Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula (1992) Gets Extensive, Director Approved Blu-Ray Release this October.
Francis Ford Coppola is one of our great directors. He’s made some of the best films of all time, marking a time and place in our history with some of them, and releasing forgettable drivel in his later years. Somehow, Dracula often gets lumped in with the latter category, as if Coppola somehow missed the mark. As if this isn’t the most beautifully gothic, unsettling, erotic adaptation of one our first horror novels. Yes, casting Keanu Reeves might’ve been a mistake, but besides the character of Jonathan Harker not getting his just due, the film is a sensual feast.
There are moments in this film that capture the essence and mystique of the novel perfectly. Shots of Dracula’s castle, silhouetted against a low-hanging Transylvanian sky. The jackals, hounding passersby, or Dracula scaling the walls of his castle at night in reptilian form. Gary Oldman is a revelation as this character, imbuing him with a sad past and pathos in one scene, then scaring the shit out of you when he reminds you he’s a jugular-tearing monster in the next.
Though I’d never suggest skipping the novel, this is one of those times where the filmic adaptation actually feels complete. It feels luscious, complete, like a full meal and several glasses of wine. The news of this film getting the treatment it deserves is special for us blu-ray collectors. This deserves to be right next to Coppola’s other remarkable entries in the canon film history. The press-release follows, for anyone interested in the details (and you should be – all new “Rare 1993 Commentary with Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Coppola, and Greg Cannom”! “Audio Commentary and Film Introduction by Director Francis Ford Coppola”!):
“Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) launches the Supreme Cinema Series line with BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA on Blu-ray™ and Digital HD on October 6. The first-of-its-kind, SPHE’s acrylic “Clear Case” limited edition collector’s packaging will only be available while supplies last.
The Supreme Cinema Series edition of BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA includes 24 pages of rare photos, behind-the-scenes detail, and an all-new personalized written introduction from director Francis Ford Coppola. Coppola, along with his son, Second Unit/Visual Effects Director Roman Coppola, together participated in a new, on-camera retrospective, reflecting on how the film has impacted their lives and careers. The bonus features also offer the original 1993 commentary with Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Coppola, and Makeup Supervisor Greg Cannom.
The film is presented with an all-new 4K restoration and exclusive Dolby Atmos sound, available both as a standalone Blu-ray and in a limited edition Blu-ray Supreme Cinema Series Clear Case. The new Dolby Atmos audio, remixed specifically for the home theater environment, delivers captivating sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.
Originally released in 1992, BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA follows the devastatingly seductive Transylvanian prince, Dracula (Gary Oldman), who travels from Eastern Europe to 19th century London in search of human love. After centuries alone, the charismatic Dracula meets Mina (Winona Ryder), a young woman who appears as the reincarnation of his lost love, and the two embark on a journey of romantic passion and horror.
BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA is the first release under the new SPHE Supreme Cinema Series banner. The Supreme Cinema Series is a premium, limited edition collection befitting beloved cinematic favorites and modern classics. Each film is presented with pristine high-definition picture, enhanced sound, and a collection of new and/or archival special features, creating an ultimate edition for first-time viewers and fans alike. Complete with unique Clear Case packaging, the Supreme Cinema Series is the optimal way to celebrate these unforgettable cinematic experiences.
BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA has a run time of approximately 128 minutes and is rated R. The Clear Case packaging is produced by Multi Packaging Solutions.
From award-winning director Francis Ford Coppola comes the remake of the classic and chilling tale about the devastatingly seductive Transylvanian prince (Gary Oldman), who travels from Eastern Europe to 19th century London in search of human love. After centuries alone in his crumbling castle, Dracula’s taste for humanity has grown bold with desire, drawing him out of seclusion. When the charismatic Dracula meets Mina (Winona Ryder), a young woman who appears as the reincarnation of his lost love, the two embark on a journey of romantic passion and horror. Now fully remastered in 4K, experience this sensual Gothic spectacle like never before.
All-New Blu-ray Bonus Features Include (for both skus):
- 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
Also Featured (for both skus):
- Deleted Scenes
- Audio Commentary and Film Introduction by Director Francis Ford Coppola
- Four (4) Legacy Featurettes
Limited Edition Supreme Cinema Series Sku Also Includes
- High-end Clear Case package
- 24 pages of rare photos, behind-the-scenes info, and an all-new exclusive written introduction by Director Francis Ford Coppola
*To experience Dolby Atmos at home, Dolby Atmos-enabled AV receivers and additional speakers are required; however, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.”
Pick up your copy on October 6, 2015.