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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Updated daily and in real-time, we track all high-def disc news and release dates, and review the latest disc titles. Within any given scene, there are a lot of printed optical effects at play that can affect grain stability, clarity, softness, and other aspects of the image. Much like Michael Palmer summarized in his 2017 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review, this film’s visual mileage and impact may rest on an understanding of the time this was filmed and the techniques used.

I appreciate a multifaceted villain, but you can’t forget he’s a terrible creature that deserves the stake to the heart and his head chopped off. Quick note about the included Blu-ray disc - it is still the same Cinema Series disc as before and has not been updated nor have the subtitles been fixed. Don’t get me wrong, I love Keanu, but he wasn’t right or ready to play an aristocratic Englishman like Harker. 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. 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!

Like a throwback to something out of John Boorman's Excalibur, Coppola's blood-drenched Romeo and Juliet-inspired setup informs the entire rest of the movie, which somehow manages to evoke the feeling of Stoker's original letter-based structure whilst also remaining resolutely coherent in terms of actual narrative. Those experiencing it for the first time will find that it is a wonderful upgrade to a thirty-year-old classic .

As a whole, this is one hell of a great-looking disc, and those who haven't picked up this film on 4K are in for a treat.As anybody familiar with the fictional but likely all-too-close-to-the-truth Paramount+ TV Show, The Offer, will probably know too well, the decade of making cinema-defining classics like Apocalypse Now and The Godfather Part I and Part II was not a particularly forgiving one for Coppola.

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. While most of the bonus features for this film are exactly the same as before, this 4K disc now picks up the Annie Lennox “Love Song for a Vampire” music video as well as the vintage Blood Lines: Dracula - The Man The Myth The Movies featurette. Engendering empathy in his repositioning of a previously devilish villain, Coppola found perfection in lead casting and lavish costume design evident right from the opening Fall of Constantinople setpiece, one of the single greatest sequences in the entire movie, which introduced the world to Gary Oldman's seminal Dracul, née Vlad the Impaler, replete with some of the finest battle armour designs in the history of cinema (the kind of design that feels like it inspired visionary artist Tarsem Singh's ideas for costumes in The Cell). Coppola went all-out to produce one of the most heavily effects-laden non-CG productions in the history of cinema, and all of these should rightly take their toll on the final product when held up to close - say, 4K - scrutiny.

Although at the time of publication we were unable to directly compared the 2017 HDR10 edition with this new Dolby Vision version, we'll be sure to update once that's been done. Indeed, Oldman would be so damn good in the role that he would cast a long shadow over just about everybody else, leaving the likes of a woefully miscast Keanu Reeves (who literally cited Oldman's presence as one of the reasons for why he 'didn't give his best performance') and even Ryder - who, judged on this, may not have exactly saved The Godfather Part III on acting alone - floundering, and even the great Anthony Hopkins having to ham it up to the max as Van "Cameo" Helsing. Above and beyond all the dramatic grandstanding is the deliciously overripe look of the film, rife with swooping camera movements, abundant superimpositions, and the routine use of forced perspective. In an interview with Fangoria after the film’s release, Winona Ryder, who played one of the main leads in the film, Mina Harker, presented Coppola with the screenplay written by James V.

Of the three, I definitely stand behind Atmos, but the other two are terrific options depending on your setup. However, a big-budget horror extravaganza like “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” going home with three Academy Awards was a definite win for the movie, Coppola and Columbia Pictures. using a Wide Colour Gamut (WCG), High Dynamic Range (HDR10 and Dolby Vision), and is encoded using the HEVC (H.Qualms, niggles, and grumbles aside, I still very much enjoy this film but I’m not blind to its many faults.

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