Dracula (1979) - Is there any chance of a re-release?

Jim Peavy

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There's a lot about this movie to like: the John Williams score, Olivier's turn as Van Helsing, Donald Pleasance as Dr. Seward. But Langella makes an awful Dracula, IMO. This version is worse in the goofy-romance dept. than Coppola's.

I need to at least rent this sometime, though; haven't seen it since it first came out.
 

DeanR

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Yes, the love scene was over the top. Dave, I doubt Frankie had any problems with scoring with the ladies after this flick came out or before, even if he was a diva
. Pleasence and Olivier were very good in this movie. But, back to the DVD, I will give it a spin this weekend to see what you guys are talking about.
 

Patrick H.

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"How dare that asshole mention Karloff!"


This thread prompted me to Netflix its subject, as I'd been meaning to check it out for years. Disco lasers and Harlequin romance-novel elements aside, it's actually a pretty good little film. It's kind of a big melting pot for cool ideas from various prior Dracula adaptations...there are lots of nods to Lugosi and the Hammers, although Langella's performance is unique. Another thing I liked was how it upholds a lot of the traditional vampire mythos, but doesn't make a big deal out of it. Olivier was also a terrific choice as a frail Van Helsing with a will of iron. Not exactly Peter Cushing, but well-played.

Although it definitely stood out as revisionist tinkering (in that no film I can think of from the 70s has a desaturated look like that), I grew to rather like the blanched colors. And that John Williams score is terrific!
 

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