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

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

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

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There’s a music video for the Annie Lennox song, “Love Song for a Vampire,” that plays over the film’s end credits, and a behind-the-scenes piece that has relatively little overlap with the making-of featurette on the Blu-ray disc that’s included in this set. Even the original Dracula with Bela Lugosi was not totally accurate to the story, and cherry-picked around the character’s mythos. As for where I fall into the camp of defenders or detractors of Francis Ford Coppola’s opus, I am a defender.

Hopkins and Oldman regularly compete to see who can devour the most scenery in a given scene, and they both bring oddball flourishes to their roles, like the moment where Hopkins suddenly sniffs Ryder’s face like a bloodhound. He chooses eternal perdition because his beloved wife, Elisabeta (also Ryder), has committed suicide, thus incurring her own damnation. One moment, we hear the story told from Jonathon Harker’s perspective like his trip to Transylvania and escape from Castle Dracula. 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.

The backwards crawl across the ceiling, the lick of a straight razor, the insanely hellish sunsets in the background - it's all of this detail that makes Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula work. It was an unusual story-telling aid at the time, but it replicated Stoker’s novel, like a series of journal entries. years later Bram Stoker’s Dracula remains one of those cinematic oddities that split audiences but is still highly regarded. Then, the scene cut to the deck of the Demeter and the captain’s log before cutting to Van Helsing’s perspective. Speak up and share your huffy opinions in our famous forums where 5,000 showbiz leaders lurk every day to track latest awards buzz.

Considering the classic nature of the novel, character, and how many times we’ve reviewed Bram Stoker’s Dracula here at High-Def Digest, you’ll have to forgive me for not starting with my traditional story teaser recap of the film. But when Winona Ryder, of all people (she's one of the major reasons why The Godfather Part III ended up so flawed - her last-minute departure seeing understudy, Coppola's own daughter and now celebrated director in her own right Sofia Coppola, brought in to replace her, with fatal results), brought a Dracula script to his attention, Coppola was back! 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.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. With rose-tinted familiarity, the supporting performances all feel quaintly charming thirty years on - eminently forgivable even - but there's no denying the hilarity of that damn accent. With a splashy end-of-the-year release, solid box office and positive reviews from most of the nation’s film critics, it was clear awards were just around the corner; the question was if the film would only be recognized in technical categories or if it could also place in top categories like acting, directing and picture. Those with Dolby Vision-supported televisions will most likely see and appreciate the little intricacies it offers. And in the decade after, although commercial success would continue to elude him, it's the lack of critical acclaim that would be more worrying, turning in an underrated classic in Rumble Fish, but otherwise coasting through a sea of messy productions until Paramount bailed him out with an offer he couldn't refuse - to make the third Godfather film he previously had no intentions on making.

Detail is excellent, displaying no signs of excessive DNR application, no unruly waxiness or softness, and a fine layer of suitably filmic grain pervades, lending texture to the entire piece. Independently owned and operated publications like Slant have been hit hard in recent years, but we’re committed to keeping our content free and accessible—meaning no paywalls or fees. Download our free and easy app for Apple/iPhone devices or Android (Google Play) to compete against legions of other fans plus our experts and editors for best prediction accuracy scores.Winona Ryder in the following two years received Academy Award noms for “The Age of Innocence” and “Little Women. Sony's 4K re-release of Bram Stoker's Dracula is a bit of a slim excuse of a "30th Anniversary" celebration which those who already picked this up may find precious little reason to double-dip on, but the addition of Dolby Vision and a couple of new extras to an already near-perfect package - 4K video, Atmos audio and extras - certainly leave this the definitive version to own for those who don't already. 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. Owen Gleiberman in Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Oldman is so vivid and funny as the cackling, centuries-old Dracula we look forward to seeing what he’ll do in the London scenes. The font really shouldn’t be that big of an issue, but flipping between discs, the generic white does affect the mood of the film.

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