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horror of dracula 1958

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by steve blake, Jan 25, 2002.

  1. steve blake

    steve blake Stunt Coordinator

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    does anyone know if there is any plans for this to be released in the near future?.I have scars of dracula and dracula prince of darkness and I think are really good drac movies. but what I want is the first one.I would get it on video if I really had to but would much prefer it on dvd.if anyone has the video what's the picture quality like?is it widescreen?thanks
     
  2. Mark Zimmer

    Mark Zimmer Producer

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    Warner controls it, so no, you're not likely to see this on DVD in your lifetime.
     
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    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    You Englander's are damn lucky to be getting them this summer.
    Damn Warner Brothers.[​IMG]
     
  4. Ken_McAlinden

    Ken_McAlinden Producer
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    If Warner sells enough copies of 1959's "The Mummy", which has been out since last October, and is preparing new digital masters for Europe, I am reasonably confident that we will see the rest of their Hammer output in short order. I haven't picked up The Mummy yet, myself, but I have seen snippets and it is a beautiful transfer.

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  5. Derek M Germano

    Derek M Germano Second Unit

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    From the most recent Warner chat:

     
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    Jeff Swindoll Supporting Actor

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    Buy THE MUMMY!

    If Warner sees sales, they will put out HORROR OF DRACULA.
     
  8. PhilipG

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    Of course, as far as extras are concerned, we all know not to expect anything more than a trailer from Warner on what is possibly the most sought after of all the Hammers. [​IMG]
     
  9. Derek M Germano

    Derek M Germano Second Unit

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    HORROR OF DRACULA really should have a Christopher Lee commentary, but I'd happy with just the film at this point.
     
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    Joseph J.D Cinematographer

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    I would absolutely love to have this film on DVD. I hope Warner does an excellent job on the transfer like they did with 'The Mummy'(purchased that over a month ago). A Christopher Lee commentary would definately be a plus for this title.
     
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    We have Lee commentaries on a few of the Anchor Bay Hammer releases, so at least he's recorded for posterity. Personally, I'd be happier than hell just to have a decent-looking OAR release of HORROR OF DRACULA with trailer. The laser was an abomination - P&S, terrible color and, in the original pressing, an edit that omitted spurting blood from one of the stakings (this at least was reinstated for the second pressing). I have always wondered, though, about a still photograph from the film that appeared in countless genre magazines, beginning with Famous Monsters of Filmland: this is a shot of Lee lying on the floor at the film's climax, skin peeling from his face. This shot has never been included in any theatrical or video release I've seen - the film goes directly from Lee covering his face with his hand to block the sun, then to a reaction shot of Cushing, then back to Lee's skeletal hand lowering to reveal a completely burned away face. Was the aforementioned "peeling" shot just a publicity photo?
     
  12. Peter Apruzzese

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    Dick, everything I've read indicates that was just a publicity photo.
     
  13. Derek M Germano

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    The initial Laserdisc release of HORROR OF DRACULA was pretty horrible, I remember an entire reel of the film showing signs of damage. Any new transfer should be of the complete cut and come from the best available materials.
     
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