Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
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|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.|
"Woozy, flamboyant, and unforgettable... Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"...stylized, psychedelicized... Raoul Hernandez, Austin Chronicle
Editor's NoteA 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.
Dracula (1992) - DVD Review
By: Jay Antani filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 9/25/2009 8:08 PM
|The full title that Francis Ford Coppola gave his Dracula is Bram Stoker's Dracula, implying that his was a truly faithful transfiguring of Stoker's novel to the screen. But anyone familiar with the novel knows that Coppola's adaptation takes significant creative liberties. Not that re-imagining and re-shaping is ever a bad idea, but sometimes it ends up subtracting from rather than enhancing our experience of the material. Coppola's take doesn't play as fast and loose with Stoker's novel as other adaptations (Dracula 2000 anyone?), but it's misguided and ludicrous just the same. The worst bit of tampering with the Dracula narrative was Coppola and screenwriter James V....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Richard E. Grant|
|Andrew Precht - Art Director|
|Anne Goursaud, et. al. - Editor|
|Bram Stoker - Based On Novel By|
|Francis Ford Coppola - Producer|
|Francis Ford Coppola - Director|
|James V. Hart - Screenplay|
|Michael Apted - Executive Producer|
|Michael Ballhaus - Cinematographer|
|Wojciech Kilar - Original Music By|
Plot SummaryVlad 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.
|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|
|MTV Award, Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Best Kiss|
|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|
|Oscar, Garrett Lewis, Thomas E. Sanders, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration|
Actor: Downey,Thomas. Label: Lions Gate Home Entertainment. Music Format: DVD. Video Format: DVD ...