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As part of their Superbit line of high-performance DVDs, Columbia-TriStar Home Entertainment has re-released director Francis Ford Coppola's wildly kinetic version of Bram Stoker's Dracula. But unlike the previous disc release this version contains no extras, just the film itself. But for quality, there really is no comparison. From appearances this print seems to be the same one used for the earlier disc, but the picture resolution and sound are a definite improvement. Nevertheless, grain is still apparent in some scenes (especially during the opening moments) and the colors are not as vibrant or striking as when the film was released onto laserdisc by the Criterion Collection. But until Criterion releases their version of this controversial interpretation of the classic vampire novel, this disc will have to do. The film is offered in its proper theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (enhanced) and has been given the Dolby Digital 5.1 treatment. The soundtrack is superb and perfectly showcases this film's imaginative and lively sound design for the home environment. So crank it up and let the darkness wash over you!
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Posted . Owned for 2 months when reviewed.
very dramatic and beautiful looking movie classic horror
Refreshed my viewing after watching it in 1992. If you enjoy vampire movies, this one is a must.
-Picture; Great to see it release in 4K. Of course have to change to another custom HDR setting to avoid magnifying grain & ended up looked clean, smooth , yet sharp with strong color.
-Digital Copy; Yes, full version with Vision & Atmos.
-Sound; While it is appreciated to get released with Atmos, it was nothing that stood out. It was mostly front stage active. I have heard movies that are even older that had top notch immersive surround effect like Blade Runner is a reference demo in my book.
-Gear used for sound & visuals:
LG 65’ C6P 4k/3D passive OLED (manually calibrated)
9.2 Onkyo RZ + pre amp for 7.2.4/11.2 (integrated calibrated then manually tweeted with SPL sound level meter & balance/adjust for full dynamic range)
Klipsch P-REF towers
& dual R112SW subs
Polk Audio MC80 8’ quad in-ceiling heights
Oppo 4K UDP-203
Monster cables: Premium Black Platinum HDR HDMIs, THX Audio RCA, Digital Subwoofer Cables & Fiber Optic Ultra 1000
Monoprice 14 gauge awg copper speaker wire
Nakamichi Speaker Plugs
Auralex Acoustic Isolation platforms