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4 Film Favorites: Draculas (Dracula A.D. 1972, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Horror of Dracula, Taste the Blood of Dracula) (2007)

Christopher Lee , Peter Cushing  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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4 Film Favorites: Draculas (Dracula A.D. 1972, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Horror of Dracula, Taste the Blood of Dracula) + Hammer Horror Collection (3 Film Set) + Hammer Horror Series (Brides of Dracula / Curse of the Werewolf / Phantom of the Opera (1962) / Paranoiac / Kiss of the Vampire / Nightmare / Night Creatures / Evil of Frankenstein)
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  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000U1ZV7G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,758 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Horror of Dracula Dracula Has Risen From The Grave Taste The Blood of Dracula Dracula A.D. 1972

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71 of 85 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four of Hammer's better Dracula films April 28, 2008
Format:DVD
Skipping the Hammer sequels Warners don't have the rights to - the Christopher Lee-free Brides of Dracula, Dracula Prince of Darkness, Scars of Dracula and The Satanic Rites of Dracula - this is nonetheless an excellent collection of some of the best in the series.

Hammer's groundbreaking 1958 version of Dracula (aka Horror of Dracula) is still one of the very best despite the many liberties Jimmy Sangster's concise and highly effective script takes with Bram Stoker's novel to whittle it down to an hour-and-a-half. It's not just the names that have been changed around and the cast of characters greatly reduced to Hammer's budget levels (admirably disguised here by Bernard Robinson's excellent production design). John Van Eyssen's Jonathan Harker is no longer a lawyer, but here is posing as a librarian to get into Dracula's castle with an ulterior motive - presumably on the grounds that the audience knows going in just what Dracula is so there's no point putting the hero through all that mystery when there's staking to be done. The budget doesn't stretch to the voyage and arrival of the ghost ship Demeter or even a Renfield for that matter, and this Dracula has no social interaction with his intended victims in Whitby or London - in fact, he never even leaves the continent. Nor is the vampire fascinated with Harker's intended - here he simply seeks her out as revenge. Yet the changes work surprisingly well, and even throws in a few good twists like the location of Dracula's hiding place.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lee's Dracula Masterpieces! January 1, 2008
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NO movie company EVER gave a more scenic, rustic,*GOTHIC* ambience than HAMMER STUDIOS!. AND!, as lasting and classic as Lugosi was, Christopher Lee was the PERFECT Dracula!. Hammer began it all with "HORROR OF DRACULA" in 1958, and it was gory for that time!... Several years passed, and the first sequal was 'DRACULA PRINCE Of DARKNESS {My Favorite,and I NEVER understood why this wasn't on this set instead of A.D 72???}.So outstanding was this 2nd installment, that HAMMER,themselves,realized they had something special!. Only to follow were;'DRACULA HAS RISEN'...,'TASTE THE BLOOD'...,and 'SCARS OF DRACULA{highly UNDERATED!}. Finally;Satanic Rites, and A.D.'72. ... But HAMMER did it right!; Little nuances :>{Lamps on carriages, English Countryside, candles,Castles}!!!.
It is a horror fans dream to have such timeless movies to go along with outstanding scripts!,and just 'atmospheric' scenery alone boggles!... HAMMER horror is MORE than enough to quench the pallet!; THUS!; to top it all off ! ; *Christopher Lee* IS at his...The VERY BEST !!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Value buy of 4 Dracula movies by Hammer Films! November 11, 2008
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You can't beat the price here on Amazon for this 4-movie set of Dracula movies, i.e. Horror of Dracula, Dracula Has Risen From the Grave, Taste the Blood of Dracula, and Dracula A.D. 1972. The one thing I did wonder is why they didn't include the second Dracula instalment, i.e. Dracula Prince of Darkness [which by the way is being sold by third parties here on Amazon for exorbitant amounts].

Horror of Dracula
"Horror of Dracula" may not be a faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic Gothic vampire tale, in fact far from it, but it is a fine take of Stoker's novel.In this version, Jonathan Harker goes to Dracula's castle at the beginning under the guise of a librarian, but he actually knows what Dracula is and his purpose is to destroy him. Unfortunately, he is killed by Dracula and the vampire goes to London to prey upon Harker's fiancee, Lucy Holmwood [yes, they changed the names too], and later on Mina Holmwood, Lucy's sister-in-law. It is left to Van Helsing [Peter Cushing] and Arthur Holmwood [Lucy's brother and Mina's husband] to destroy the monster.

Christopher Lee, in his first portrayal of the evil Count Dracula, may not have much screen time, but he makes the most of the limited time he does have. His Count is sensual and evil at the same time - exerting a hypnotic effect upon his female victims that have them eagerly disrobing for the count's pleasure [and fangs:)].

Peter Cushing does an amazing job as Dr Van Helsing, vampire hunter and his commanding presence and determination to hunt down and destroy the monster that is Dracula is so credibly done that I was cheering him on all through the movie.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars you simply can't defeat this awesome value June 26, 2010
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four Christopher Lee Hammer Dracula films . all of them very fun and scary in varying degrees . proper aspect ratios , subtitles . great prints . basically the keys to the kingdom . enjoy .
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taste the Blood of Hammer February 15, 2010
Format:DVD
This nice little four pack is a great introduction to Hammer horror movies, which are admittedly an acquired taste today. When the Hammers came out in the 50's to 70's they were notorious for being shocking (showing --gasp!--blood!). Needless to say, they will seem tame to a modern audience.

On the other hand, we don't get the graphic excess of today's horror movies, and there is a vitality to the proceedings missing from the stage-based look of the Universal predecessors. Dracula doesn't just strike a pose when stalking a victim--he runs across a room and lunges at him. Van Helsing would similarly scamper over a table to get his stake into a vampire.

A big plus is that the Hammer Dracula films feature one or both of two of the best character actors ever - Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

Be aware that the fantasy side of things is toned down. Dracula doesn't turn into a bat or cling to walls, for instance.

Finally, The quality of the movies is not consistent. "Horror of Dracula" is by far the standout, and by the time things get to "1972", inspiration (and the interest of the actors) has fallen considerably. Still, for four movies this is a great price.
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