Bram Stoker's Dracula (30th Anniversary Steelbook) [4K UHD] [Region Free] [Blu-ray]

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Bram Stoker's Dracula (30th Anniversary Steelbook) [4K UHD] [Region Free] [Blu-ray]

Bram Stoker's Dracula (30th Anniversary Steelbook) [4K UHD] [Region Free] [Blu-ray]

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Indeed, Oldman would be so damn good in the role that he would cast a long shadow over just about everybody else, leaving the likes of a woefully miscast Keanu Reeves (who literally cited Oldman's presence as one of the reasons for why he 'didn't give his best performance') and even Ryder - who, judged on this, may not have exactly saved The Godfather Part III on acting alone - floundering, and even the great Anthony Hopkins having to ham it up to the max as Van "Cameo" Helsing. This UHD disc improves on the already handsome Blu-ray presentation of the film in the anticipated ways: Colors are brighter and more densely saturated, clarity of fine detail more evident, and black levels deeper and darker. It's a technical marvel, employing techniques - spanning 70 years of cinematic trickery and in-camera effects - all in one film. Like a throwback to something out of John Boorman's Excalibur, Coppola's blood-drenched Romeo and Juliet-inspired setup informs the entire rest of the movie, which somehow manages to evoke the feeling of Stoker's original letter-based structure whilst also remaining resolutely coherent in terms of actual narrative. Sony's 4K re-release of Bram Stoker's Dracula is a bit of a slim excuse of a "30th Anniversary" celebration which those who already picked this up may find precious little reason to double-dip on, but the addition of Dolby Vision and a couple of new extras to an already near-perfect package - 4K video, Atmos audio and extras - certainly leave this the definitive version to own for those who don't already.

The film is definitely a bodice-ripper, literally so on several occasions, that unabashedly traces out the arc between sexual repression and erotic liberation. Silent movies, shadow puppets, back projection, forced perspective, models, make-up, technicolor, cross-fades - it's so very dense with sheer craft. Those experiencing it for the first time will find that it is a wonderful upgrade to a thirty-year-old classic . Nevertheless, the ways in which Bram Stoker’s Dracula chooses to implement these aspects are very different. When the charismatic Dracula meets Mina (Winona Ryder), a young woman who appears as the reincarnation of his lost love, the two embark on a journey of romantic passion and horror.One of my favorite sound schemes revolves around Dracula’s brides and their lustful whispers and how those voices move about the soundscape. There’s a music video for the Annie Lennox song, “Love Song for a Vampire,” that plays over the film’s end credits, and a behind-the-scenes piece that has relatively little overlap with the making-of featurette on the Blu-ray disc that’s included in this set.

After everything he put into making The Godfather, and all the Box Office success he found there, he blew almost all of it on Apocalypse Now, taking his health with it too, for good measure. Speak up and share your huffy opinions in our famous forums where 5,000 showbiz leaders lurk every day to track latest awards buzz. Hopkins and Oldman regularly compete to see who can devour the most scenery in a given scene, and they both bring oddball flourishes to their roles, like the moment where Hopkins suddenly sniffs Ryder’s face like a bloodhound.Anthony Hopkins soon after received more Oscar nominations for “The Remains of the Day,” “Nixon” and “Amistad,” and later won a second trophy for “The Father” in 2021.

We reviewed the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Bram Stoker's Dracula on an LG 55B7 Dolby Vision 4K Ultra HD OLED TV with a Panasonic DP-UB820EB-K Dolby Vision HDR10+ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player.The costumes, the makeup, the creature design the set design, and the incredible visual effects were stunning. Awards season in early 1993 didn’t start well for “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” the film being passed over by critics groups outside of a lone Best Cinematography win from the Chicago Film Critics. However, I will say this 4K image certainly doesn’t betray these elements, if anything I had a greater appreciation of them and how fluidly they worked - Harker’s letter on the left side of the screen with Dracula’s castle to the right that fades into Harker’s room as he’s shaving while the letter then slowly fades revealing the full room as the narration finishes is beautiful in-camera effects work. Sony once again goes the extra mile for a catalog title, this time giving Bram Stoker’s Dracula - which already had an excellent 4K HDR transfer - a beautiful Dolby Vision upgrade.

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