Bram Stoker's Dracula

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Details At A Glance

Category Vampire Theatrical Trailer(s) Yes, 1
Rating Other Trailer(s) Yes, 2 - Dolby Digital City, DVD Teaser
Year Released 1992 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 122:13 minutes Other Extras Cast & Crew Filmographies
Photo Gallery - Costume Designs
Featurette - Blood Lines. Dracula. The Man, The Myth, The Movies (28 1/2 mins)
RSDL/Flipper RSDL (71:02)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region 2,4 Director Francis Ford Coppola

Columbia Tristar
Starring Gary Oldman
Winona Ryder
Anthony Hopkins
Keanu Reeves
Case Transparent Amaray
RRP $34.95 Music Woiciech Kilar

Pan & Scan/Full Frame None MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Dolby Digital 5.1
16x9 Enhancement Yes Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
German (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Macrovision Yes
Subtitles English
Smoking Yes 

Plot Synopsis

    Bram Stoker's Dracula is Francis Ford Coppola's lyrical and sensuous adaptation of the original novel. Unlike most vampire movies, this one concentrates on the reason Dracula (Gary Oldman) is the way he is, and how he was created in an intense moment of passion for the woman he loved. Winona Ryder plays Mina Murray, the reincarnation of Dracula's long lost love, and the woman that he crosses "oceans of time" to be with, even cheating death to be with her.

    Anthony Hopkins plays Professor Abraham Van Helsing, a somewhat unhinged doctor who hunts Dracula down, along with Mina's fiancé Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves).

    Stunning audio and visual effects and a glorious, sumptuous passionate love story are what set this movie apart from all other vampire movies and make it something very special.

Transfer Quality


    This is a stunningly good transfer, with very little to complain about indeed.

    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer was generally very sharp and very clear throughout, though a few scenes, including the opening scene, exhibited some murkiness and granularity. Shadow detail was generally very good, with a few minimally deficient scenes. There was no low level noise apparent.

    The colours were beautifully rendered, with lots of deep, sumptuous colouration. Powerful reds appear periodically, with no colour bleeding in sight.

    No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts were not seen. Film artefacts were very rare.

    This disc is an RSDL disc, with the layer change very well placed at 71:02, between Chapters 14 and 15. The layer change is minimally disruptive to the flow of the action.


    There are six audio tracks on this DVD - English Dolby Digital 2.0, surround-encoded, English Dolby Digital 5.1, and French, German, Italian and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded soundtracks. The default soundtrack is English Dolby Digital 2.0, surround-encoded. I listened to the English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.

    I felt that the overall level of the 5.1 soundtrack was a little low, and increased it by 5dB, which made for a much better overall effect.

    Dialogue was always clear and easy to understand, save for some of the highly accented dialogue which needed to be concentrated on to be completely understood.

    There were no audio sync problems with this disc.

    The score by Woiciech Kilar is remarkable. It is lyrical, lush and passionate. This is one of the best movie soundtracks that I have ever heard, with powerful emotions evoked by the music which complement the drama being depicted on-screen.

    The surround channels were used reasonably aggressively for music and for ambience, though there were no split surround effects. It is a highly enveloping soundtrack, which draws you into the on-screen action superbly, with some amazing sound effects thoughout the soundfield - eerie sounds and voices abound.

    The .1 channel received some signal, mainly from the music, but was not worked overly hard.


    This disc has more extras than usual for Columbia Tristar. The Dolby Digital City trailer and their DVD Teaser Trailer are present on this disc.

What's Missing / What's Extra

    We miss out on;     The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;


    The menu design is standard Columbia Tristar 4:3 fare.

Theatrical Trailer

    This is presented in a 4:3 aspect ratio with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.

Photo Gallery - Costume Designs

    This is a combination of descriptive text, illustrations, and photographs of the major costumes used in the production.

Filmographies - Cast & Crew

    A basic listing of who has been in what.

Featurette - Blood Lines. Dracula. The Man, The Myth, The Movies

    This is an excellent 28 1/2 minute making-of featurette which discusses the issues that went into the creation of this version of the movie, accompanied by some behind the scenes footage. This is a very worthwhile extra indeed, presented in a 4:3 aspect ratio with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.


    Bram Stoker's Dracula is a stunning and passionate adaptation of the book. Visually sumptuous and aurally enveloping, this is a magnificent movie. This one is good enough to go into my Hall Of Fame.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The extras are excellent, and only lacking in a commentary track, however the Region 1 version of this disc is featureless, making ours the version of choice.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna
2nd July 1999

Review Equipment
DVD Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output
Display Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Audio Decoder Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Amplification 2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer
Speakers Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer