Bram Stoker’s Dracula 4K
review by Bobby Blakey
Throughout his career director Francis Ford Coppola has brought the world so many cinematic masterpieces to the world including The Godfather trilogy and one of my all-time favorites The Outsiders. In 1992 fresh off of The Godfather Part III, Coppola took on a different famed book with Bram Stoker’s Dracula that starred Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Cary Elwes, Tom Waits, Monica Bellucci, Richard E. Grant, Anthony Hopkins, and Keanu Reeves.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula follows the classic and chilling tale about the devastatingly seductive Transylvanian prince who travels from Eastern Europe to 19th-century London in search of human love. When the charismatic Dracula meets Mina, a young woman who appears as the reincarnation of his lost love, the two embark on a journey of romantic passion and horror.
While I love the classic Universal Monster flicks this is easily my favorite Dracula based movie of all time. The period piece and story are timeless and add everything it needs to make it work to bring the classic story to life. Coppola’s direction and going the old school approach give it that classic eerie vibe that is perfect for this story.
The cast are great with the only issue being Keanu Reeves. I have always been a fan, but never thought he really fit in with this film. He isn’t horrible, just out of place for me. Everyone else is fine, but its Gary Oldman that shines and makes this film work. His over the top approach and iconic visual moments are amazing. He brings varying levels of emotions and personality to the role that is played up through different versions of the same character.
The color palate and effects further push it ahead to makes something that still stands out to this day. Everything you want in a Dracula story is here and this new 4K version just further steps it up. It looks excellent with the 4K transfer and makes it a worthwhile addition to updating whatever version you already have in your collection.
In addition to the film this release offers up both legacy and new bonus content including commentary, trailers, deleted & extended scenes, music videos, featurettes and so much more. Grab your copy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula when it hits 4K Steelbook on October 4th from Sony Home Entertainment.