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Dan Curtis' Dracula [Blu-ray]
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Academy Award® winner* Jack Palance stars in this terrifying adaptation of Bram Stoker s classic vampire legend written for the screen by sci-fi/horror master Richard Matheson and produced by the legendary Dan Curtis (Dark Shadows). Palance is Count Dracula, whose centuries-old existence is threatened after he attacks the lovely Lucy Westenra (Fiona Lewis) and her fiancé (Simon Ward, The Tudors) calls in famed vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing (Nigel Davenport) to investigate. Filmed on location in England and Yugoslavia, DAN CURTIS DRACULA has been transferred and restored in 2K High Definition from the original 35mm camera negative and presented here on Blu-Ray for the first time!
*Best Supporting Actor 1992 - City Slickers
Special Features: Interviews, Trailer, Alternate Ending
Top Customer Reviews
Having seen Jack Palance's take on Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde a few years earlier, I was eager to see what he would do with the Count. To make things even more interesting, there was a girl in my class at school that I really liked and this seemed like the perfect first date: invite her over to watch DRACULA with me!
As it turned out, the young lady had an accident after school and had to cancel. What's more there was a storm down in the U.S. that affected the TV reception on CBS up here in Canada. I tried watching DRACULA by myself, but about half the film was lost to bad reception due to the storm. Talk about a washout. It wasn't until a repeat broadcast a few years later that I finally got see this highly satisfying version of the much-loved classic.
At the time, I didn't think Palance was as good as Christopher Lee in the role. Perhaps because I had seen Palance in so many other parts prior to DRACULA. Christopher Lee (and Bela Lugosi, for that matter) had a much higher profile in the part and I dare say I had seen them both as Dracula before seeing them in anything else. You know what they say about first impressions.Read more ›
Palance's performance is uneven. He is supposed to be a sympathetic character, motivated by love, but his over-the-top expressions often give him the air of a teen-age trick-or-treater rather than a hundreds-year-old lovelorn count. The character of Van Helsing, the film's source of exposition, is played by Nigel Davenport, whose deadly serious delivery gives the picture an air of Old World class. The rest of the cast is above average, with Penelope Horner (Mina), Fiona Lewis (Lucy), Simon Ward (Lucy's fiance, Arthur) especially effective. At 98 minutes, this is one of the shorter adaptations of "Dracula," but screenwriter Richard Matheson's version is fast-paced, suspenseful, and a worthy entry into cinematic vampire canon.
Special features on the Blu-ray release include interviews with Jack Palance and Dan Curtis, and outtakes.
The adaptation is somewhat lacking and certain gaps in the plot do not make for a tightly made thriller. Why Dracula lets his lady love remain exposed after he wins her, so to speak, remains a mystery. I cannot explain why he does not abscond away with her.
Palance is good as Dracula; and he does have the added advantage of filming on location in England and Hungary, I believe.
Overall, good. But Dracula is a difficult book to put to film. I rarely have seen a faithful adaptation of the book. The BBC production with Louis Jourdan is about the best in that department. The Frank Langella "Dracula" is enjoyable, though not terribly faithful. The one with Langella is about the most energetic and compelling.
This one leaves you wanting a little more; and makes you wonder why Dracula was not quite as wiley as someone who had lived several hundred years; and had been a ruthless warrior. There are some exciting scenes. If you like Palance and are an admirer of Dan Curtis, you would probably want to own this movie. Otherwise, you may want to skip it.
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Excellently written, photographed, and acted. Jack Pallance is classic! From "The Man in the Attic" to "Ripleys Believe it or Not"! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jesika Regonini
The restoration of this Dan Curtis (Dark Shadows) television special starring Jack Palance is crystal clear. Palance and Curtis also worked together on "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Imjusta Reviewer
Awesome Vampire movie one of the best ever made.Jack Palance was fantastic and convincing in the role as Dracula if you are looking for a great scary old classic to watch this... Read morePublished 9 months ago by John Gabriel