John Badham’s 1979 production of Bram Stoker’s original 1898 masterpiece of horror literature is a very interesting, if imperfect take on the subject.
Especially with Frank Langella in the lead, and Laurence Olivier as Van Helsing. Kate Nelligan makes an interesting Lucy.
Shout Factory has given us two takes on the subject. First the original 1979 film, as released, and then (on a separate disc, Mr. Badham’s desaturated version (1991), which I rather enjoy.
Presumably derived from the same IP, both versions are a pleasure to watch, albeit never fully cleaned of detritus, cob webs and blood spatter.
For those who may have never encountered this version, you’ll find it a worthwhile expenditure of time.
A wonderful score by John Williams.
Image – 4
Audio – 5 (DTS-HD MA)
Pass / Fail – Pass