Saturday, August 15, 2015

BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA getting a 4K restoration

I'm an admirer of Francis Ford Coppola's BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, a movie that never got its due on home video. The 1992 film was released at a weird time for multi-media: when DVD took hold of the market a few years later, BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA was neither old enough nor new enough to get the kind of prestige release it arguably deserved. Fans of the film had to settle for the blink-or-you-missed-it Laserdisc release, or the bare bones Superbit edition.

I'm not going to waste a lot of space here defending the movie, but I think it's a flawed masterpiece (you can read my ramblings on the film HERE). Needless to say, I'm looking forward to a 4K restoration recently announced by Sony.

BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA will be released Oct. 6 as both a Blu-ray combo pack, and as something called the "Limited Edition Supreme Cinema Series" which features Blu-ray/digital HD versions of the film. The Supreme Cinema version includes a "high-end" transparent case and a 24-page booklet with rare photos, behind-the-scenes info and a new introduction from Coppola.

Both releases  include:
  • 4K Restoration
  • Dolby Atmos soundtrack (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible)
  • Reflections in Blood: Francis Ford Coppola and Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Practical Magicians: A Collaboration Between Father and Son
  • Rare 1993 commentary with Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Coppola and Greg Cannom
  • Deleted scenes
  • Audio commentary & film introduction by Francis Ford Coppola
  • 4 "legacy featurettes" 
The Supreme Cinema edition retails for $38.99, but is currently available for pre-order for $27.99. Expect that price to fluctuate between now and the October release date.

Via: Amazon.

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