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Dracula (1979) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

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#1 of 87 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 24 2014 - 07:17 AM

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#2 of 87 OFFLINE   trajan

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Posted June 24 2014 - 07:53 AM

Thanks Ordered.



#3 of 87 OFFLINE   andySu

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Posted June 24 2014 - 08:14 AM

Wow I like this DOLBY STEREO score by John Williams, it as a chilling creepy feeling I can feel in the seats with bass mid buzzing and vibrating the frequency feels like static electricity with my hands on the armrests and feel the score all over the seats. 

 

I'll have to order someday. I first saw this on late night BBC1 around 1981 at my aunties, and videoed it and watched it for days.  :P

 



#4 of 87 OFFLINE   Richard M S

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Posted June 24 2014 - 08:25 AM

Pre-ordered!

 

I saw Frank Langella in the Broadway version with the Edward Gorey sets back when I was in high school, I still have the Broadway program and souvenir booklet somewhere. I forgot a subsequent film version was made a few years later, (without Edward Gorey's sets.) I am eager to see this version after so many years.



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Posted June 24 2014 - 08:38 AM

I liked the film and how it ended for the poor creature of night looking for love, floats off into the wind at the end? 

 

 

Wow the end credits has brutal slam bass mid that was kicking my cinema seats.  

 



#6 of 87 OFFLINE   Will Krupp

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Posted June 24 2014 - 10:21 AM

As mentioned in this thread about the French release:

 

http://www.hometheat...4/#entry4104043

 

Original color design or no sale.


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Posted June 24 2014 - 12:26 PM

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Wow I like this DOLBY STEREO score by John Williams, it as a chilling creepy feeling I can feel in the seats with bass mid buzzing and vibrating the frequency feels like static electricity with my hands on the armrests and feel the score all over the seats. 

 

 

If you haven't done so already, check out John Williams' score for THE FURY.  Along with DRACULA, my two favorite scores from him.

 

As for the original color design, while I would gladly eat crow to be proven wrong, I am 100% certain this BD will be a direct port of the DVD release which utilized the director's preferred pseudo-black & white scheme.  Very frustrating to think we may never see the beautiful color version of this again.


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Posted June 24 2014 - 12:37 PM

Wouldn't the obvious thing to do is to include both versions of the film? The director's cut and the original theatrical version? That way everybody's happy. Call me perverse but I saw the film during its initial theatrical run in 1979 and I much prefer the more atmospheric near B&W version.


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Posted June 24 2014 - 01:50 PM

Very nice!  The last version of this I owned was on Laserdisc.



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Posted June 24 2014 - 02:34 PM

Wouldn't the obvious thing to do is to include both versions of the film? The director's cut and the original theatrical version? That way everybody's happy.

 

That sounds much too sensible. We'll probably just get the B&W version.



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Posted June 24 2014 - 03:12 PM

Wouldn't the obvious thing to do is to include both versions of the film? The director's cut and the original theatrical version? That way everybody's happy. Call me perverse but I saw the film during its initial theatrical run in 1979 and I much prefer the more atmospheric near B&W version.

 

Okay... you're perverse! :P

 

Seriously, I LOATHE the revamped/devamped color, but I'm sure that's what will be put out, so no sale for me.  (But I'd love it if they had the sense to put both out.)


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#12 of 87 OFFLINE   Richard Stammer

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Posted June 24 2014 - 06:50 PM

The last time I watched the DVD version I dialed up the color saturation to the Max on my 60" Pioneer Elite and the colors came back.  I believe they are there, just dialed down.  Try it and let me know what you think.



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Posted June 24 2014 - 07:42 PM

If you haven't done so already, check out John Williams' score for THE FURY.  Along with DRACULA, my two favorite scores from him.

 

As for the original color design, while I would gladly eat crow to be proven wrong, I am 100% certain this BD will be a direct port of the DVD release which utilized the director's preferred pseudo-black & white scheme.  Very frustrating to think we may never see the beautiful color version of this again.

Already have The Fury on region 2 DVD and what an odd mix?

 

Dolby 4.0 and the way it sounds is like this.

 

Left and Right are duel mono with centre discrete and discrete mono surrounds. Strange mix? Either the left and right are suppose to be stereo or someone has mixed it with switch on console set to mono for left and right?     

 

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Posted June 25 2014 - 12:24 AM

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Posted June 25 2014 - 04:01 PM

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If you want to hear The Fury properly, check out this album:  http://lalalandrecor...te/FuryThe.html


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#16 of 87 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 25 2014 - 11:45 PM

Release Date: 9/2/2014
 
DRACULA (1979)
 
Product Source: Theatrical
Theatrical Studio: Universal
Theatrical Release: 7/20/1979
Synopsis:
 
Blu-ray Widescreen (61131593) : Disc 1 (Side A) 
 Format:  Blu-ray  UPC:  0-2519-22315-5-1
 Unit Type:  Standard  Number of Media:  1
 Street Date:  9/2/2014  PreOrder Date:   
 Run Time (HH:MM):  1 Hour 50 Minutes    
 Language:  English  Disc Type:  BD-50 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:  Snap Case  Layers:  Single
 Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
 
 Subtitles:  English SDH
French
 
 Edition:   Picture:  Widescreen
 Version:  Blu-ray + DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet  Color/B&W COLOR 
 Rating:  R  CARA Rating: 
 Bonus Features:  • Digital Copy of Dracula (1979) (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
• Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
• The Revamping of Dracula
• Feature Commentary with Director John Badham
• Universal Classic Monsters Trailer
• Dracula TV Series Trailer
 
DVD Widescreen (61021238) : Disc 1 (Side A) 
 Format:  DVD  UPC:  0-2519-21238-2-5
 Unit Type:  Standard  Number of Media: 
 Street Date:  8/30/2009  PreOrder Date:   
 Run Time (HH:MM):  1 Hour 50 Minutes    
 Language:  English  Disc Type:  DVD-9 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:  Snap Case  Layers:  Single
 Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
 
 Subtitles:  English SDH
French
Spanish
 
 Edition:   Picture:  Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:   Color/B&W COLOR 
 Rating:  R  CARA Rating:  [deleted]N/A
 Bonus Features:  • Feature Commentary with Director John Badham
• Photo Gallery
• Making of "The Revamping of Dracula"
 
DVD Widescreen (61163894) : Disc 1 (Side A) 
 Format:  DVD  UPC:  0-2519-22506-0-6
 Unit Type:  Standard  Number of Media:  1
 Street Date:  9/2/2014  PreOrder Date:   
 Run Time (HH:MM):  1 Hour 50 Minutes    
 Language:  English  Disc Type:  DVD-9 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:  Snap Case  Layers:  Single
 Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
 
 Subtitles:  English SDH
French
Spanish
 
 Edition:   Picture:  Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:   Color/B&W COLOR 
 Rating:  R  CARA Rating:  [deleted]N/A
 Bonus Features:  • Feature Commentary with Director John Badham
• Photo Gallery
• Making of "The Revamping of Dracula"
 
 

 

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#17 of 87 OFFLINE   Moe Dickstein

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Posted June 28 2014 - 09:45 PM

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I also posted this in the other Dracula thread...

 

"And Will, count me as one who prefers John's intended look for the film.

 

Since I work with John regularly, I've been able to ask him about this in depth. The early home transfers that everyone remembers are overly boosted from even what was in original prints.

 

JB and his collaborators DESIGNED the film to have a muted palette of color - this production was based on the Broadway revival with an essentially monochrome set design. 

 

The labs at Universal were unable to achieve the right look in 1979, and so the film went out as close as they could get it.

 

Then the early video masters were very boosted, and it wasn't until the DVD that John was finally able to get the film looking the way it was meant to.

 

If you want to follow the director's intent on another of his films, turn the color totally off on Who's Life is it Anyway?. That he wanted to release in true b&w, but the studio refused.

 

John is truly one of the kindest people I've had the pleasure of knowing in this industry, and it pains me to read comments like these. Why does someone who creates a piece of art have no say in how that work should be perceived, just because you like some pretty colors?"


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#18 of 87 OFFLINE   Moe Dickstein

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Posted June 28 2014 - 09:46 PM

As mentioned in this thread about the French release:

 

http://www.hometheat...4/#entry4104043

 

Original color design or no sale.

 

The current version is the ORIGINAL color design.

 

You want the 1979 Theatrical release color design, or perhaps the boosted original video color design :)


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#19 of 87 OFFLINE   haineshisway

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Posted June 28 2014 - 10:20 PM

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The Broadway version on which it was based was very black-and-white in design.  Again, people basing all their knowledge on a previous home video release, never a good idea.  


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#20 of 87 OFFLINE   Richard Stammer

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Posted June 29 2014 - 01:32 AM

Thank you Moe for your excellent post.  I have enjoyed this film since it was first released in 1979.  I remember the colorful on-screen experience in 1979.  For the last 35 years I have NEVER read any response from the Director regarding his original intentions regarding the intended desaturated color look of Dracula.  I am sorry that it was not released properly the first time and that all video releases until the DVD were incorrect as well.  I have never spoken disrespectfully of the Director.  However, in defense of the many fans of this movie, what other conclusions were we to draw with silence from the Director on his true purposes (if he commented somewhere else, I missed it and am sorry).  At any rate, thank you for putting this to rest.







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