Hammer Films have announced that Terence Fisher's
Dracula a.k.a Horror of Dracula (1958) will arrive on Blu-ray on March 18th. The classic film, which has recently been remastered and restored, stars Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, John Van Eyssen and Michael Gough.
Exact technical specs, region coding status and supplemental features to be included with this upcoming release are yet to be revealed.
Jonathan Harker (Eyssen) journeys to Castle Dracula, where he is turned into one of the undead by the famous vampire (Lee). Professor Van Helsing (Cushing) arrives and drives a stake through Harker's heart, but must then pursue Dracula to London, where the Count intends to make Harker's fiancée Lucy Holmwood his bride. Lee and Cushing went on to make several more 'Dracula' films for Hammer.
This would have been a pre-order, but after the fiascos with The Curse of Frankenstein and their George Lucasing of The Devil Rides Out, I'll wauit to see some reviews first. I wouldn't put it past them to add CGi to the disintegration scene and insist it's what Terence Fisher would have wanted.
@rickbond007 The US dvd does not feature the trailer in 1.33:1 but in 1.78:1 as per Warner bad habit. It doesn't affect films composed for 1.85:1 matting but those composed for 1.66:1 (as was standard in Britain well into the 70's, let alone the 50's) suffer from the shaved-head syndrome. I haven't seen the Hammer blu-ray transfers but they cannot be any worse than the cropping on the Warner dvd of Dracula.
Hammer added CGi effects to the last half hour of The Devil Rides Out, claiming it was what the director would have wanted, Preston. True, the original effects were terrible, but in true George Lucas fashion they only included the 'new and improved' version on the BD.
The changes made in The Devil Rides Out Blu-ray are really tastefully done. They removed matte lines and added effects that were meant to be in the original cut but weren't because of time or money constraints. They improved the movie IMHO. I watched it with someone who had never seen the movie and that person was surprised that anything had been altered. It's far from a George Lucasing revision.
The Curse Of Frankenstein Blu-ray is another matter. That looks bad. I'd go as far as to say one of the worst transfers I've seen on Blu-ray. A real shame. Hopefully, Dracula will get better treatment.
Ageed it was hardy a George Lucas revision. I actually liked all of the alterations, but they should have restored and offered the original. Its strange that there isnt more vocal dissent of the alterations to Star Trek TNG..
I dont know about TNG but with the original series Blu Rays you got the option of original or enhanced episodes. Something which Hammer did not think about even though they love to add different versions of aspect ratio.
I just hope this looks great. please better than curse of frankenstein !!! yes it looks washed out yojimbo68 your right. hopefully we will get a much better version in 2013 !!! and more hammer greats from studio canal. I read that capt. kronos and frankenstein moster from hell are due next from them. 2013 should be another great blu ray year !!!!!!