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Dracula (Universal Studios Classic Monster Collection) (1931)

Bela Lugosi , David Manners , Tod Browning  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Edward Van Sloan, Helen Chandler, Dwight Frye
  • Directors: Tod Browning
  • Writers: Garrett Fort
  • Producers: Tod Browning, Jr. Carl Laemmle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 1999
  • Run Time: 179 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000035Z3K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,278 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dracula (Universal Studios Classic Monster Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1 - Dracula (1931):
  • The Road to Dracula
  • Feature Commentary with Film Historian David J. Skal
  • New Score By Philip Glass Performed By the Kronos Quartet
  • Poster and Photo Montage
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 1 - Dracula (1931) - Spanish Version:
  • Special Introduction to the Spanish Version of Dracula by Lead Actress Lupita Tovar Kohner
  • Production Notes

  • Editorial Reviews

    Dracula (The Restored Version) Although there have been numerous screen versions of Bram Stoker's classic tale, none is more enduring than the 1931 original. The ominous portrayal of Count Dracula by Bela Lugosi, combined with horror specialist director Tod Browning, help to create the film's eerie mood. Dracula remains a masterpiece not only of the genre, but for all time. Dracula (Featuring New Music By Philip Glass) The original version of Dracula starring Bela Lugosi has been remastered to feature a specially-composed musical score by world-renowned composer Philip Glass and performed by Kronos Quartet. Glass' music lends greater depth to an already timeless classic! Dracula (Original Spanish Version) Filmed simultaneously with the English language version, the Spanish version of Dracula is completely different, yet equally ominous vision of the horror classic. Utilizing the same sets and identical script, cinematographer George Robinson and a vibrant cast including Carlos Villarias and Lupita Tovar deliver this chilling and evocative tale.

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    131 of 138 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Finest DVD Presentations I've Ever Encountered November 19, 2002
    Format:DVD
    This DVD is the "Jewel in the Crown" of the classic Universal horror films released in that format. It includes a quality print of the Bella Lugosi DRACULA, with options to play the film with Philip Glass' recent soundtrack; the so-called "Spanish" DRACULA starring Carlos Villarias; and a fascinating documentary hosted by Carla Laemmle, who has a bit role in the Lugosi DRACULA and who was niece to Universal studio head Carl Laemmle. There is also an audio track by David J. Skal, production notes, and the like.

    The Lugosi DRACULA is somewhat problematic. DRACULA had been previously (and illegally) filmed as the silent NOSFERATU, and a later stage adaptation proved a staple of the British theatre. When the stage play at last arrived in New York, the title role fell to Bela Lugosi. Although Universal optioned the material, studio head Carl Laemmle was not enthusiastic about it; although European films were comfortable with the supernatural, American films were not, and Laemmle did not believe the public would accept such an irrational story. Nor was Laemmle interested in Lugosi; if DRACULA was to be filmed, it would be filmed with Lon Chaney.

    When Chaney died the screen role went to Lugosi by default, but there were further issues. Originally planned as a big-budget production, the deeping Great Depression made the film's box office possibilities seem even slighter than before and its budget was cut to the bone. And Todd Browning, who had been such a successful director of the macabre in the silent era, proved clumsy with sound. The resulting film was more than a little clunky--but it had two things going for it: a superior first thirty minutes and Lugosi.
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    151 of 162 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    Soooo fellow geek classic monster collectors, tell me, does this sound familiar? You are perusing various sites and store DVD racks and you stumble across these 75th Anniversary editions of DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN and your geek heart starts palpitating at the thought of digitally restored version of these films and you get all excited and you start deciding which comic books you'll give up this month to buy these instead.......but then you remember you've bought the last TWO previously released DVD versions of these films and now you wonder if these are worth it? OK....well...maybe this is kind of an exaggeration, but you know what I mean. I bowed to temptation because, well....Universal has me with their monster releases from way back....period.

    Soooo.....as it is obligatory when one has bought three releases of the same d@mn film, I sat down with them all and ran them through to decide which was the best of them. It is without question IMO, that the DRACULA 75th DVD is the best transfer when compared to the 90's (poster art), and the first LEGACY (green box art) releases. Picture-wise, the amount of speckles, noise and whatnot has been reduce quite a bit. This is most apparent in the darker scenes. So on a good note, seeing less snowy junk pop up is nice. Some of the scenes also look less jittery. For example, in the previous releases, the scene when Frye first comes into Drac's home and Lugosi is descending the staircase behind him, the film image is really jumpy...like watching a bad bootleg. In this 75th release it looks stable and doesn't have that funky aliasing look. The overall picture quality just feels cleaner in this release. But there is still a good amount of junk throughout the film that this cannot possibly be considered the definitive restoration.
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    49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Dracula Disc December 25, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:DVD
    This DVD is a real treat for fans of Lugosi and Dracula. This disc has 3 "versions" of the 1931 film Dracula. The first is the original Lugosi version with restored extended groaning at the end when Dracula dies. The 2nd version is merely the original with an added modern score. The third version is a spanish version that was filmed on the same sets with spanish-speaking actors after the american crew had packed up for the day.
    The image quality is the best it has ever been although somewhat grainy at the beginning of the film. The DVD has an excellent optional running commentary as well as a great documentary film explaining the genesis of Dracula and its transition from book to stage to screen. Finally, this DVD has a nice selection of movie posters, lobby cards and stills as an added feature.
    This disc is a collector's dream!
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    39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best DVDs I own... May 31, 2004
    Format:DVD
    I love all of the old Universal Monster Movies and I love all the DVD versions that Universal has issued. They have done it right, giving us deluxe editions of The Wolf Man and The Mummy with all the bells and whistles. Of all of these, my favorite is Todd Browning's Dracula. Dracula may not be considered the best of the Universal films (that title usually goes to Bride of Frankenstein) but it certainly is the best DVD.
    EVERYTHING is on this DVD. There is a wonderful DOCUMENTARY, The Road to Dracula. Amazingly, this is hosted by Carla Laemmle - the niece of the producer who actually ACTED in the movie. (She is the girl in the stagecoach who had the first line of dialogue in the film - indeed, in any sound horror film.) Clive Barker also adds valuable commentary. Although Barker is at the cutting edge (pun not intended) of hard-core horror, he still has great appreciation and insight about the classics.
    FEATURE COMMENTARY: This is provided by David J. Skal, the noted Dracula/Vampire expert. Along with the documentary, this should tell you everything you ever wanted to learn about Dracula.
    SPANISH LANGUAGE VERSION: It is now a famous story that, after Browning and his crew finished work for the day, a Spanish cast and crew would come in at night to film the same movie for the Spanish-speaking markets. The Spanish crew was very competitive and many critics say that the Spanish version is actually better. I do not agree with this. True, there are more interesting camera moves, but most of what we come to Dracula for is the Bela Lugosi performance - not to mention Dwight Frye as Renfeild with his inimitable laugh. The Spanish version is also great because it is a more accurate realization of the shooting script.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Dracula is a joy to watch
    Bela Lugosi's flawless portrayal of Count Dracula continues to chill the blood of the viewer. Universal knew how to produce horror pictures throughout the early thirties, with... Read more
    Published 18 hours ago by D. Hughes
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    very nice quality
    Published 12 days ago by George Bush
    5.0 out of 5 stars original Dracula
    although extremely dated by today's horror masterpieces,Dracula(1931) was the standard for it's day for eerieness and atmosphere. Read more
    Published 15 days ago by gary hirel
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great DVD.
    Published 18 days ago by Dan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie
    Published 20 days ago by Douglas Earl Sykes
    5.0 out of 5 stars A classic with new life
    I enjoy comparison film projects. This is a perfect subject. Adding the music to the original film really destroyed the entire effect of the movie. Read more
    Published 20 days ago by Richard A. Howard
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie.
    Published 1 month ago by drtotten
    2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed. Not what it claimed to be.
    I'm not a big Philip Glass fan but was curious about what he had done with the old movie. Imagine my disappointment when there was no Glass music that I was able to get on the DVD. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Georgianna M. Bergeron
    5.0 out of 5 stars 75th Anniversary Two-DVD Edition of Dracula!
    A great way to spend the day with Drac! The film itself is presented in one of the cleanest video and audio incarnations I've seen/heard. Love the sepia treatment package-wise. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Jack Pripusich
    5.0 out of 5 stars Two for the Price of One!
    The qualify this review, I am a nerd, a geek and a tweeb. The 1931 version of Bram Stoker's tale is my favorite take on the story (the BBC version produced in 1977 being #2). Read more
    Published 3 months ago by L. H. Czekaj
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