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Count Dracula (BBC Mini-Series) (2007)

Louis Jourdan , Frank Finlay  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Louis Jourdan, Frank Finlay, Susan Penhaligon
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R7I48G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,385 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Count Dracula (BBC Mini-Series)" on IMDb

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Count Dracula (DVD)

Devotees of vampire cinema have long esteemed this heretofore hard-to-see adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel, made for BBC-TV in 1977. Count Dracula puts Louis Jourdan in the fangs and cape, in a version subtitled--and played as--a Gothic romance. This is one of those 1970s TV productions that use film for exteriors and video for the interiors, a tactic that increases the general sense of cheapness about the whole thing (although the location stuff is good, including scenes on the cliffs of Whitby, the port town where Dracula comes to visit England). With 150 minutes to play with, the production has more of Stoker than many film versions include, although there's still some shuffling of the original. It's all a bit slow, and surprisingly cheesy at times, even with the occasional startling image: Dracula scooting bat-like down the side of his castle, or the vampire brides preparing to devour a baby (a scene cut from some subsequent showings of the series, but restored here). Frank Finlay makes a focused Van Helsing--a minimum of camping, thankfully--and Susan Penhaligon and Judi Bowker are respectively hot and cold as Lucy and Mina. Jourdan is effective, although he's off screen a lot and really gets his good bites in toward the end. You'll need some patience, but Jourdan drinks it dry. --Robert Horton

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113 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Faithful Adaptation Of Stoker's Novel Yet June 8, 2007
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I first saw this version of "Dracula" on PBS back in the 70's (shortly after having read the novel) and thought it a wondererful (albeit a little stiff) and very faithful film adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic gothic novel. Of course there have been hundreds of films featuring Count Dracula down through the ages but very few of them adhered closely to the orignal source material. In fact most of them just borrowed a few key characters and maybe a plot thread or two and then just created their own story. Thankfully the BBC decided to rectify matters by filming their own adaptation for television and this is the first film that I am aware of that really does stay true to the novel. In fact this was the first film to show many of the famous scenes from the novel that previous films had ignored. Namely the scenes of Dracula crawling down the castle walls and a very controversial (at the time) scene where the Count offers a baby to his three vampire brides.

Now keep in mind this is 70's era BBC televsision. While the acting is quite good some of the other production values are not going to be of the same quality that many of today's viewing audiences are used to. For example many of the exterior scenes are filmed outdoors while the interior scenes are filmed on sets. Consequently there is going to be some sequences with a certain stagey quality to them. Some of the special effects shots are going to be...well, lets just say not all that special. Now having said all that I still can tell you that there are more chills to be had from this version than the BBC's most recent and very disapointing adaptation of "Dracula". In fact, I'll go so far as to say that this version is even better than Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula".
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!....YES!!!, AT LAST!!! July 6, 2007
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I cannot believe that we are FINALLY going to be able to own this unforgettable BBC series!!!

The BEST version of Dracula ever placed on film! I have wished for, and waited, it seems like forever, for a chance to be able to not only see this great "film" again, but to be able to have it on my shelves to watch over and over anytime I wish to.

I am a long-time horror film buff, and have seen so many Dracula films I cannot begin to even remember all of them, and THIS is the BEST ever! It closely follows the book, and it also has no "fantastic" [s...] added (as Hollywood is wont to do).

If you are a fan of Bram Stoker's fabled book, then this is, certainly, the Dracula movie for you, trust me. Bravo to Warner Brothers for bringing this great masterpiece film to our list of "available" choices for Dracula on film. This is truly a milestone movie!!! ~operabruin
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bram Stoker would have been proud. August 18, 2007
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At last, although it's been a while since I last saw this. I had never forgotten it,
especially the scene where Harker looks out of his castle window and see's Dracula clinging to the walls.
Louis Jourdan breathes new life into the titular character.
(With just the right air of a European nobleman, polite, curteous but with an arrogant streak).
This was the first time I'd seen the delightful Judy Bowker on TV since Black Beauty.
The ever reliable Frank Finlay plays a wonderful Van Helsing.
(His 1971 Casanova is worth a look too.)
And Jack Shepherd really excels as Renfield.
If you have never read the novel, then this is the most accurate version I have ever seen.
Bram Stokers characters and prose are faithfully transferred to the small screen.
Production values are typically BBC late 70's videotape, but it's the story and acting quality I buy for,
and not a slightly dodgy TV stage set!
Original airdate:~ 22/12/77.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The BBC version of "Dracula" IS "Dracula". April 9, 2008
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Louis Jourdan stars as Count Dracula in what is the greatest version of "Dracula" of all-time, the BBC version of "Dracula" a/k/a "Dracula 1977". For years and years, I searched for this film to no success. Only recently was this film ever made available to the public in any form. I can remember when I was young watching this version of Dracula on the PBS station, channel seven (7) back in the late 1970s. Quite frankly, it scared the daylights out of me then, and I was no stranger to horror movies even at such a tender age. Having seen it again almost 30 years later, I can certainly see why. In fact, this movie still packs quite a horrific punch, much more so than all of the "Dracula" movies that exist today. More importantly, perhaps, is the fact that the BBC version delivers the story of Dracula for all intents and purposes to the very letter of Bram Stoker's classic novel. Sometimes, movies that are variations of the novels that they are based upon turn out better than the book, but not in "Dracula". Bram Stoker's version is the most horrifying, and it is a classic in every sense of the word.

The acting in the BBC version of "Dracula" is simply outstanding, including Louis Jourdan as the Count himself and Frank Finlay, who is perfect as Professor Van Helsing, rivaling even Laurence Olivier in "Dracula 1979". However, it is the hauntingly dark and realistic setting, atmosphere and suspense that the BBC version of "Dracula" delivers to the audience that makes this particular rendition of "Dracula" a positively bone-chilling viewing experience and the ultimate "Dracula" movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 11 days ago by L&J
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Expect Much!!
A lot of people have high hopes for this DVD because it's based on a classic and supposedly it is very close to the original storyline of Bram Stoker's original book. Read more
Published 16 days ago by mikeom01
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Dracula Ever
First saw this mini-series on PBS decades ago and thought it was the best version ever; made my blood run cold. Read more
Published 2 months ago by christine kraus
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Version of a Classic, done BBC style
Typical mid-70's BBC drama --very subdued but very "atmospheric." The transitions from sequences shot on film and those shot on video are a little distracting at first... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Archer1941
3.0 out of 5 stars but it could have been better presented. Got it fast and in excellent...
I watched this when I was younger during its original release on TV. Hasn't held up as well as other things. Special effects are poorly done even for a tv special for the time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sociologydude
3.0 out of 5 stars Remember this series is 37 years old.
You need to keep in mind, this is an old series, in it's day it would have been pretty spectacular and a little risqué. Read more
Published 3 months ago by NJD
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this version
You can't go wrong with this version of Dracula.
enjoyed this when it came to television years ago
and it's just as entertaining now. Read more
Published 5 months ago by anon
4.0 out of 5 stars Count Dracula
Enjoys thriller and suspense shows. Louis Jordan plays a magnificient Dracula. Good acting and mini-series keeps you guessing at times.
Published 7 months ago by Carol T.Bianchi
4.0 out of 5 stars Moody, atmosperic DRACULA a great addition to your library
I am a huge fan of well done vampire films. BBC's version hits the mark with dead on performances and great location shooting. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Damian
3.0 out of 5 stars Count Dracula
This version of Dracula offers an alternative version of the Bram Stoker novel to the Christopher Lee/Hammer Films genre. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gregory V.
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At last! The "real" Dracula!
it is indeed the unedited version. the 'baby' scene with the three female brides is supposed to be intact. :)
Jul 17, 2007 by bOoKwOrM |  See all 8 posts
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