(Francis Ford Coppola, 1992)
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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze
Bram Stoker's Dracula [Blu-ray US version]
(Francis Ford Coppola, 1992)
Studio: Sony Pictures
(as verified by the
Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 47,199,227,687 bytes
Feature Size: 32,794,558,464 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.94 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-Ray case + case cover
Release date: October 2nd, 2007
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 /
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
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
The Video: NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
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.
There are plenty of subtitles available, I'll just comment about the Portuguese subtitle which is another language I think I understand. It is a bit different from a Brazilian edition I have previously seen, it is better at times but doesn't seem to keep with the classic English style spoken. Actually this style also varies during the film as the English accent quality osculates from actor to actor... in general I would say it is a good translation - certainly not worse than the previous one available.
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.