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Dan Curtis' Dracula [Blu-ray]

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The definitive Count Dracula... as flesh-crawling an experience as you ve ever had. Los Angeles Times

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

Product Details

  • Actors: Jack Palance
  • Directors: Dan Curtis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2014
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IA1VPP0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,684 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray
In the fall of 1973, as a grade nine student, I was thrilled to see the TV commercials announcing that a new version of DRACULA, starring Jack Palance, was going to be broadcast the following Friday on CBS. Here in Canada, American stations like CBS were relatively new to us, as we required cable to get them. This was the kind of programming that made getting cable worthwhile.

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.
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Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula" has been adapted countless times for both the big and small screen. In 1973, director Dan Curtis ("Dark Shadows") joined the crowd with a TV movie that received theatrical release in Europe. This "Dracula" stars Jack Palance. The twist here is that this Dracula is the undead incarnation of the real 15th century warlord, Vlad Tepes, who travels to England from his native Transylvania to be reunited with the reincarnation of his long lost love. Much of the film adheres to Stoker's original story and it boasts some impressive production values.

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.
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This is Dan Curtis at his best. His version of the undead vampire Dracula was very good, and in my opinion makes much more sense than the 1992 version directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and done years before the '92 version. I don't want to give the plot away, so I will say that Jack Palance performed the vampire excellently. Filmed in real mansions, homes and on location in Europe, the film gives the old time quality, drawing you into a time long forgotten. The HD quality is excellent, I was very pleased with the sound, color and sharpness special features that was delivered in this blu-ray dvd. I am very pleased with this purchased. Dan Curtis Dracula, and House of Dark Shadows is a must have. Thank you for taking the time to read my review, I hope it helped.
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After seeing Trilogy of Terror 1 and 2, seeing this advertised on here and starring Jack Palance as the the count, those two elements were enough to pique my interest. I've seen several portrayals of this immortal character and weirdly enough, have yet to be disappointed. I even liked Bram Stoker's Dracula from 1992 and gasp! Dracula2000, so obviously with this character I'm rather hard to disappoint. To fans of this character, director Dan Curtis and Jack Palance, I highly recommend this film.
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This is Dan Curtis' adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Before Coppola, Curtis attempted to film the novel with his own twists and turns. The picture quality is good; it should be since it is Blu-ray.
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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