IFC Films and MPI Home Video have officially announced that they will release on Blu-ray Italian director Dario Argento's Dracula 3D (2012), starring Thomas Kretschmann, Marta Gastini, Asia Argento, Rutger Hauer, Miriam Giovanelli, and Unax Ugalde. The release will be available for purchase on January 28th.
Horror maestro Dario Argento (Suspiria) puts his unique stylistic spin on the classic supernatural tale with Dracula, a visually sumptuous retelling of the legendary myth. It's been 400 years since Count Dracula's (Kretschmann, Wanted) beloved Dolingen De Gratz passed away, leaving the immortal bloodsucker forever abandoned. But when he discovers that local newlywed Mina Harker (Gastini, The Rite) bears a striking resemblance to Dolingen, his furious yearning is reawakened as he believes Mina to be a reincarnation of his beloved. Luring her husband Jonathan away to his castle with the help of his minion (and Mina's best friend) Lucy (Argento, xXx), Dracula embarks on a bloody quest to reunite with his long lost love and live forever with her in hellish immortality. Only the arrival of vampire expert Abraham Van Helsing (Hauer, Blade Runner) can put an end to the fiend's unholy plan. Luridly violent and brimming with passionate eroticism, Dario Argento's Dracula is an all-out assault on the senses from one of horror cinema's most celebrated auteurs.
Behind the Scenes Featurette
Original Red Band Trailer
Note: Please note that the Red Band trailer included with this announcement is not appropriate to view at work.
This trailer manages to make it look a bit more stylish and fun than I remember. I only saw it in 2D, sober and alone. It's definitely a few steps down from Mother of Tears. If you go into it expecting nothing but a total cheese-fest, it has a few redeeming elements for Argento followers (I'm sure 3D, drunk, and with an audience is the way to go). The first 20 minutes were hard to get through, plenty of dull patches throughout the movie. Looks like Owen Glieberman was the only critic they could get glowing quotes from. Sounds like he was in a good mood when he saw it. I got reminded of his thrashing of Apocalypto from around the time my Entertainment Weekly subscription ran out.
This actually looks like a pretty funny comedy, intended or not. The females seem to have the acting ability of porn stars. I especially like the giant praying mantis. As we all know, Bram Stoker wrote extensively about giant praying mantises in the original novel.
I doubt I would spend BD money for this, but it looks like it would make a great audience-participation midnight show at a theater (remember those?).
this is a combo disc, i am already up to my 2nd (I Robot) my first was Dredd 3D being a combo disc with 3D/2D disc on one side. i did learn these things sometimes prompt for which version to watch by still pictures or in the menu itself when a 3D blu-ray player is attached to a 3D display.
this one doesn't look intriguing, and there is I Frankenstein forthcoming, method, 2D/3D combo disc, 3D version, Prime focus 2D to ViewD 3D conversion.
this one, may or may not have been created in post production for its 3D.
iwanttobeabmoviestar: You stated that Netflix carries 3D disks, but I can't find any, nor can I find any way to enhance my account to include 3D disks. I have been using NetFlix for several years now, and pay extra to receive Bluray disks. I've been browsing around "My Account" to try to find anything about 3D. No success.
Oh wow, and here was I thinking last year's Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters looked bad! Let's face it though, it's been a long time since Argento directed anything decent, he really should consider retiring. When you start to make Uwe Boll look like a gifted director, it's pretty much time to throw in the towel.
It's rather sad to think the director of horror classics like Suspiria and Tenebrae has been reduced to directing sub-par direct to DVD fluff like this. I'm a big fan of Rutger Hauer, but even his presence wouldn't tempt me to watch this!