) Blu-rays HERE, that the 4K UHD Bram Stoker's Dracula is from the same 4K source showing a shade more information on the bottom of the frame and a bit less on the top as well as shifting slightly left. It supports the color scheme of the 2015 (Supreme Cinema Series) Blu-ray but there are more subtitles and a slightly brighter image with richer contrast and has the UHD with a HDR10 color grade plus the increased resolution (3840 X 2160) via a 63 Gig file size and over double the bitrate of the Blu-rays . The grain texture is consistent and offers such a film-like image and a highly notable increase in the home theater presentation with deeper black levels more layered contrast. It has an overall increase in detail and depth. The 4K UHD visuals add another layer to the film's historic representation.

It is likely that the monitor you are seeing this review is not an HDR-compatible display (High Dynamic Range) where each pixel can be assigned with a wider and notably granular range of color and light. Our capture software if simulating the HDR (in a uniform manner) for standard monitors. This should make it easier for us to review more 4K UHD titles in the future and give you a decent idea of its attributes on your system. So our captures may not support the exact same colors (warmth of skin tones, brighter or darker hues etc.) as the 4K system at your home. But the framing, detail, grain texture support etc. are, generally, not effected by this variance. 

NOTE: 36 more full resolution (3840 X 2160) captures for Patrons are available HERE.

We have reviewed the following 4K UHD packages to date: Lucy (software uniformly simulated HDR), They Live (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Shutter Island (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Matrix (software uniformly simulated HDR), Alien (software uniformly simulated HDR), Toy Story (software uniformly simulated HDR),  A Few Good Men (software uniformly simulated HDR),  2001: A Space Odyssey (HDR caps udated), Schindler's List (simulated HDR), The Neon Demon (No HDR), Dawn of the Dead (No HDR), Saving Private Ryan (simulated HDR and 'raw' captures), Suspiria (No HDR), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (No HDR), The Big Lebowski, and I Am Legend (simulated and 'raw' HDR captures).

The lush image on the 4K UHD is only one facet of this immersive presentation. Just as we stated about the 2015 (Supreme Cinema Series) Blu-ray (this is the same 2015 remastered audio) if you are fortunate enough to have a setup that allows for Dolby Atmos, (identified as 7.1 Dolby True HD for those without - see below) this clocks in at a robust 5600 kbps / 24-bit. 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. Effects are beautifully subtle creeping through the soundstage with buoyancy. The non-English in the film (Romanian, Greek, Bulgarian, Latin) is subtitled in English (like the 2015 Blu-ray - no fancy font - see HERE). There are also lossy foreign-language DUBs and subtitles - plus English - and as with all 4K UHD discs, this is Region 'Free'. 

NOTE: For Atmos many non-compliant systems will recognizes it as TrueHD 7.1, 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."

There are no extras on the 4K UHD disc. The included second disc Blu-ray is the exact same 2015 (Supreme Cinema Series) one. On it 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.

There are certain films you want in the best quality possible and Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula is near the top of that list. It's so rich with visuals that imbue a uniquely haunting atmosphere filled with the genuineness of the original novel and amazing performances. A must-own for the library of 4K adopters.  

Gary Tooze

 


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