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Another Hammer film which should make many happy around here on HTF!

HORROR OF DRACULA (1958)
NEW 2018 1080p PRESENTATION SOURCED FROM THE HAMMER/BFI RESTORATION
Run Time 82:00
Subtitles English SDH
Sound Quality DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 – English
Aspect Ratio ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO – 1.66:1, 16 X 9 WIDESCREEN
Product Color COLOR
Disc Configuration BD 25
Includes Original UK Theatrical Trailer (HD)

Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, Britain’s premier masters of the macabre, bring the Horror of Dracula to vivid, full-color death in this retelling of Bram Stoker’s spellbinding vampire tale. Dracula (Lee), a centuries-old Transylvanian nobleman damned to an eternal half-life, regularly finds new victims. He also finds Dr. Van Helsing (Cushing), a scientist who becomes the Count’s implacable foe in a deadly game of bat-and-mouse. This is the UK version titled “DRACULA”, and featuring footage previously restored by the British Film Institute and Hammer Films. Warner Archive’s new release restores the original color palette of the film, using dye-transfer Technicolor prints as reference, and has been meticulously cleaned of film-related damage for a superior presentation

The dread is here – as are the power and pathos of this genre landmark by which Hammer Studios ushered in a new era of screen chills from classic evildoers. Tremble through that era again. Unleash the horror.
Also new on remastered DVD!

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Will this include the footage acquired from Japan showing the lengthier climatic deterioration? Any news on extras?

In any case...THANKS YOU, WBA. Are you doing similar work on CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN?
 
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Disappointing that they've stuck with 1.66:1.
 

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Disappointing that they've stuck with 1.66:1.
Why exactly would it be disappointing that they've stuck with the ORIGINAL aspect ratio? I thought original intent was what this website was all about.
 

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Because it's not the original AR, as established by Bob Furmanek in these very forums some years ago.
 
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Great news. The Region B edition is loaded with extras but the availability is of course key.
 

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It'll be interesting to see if they've done any additional work on the color since it says "sourced from the Hammer/BFI restoration".

Also - will they leave the climax as-is or work on inserting more of the Japanese footage.

Regardless of anything else, that cover is gorgeous (from the French 1-panel poster).
 

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What is the OAR, John?
1.75:1 in the UK, IIRC 1.85:1 USA; no doubt Bob will comment further. In the dim and distant past I seem to recall him running a print at 1.75:1 and declaring it perfect. But I should let him speak for himself.
 

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1.75:1 in the UK, IIRC 1.85:1 USA; no doubt Bob will comment further. In the dim and distant past I seem to recall him running a print at 1.75:1 and declaring it perfect. But I should let him speak for himself.
Thank you for the information.
 

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According to IMDB, the original aspect ratio of Horror of Dracula is 1.66:1
 

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The information on IMDB is pretty reliable when it comes to new productions, but decidedly hit and miss for vintage ones.
 

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Very Happy ! Finally ! ..I am surprised that they did not use the dvd cover art for this one. I have the UK Bluray Dracula. This should look much Better.
 

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Wow. They saved the best for last. 3 great WAC months in a row for me.
 
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I don't mind 1:66, I'd rather have a smidge to much headroom than not enough, & I seem to remember that the old Warner DVD had a fault where they cut off the tops of heads. Now to be a wee bit controversial, I don't like the BFI transfer, far too cool for me, so I hope the Archive release has a bit of Hammer colour, otherwise, no sale.
 
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