Dracula 2000 (2000)
Audio Commentary-Patrick Lussier (Director) & Joel Soisson (Screenwriter)
Deleted Scenes-8 (4 extended, 4 deleted)
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
|Year Of Production||2000|
|Running Time||95:00 (Case: 99)|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (60:45)||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Patrick Lussier|
Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Jonny Lee Miller
Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick
Sean Patrick Thomas
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
Italian Audio Commentary
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes, Virgin... everywhere|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The opening scene introduces Matthew Van Helsing (Christopher Plummer) and his young partner Simon Sheppard (Jonny Lee Miller) as successful antiques dealers. Discussion revolves around an ancient crossbow that Simon picked up cheaply at an auction. Van Helsing theorises that it was intended to fire metal bolts, most probably silver bolts. Solina (Jennifer Esposito) makes an entrance and there is some implied chemistry with Simon before he takes his leave.
Meanwhile, a group of tech-savvy thieves break into the holdings of Van Helsing to steal what they believe to be a great treasure of untold value. Unfortunately, their search reveals a somewhat less exciting treasure - a metal coffin. Trick (Sean Patrick Thomas) is sure that untold valuables are hidden in the coffin. All they have to do is open it. This is a task easier said than done, so they steal the whole coffin to open at their leisure. They do not escape unscathed, or with all their numbers. Van Helsing becomes aware of the intruders and in what appears to be a turn of the century James Bond imitation attempts to capture the thieves and prevent them making off with the coffin. He fails - "God Help Us". It is fairly evident what happens from here. Dracula (Gerard Butler, in a fantastic performance) escapes and makes his way to New Orleans. Why New Orleans? Well this is where you find Mary Heller (Justine Waddell) and disregarding the plot for a moment why wouldn't you want to find her... Van Helsing and Simon are in a flight against time to find Mary before Dracula has his way.
Wrapped amidst a soundtrack ranging from orchestral score to heavy metal this is a very modern and accessible tale of Dracula that will appeal to all horror fans. There is just the right measures of gore, action, sensuality, and plot (yes, you still need plot) to ensure your attention does not waver. I couldn't agree more with the tagline - "The Most Seductive Evil Of All Time Has Now Been Unleashed In Ours". Highly recommended.
This transfer is presented in the 16x9 enhanced aspect ratio of 2.35:1 at a generous average bitrate of 8.40Mbps.
Sharpness and shadow detail are very good. There is virtually no grain to soften the image or low-level noise disrupting the black levels. The local release would appear to have a slight advantage in sharpness on direct comparison with the R1 release.
Colour is well-saturated throughout with Mardi Gras scenes in New Orleans faithfully representing the myriad of bright colours on offer.
I could not find any MPEG artefacts throughout this transfer, however aliasing rears is ugly head on a few occasions. The aliasing is never particularly bad, although it is not present in the R1 transfer. Some examples can be found at 5:50 (wall), 11:56 (coffin), and 25:16 (coffin). I think the aliasing has been introduced by the superior sharpness of the local disc but it is never disruptive.
There are numerous subtitles presented on this DVD - including Italian subtitles for the Audio Commentary. The English subtitles were accurate for the duration that I sampled them.
This Disc is RSDL-formatted with the layer change occurring at 60:45. The layer change is well-placed and not disruptive to the flow of the movie.
There are three audio tracks available on this disc; an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track at 384Kbps, an Italian Dolby Digital track at 384Kbps, and an English Dolby Digital 2.0 Audio Commentary track at 192Kbps. The lower bitrates used did not detract from the quality of the audio.
Dialogue quality was excellent throughout, even with Gerard Butler's extremely deep voice. Audio sync was fine throughout with no noticeable discrepancies between the audio and video streams.
There is a wide variety of music used in the soundtrack for this movie. Van Helsing has an orchestral accompaniment, Simon has an electronic accompaniment, and the remainder of the score is made up of contemporary music often from the Heavy Metal genre.
The surround channels receive an extensive workout throughout the transfer, often called upon to support the score and on-screen action, of which there is plenty. The excellent use of the soundfield successfully immerses the viewer.
The subwoofer is used constantly throughout to support the score and the numerous action sequences. Although well-supported it is not overused nor overly loud.
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The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is excellent.
The extras are plentiful and interesting.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using S-Video output|
|Display||RCA 80cm. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Onkyo TX-DS787, THX Select|
|Speakers||All matching Vifa Drivers: centre 2x6.5" + 1" tweeter (d'appolito); fronts and rears 6.5" + 1" tweeter; centre rear 5" + 1" tweeter; sub 10" (150WRMS)|