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Horror maestro Dario Argento (Suspiria) puts his unique stylistic spin on the classic supernatural tale with DRACULA, a visually sumptuous retelling of the legendary myth. It s been 400 years since Count Dracula s (Thomas Kretschmann, Wanted) beloved Dolingen De Gratz passed away, leaving the immortal bloodsucker forever abandoned. But when he discovers that local newlywed Mina Harker (Marta Gastini, The Rite) bears a striking resemblance to Dolingen, his furious yearning is reawakened as he believes Mina to be a reincarnation of his beloved. Luring her husband Jonathan away to his castle with the help of his minion (and Mina s best friend) Lucy (Asia Argento, xXx), Dracula embarks on a bloody quest to reunite with his long lost love and live forever with her in hellish immortality. Only the arrival of vampire expert Abraham Van Helsing (Rutger Hauer, Blade Runner) can put an end to the fiend s unholy plan. Luridly violent and brimming with passionate eroticism, Dario Argento s DRACULA is an all-out assault on the senses from one of horror cinema s most celebrated auteurs.


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  • Actors: Rutger Hauer, Asia Argento
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, 3D, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2014
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FUABHVQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,302 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By sabbath soldier on October 26, 2013
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The Prince of Darkness is back on the big screen and, in some ways, is bigger than ever. But in this case, the prince in question isn't the subject of Dracula 3D, but revered horror director, Dario Argento, whose take on the Bram Stoker tale hit theaters and On-Demand internet video sites in the US this month.

Teamed with three other screenwriters, Argento adapts the Stoker novel with surprising clarity. The familiar faces are all in their places with Thomas Kretschmann as Count Dracula, Marta Gastini as Mina, Asia Argento as Lucy and everyone's favorite noir Dutchman, Rutger Hauer as Van Helsing.

Again, the movie follows classic form as Jonathan Harker (Unax Ugalde) is lured to the castle of the Count by promise of employment and sucked into the world of vampirism (pun alert). Also in short-string Italian horror style, instead of Dracula going to the rest of his victims, this time, they come to him in his Italian rustic village posing as psudeo-Germanic rustic fiefdom.

Despite that alteration of the plot, Dracula 3D unfolds with the familiar Stoker markers. Harker is entrapped, Lucy gets turned, Mina encounters the Count, Dracula recalls his dead wife... You know the drill.And that's the problem. As another take on the Stoker story, Dracula 3D isn't bad. In fact, it's very passable and somewhat cleverly done. But as a film that we have come to expect from Dario Argento... Well, in that regard, it can only be described as... Safe.

That's the watchword for this film as far as what we get in the American release. The characters are safe, the bloodletting is nondescript, the death scenes are typical for a vampire movie. The most transgressive aspect of the whole film is the tendency for Asia Argento to keep turning up naked in her father's film.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo Hernandez on February 10, 2014
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My first experience with Dario Argento's work was Jenifer on the tv show Masters of Horror. It just so happen to be one of the craziest episodes of the whole series based on the premise, so I loved it and showed it to many friends (who also had a blast watching it). I decided to check out his other work so when I heard Giallo was coming out, I watched it. It wasn't bad, kind of like a much darker CSI episode, so I had fun watching it. Afterwards I decided to watch some of his older films, and fell in love with Suspiria, Phenomena, Trauma, Mother of Tears, and I even saw the 120 minute version of Deep Red (though I recommend the shorter version to be honest). All these movies I enjoyed. Many have straight out HATED some of these films, saying Dario has declined TREMENDOUSLY in quality. I don't know if I'm the best judge of this because I actually liked Giallo, but I've always defended him.

Sadly, this is not the case with Dracula 3D. I had small hopes this would be a fun movie. I heard ALL the bad press about it. The almost bad reception it got from both mainstream and horror critics. I ignored them. I watched the movie. I've never been so bored in my entire life. I forced myself to watch this movie to the end. To find some of sort of positive to this film. I have found a few. #1 Dracula becomes a praying mantis in one scene #2 Dracula kills five guys in awesome stylized violence #3 The fakes sex scene I've ever seen #4 The fakest train station I have ever seen. That's it. About 10 minutes out the 110 minutes are worth watching (and I'm only guessing here). This movie commits the ultimate cinema sin of just being boring. Nothing of real interest happens that keeps your attention.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hayes on July 22, 2014
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Dario Argento takes a dump on Bram Stoker's classic story with this amateurish, cheap and dull production of Dracula. Argento has never been known for thought-provoking cinema, and more often than not his stories feature an abundance of style over substance. Here, even the style comes off as schlocky and cheesy, and not in a "so bad it's good" way either. The entire cast doesn't speak English as a first language, and it shows in their performances. With few exceptions, they all come off as stiff and wooden, with lifeless line readings. Even Rutger Hauer, who has given some terrific performances in his career, is on auto-pilot here. The only actor in the entire cast who really looks like he's enjoying himself is Thomas Kretschmann, who plays the titular Count. And at times, it looks and sounds like he's doing his best Bela Lugosi impression. Moving on, as this is a horror movie from Argento, it can be expected that there is a certain amount of blood and gore (along with some amusing female nudity). While it certainly delivers in that department, the effects still look cheap and fake. Also worth mentioning for how bad it is, the whole production has the look and feel of a made-for-TV drama, in everything from the staging and camerawork to the image quality. A lot of the sets look like sets, and the CGI background enhancements in some scenes is jarring. The visual effects are also disappointingly bad. I already mentioned the blood and gore, but there's also a poorly done effect of bodies turning to ash as well as a laughably bad (but incredibly short) scene where Dracula attacks someone in the form of a (CGI) praying mantis(!). On that note, in this movie Dracula doesn't just take the form of a bat, but also flies, roaches, wolves(?) and the aforementioned praying mantis.Read more ›
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