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Bram Stoker's Dracula (30th Anniversary Steelbook) [4K UHD] [Region Free] [Blu-ray]

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Three wins at the 65th Academy Awards cemented the status of “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” as an important and beloved horror film of its era, certainly one of the most memorable adaptations of Stoker’s novel we’ve ever gotten. This UHD disc improves on the already handsome Blu-ray presentation of the film in the anticipated ways: Colors are brighter and more densely saturated, clarity of fine detail more evident, and black levels deeper and darker. Nuance and detail is pervasive, picking up on skittering, gravity-defying rodents, wind wisping in, creaky floorboards, and echoing castle rooms, and disseminating it exquisitely across the array, crafting an encompassing, engaging, engulfing track that embraces the innate style of the production and delivers it right into your ears. Anthony Hopkins soon after received more Oscar nominations for “The Remains of the Day,” “Nixon” and “Amistad,” and later won a second trophy for “The Father” in 2021.

Likewise, when we see the vampire Lucy carrying the child to her crypt, that hypnotic lullaby echoes around beautifully. Since 2001, we've brought you uncompromising, candid takes on the world of film, music, television, video games, theater, and more. As it turns out, “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” fared well when it came to two of the biggest awards ceremonies, BAFTA and the Oscars.Sadly, the solo Coppola and Family Audio Commentaries, once again, remain only on the included Blu-ray disc and are not included with the new pressing of the 4K disc. She never thought it would move forward, but Coppola admitted that Dracula was one of his favorite movie monsters. Unlike many adaptations, Bram Stoker’s Dracula follows the novel not only by (at least partially) utilizing an epistolary approach, but also by embracing communications technologies that would have been considered newfangled in 1897.

Another reason some might not have predicted too many Oscar noms for “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” was the academy’s aversion to recognizing horror films, and that was certainly the case for previous “Dracula” adaptations. Francis Ford Coppola certainly brought the operatic intensity that was evident in his previous film, The Godfather Part III, to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Francis Ford Coppola's take on Bram Stoker's Dracula is a deliberate attempt to get back to the source novel using traditional filmmaking techniques.Sony once again goes the extra mile for a catalog title, this time giving Bram Stoker’s Dracula - which already had an excellent 4K HDR transfer - a beautiful Dolby Vision upgrade. One of my favorite sound schemes revolves around Dracula’s brides and their lustful whispers and how those voices move about the soundscape. Lavish and luxurious, Coppola's magnificent ode to Bram Stoker's epistolary novel is the auteur's last great feature, a flawed but fabulous fable that puts the heart back into this ancient icon, giving audiences a reason to actually care about the fact that everybody seems to want to shove a stake in it. Updated daily and in real-time, we track all high-def disc news and release dates, and review the latest disc titles.

While I missed out on seeing it in theaters, my Dad held up his end of the bargain and rented it for me on tape when it was available at our local Video Watch. The film is definitely a bodice-ripper, literally so on several occasions, that unabashedly traces out the arc between sexual repression and erotic liberation.But by forcing Dracula into this mold of being a misunderstood romantic, it deadens the seriousness and horror of his atrocities and is incongruous with the rest of the film. Those with Dolby Vision-supported televisions will most likely see and appreciate the little intricacies it offers. On one side I am completely enamored with the care and attention and scale that Ford and his team took to create Stoker’s grim and terrifying world of Transylvania and Victorian London. 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.

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