Based on Bram Stoker's classic 1897 novel, this film from Francis Ford Coppola and screenwriter James Victor Hart offers a full-blooded portrait of the immortal Transylvanian vampire. The major departure from Stoker is one of motivation as Count Dracula (Gary Oldman) is motivated more by romance than by bloodlust. He punctures the necks as a means of avenging the death of his wife in the 15th century, and when he comes to London, it is specifically to meet heroine Mina Harker (Winona Ryder), the living image of his late wife (Ryder plays a dual role, as do several of her costars). Anthony Hopkins is obsessed vampire hunter Van Helsing, while Keanu Reeves takes on the role of Jonathan Harker, and Tom Waits plays bug-eating Renfield. Bram Stoker's Dracula was the winner of three Academy Awards.~Hal Erickson
High definition transfer
Film introduction: Watch Bram Stoker's Dracula With Francis Ford Coppola
Full-length director's audio commentary
Four brand new documentaries: The Blood Is the Life - The Making of Dracula; The Costumes Are the Sets - The Design of Eiko Ishioka; In-Camera - The Naïve Visual Effects of Dracula; Method and Madness - Visualizing Dracula
Over thirty minutes of newly unearthed deleted scenes
I'll be the first to admit, I don't buy into the 4K Blu Ray train as fast as some people. Some movies don't NEED to be in 4K, a regular Blu Ray suffices and in some cases a Blu Ray is even too clean of a picture - exposing things (looking at you The Wizard of Oz). But this is one of my favorite movies (with one casting exception) so I had to triple dip.
The transfer really sings, it's gorgeous, it doesn't expose any tricks or hide hides with the make ups or other effects. The sound is great and mixed well, I don't have to turn up the audio when it's just dialogue and turn it down when it's louder moments.
Overall a really good transfer of a really good movie and if you can get it on sale, 15 bucks for it is a perfect price - especially since you get the digital copy and standard blu ray.
To date, this is the definitive version of all Dracula films. Coppola's vision is a most detailed and intricate journey into the Legend and delivers the creeps and chills this story deserves. From the script, the excellent photography, effects, makeup, music, and sets to the costumes, direction, and the ensemble of perfect actors for their roles, this film captures an authentic ambiance and horrifying look into the vampire's tale. Gary Oldman's portrayal of the Count is so spot on he should have been given a nomination as well as Anthony Hopkins' Van Helsing.
The Atmos sound is absolutely engrossing and perfectly suited to entice goosebumps. Very well done in all aspects.
I watched this movie wish my friends in high school when it came out and was blown away. Bram Strokers Dracula is easily one of the best monster movies of my generation. This 4k version is flawless visually and sonically.
Great Film of the life of Dracula! In his many forms! The most stylish of all Dracula films! Beautiful acting, photography, costume, sets! Just a perfect film! 4K restored gorgeous! Sound incredible! Gary Oldman should’ve received an Oscar for portraying Dracula!
If you lik old world Dracula movies then you will love this one. They spared no expense with this one, great period sets, attire and hair styles. Performances were very good especially Gary Oldman as Dracula. I have the first release Blu-ray and bought the 4k sight unseen. The upgrade was worth the double dip. I highly recommend this one.
Not sure how the upscaling or "fine print" can claim that a Blu-ray DVD is 4K UHD but there are differences. This particular 4K movie is not a significant upgrade over Blu-ray. BTW I have a 4K Blu-ray player and an OLED 4K TV and some 4K movies I have purchased are impressive. This one, not so much.
A lesser known directed Francis Ford Coppola film, staring a really good cast, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins and the always great Gary Oldman who plays a really scary Dracula. The films is a great omage to the original tale and early book. As the tale goes, In the 1400's Vlad Dracula returns from war to find his wife commited suicide, thinking he was killed in the war. He, Dracula then becomes enraged and desecrates the chapel and renounces his maker, declaring that he will rise from the grave and avenge his wifes death and the chruch that damned her for eternity for her suicide, by using the powers of darkness. He stabs at the chapel's holy stone cross with his sword, drinking the blood that pours out of it this act transform him from Vlad The Impailer to the King of Darkness, Dracula as he lurks the night to find his victums . This move will scare the stuffing out of you, even if you know the films basic story from its many Hollywood iterations from the 30's and the 50's. It breaks new ground in an adult way and is beautifuly filmed as well. Don't see it by yourself...
Director Francis Ford Coppola brings a unique take to a great classic. The film is bloody and gory at times, but the love story between Gary Oldman’s Dracula and Winona Ryder’s Mina Harker is undeniable. The film also features several great supporting turns including Anthony Hopkins as Dracula’s archenemy Van Helsing!