Originally Posted by dvdmike007
Apart from when the PQ comes into question?
The new Blu-Ray look is not so radically different overall by any stretch. Just a few too dark scenes especially in the castle once Harker arrives.
Remember the look Francis Coppola wanted as well as classic style and that is not easy to squeeze down from 8k to 2k resolution with so much detail. The film's costumes were as much a part of the story and detail of the costumes alone is not something I see attempted in many films. So I have no doubt that Zoetrope have had to balance so many things. The film was supposed to have a antiquated visual style as opposed to Hi-Def modern Rob Zombie films. To Zoetrope's credit, the film gain is intact and the look of the film in parts has that almost classic master painting look in terms of the colours as well as sets. There is so much subtlety and wonderful visual compositions. This is in my sole opinion but what so may modern horror directors miss. Horror is not about mindless violence or killing every two minutes.
Now here I totally agree with Mr Robert Harris's defence of the transfer. We have to be careful about what we think the intention should have been and what in reality the intention actually is. This film was never supposed to have a squeaky clean sci-fi Star Wars look or the overly clean look of modern films. The film style has a lot of character and this transfer certainly has that. To call this Blu-Ray " botched " or " messed up " is disrespectful to the people involved in bringing this to Blu-Ray. The film has purposeful imperfections as if you are watching something historical that had been filmed years and years ago.
Now the castle scenes look fine, and it was more of a shadow detail issue for me. As I said in an earlier post, when Mr Coppola is referring to the droplets going up, I am having difficulty seeing that.
Now BSD works on so many levels and is not a film juveniles would get. This is true adult cinema!
Horror films are just not about gore. And Mr Coppola using Dracula as the historical figure Vlad Tepes was inspired. Only Sleepy Hollow comes close since Dracula in capturing that classic feel of vintage Hollywood especially,although I know Sleepy Hollow took more inspiration from the British Hammer films.