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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). This edition was
re-issued under the same catalog number with updated artwork.
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