Monday 18 March 2013

Dracula 1958 restored.

Lee was excited when he heard about the new release of Terence Fishers 1958 classic Hammer ‘Dracula’ starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee as it is one of the first Hammer films he ever watched.  As he has fond memories of watching this classic film with his late grandfather he was thrilled to be able to re-live his memories as he watched the new release of Hammer’s iconic film.

Released today on the 18th of March 2013 this release of ‘Dracula’ includes hours of extras and 2 versions of the feature – the 2007 BFI restoration plus the 2012 Hammer restoration.  The restoration of this classic film adds extra footage that has been unavailable for decades, making them the most complete versions of the film ever released.  Both the restorations combined provide viewers with the most ‘definitive’ release of Dracula. 

Lee and I enjoyed watching this classic film once again, being enthralled by the film and enraptured by the sense of foreboding that is impressively achieved.  We thoroughly enjoyed a ‘date night’ watching the film together being mesmerised by Christopher Lee’s impressive performance as Count Dracula and Peter Cushing’s excellent performance as Doctor Van Helsing.

The restorations should be commended for excellent clarity of visuals and sound, bringing this classic film to life once again.  The restorations comprise of footage that has been unavailable for years, including 2 scenes that were originally censored by the BBFC in 1958.  As well as additional footage this release also includes bonus extras. 

This high definition, masterfully restored release of classic ‘Dracula’ is essential viewing for fans of the 1958 film.  

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