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Count Dracula (BBC Mini-Series)
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This fan favorite three-part series from the BBC is now available on DVD for the first time! Louis Jourdan stars as the deliciously blood-thirsty Count Dracula in this version of Bram Stoker's horror classic. Keeping close to the original novel, the series begins with Jonathan Harker visiting the Count in Transylvania to help him with preparations to move to England. It is in the Count's castle that Jonathan becomes a prisoner, and discovers Dracula's true nature. Many scenes shot on location -- such as the Gothic graveyard of London's Highgate Cemetery -- add extra atmosphere to an already powerful production.]]>
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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".Read more ›
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
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.Read more ›
Frank Finlay's Van Helsing is wonderful. With all due respect to Edward Van Slone, Finlay is the one I would want at my bedside protecting me from vampires. He's charming, gentle, caring, eccentric...yet at the same fiercely determined and wise. He's my favorite of all the Van Helsings to date.
Judy Bowker (Andromdeda in "Clash of the Titans") is finally given a chance to act and she rises to the occasion beautfully. Susan Penhaligon is coquettish as Lucy rather than borderline slutty as some productions would have her.
They even appear to have hired an American actor to play an American character for once - a novelty for the BBC.
This production was the first thing I ever recorded on my first VCR (a Betamax!). I bought a region 2 disc (and a multi-region player) when it was released in the UK. This is a wonderful production and worth it at twice the price of this disc.
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This is the best version of Dracula I've seen yet. Closest to the book, the only version I've seen that actually has the Vampire Baptism scene. Read morePublished 4 months ago by McCallum M.
With only minor differences that are really not critical, this is by far the most faithful to the original book as published in 1897. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Edwin G. Smith
The movie is pretty 'campy.' The special effects are outdated but the movie follows the book!Published 10 months ago by Holly A. Stroh