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Bram Stoker's Dracula

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

  • Score
    90
    from 3 reviewers
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  • Coppola's Dracula 4K re-release entices with new extras and Dolby Vision, a visual feast despite faults.

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  • Video
    94
  • Sony's reissue of Bram Stoker's Dracula on 4K UHD Blu-ray dazzles with native 4K, Dolby Vision HDR, and meticulous detail, enhancing its gothic visual feast and cinematic effects for the definitive home viewing experience.

  • Audio
    94
  • Dracula's 4K Blu-ray retains its exceptional Dolby Atmos soundtrack, praised for its immersive, detailed audio and celebrated across releases, now boasting versatile legacy audio options for a rich viewing experience.

  • Extra
    90
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula's new 4K release adds the Annie Lennox music video and a substantial Blood Lines featurette to a vast array of existing extras. Exclusive SteelBook packaging enhances collector appeal, despite some bonus features remaining Blu-ray exclusive.

  • Movie
    90
  • Coppola's tumultuous career, marked by cinematic masterpieces, critical challenges, and a revival with 'Bram Stoker's Dracula,' showcases his relentless innovation and artistic resilience.

    Video: 94

    Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula" has been revitalized for the second time in 4K UHD Blu-ray by Sony, a mere five years following its previous release, boasting a native 4K presentation that is absolutely breath-taking. This reissue not only maintains the film's textural integrity, replete with a natural film grain and texture that film enthusiasts will appreciate, but it also enhances the viewing experience with the inclusion of Dolby Vision HDR. This adds a remarkable depth to the movie's gothic and lavish aesthetics, with shadows and contrasts handled beautifully, enriching the ornate settings and intricate costumes. The HDR, coupled with a wide color gamut (WCG), HDR10, Dolby Vision, and a precise 3840x2160/24p BT.2020 image, results in a video presentation that is arguably unmatched, faithfully capturing every detail of Coppola's ambitious non-CG effects-laden production.

    The detailed analysis of this reissue, tested on high-end 4K viewing setups, reveals that the transfer is nearly identical to its 2017 predecessor but benefits immensely from Dolby Vision implementation. This slight yet significant enhancement contributes to a more luminous and vivid picture without compromising the film's original atmosphere or artistic vision. Even in its darkest scenes, details are remarkably stable and textures - from the stone walls of Castle Dracula to the dense streets of London - remain pronounced and deeply immersive. Facial details are especially noteworthy, offering tactile sharpness that brings characters to life in a stunning display.

    Sony's commitment to excellence for its catalog titles shines through with this release, further treating fans not only with technical improvements but also aesthetic ones, such as the restoration of the original gothic font for subtitles and title cards. While these enhancements are relatively minor, they mark a noticeable improvement in color shading and shadow detail, particularly in the film's more stylized sequences. This dedication ensures that "Bram Stoker's Dracula" not only remains a visual feast but also preserves its artistic integrity for both new viewers and devoted fans alike, making this edition a definitive must-own for collectors.

    Audio: 94

    The audio presentation of "Bram Stoker's Dracula" on its 4K UHD Blu-ray edition retains the distinguished Dolby Atmos track that has been a hallmark of its audio experience since its 2015 Blu-ray reissue. This consistency in audio quality speaks volumes, emphasizing that what was once a pioneering auditory experience continues to hold its ground as one of the format's most exemplary achievements. The Atmos track, celebrated for its precision and enveloping nature, brings to life the subtlest of sound details—from the sinister whispers of Dracula’s brides navigating through the soundscape, to the atmospheric nuances such as the scuttling of rodents, the ethereal wind, and the ominous creaking of floorboards. These elements coalesce to craft an immersive auditory experience that not only complements but enhances the visual storytelling.

    Furthermore, the inclusion of legacy audio tracks (DTS-HD MA 5.1 and DTS-HD MA 2.0) alongside the Atmos track in this release offers an added level of versatility, catering to various home theater setups and preferences. This thoughtful addition ensures that enthusiasts and newcomers alike can experience the film's haunting score and the meticulously layered sound design in a manner that best suits their equipment configurations. The score itself, a crucial component of the film's atmosphere, interplays with dialogue and effects seamlessly, ensuring clarity without losing its potent, mood-establishing presence across different audio formats. The LFE channel, especially during key moments, adds a palpable intensity that deepens the cinematic experience.

    Experiencing "Bram Stoker's Dracula" in Dolby Atmos—or indeed any of the provided audio formats—on this 4K UHD Blu-ray illuminates the careful craftsmanship invested into its auditory landscape. For aficionados returning to this classic or first-timers drawn in by its reputation, the audio presentation remains an unparalleled invitation into Dracula's brooding and intricately realized world. Whether through the whispers that fill the room or the thunderous moments that test the limits of one’s sound system, this release pays homage to Francis Ford Coppola’s vision with a meticulousness that resonates as deeply now as it did upon its original home release.

    Extra: 90

    The special features of this 4K UHD release of Bram Stoker's Dracula are a splendid mix of legacy content and fresh additions, tailored for aficionados and newcomers alike. Notable inclusions—the "Love Song For A Vampire" music video by Annie Lennox and the comprehensive "Blood Lines: Dracula - The Man, The Myth, The Movies" featurette—complement this edition's already rich repertoire. Despite the lack of new audio commentaries on the 4K disc, the inclusion of previous insights from Francis Ford Coppola and his team on the Blu-ray disc remains invaluable. The packaging, a SteelBook design, exudes a collectible charm with its meticulous aesthetics, though prone to fingerprints. This blend of historical extras and new content, alongside artistic packaging, makes this release a compelling addition to any collection.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • NEW! Music Video: Love Song for a Vampire by Annie Lennox.
    • NEW! Blood Lines: Dracula - The Man, The Myth, The Movies: Exploring the history of Dracula and the film's making.
    • Audio Commentary: Featuring Director Francis Ford Coppola, Visual Effects Director Roman Coppola, and Makeup Supervisor Greg Cannom.
    • Audio Commentary: By Director Francis Ford Coppola.
    • Francis Ford Coppola Introduction.
    • Reflections in Blood: Francis Ford Coppola and Bram Stoker's Dracula.
    • Practical Magicians: A Collaboration Between Father and Son.
    • The Blood is the Life: Making Bram Stoker's Dracula.
    • The Costumes are the Sets: The Design of Eiko Ishioka.
    • In Camera: Naive Visual Effects.
    • Method and Madness: Visualizing Dracula.
    • Deleted & Extended Scenes.
    • Bram Stoker's Dracula Beware Trailer.
    • Bram Stoker's Dracula Theatrical Trailer.

    Movie: 90

    In the meticulously crafted 4K UHD presentation of Francis Ford Coppola's iconic "Bram Stoker's Dracula," viewers are treated to a cinematic feast that both respects and revitalizes the 1992 masterpiece with contemporary technological marvels. Sony's upgrade to Dolby Vision color grading is a particular highlight, offering a richer, more immersive visual experience than its 2017 HDR counterpart. This, paired with the inclusion of new, dedicated supplements on the UHD disc, enhances the film’s allure for both newcomers and devout collectors. The bundled Blu-ray also features a remastered video, ensuring that every detail of Coppola’s vision is presented with unprecedented clarity and fidelity.

    At the heart of this lavish restoration lies Gary Oldman’s transformative portrayal of Dracula, an embodiment of melancholy and tragic love that redefines the iconic character. The film’s narrative, while maintaining its fidelity to Bram Stoker’s epistolary format, is reimagined as a hauntingly beautiful love story, enriched by Coppola’s masterful direction and a visually stunning design that spans from the opulent costumes to the inventive use of practical effects. Oldman’s performance is brilliantly supported by an eclectic cast, albeit with controversial casting choices, which have sparked debate among fans and critics alike. Nonetheless, these elements blend harmoniously to create a unique version of the Dracula legend.

    Technically, the movie is a feast for the senses, demonstrating Coppola's commitment to using an array of traditional cinematic techniques. From in-camera effects to shadow play and Technicolor vibrancy, each frame is densely packed with aesthetic innovations that pay homage to the history of film while pushing its boundaries. This mixing of old-world charm with cutting-edge technology in the 4K UHD presentation not only serves to amplify the movie’s gothic atmosphere but also positions "Bram Stoker's Dracula" as a definitive interpretation of the vampire mythos for contemporary audiences.

    Total: 90

    Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula" on 4K UHD Blu-Ray remains a captivating, albeit polarizing cinematic reimagining of the gothic horror classic. Despite some uneven performances that add to the film's unique charm, Gary Oldman's portrayal is undeniably magnetic, solidifying this as one of the most memorable adaptations of Dracula. The 30th Anniversary edition from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is encased in a Limited Edition SteelBook, boasting significant upgrades such as Dolby Vision HDR enhancement, which, though subtler than dramatic, markedly improves the visual fidelity over its predecessors. This release supplements the spectacular 4K video and Atmos audio with a few additional extras, including an Annie Lennox music video and a vintage documentary, enriching an already comprehensive package.

    For collectors and first-time buyers alike, the allure of this edition extends beyond the film's visual and auditory restoration. Additional legacy audio tracks and a corrected subtitle font are thoughtful touches that underscore Sony's commitment to honoring the film's legacy while catering to modern home cinema technologies. Despite the minutiae of its enhancements potentially not justifying a repurchase for those who own previous editions, the inclusion of new bonuses alongside the SteelBook packaging presents a compelling case for enthusiasts inclined towards physical media collections.

    In conclusion, Sony's 4K UHD Blu-Ray release of "Bram Stoker's Dracula" stands as the definitive version for aficionados of both the film and superior home cinema experiences. While the upgrades may not warrant a 'double-dip' for every collector, the amalgamation of visually stunning enhancements, atmospheric audio fidelity, and exclusive extras in premium packaging encompasses a highly recommended acquisition for those who have yet to own this cinematic oddity in its finest form.