Dracula

Dracula

DVD - 1999
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After a naive real estate agent succumbs to the will of the Count, the two head to London where the vampire hopes to stroll among respectable society by day and search for potential victims by night.

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This is the film that launched a film genre. Lugosi is hypnotic. The production is fairly poor but one has to understand it was an inexpensive experiment back then from one of the lesser studios of that time. This DVD set comes with the Spanish version shot at the same time (watch that one, too) and loads of fascinating extras for film and horror fans.

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ManMachine
May 29, 2016

Released in 1931 - I think Dracula is something of a rare phenomenon, in that, over 80 years have now passed and it still remains one of the most compelling horror movies ever made.

This bit of eerie fascination for Dracula cannot only be credited to the fine direction by Tod Browning (as well as this film's absolutely spectacular sets and excellent production values), but, it's also directly attributed to the mesmerizing performance given by Bela Lugosi in the title role.

This 2-DVD set also contains the Spanish-speaking, sister production of Dracula released in the same year, which was filmed simultaneously with the Hollywood version - At night, using the very same sets.

Featuring an all-Spanish cast, this film's Dracula was played by actor Carlos Villar who clearly didn't have the acting chops needed to project the same level of sinister evilness that Lugosi did.

Both filmed in b&w, the Spanish version of Dracula is 103 minutes long, while the Hollywood version is only 75 minutes.

luve2read Dec 28, 2015

Bela is Dracula...No One else compares.

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me02
Nov 07, 2015

Quite informative in listening to people's opinions about the 1931 experiences and knowledge from others. Or you can just watch both films. In this two-disk DVD package the MONSTER TRACKING was on but I couldn't tell. It was just grand to see and sub-title these 1931 original films DRACULA in American English and Spanish.

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AJDKnight
Jun 17, 2015

This is an amazing film starring one the masters of horror Bela Lugosi. The book is one of the best vampire novels ever written and this film does justice to Bram Stokers work. I love the creativity behind it since it is not full of cgi like modern films. The vampire of older films like Dracula and Nosferatu are the real vampires not the horrible ones we see and read about now days. My mom makes me watch the older horror films and books if they are based on one so I know the history of what I what I like. I love the older films so much better!

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Nathanbs
Jun 17, 2015

I get that this is an old movie made from an old book. But I was disappointed by inconsistencies with the plot and terrible bats. I was surprised by the ending, but I don't mean it was a SURPRISE ending, if you know what I mean. I mean Dracula dies.

Aka_Aka_Aka Apr 18, 2015

If you are at all interested in the history of the Hollywood, Vampire movie, then this "Dracula Legacy Collection" is certainly a good place to get yourself familiar with where all of the fascination over blood-suckers originally got started.

This 2-disc set contains five, b&w Dracula movies (from the years between 1931-1945) that were all released through Universal Studios.

In my opinion - The original, 1931 story about evil and vampirism (which starred the unforgettable Bela Lugosi as the title character) still remains the best of the lot. Out of the other four horror films presented in this collection - 1943's "Son Of Dracula" got my vote for being the second best.

All-in-all - This "Legacy" collection is certainly well-worth a view from a nostalgic point of view.

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Jun 17, 2015

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