This review is for the online streaming version only. According to numerous other reviews that appear with this product, it has the recently added score by Philip Glass. Without this score Dracula is available for FREE internet streaming by the Classic Cinema organzation and others. However, the score seems like it really adds something new to the film. The reviews on the downstream page agreed. So on that basis I paid for and downstreamed it. However, THIS IS MERELY THE OLD 1931 FILM! When you stream this film all you get is the 1931 film version with NO PHILIP GLASS SCORE!!! The 1931 flick is great. But you don't have to pay to downstream it. It's free.
My roommate and I had put this on just for fun one night, not expecting to be frightened by it at all. We thought, "It's just a campy black and white. How creepy could it be?" HOW WRONG WE WERE. It was way creepier than we expected, but it was totally fun to watch! Yes, a lot of what is in this movie is clichéd, but this is the movie that made it a cliché. It doesn't follow the book, but to be honest, Bram Stoker's novel would be hard to film with perfect faithfulness. This movie stills provides a good atmosphere and a good plot. It's the kind of movie that you curl up with on a stormy night, surrounded by pillows and blankets, with enough popcorn nearby for constant munching.
I grew up watching Universal's monsters and out of all of them, this one is my favorite. Bela Lugosi left a huge mark and raised the bar of vampire acting that even in this day and age of CGI, can't be touched. The way he moves and speaks is pure perfection, plus the lighting of his eyes whenever he hypnotises his victims really bring the chills. Speaking of which the lighting really generates a spooky atmosphere. I like the fact that this DVD has three versions: Original restored version, Spanish version, and the Philip Glass version (I'm familiar with his music having recently seen the opera, "The Witches of Venice"). A definite must have for monster lovers!
its a classic, but i especially like the spanish version being included. its a much better version of the original, made at the exact same time, on the exact same sets. the spanish director had the advantage of seeing the rushes of what the english had filmed earlier that day, and made improvements on almost every shot! i dont speak spanish at all, but its not hard to figure out what is going on. someday, somebody needs to do a english overdub over the spanish version. id buy that
I wanted this for my vast DVD collection. I had a regular DVD and then one that was Blu-Ray. I wasn't satisfied with it then I saw the one with this cover. The DVD is picture perfect. I think there was a cheaper Walmart version for Halloween but this version is for collectors, especially on Blu-Ray. The Spanish version is included. t looked so, so. It too was supposed to be restored. But, in the beginning, the ship in the storm has lines all through it. The restoration extra was showing how it was done, but they sure never restored this part. I never watched it all the way through, but the Lugosi version on the same DVD is great.
There is nothing better then classic horror and Universal Pictures has the best. I will rehash this review because I own all of the classic monster movies such as Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolfman, The Invisible Man The streaming ones in HD are top quality. You see every detail including when the Monster throws the lil girl into the lake. I own these movies on DVD, Blu-Ray and now streaming which I enjoy more because I can setup my own monsterthon and do as lil work as possible setting it up.
A kind of hagiography seems to have developed around this movie; a kind of unwillingness to confront it's flaws, perhaps because of its place near the beginning of the canon. Ironically, the much superior Nosferatu, the true primogenitor of the of genre, nearly lost to the world, all of its copies ordered destroyed by the Stoker estate, still survives, but with a reputation that has not kept pace with Lugosi's more florid depiction. It was mainly a sentimental attraction, borne of my original reading of the novel in high school, that kept me returning to Todd Browning's 1931 version. But it was always rocky going, dealing as I had to with the clumsy exposition (especially the romance between Harker and Mina – that balcony scene!); leaden pacing; the bats on the strings (were there no wranglers back then? I guess not); the egregious overacting (Renfield); the unnecessary comic relief (the caretaker and the maid) . . . but these things were always mitigated by the lovely photography, the spectacular production design, and the crackling chemistry between the Count and Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan, to my mind the film's most effective performance). Well, I am happy to say that this new edition augments those pleasures admirably, first and foremost by virtue of the stunning score by Phillip Glass, an infinite improvement over the sadly pedestrian original accompaniment. I should mention, in passing, Mr. Glass' similar contribution to Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast, also worthy of investigation. Secondly, the inclusion of the Spanish language version, filmed nocturnally over the same time period on the same set, but with different costumes, and a wholly different approach to the subject matter, an approach informed for the better by the availability of the rushes from day's earlier shoot, which allowed the crew, feeling a little competitive, a baseline upon which to improve. A must for the completist, it perhaps best appreciated alongside the many other films that benefited from it, as well as the one that proceeded it. Not Todd Browning's finest moment; for that I recommend you seek out Freaks.