Originally Posted by tbuick6
Watched Bram Stoker's Dracula last night and was quite impressed overall. I was surprised how well the transfer looked given all the negative talk regarding this title. Yes, there were a few instances of black crush(I was only able to see 2 of the 4 drops in the chest of bottles sequence), but that is excusable given the darkness of the overall presentation. I had no trouble reading the journal entries on my 50VT-20 plasma and thought the overall image quality quite film like. No noticeable DNR or EE. Grain where grain should be. As this was my first ever viewing of the film, I cannot comment on the color timing changes, but I found the look and design of the film to be stunning. Some of the performances and dialog may be cringe worthy, but this is one beautiful looking film. Something not many have commented on was the excellent audio. Very impressive. Definite thumbs up from me. Thanks to the folks on this thread for pointing me in it's direction.
Excellent! I am glad that my theory has been proven correct! Yes, the film is stunning!, and at least to me a treasure in the history of horror/gothic cinema. I dislike calling it a horror film, but that is the category the world puts it in. Oh the audio is great and I am not just referring to the atmospheric sound effects.
Did you enjoy the sublime film score composed by Wojciech Kilar?. To me it compliments the visuals and gives the film an even more operatic/theatrical feel. The film score alone is a work of genius! Do listen to the director's commentary if you love film music, as Mr Coppola talks about several Polish composers that were on the short-list to do the music.
Whatever anyone wants to say about Francis Ford Coppola, it cannot be denied that he loves art and really cares about this abstract part of our culture.
And not just him, but all the other so talented people both in front and behind the camera that made this film the reality it is and why it will hold up so well for future generations.
You did mention that this was your first time seeing the film, and on an earlier post I remember saying that for a first-timer the issues people have who have seen it at the cinema and beyond will be non-existent. If this was the only version I had seen too, then I would be just like you in your review. Sometimes ignorance is bliss to quote a line from The Matrix.