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Copies of Dracula, one of DiscoVision's premiere titles, sold out quickly making this one more than a little
difficult to locate. The video transfer is stunning. DiscoVision struck this edition from an original nitrate release
print, which explains the incredible sharp detail in the image. There are some horrible repairs on the film, and other
damage is evident throughout, but on the hole, the transfer is excellent. It looses some minor points for being too
closely cropped. For example, during the opening credits, the bottom name cannot be seen at all. The transfer also
suffers in some places from being washed out completely.
The audio transfer is another story all together. While the dialog is crisp and clear, there is that typical 1930s
hiss which is inherent in all the films from this period. While this isn't really DiscoVision's fault, they could
have incorporated some filtering or noise reduction.
Disc replication is about average. Of the copies examined, none were perfect, with varying degrees of speckling and
high-frequency noise. However, none have been unwatchable. Dracula was last listed in DiscoVision's October
1980 catalog update.
In October 1988, MCA Home Video re-released Dracula as an Encore Edition (Catalog #: 23001). They have also
re-issued this re-issue with some updated artwork. Universal Studios Home Video has also added an excellent collectors
edition of the title on DVD which includes production notes, a documentary
and commentary. Also included is a new music score by Philip Glass in Dolby Digital 5.0 channels. As an added bonus,
the DVD also features the complete 104 minute Spanish language version of the film that was shot at the same time
as the English version. The DVD was released in December 1999.
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