Bram Stoker's Dracula

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*****LOVE NEVER DIES*****

by anne on 5/26/2009

This is my personal favorite movie of Gary's. He has a command of the human language's dialects. She should have stayed with Dracula, in this flick. He brought her back, and then she stuck in to him. He really get's into his roles. He is the best Dracula, in my humble opinion..........Thanks all. Read More

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Product Overview

Gary Oldman, Winona Rider and Anthony Hopkins star in director Francis Ford Coppola's visually stunning, passionately seductive version of the classic Dracula legend. In Bram Stoker's Dracula, Coppola returns to the original source of the Dracula myth, and from that gothic romance, he creates a modern masterpiece. Gary Oldman's metamorphosis as Dracula--who grows from old to young, from man to beast--is nothing short of amazing. Winona Ryder brings equal intensity to the role of a young beauty who becomes the object of Dracula's devastating desire. Anthony Hopkins co-stars as the famed doctor who dares to believe in Dracula, and then dares to confront him. Opulent, dazzling and utterly irresistible, this is Dracula as you've never seem him. And once you've seen Bram Stoker's Dracula, you'll never forget it.

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Studio Sony
SKU 204966113
UPC 043396129160
UPC 14 00043396129160
Format DVD
Release Date 9/7/2010
Rating Rating
Keywords
Essential Cinema
Love Story
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Vampires
Editors Note
Note A seductive retelling of the legendary tale, BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA is Francis Ford Coppola's opulent, erotic, blood-filled feast. Count Dracula (played with irresistible intensity by Gary Oldman) reunites with his soul mate, Mina (Winona Ryder), after four centuries. Mina's friend Lucy (Sadie Frost) succumbs to the deadly bite of Dracula while Renfield (Tom Waits), locked in an asylum, eagerly waits for his master's return. Mina's fiancé, Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves), with the help of the eccentric Professor Van Helsing (Anthony Hopkins), attempts to save Mina's life and soul before she can become Dracula's eternal bride.^After Dracula attacks Mina's friend Lucy (Sadie Frost), Dr. Jack Seward (Richard E. Grant) calls in the legendary Professor Van Helsing (Anthony Hopkins) to cure Lucy's "disease of the blood." Jonathan escapes from the castle and he and Mina are married while Lucy dies and is resurrected as a vampire. When Dracula appears to Mina in her sleep, she declares her undying love for him. Professor Van Helsing, Jack Seward, and Lucy's fiancé, Arthur Holmwood (Cary Elwes), join Jonathan and travel to Transylvania to destroy Dracula, but Mina tries to save her tortured lover.^Musician Tom Waits appears in the film as Renfield, a Victorian lunatic singing the praises of Dracula. Ornate costume design and lighting awash in shades of blood make this film a seductive and scary must-see. |In his version of the oft-told tale, Francis Ford Coppola takes Bram Stoker's archetypical horror story and accentuates the romantic angle. Blood still flows in large amounts, and Coppola opted to do all the eye-pleasing visual effects in-camera, utilizing shadow puppets, smoke, miniatures, and other time-honored tricks of the trade--creating a visual style not unlike that of a storybook come to life.
Plot Summary
Summary Vlad the Impaler (Gary Oldman), a count and fierce warrior, goes off to fight in the Crusades. Falsely hearing of his death, his beloved wife Elisabeta kills herself. Upon returning home and finding her, Vlad renounces God and becomes Count Dracula, embracing Satan in exchange for immortality. Flash forward to 1897 London. Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves) leaves fiancée Mina (Winona Ryder) and journeys to Transylvania to meet Count Dracula (Gary Oldman) to complete a real estate transaction. After seeing a photo of Mina, whom he believes to be his wife reincarnated, Dracula keeps Jonathan as a prisoner in his castle while he travels to London to meet his long lost love.
Reviews
Sight and Sound "...[Oldman gives a] virtuoso performance....A veritable hailstorm of visual effects, spectacular action sequences and literary, cinematic and artistic references..." 02/01/1993 p.42-3
USA Today "...Florid opera wall-to-walled with blood and bizarre mating rituals, the beat is fast and you can bite to it..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars 11/13/1992 p.1D
Directors
Francis Ford Coppola
Actors
Winona Ryder
Gary Oldman
Cast & Crew
Andrew Precht - Art Director
Anne Goursaud, et. al. - Editor
Anthony Hopkins - Actor
Bram Stoker - Based On Novel By
Cary Elwes - Actor
Francis Ford Coppola - Producer
Francis Ford Coppola - Director
Gary Oldman - Actor
James V. Hart - Screenplay
Keanu Reeves - Actor
Michael Apted - Executive Producer
Michael Ballhaus - Cinematographer
Monica Bellucci - Actor
Richard E. Grant - Actor
Tom Waits - Actor
Winona Ryder - Actor
Wojciech Kilar - Original Music By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1992
Catalog ID 12916
UPC 00043396129160
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 127 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Nominee (1994) British Academy Awards, Eiko Ishioka, Best Costume Design,British Academy Awards, Michele Burke, et. al., Best Make Up Artist,British Academy Awards, Thomas E. Sanders, Best Production Design,British Academy Awards, Roman Coppola, et. al., Best Special Effects
Nominee (1993) MTV Award, Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Best Kiss,Oscar, Garrett Lewis, Thomas E. Sanders, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Winner (1993) Oscar, Eiko Ishioka, Best Costume Design,Oscar, Tom C. McCarthy, David E. Stone, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing,Oscar, Michele Burke, et. al., Best Makeup
Reviews
ReviewSource DVD Town
Review The first sequence in Dracula«s castle is really quite effective, with Dracula at this time a spooky old gentleman (topped with a coiffeur that later begged to be parodied by Mel Brooks). While it is somewhat silly, it is still fun if one suspends one«s disbelief and goes along for the ride..."Bram Stoker«s Dracula" is an old-fashioned monster movie on a grand scale, a Gothic horror spectacular in the best and, if you want to be cynical, the worst sense of the words. It«s weird, eerie, funny, thrilling, bizarre, and eccentric, filled with demonic rites, Christian symbolism, and erotic imagery; indeed, it is more sensual and sexy than any prior Dracula film has dared to be. Perhaps, above all, Coppola«s vision of "Dracula" is that of a romance. In fact, it may be as a love story that the film works best, and how this fact sits with diehard fright-flick fans will probably determine their ultimate reaction to it.
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Reviewer John J. Puccio
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The film is inspired by the original Bram Stoker novel, although the author's name is in the title for another reason (Another studio owns the rights to plain "Dracula"). It begins, as it should, with the tragic story of Vlad the Impaler, who went off to fight the Crusades and returned to find that his beloved wife, hearing he was dead, had killed herself. And not just killed herself, but hurled herself from a parapet to a stony doom far below, in one of the many spectacular shots which are the best part of this movie...Coppola directs with all the stops out, and the actors perform as if afraid they will not be audible in the other theaters of the multiplex. The sets are grand opera run riot - Gothic extravaganza intercut with the Victorian London of gaslights and fogbound streets, rogues in top hats and bad girls in bustiers...Oldman and Ryder and Hopkins pant with eagerness. The movie is an exercise in feverish excess, and for that if for little else, I enjoyed it.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
Collector's Edition, DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, French, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Oldman,Gary
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com ...the sumptuously mounted film is always a visual treat for the eye.
Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks Woozy, flamboyant, and unforgettable...
Raoul Hernandez, Austin Chronicle ...stylized, psychedelicized...

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