Bram Stoker's DraculaDirector: Francis Ford Coppola
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As part of their Superbit line of high-performance DVDs, Columbia-TriStar Home Entertainment has re-released director Francis Ford Coppola's wildly kinetic version of Bram Stoker's Dracula. But unlike the previous disc release this version contains no extras, just the film itself. But for quality, there really is no comparison. From appearances this print seems to be the same one used for the earlier disc, but the picture resolution and sound are a definite improvement. Nevertheless, grain is still apparent in some scenes (especially during the opening moments) and the colors are not as vibrant or striking as when the film was released onto laserdisc by the Criterion Collection. But until Criterion releases their version of this controversial interpretation of the classic vampire novel, this disc will have to do. The film is offered in its proper theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (enhanced) and has been given the Dolby Digital 5.1 treatment. The soundtrack is superb and perfectly showcases this film's imaginative and lively sound design for the home environment. So crank it up and let the darkness wash over you!
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- Sony Pictures
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- [Wide Screen, Superbit digital transfer]
- [Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Cast & Crew
|Gary Oldman||Count Vlad Dracul/Dracula|
|Winona Ryder||Mina Murray/Elisabeta|
|Anthony Hopkins||Professor Abraham Van Helsing|
|Keanu Reeves||Jonathan Harker|
|Richard Grant||Dr. Jack Seward|
|Sadie Frost||Lucy Westenra|
|Cary Elwes||Lord Arthur Holmwood|
|Bill Campbell||Quincey P. Morris|
|Tom Waits||R.M. Renfield|
|Monica Bellucci||Dracula's Bride|
|Jay Robinson||Mr. Hawkins|
|Don W. Lewis||Shadow Puppeteer|
|Fred Spencer||Shadow Puppeteer|
|Tatiana Von Furstenberg||Younger Woman|
|Jules Sylvester||Zoo Keeper|
|Laurie Frank||Lucy's Maid|
|Maud Winchester||Downstairs Maid|
|Hubert Wells||Zoo Keeper|
|Daniel Newman||News Hawker|
|Cully Fredricksen||Van Helsing's Assistant|
|Francis Ford Coppola||Director,Producer|
|Michael Apted||Executive Producer|
|David M. Dunlap||Camera Operator|
|Jim V. Hart||Co-producer,Screenwriter|
|Eiko Ishioka||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Wojciech Kilar||Score Composer|
|Susan B. Landau||Associate Producer|
|Garrett Lewis||Set Decoration/Design|
|Charles B. Mulvehill||Producer|
|Robert O'Connor||Executive Producer|
|Andrew Precht||Art Director|
|Thomas Sanders||Production Designer|
|Nicholas C. Smith||Editor|
|David E. Stone||Makeup|
|John Patrick Veitch||Co-producer,Screenwriter|
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [5:46]
2. London, 1897 [6:42]
3. "Welcome to My Home." [19:35]
4. Dracula's Wives [3:28]
5. Letters of Doom [1:04]
6. Lucy in Love [1:05]
7. The Demeter [2:50]
8. Lucy's Garden Party [3:01]
9. Dracula in London [4:26]
10. Examining Lucy [6:30]
11. Professor Van Helsing [1:19]
12. Devils in the Pit [:54]
13. Night Caller [1:47]
14. Harker's Escape [5:02]
15. A Violent Reaction [4:28]
16. Vampyre [4:13]
17. No Protection [1:38]
18. Homecoming [3:43]
19. Grave Desecration [4:30]
20. Interviewing Renfield [1:01]
21. Searching Carfax Abbey [6:12]
22. Eternal Lovers [3:44]
23. End of the World [2:16]
24. The Brides' Fate [12:47]
25. In Pursuit [3:46]
26. Final Attack [:43]
27. At the Alter [3:00]
28. End Credits [2:22]
Audio Set Up
English Dolby Digital
English DTS Digital Sound
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1462, Transylvania, Vlad the Impaler leaves his wife to fight the Turks. Out of malice, The Turks send her a letter telling her that her husband is dead. She is so distraught over his death and terrified at being captured that she throws herself from the castle turrets. When Vlad returns, he is told that his wife may not enter the Kingdom of Heaven as she has killed herself, which is a mortal sin. Vlad immediately renounces God and then he himself is condemned. 400 years later, Jonathon Harker leaves London and his fiancée Mina to travel to Transylvania. He has been assigned to help Count Dracula acquire property in England. Jonathon may never return… This film, despite its flaws, will always hold a place in my heart as it inspired me to write my novel, Vrolok. I have always loved horror movies so when I heard that Francis Ford Coppola was making a new Dracula film, I could not wait to see it. I remember eagerly anticipating the announcement of who was to play Dracula, and when I found out that it was Gary Oldman, I was not happy! The only thing I had seen him in was JFK, and I was not very impressed (I was too young to have appreciated Sid and Nancy). However, I still decided it was worth going to the cinema to see the movie as Keanu Reeves, Cary Elwes and Bill Campbell were also in it. From the moment Gary Oldman appears on screen, he captivates his audience. His performance is camp, overdone, and at times preposterous, yet it is still somehow seductive, mesmerizing, and sublime. (Bram Stoker would have been proud!). He even utters the line “The children of the night. What sweet music they make” with a thick Romanian accent and gets away with it. I saw this film when I was fifteen and was immediately converted into a life long Gary Oldman fan. As previously stated, and despite Oldman’s performance, the film does have its flaws. Keanu Reeves is about as wooden as a stake and the rest of the cast seem to, just like Gary Oldman, overdo the accents and this is a strategy that doesn’t quite work for the rest of the cast. In addition, Sadie Frost and Wynona Ryder running around in the rain in see-through outfits is clichéd and slightly annoying (I am sure most boys who see this film love that bit). Apart from Oldman’s performance, there is one other thing that has to be commended – the soundtrack – both Wojciech Kilar's score and Annie Lennox’s theme are dark, chilling, and poignant. All in all a great movie – it inspired me to write a book that may or may not make me a million but will always be something that I am proud to have completed.
This has been one of my favorite films for about the past 13 years. (Yes, I know I'm a slacker, but I just thought of doing a review for it.) Gary Oldman has always been my favorite actor, even before Dracula (State of Grace, Criminal Law, etc.) and he was the perfect casting choice for the most famous vampire. His command of accents was clear and impressive in this film, and he ruled the show with his performance all around. Anthony Hopkins was fantastic as Van Helsing, obviously, and added a new creepy element to the environment. The three suitors of Lucy were excellent and added humor to the otherwise dark script. What was terrible was the casting of Reeves and Ryder. What was the casting driector THINKING!!!??? They are both terrible actors to begin with, and can't do period films to save their lives. Their accents were terrible and oh-so-fake. Had it not been for Oldman and Hopkins, the two of them would've ruined the film. The only reason they were cast, clearly, was to bring in the teeny-bopper crowd while the film was in the theater. SAD! Yes, this film was very different from the novel, but I felt that the artistic approach was excellently done, and since it's a completely different form of media, the film should be seen as itself, not in comparison to something else. (To all the novel fans out there, I know it's difficult. I'm such a reader.) Anyway, I doubt there's many people who haven't seen this, but if you're one of them, see it at least once!
a great vampire movie! ...... i say is the castle far?.. that was so funny lol!.. i would of said "excuse me how far is castle dracula?" or" how much longer 2 castle dracula?" but i still liked the movie 4 it's dark side & the good special effects. and gary oldman gave a great proformance so did anthony hopkins. i loved the special scene with gary & winona when he wanted 2 make her his 4ver, so right that moment he was ready & willing 2 turn her but he loved her so much that he couldn't so he told her i can't i love 2 much 2 condemned you but she refused & said take me away from all this death!..oh what a scene!............. is true love never dies.
Some of the acting was either good, not that good or over the top. Interesting but a little weird.
A classic that has been so well interpreted that it haunted me long afterwards.
first rate performances from gary oldman and anthony hopkins but the real credit must go to coppolla and his brilliant visual style. look for little known transylvanian actress florina kendrick as dracula's #1 wife. she's the one with the snake on her face. she will scare the heck out of you when she takes on van helsing in the later stages of the film. anybody know real romanian? i do not think she was talking very nice to mr. hopkins.
I watched this movie because I greatly enjoyed the original book. To say that I was disapointed with the outcome of this movie would be an understatement. The changes between the movie and the book are marked and obvious. The amount of sexual content was amazing. Content wise this is not all that great of a movie. However, the costumes special effects and so on are incredible. Anthony Hopkins does an exelent Van Helsing and Winona Ryder fits into her character like a second skin. Bottom line: Don't watch this because you liked the book, if you like special effects or lots of sexual junk this is the movie for you
Hell, what can i say? The effects were great but it left something to desire. I loved how the actors fit their roles perfectly, I felt that they could have done a better job at making it more realistic. I am a big fan of Anthony Hopkins, but I believe that this was not one of his best acting jobs. But, if you like erotic horror, or just awesome special effects you'll like this movie. The book is much better.
I loved this movie. That may be because I enjoy good movies, or the fact that this was more than that. The characters are played believably, special effects were wonderful, and the plot keeps you going throughout the whole movie. If you like vampire movies, scary movies, or even romantic ones, you should definitely watch this one.
I saw this movie the day it was originally released, and I am not sorry that I did. What got me was the fact that a man could be so deeply in love with his wife that he would search not just across the earth (well, from Romania to England) but across centuries for his one true love. I felt that the actors did their roles justice. Gary Oldman's performance was so good in that he portrayed his character with such intensity and yearning that you could actually feel the emotions, including great love and great heartache, as if they were pouring from the screen. There is some sexuality and nudity that might be a bit much for younger audiences, but otherwise it is a great film and I highly recommend it.
Personally I think that Vampires Rock,and I thank Bram Stroker for Creating and working together with producers and Directors for making the movie I really think that it explained alot about the book and how you would think of the characters looking like when you do read it,it gave me a better explanation for just about everything so its very helpful in many ways,The Movie also extended some parts that the Book did not include such as when he had transformed into a man eating werewolf I mean that wasnt in the book but it sure did make the movie a lot more intresting and I enjoyed very much it was an awesome and if you havnt seen it you dont wanna miss it,this is only my opinion but I hope you guys like the movie as much as I did.
Appearantly Francis Ford Copula was trying to turn Bram Stocker's horror tome into some kind of tragic love story. This is the dominant theme in the movie anyway. Stocker's orginial plot takes a back seat as Dracula's suduction of Mina Harker comes into play. This is one of those movies you have to enjoy in it's own right, because it is only a obscure reflection of Stocker's original. The costumes, sets, make-up, lighting, and music are epic in proportion. It is well cast, though the characters are not true to Stocker's. His characters were noble and virtueous, while the movie's are lustful, course, and generally jerks. If you are a fan of the book, you will not like this movie. While the book only hints at Vampire sexuality, the movie brazenly desplays it. The blood literally flows in torents and nearly every woman's breasts are exposed at some point. Definately not for the squimish. All in all, it is an OK movie, but a travisty to Stocker's book. The book was a story about a group of people trying to stomp out a evil monster. This movie is about a Vampire looking for love in a reincarnation of his dead wife. In the book you hate his guts, but in this, you almost pity him. It completely ruins the horror of the book.
The movie Bram Stoker's Dracula is directed by Fancis Ford Coppola ( the godfather). The movie is about Johnathon Harker (played by Keanu Reeves) who travels to Travleyn (hope I spelled right) to help a man named Count Dracula (played by Gary Oldman) picked out real estate in London. While Johnathon is there Dracula sees a picture of Mina (Johnathon's finacee)who reminded him of his late wife Elizbeta. Then Dracula decides to go to London to meet Mina, leaving Johnathon to be seduced by his three wives. While in London Dracula meets Mina, while controlling and turning her best friend Lucy into a vampire. I think the movie is very good. I didn't really enjoy the acting of Keanu Reeves as Johnathon Harker, Keanu gives the worst fake english accent. But other then that I really enjoyed the movie and the cast.
GREAT SPECIAL EFFECTS FOR ITS DAY! I LOVED WHEN HE HISSED AND TURNED INTO A PILE OF RATS. THE SEXUALITY WAS A BIT MUCH FOR KIDS UNDER 14, BUT I THOUGHT THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST HORROR FLICKS...AND I HATE KEANU REEVES.
This is my favorite movie. It is a gothic love story and the best vampire movie I have ever seen. It's one of the few vampire movies that aren't cheesy and fake looking. So if you like vampires and love a good love story this is a great one!!!
O.K., that was a cheap shot ! But, Winona was pretty good in this adaptation. I enjoyed the movie, the subtlety of the gore (well, as such), and the stylishness (not to mention Playboy-type Vampiraas 'sucking' Keanu's 'blood'). Hmmmm ! Guess a little eroticism, nowadays, never hurt a PIX !!! I'm sure F.F.C. enjoyed that little 'scene' (hee, hee!)
This was the best dracula movie I've seen so far! It's like a gothic Romeo and Juliet at the beginning, only Romeo turns on God and is now a vampire. Trust me, it's way better then the way I just explained it!! I loved it, romance and vampires all in one.