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Count Dracula
     

Count Dracula

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Director: Jesùs Franco, Christopher Lee, Klaus Kinski, Soledad Miranda

Cast: Jesùs Franco, Christopher Lee, Klaus Kinski, Soledad Miranda

 

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This doggedly faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel about a vampiric nobleman was helmed by cult director Jesus Franco. Despite its textual loyalty and atmospheric photography by Manuel Merino, the film -- a co-production from Spain, Italy, Germany, and Liechtenstein -- is plodding and dull. Even Christopher Lee (in an uncharacteristically weak performance as

Overview

This doggedly faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel about a vampiric nobleman was helmed by cult director Jesus Franco. Despite its textual loyalty and atmospheric photography by Manuel Merino, the film -- a co-production from Spain, Italy, Germany, and Liechtenstein -- is plodding and dull. Even Christopher Lee (in an uncharacteristically weak performance as Dracula), Klaus Kinski (as the mad Renfield), and seven credited screenwriters cannot make this confused, distant film worthwhile. Cult filmmaker Bruno Mattei edited the Italian version, and scenes were later used in Calvin Floyd's In Search of Dracula. Among several different versions are prints running 100, 98, and 86 minutes. Franco appears as a servant to Professor Van Helsing (Herbert Lom), and though certainly literate, the film nevertheless fails as both horror and drama.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/15/2015
UPC:
0663390000830
Original Release:
1970
Source:
Severin
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
2:53:00
Sales rank:
26,913

Special Features

Disc 1; Audio Commentary with Horror Historian David Del Valle and Actress Maria Rohm; Beloved Count - Interview with Director Jess Franco; A Conversation with Jack Taylor; Handsome Harker - Interview with Actor Fred Williams; Stake Holders - An appreciation of Jess Franco's Count Dracula by Filmmaker Christophe Gans; German Trailer; Disc 2; Cuadecuc, Vampir - ; Pere Portabella's expressionistic behind-the-scenes feature film

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Lee Count Dracula
Klaus Kinski Renfield
Soledad Miranda Lucy
Maria Rohm Mina
Herbert Lom Van Helsing
Jack Taylor Actor
Fred Williams Actor
Judi Bowker Actor
Teresa Gimpera Actor
Paul Muller Actor

Technical Credits
Jesùs Franco Director,Screenwriter
Dietmar Behnke Screenwriter
Milo G. Cuccia Screenwriter
Carlo Fadda Screenwriter
Augusto Finocchi Screenwriter
Bruno Mattei Editor
Manuel Merino Cinematographer
Bruno Nicolai Score Composer
Derek Parsons Editor
Harry Alan Towers Producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Count Dracula
1. Opening Titles [1:30]
2. Sinister Forebodings [5:14]
3. A Journey Through the Borgo Pass [6:27]
4. Enter Freely And Of Your Own Will [3:45]
5. Children of the Night [4:04]
6. Dracula's Reluctant Guest [6:06]
7. Harker's Escape [5:31]
8. Renfield [4:57]
9. Mina and Lucy Arrive [3:56]
10. The Seduction of Lucy [4:30]
11. The Second Night [6:50]
12. The Horrors of Renfield [5:43]
13. Lucy's Final Moments [4:15]
14. His Name Is Dracula [4:19]
15. The Graveyard Stake Out [5:15]
16. In Search of Dracula [7:20]
17. A Night at the Opera [4:14]
18. The Count Flees [5:55]
19. The Final Showdown [6:28]
20. Closing Titles [:40]
Disc #2 -- Cuadecuc Vampir
1. Chapter 1 [9:20]
2. Chapter 2 [13:22]
3. Chapter 3 [10:14]
4. Chapter 4 [10:24]
5. Chapter 5 [10:44]
6. Chapter 6 [9:02]
7. Chapter 7 [3:04]

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Count Dracula 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly the ultimate Dracula if you are a Christopher fan. I disagree with the notion that the film fails-- it succeeds at being definitive Hollywood schlock, which is the true category of horror to begin with. The dull aspect probably arises from the fact that it is adapted fairly faithfully from a very long boring book. I think that Franco did the story justice and the film is a haunting experience that you will never forget. I am so glad that it is being released at last on DVD, the crowning jewel for my entire Chris Lee Dracula set. It has everything that Horror of Dracula lacked except for Peter Cushing. This is the first film (not counting the unauthorized, silent Nosferatu)in which Jonathan Harker is given his proper position as the hero of the story, and the last one to do so until Coppola's Dracula, which featured Keanu Reeves. But that one did not have Chris Lee, unfortunately!