We watched DRACULA, projected, at Reed's house yesterday evening. It was stupendous. I'm ordering my own copy as we speak.
For my money the image is beautifully film-like and as colorful, bright and detailed as you could ask. I was so taken with it, and so enjoying the film, that I actually forgot about the screen grabs I'd seen posted. Didn't even think to compare my memory of them with what I was seeing. At no time was an image too dark, or cast in blue, or any such thing. Those lovely Hammer colors were all there, in spades, and I truly felt I was seeing an acceptable equal to a nicely projected 35mm print.
I have a sort of personal benchmark for that -- not that I can claim to have eyes as trained in this as others here, so someone like Peter Apruzzese, if he reads this thread, might correct my impression -- but a few years back, I marveled at Hammer's BRIDES OF DRACULA in an original pristine 35mm print at the Lafayette Theatre, and that is the kind of texture and light and color and detail I see on this BD. The audio, too, is rich and powerful. Crank it up.
And what a treat to have the original main titles, and the additional restored shots which add a welcome boost in overall effect. If only the rest of the Hammer catalog could be the equal of this release.