Horror Of Dracula

Horror Of Dracula

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Director: Terence Fisher

Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Melissa Stribling

     
 

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Christopher Lee stars as the fanged Count Dracula in Horror of Dracula. The film is presented in its original 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio and looks very nice. The blood red colors and spooky black levels are all solid and well defined with only the slightest amount of grain penetrating the image. Otherwise this is a great looking transfer that…  See more details below

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Christopher Lee stars as the fanged Count Dracula in Horror of Dracula. The film is presented in its original 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio and looks very nice. The blood red colors and spooky black levels are all solid and well defined with only the slightest amount of grain penetrating the image. Otherwise this is a great looking transfer that should please all vampire fans. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono in English and is not half as impressive as the video portions of the disc. While the dynamic range is decent, directional effects and surround sounds are completely lacking. All aspects of the sound mix are free and clear of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English, Spanish, French and Portuguese subtitles. This standard DVD edition only includes a few extra features -- some text pages of vampire movie information, a cast and crew listing, and an anamorphic widescreen theatrical trailer for the film.

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With so many mediocre vampire films, the few which are truly excellent often get lost in the static. Terence Fisher's 1958 Dracula is easily one of the best, and it proves just how important good writing, acting and directing can be in a time-tested genre. The performances are stellar: Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee make their respective roles of Dr. Van Helsing and the Count uniquely their own. Screenwriter Jimmy Sangster's condenses Bram Stoker's novel, shifting most events to Dracula's castle and sharpening the material's dialogue and pacing. Appropriately atmospheric and dark, the film adds enough touches of humor and sexuality to update the tale's heretofore staid feel. Fisher's Dracula is a must-see not just for devotees of modern horror but also for fans of good storytelling in general.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/2002
UPC:
0085391149927
Original Release:
1958
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:21:00
Sales rank:
11,645

Special Features

Interactive menus; Scene access; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français, Español & Português

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Cushing Dr. Van Helsing
Christopher Lee Count Dracula
Melissa Stribling Mina Holmwood
Michael Gough Arthur Holmwood
Carol Marsh Lucy
John Van Eyssen Jonathan Harker
Miles Malleson Marx, the Undertaker
Valerie Gaunt Vampire Woman
William Sherwood Actor
Judith Nelmes Actor
Humphrey Kent Actor
Paul Cole Actor
Olga Dickie Gerda
Janina Faye Tania
Barbara Archer Inga
Charles Lloyd Pack Dr. Seward
George Merritt Policeman
George Woodbridge Landlord
George Benson Frontier Official
Geoffrey Bayldon Porter

Technical Credits
Terence Fisher Director
Molly Arbuthnot Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Asher Cinematographer
James Bernard Score Composer
Anthony Hinds Producer
John Hollingsworth Musical Direction/Supervision
Bill Lenny Editor
James Needs Editor
Bernard Robinson Art Director
Jimmy Sangster Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Blood-Stained Credits. [2:13]
2. Castle Dracula. [2:51]
3. Mysterious Lady. [2:09]
4. Count Dracula. [4:41]
5. Library Bloodlust. [4:17]
6. Victim's Notes. [3:55]
7. The Crypt. [2:53]
8. Van Helsing Arrives. [3:51]
9. Speeding Hearse. [3:34]
10. The Holmwoods. [4:07]
11. State of the Undead. [4:14]
12. Lucy's Case. [4:52]
13. Instructions Disobeyed. [3:45]
14. Tania's Tale. [3:17]
15. Sign of the Cross. [3:45]
16. Through the Heart. [2:07]
17. Dracula's Whereabouts. [2:38]
18. Mina's Rendezvous. [3:58]
19. Surprise at the Morgue. [1:15]
20. Truth About Mina. [2:26]
21. Vigilance Is No Defense. [6:12]
22. Secret in the Cellar. [1:32]
23. Race to the Castle. [2:53]
24. Final Battle. [1:12]
25. Vampire Vanquished. [1:39]
26. Cast List. [1:00]

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Horror Of Dracula 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh I know, all the professional reviewers call Bela Lugosi ,Frank Langella, Michael Nouri,et al the definitive Dracula portrayals.Now I have seen and enjoyed them all, including the aforementioned gentlemen, but I also know who scared the heck out of me when I was a kid.When I saw Christopher Lee in Horror of Dracula I was hooked.I also slept with the light on for a week.In the many times I have seen this movie since I have never failed to notice how well it stands the test of time.The portrayal of the Count by Mr.Lee displays an elegance and nobility which indeed enhances the ferocity of the character.The combination of suspense,intensity and the talents of the sterling cast make this film just as fresh and exciting as it was in 1958.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a great vampire movie. christopher lee plays a better dracula than gary oldman.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Horror of Dracula' is one of the great Hammer Film horror classics. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are smashing in this movie that I've seen several times in the Saturday afternoon horror matinee downtown as a teenager. It's classic!
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Eiither you are a fan of the Universal horror releases or the Hammer films. If you have not developed a preference, then you should consider 'Horror of Dracula' as your initial venture into the genre. As a teen, I was thrilled & chilled by the late night TV fare. Christopher Lee was probably the best portrayer of the Count and Peter Cushing's Van Helsing has no equal in the role. This adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel more closely follows the story line than any other with the exception of the location not changing to England after the initial sequences featuring Jonathan Harker's visit to Castle Dracula. And although it took 8 years for a sequel, the sequels cannot match the original.