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Catalog Number 23-001
Format Standard Play CAV
Running Time 75 minutes
Release History


Standard Play Version

Mono
Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Blue
Retail Price $9.95
Issued December 1978
Side Frames Running Time
1 38,194 26min 31sec
2 39,755 27min 36sec
3 29,586 20min 32sec
107,535 74min 40sec
Dead Side Various
Ratings
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer
Replication
Packaging
Large Open-Top
Open-Top
Side-Open Sticker
Printed

Pressing Notes

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.

Known Dead Sides


Release History

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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