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The two-disc set Dracula: The Legacy Collection contains five different films that feature the most famous vampire in movie history. Dracula, Dracula [Spanish Version], Dracula's Daughter, Son of Dracula, and House of Dracula are each presented in standard full-frame transfers that preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. All soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. The extras on each film fluctuate in quality and quantity, but Dracula does include a commentary from film historian David ...
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The two-disc set Dracula: The Legacy Collection contains five different films that feature the most famous vampire in movie history. Dracula, Dracula [Spanish Version], Dracula's Daughter, Son of Dracula, and House of Dracula are each presented in standard full-frame transfers that preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. All soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. The extras on each film fluctuate in quality and quantity, but Dracula does include a commentary from film historian David Skal and a featurette on the history of the character hosted by film director Stephen Sommers. This is a solid release that should please any genre enthusiast.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Van Helsing director Stephen Sommers hosts an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how these original Dracula films inspired his motion-picture event; Includes Philip Glass' new score to Dracula, performed by the Kronos Quartet on an alternate audio track (5.1 Surround); Introduction to the Spanish version of Dracula by star Lupita Tovar; "The Road to Dracula" original documentary on the making of the film; Commentary by film historian David J. Skal on an alternate audio track; Dracula original poster and photo gallery; Newly remastered audio track for maximum clarity; Original theatrical trailers for all films
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Monica McIntyre
Though the vampire legend has successfully seeped into all corners of modern media from PBS's Sesame Street to prime time's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, few bloodsuckers remain as recognizable or creepy as Bela Lugosi in Tod Browning's Dracula. One of the crown jewels in Universal's marvelous cycle of horror films from the 1930s, this classic stars Lugosi as the dapper vampire from Transylvania biting his way by night to immortality. Having played this role in Hamilton Deane and John Balderston's Broadway stage adaptation of the Bram Stoker novel, the Hungarian-born Lugosi was the obvious choice for this 1931 film, especially since Browning's longtime collaborator, Lon Chaney, had recently died. The story is familiar: Dracula and the mad Renfield Dwight Frye travel to London and clash with the forces of reason and respectability, especially Professor Van Helsing Edward Van Sloan. But despite Browning's exquisite, expressionistic mise-en-scène, Lugosi steals the show. The film made him a huge star, and filmmakers quickly typecast him due to his convincing, trancelike mannerisms.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • UPC: 025192445521
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English, Español
  • Time: 6:39:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bela Lugosi Count Dracula
Lon Chaney Jr. Count Alucard
John Carradine Count Dracula
Technical Credits
Tod Browning Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Dracula (Main Feature)
1. Main Titles [1:11]
2. A Night of Evil [4:04]
3. The Castle [3:55]
4. "I Am...Dracula" [2:49]
5. Renfield's Room [6:08]
6. Bound for England [3:17]
7. The Visitor [6:04]
8. Death Comes at Night [2:23]
9. Nosferatu [2:56]
10. Renfield's Warning [3:38]
11. The Next Victim [3:58]
12. Dracula Revealed [5:08]
13. Lure of the Vampire [3:46]
14. Necessary Precautions [9:00]
15. A Battle of Wills [2:26]
16. The Vampire's Curse [5:39]
17. Dracula Strikes Again [3:57]
18. Evil's End [3:57]
Side #2 -- Dracula's Daughter/The Spanish Version of Dracula
1. Main Titles [1:39]
2. The Count Is Dead [2:41]
3. Guarding Corpses [6:05]
4. Stealing Eyes [4:26]
5. Breaking the Spell [4:45]
6. Superstition vs. Science [3:42]
7. Making a Date [3:13]
8. Good Hunting [1:34]
9. Deadly Influence [5:46]
10. A Model Victim [3:50]
11. Under Hypnosis [4:59]
12. I Need Your Help [6:51]
13. Confirmed Suspicions [3:41]
14. Calling Scotland Yard [2:02]
15. Free Me From the Curse [6:30]
16. Return to Transylvania [3:17]
17. Your Life for Hers [5:23]
18. End Titles [:33]
1. Main Titles [1:27]
2. A Night of Evil [4:38]
3. The Castle [5:11]
4. "I Am...Dracula" [2:46]
5. Renfield's Room [3:16]
6. Bound for England [4:17]
7. The Visitor [2:42]
8. Death Comes at Night [5:27]
9. Nosferatu [4:07]
10. Renfield's Warning [6:29]
11. The Next Victim [5:15]
12. Dracula Revealed [3:40]
13. Lure of the Vampire [6:48]
14. Necessary Precautions [9:16]
15. A Battle of Wills [15:36]
16. The Vampire's Curse [6:36]
17. Dracula Strikes Again [4:34]
18. Evil's End [6:22]
Side #3 -- Son of Dracula/House of Dracula
1. No Count (Main Titles) [4:06]
2. Explore the Unknown [3:50]
3. Mysterious Appearance [5:42]
4. Associated With Evil [2:21]
5. A Fool's Paradise [6:16]
6. Secret Rendezvous [3:40]
7. Jealous Rage [4:47]
8. Reality or Insanity? [3:23]
9. Bed Time [6:21]
10. Retracing the Steps [7:06]
11. He Has Arrived [5:37]
12. Dracula's First Victim [3:32]
13. Cold Like Death [6:25]
14. She's Not Dead! [3:59]
15. Escaped From Jail [:54]
16. Destroy the Creature [4:12]
17. Beds Are Burning [4:11]
18. End Titles [3:20]
1. Night Caller (Main Titles) [3:33]
2. Accepting the Challenge [3:12]
3. Dedicated Physician [1:22]
4. Appointment After Dark [4:39]
5. A Call for Help [4:06]
6. Desperate Soul [3:26]
7. Seeking the Beast [4:10]
8. Echoes of Frankenstein [3:04]
9. Night Music [4:40]
10. Under the Influence [4:23]
11. Tainted Transfusion [5:44]
12. Metamorphosis [4:51]
13. Finding the Cure [3:46]
14. Monster on the Loose [4:49]
15. The Wrong Man [3:51]
16. Something's Going On [1:19]
17. Cured at Last [2:00]
18. Broken Promises (End Titles) [3:53]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Dracula (Main Feature)
   Dracula
      Scenes
      Bonus Materials
         Stephen Sommers on Universal's Classic Monster: Dracula
         The Road to Dracula - An Original Documentary
         Poster Montage
         Theatrical Trailer
         Play With Philip Glass Score
         Audio Commentary With Film Historian David J. Skal
      Languages
         English (Original Score)
         English (Philip Glass Score)
         Audio Commentary With Film Historian David J. Skal
         English Captions for the Hearing Impaired
         Spanish/Español Subtitles
         French/Français Subtitles
         No Subtitles
      Play
   Dracula's Daughter (Bonus Feature Film) [Insert Disc 2]
   The Spanish Version of Dracula (Bonus Feature Film) [Insert Disc 2]
   Son of Dracula (Bonus Feature Film) [Insert Disc 2]
   House of Dracula (Bonus Feature Film) [Insert Disc 2]
Side #2 -- Dracula's Daughter/The Spanish Version of Dracula
   Dracula (Bonus Feature Film) [Insert Disc 1]
   Dracula's Daughter (Bonus Feature Film)
      Scenes
      Bonus Materials
         Dracula's Daughter Theatrical Trailer
         Introduction to the Spanish Version of Dracula by Lupita Tovar Kohner
         Son of Dracula Theatrical Trailer
      Languages
         English
         English Captions for the Hearing Impaired
         Spanish/Español Subtitles
         French/Français Subtitles
         No Subtitles
      Play
   The Spanish Version of Dracula (Bonus Feature Film)
      Scenes
      Bonus Materials
         Dracula's Daughter Theatrical Trailer
         Introduction to the Spanish Version of Dracula by Lupita Tovar Kohner
         Son of Dracula Theatrical Trailer
      Languages
         Spanish/Español
         English Captions for the Hearing Impaired
         French/Français Subtitles
         No Subtitles
      Play
   Son of Dracula (Bonus Feature Film) [Flip the Disc Over to Side 2]
   House of Dracula (Bonus Feature Film) [Flip the Disc Over to Side 2]
Side #3 -- Son of Dracula/House of Dracula
   Dracula [Insert Disc 1]
   Dracula's Daughter (Bonus Feature Film) [Flip Disc Over to Side 1]
   The Spanish Version of Dracula (Bonus Feature Film) [Flip Disc Over to Side 1]
   Son of Dracula (Bonus Feature Film)
      Scenes
      Languages
         English
         English Captions for the Hearing Impaired
         Spanish/Español Subtitles
         French/Français Subtitles
         No Subtitles
      Play
   House of Dracula (Bonus Feature Film)
      Scenes
      Languages
         English
         English Captions for the Hearing Impaired
         Spanish/Español Subtitles
         French/Français Subtitles
         No Subtitles
      Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    dracula

    Dracula is the name of my book he lives in the castle waiting for people to come in the castle.He has a man trapped in the castle right he uses him for bait to little kids.Little kids live beside his castle as he watches everyday he only comes out at dark so he doesnt get burnt that is one of the things that kill him and other things like garlic.If the garlic gets no him it will kill him he comes out when you least expect that is why he lives in a dark castle.He has three sisters they have took a baby away from the house for there light meal until the night comes.When the night comes you have to stay inside so that they will not eat you.If you do go outside take garlic with you when they eat you there always on the hunt for anything that moves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    So Many Draculas, So Little Time!

    Dracula: The Legacy Collection is a group of vampire videos to curl up with on a stormy night. It includes the original Bela Lugosi "thriller, the spanish language version, and two other vampire flicks. If you are a Lugosi fan, it's great fun to watch him in the role that became his masterpiece. It's also fun to compare Lon Chaney Jr. and John Carradine to Lugosi, the master. Tod Browning's special effects were masterful for their day. The movies are campy by today's standards, but still entertaining.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Classic horror film delivers on atmosphere

    The Universal Legacy Series for its monster series is a gem. As someone who grew up on "Shock Theater" in the early to mid-Sixties, I grew to appreciate the black-and-white classics. Not scary or gory by today's standards, they continue to evoke an eerie landscape which feeds into the dark side of the American psyche. Depression-era filmgoers got solace in Disney, who urged them not to fear the big bad wolf. Others sought out the big bad werewolf, vampire, or golem. Bela Lugosi patented the vampire count. The film on DVD is so crisp you can see the original grain. The Spanish-language Dracula delivers also, with or without subtitles (and everyone in the American hemisphere ought to be able to understand SOME Spanish, no? Dracula's Daughter satisfies, even factoring in the subtext referred to in The Celluloid Closet. The Philip Glass soundtrack rejiggered for the original film, while appropriate, is too loud and too clever by half to recommend. I have yet to watch Son of Dracula and House of Dracula, but like most franchise extensions, will probably offer less punch than Dracula or its Spanish cousin. Still, this collection is worth having, if, for nothing else, the innovations which created the cliches.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best Original horror movies is back

    This is by far a classic, that no horror movie collector can't go without. I have this on dvd, but not the legacy collection. I have it from the universal studios classic monster collection, which came with seven other dvd's, including Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, the Mummy, the Phantom of the Opera, and the Wolfman. They don't have this collection anymore, but the legacy collection, also comes with more movies in each dvd. So I highly reccommend this dvd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thoroughly Disappointing Transfer of Original Ruins This Collection's Value!

    ¿Dracula' (1931) is the film version of that Transylvanian count (Bela Lugosi) who must suck the blood of innocents in order to survive. He sleeps by day, terrorizes by night and keeps a crew of virgin wives as his slaves in the darkened recesses of his haunted castle. Of course, it¿s up to Professor Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) to put an end to all the blood letting and bandages. The subsequent films in this collection are a mixed bag of B-pictures; the best probably being 'Dracula's Daughter' because of Gloria Holden¿s compelling performance as Countess Marya. At least she attempts to pick up where the original nightmare left off. The last two films (Son and House of) are truly laughable. But the real revelation in this collection is the Spanish version of the original film, Dracula. Produced simultaneously with the original film and on the same sets, it is an improvement on the Lugosi version in both its camera techniques and visual special effects. One pines for such originality elsewhere in this collection. The transfers are a mixed bag at best. No attempt has been made to clean up the age related artifacts that riddle the print of the 1931 original horror classic. It is so extensively marred by every conceivable anomaly (scratches, excessive film grain, tears in the original camera negative, fading) that it is a painful viewing experience. Contrast and black levels are so unbalanced that fine detail is not even an issue - (personally, I'd be happy to see any detail at all.) There¿s also a considerable amount of digital anomalies that only add to the frustration of watching film history being destroyed before your very eyes. The audio of the original film is muffled, often inaudible and suffers greatly from background hiss, pops and a strident characteristic. The subsequent films in this collection are spared such massive deterioration, presumably because they did not get as much play time over the years and as a result have been better preserved. As with the Frankenstein box set, extras here include two succinctly produced featurettes on the making of the film, as well as theatrical trailers and audio commentaries and a shameless promotion for ¿Van Helsing¿ the disastrous contemporary retelling of these characters, starring Hugh Jackman. I cannot in good faith recommend this box set, even to die hard 'Dracula' fans, because the original film - the only one in which Lugosi appears - has been rendered in such poor condition on DVD. A genuine disappointment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic, literally

    If it wasn't for this movie and the origianl Nosferotu, vampires wouldn't have the fame that they have today. Transylvanians despised Bella for playing Dracula since he was Hungarian and the Hungarians were Vlad the Impalers enimies, but he proved them all wrong with his greatest performance ever.

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