Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula makes its second appearance on UHD Blu-ray, using the same transfer but adding Dolby Vision HDR.
The Production: 2.5/5
Bram Stoker’s Dracula, as directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay by James V. Hart (Contact), tries to be a “faithful” adaptation of the source novel with an all-star cast. While the production design by Thomas Sanders (Braveheart, Crimson Peak) is definitely turn of the century gothic with plenty of sex and gore, the film moves extremely slow, making the 127 minute runtime feel more like three hours. Much of the acting is over the top, especially Gary Oldman as Dracula, Tom Waits as Renfield, and Anthony Hopkins as Van Helsing. Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, Richard E. Grant, Cary Elwes, Billy Campbell, and Monica Bellucci round out the cast.
3D Rating: NA
This new release appears to be the same transfer used in the 2017 UHD release, but in addition to HDR10 Sony has added Dolby Vision high dynamic range to provide slightly better luminance levels for those with DV-capable displays and included the original burned-in subtitles. This is a gorgeous transfer, with organic film grain and exceptional fine details such as fabric textures, even visible seams in the backdrops. Contrast is also excellent, with deep blacks and strong shadow detail.
The default Dolby Atmos track is very immersive and wide. LFE is strong, surrounds are very active, and dialogue is clear and understandable throughout.
Special Features: 4.5/5
Sony has included two previously unreleased bonus features on the UHD disc, with all of the other special features on the included 2015 Blu-ray release.
Love Song for a Vampire Music Video (upscaled 1080p; 4:24): Annie Lennox performs the song featured in the end credits.
Blood Lines: Dracula – The Man, the Myth, the Movies (upscaled 1080p; 28:22): A half-hour TV special (?) that takes a look behind the scenes and the mythology of Dracula himself.
Audio Commentary with Director Francis Ford Coppola, Visual Effects Supervisor Roman Coppola and Makeup Supervisor Greg Cannom
Audio Commentary with Director Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola Introduction (1080p; 3:55)
Reflections in Blood: Francis Ford Coppola and “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1080p; 29:11)
Practical Magicians: A Collaboration Between Father and Son (1080p; 20:07)
The Blood is the Life: The Making of “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1080p; 27:48)
The Costumes are the Sets: The Design of Eiko Ishioka (1080p; 14:02)
In Camera: Naïve Visual Effects (1080p; 18:46)
Method and Madness: Visualizing Dracula (1080p; 12:06)
Deleted and Extended Scenes (1080i; 28:14)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula “Beware” Trailer (1080p; 1:31)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula Theatrical Trailer (1080p; 2:36)
Digital Copy: An insert contains a code to redeem a digital copy in UHD on Movies Anywhere.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula is one of Francis Ford Coppola’s more divisive films, and this reviewer is still not a big fan of it 30 years later. The presentation, however, is exceptional. Should owners of the previous UHD release upgrade to this one? Not likely, unless they must have the movie in Dolby Vision, with original subtitles, the two previously unreleased special features, or a steelbook case (or any combination of the above).
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