WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Reviewed In Issue 04 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Richard E. Grant, Cary Elwes

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1335L
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $124.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 127
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 06/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Francis Ford Coppola
(Screenplay/Written By): James V. Hart
(Story): NA
(Music): Wojciech Kilar
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Thomas Sanders
(Visual Effects): Fantasy II Film Effects
(Costume Designer): Eiko Ishioka
(Editor): Nicholas C. Smith, Glen Scantelbury & Anne Goursaud, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Tom C. McCarthy, MPSE & David E. Stone, MPSE
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Michael Apted & Robert O’Connor
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Fuchs & Charles Mulvehill

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Coppola’s stunning masterpiece is an audacious and passionately seductive version of the classic legend. Oldman’s extraordinary portrayal of a mysteriously sexual Dracula as he grows young to old, from man to beast, is an amazing metamorphosis. Ryder stars as Mina Murray, fiancée of Jonathan Harker (Reeves) and object of Dracula’s devastating desire as he believes she is his beloved wife reincarnated. His sole being as a vampire is set on their reunification as he sets out to reclaim her. Hopkins stars as the famed Dr. Van Helsing who dares to confront him.

LaserDisc Picture:
Initially, Criterion tried to secure the same Interpositive (IP) element that Columbia used for their transfer. This was not possible for various reasons and Criterion ended up securing a different high resolution, low contrast IP from the Columbia vault. Roman Coppola supervised the Criterion transfer. Criterion’s Maria Palazzola was the film-to-tape transfer supervisor working with Coppola and telecine colorist David Bernstein at Pacific Ocean Post in Santa Monica. Columbia employed Michael Ballhaus, the director of photography, to supervise the transfer with telecine colorist Tom Scarpelli at Modern Videofilm in Burbank at the controls. Both transfers were performed using state-of-the-art Rank Ursa telecine machines.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
There should be warning labels affixed to the LaserDisc jackets to caution viewers to watch for the levels at which they will be playing the soundtrack. The full dynamic impact of the theatrical release can be felt when these soundtracks are played at the reference level 85 dB SPL.
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