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Issued without any formal "fanfare," this release restores approximately FOUR minutes of footage never before seen in the US versions! Throw away those old videos!!! This DVD presents "Taste the Blood of Dracula" the way it was meant to be seen! Originally rated "GP" in the US, it's now rated "R" on the package. (Granted, these days it would probably be a PG-13.) Among the shots restored are: Dracula's bright red blood turning to dust in the beginning, extended "brothel" scenes featuring (very brief) topless nudity, and an extension of the sequence where Dracula attacks Lucy! The "revenge" deaths (and the death of Lord Courtley) are extended with bloody close-ups. (Most striking is the death of Paul and Lucy's father, as he is "staked" by Lucy and Alice. Before, we only got a quick glimpse. Now, the sequence's original impact is intact!!) But the best aspect of the restoration are shots of Dracula himself, seen through the eyes of the dying men! VERY IMPRESSIVE!! Thank you Warner DVD, for a job well done!! (Now, can you go back and do the same for "Horror of Dracula???" PLEASE?????)
It's the one that Christopher Lee is really talking about when he would complain that Hammer would just come up with a story and then just stick Dracula in it -- Well, that is exactly what happened in this one.
This film is also released as part of a 4 film Blu-ray set from Warner Brothers
(including "The Mummy" from 1959 with Peter Cushing & Christopher Lee
& "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed,"
& "Dracula Has Risen From the Grave" --
I consider those 3 films as "must have" classics!)
Despite the (erroneous) ordering in the 4 disc box set,
make sure that you watch "Dracula Has Risen From the Grave" first,
as "Taste the Blood of Dracula" is a sequel that takes up right from the
ending of "Dracula Has Risen From the Grave."
While I might recommend this single-disc Blu-ray if Warner had added any Extra features or historical commentaries from respected horror historians, I will say that
"Taste the Blood of Dracula" does look good in HD, and this is the way to see it if you are interested.
So, despite any complaints, I say come on with more for me Warner Brothers.
Restore "The Curse of Frankenstein" and bring it back to the way we remember from 1957.
Take out that blue-color shift from the United Kingdom release of "Horror of Dracula,"
and give us HD restorations of all the Hammer Films in your domain.
here is the cover artwork I made and you can post it on your website. to make us HAMMER FANS get the ball rolling again. warner is not for the HAMMER FILMS FANS
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Taste the Blood of Dracula has gotten a bit of a bad rap and I think it's time that stops. Its a good entry in the Hammer Dracula series, certainly better than the ones that came... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Alan C. Logan
As a classic Hammer fan, I am overjoyed that some of these restored Blu-Ray editions are making it over to the States. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ed S.
more cheesy than usual, chicks are hot as usual, had a promising start but no climax. buy to add to your hammer collection i suppose. the next movie (Scars of Dracula) kicks assPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
this is a very good horror movie staring Christopher Lee Taste The Blood Of Dracula is one of his best movies the bluray is excellent .Published 3 months ago by vernon egolf
Warner Bros BD release: The film itself was fine, but the presentational quality of the picture on this BD was POOR (viewed via a pj system). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Silver Spirit
Blu ray release 2015. The HD image is very good indeed, still signs of grain. The ratio looks about right. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Zaroff
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