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Universal Home Entertainment's 2-disc Legacy Collection DVD featuring the five original Dracula films.

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"I... Am Dracula"

  • Dec 22, 2008
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Universal Studios' horror films have been considered by many film historians and movie lovers to be among some of the greatest films of the horror genre. Part of what makes them so appealing is their small-budget charm, their eclectic cast of character actors, their Gothic environments (all of which were created on the backlot), and their memorable movie monster characters.
This wonderful collection gathers together five of Universal's classic horror films. This particular set focuses on Dracula. The films in this 2-disc set are:


Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula
Dracula - 1931 
Béla Lugosi is immortalized as Count Dracula in Tod Browning's classic horror film, which is considered by many to be the first sound horror film (Universal had had success with horror films during the silent age as well).
Starring Béla Lugosi, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan, Helen Chandler and David Manners.


Carlos Villarias as Dracula
Dracula (Spanish Version) - 1931
Director George Melford's Spanish-language version of Dracula is a technical triumph but it lacks a talented cast with the exception of the sultry Lupita Tovar.
Starring Carlos Villarias, Lupita Tovar, Pablo Alvarez Rubio and Barry Norton.


Gloria Holden is Dracula's Daughter
Dracula's Daughter - 1936
The first sequel to Dracula is an erotically charged (by the standards of the time it was made) suspense tale about the Countess Marya Zaleska, Dracula's daughter, who seeks to end her vampirism with the help of a psychiatrist.
Starring Edward Van Sloan, Otto Kruger, Gloria Holden and Marguerite Churchill.


Lon Chaney, Jr. as Count Alucard
Son of Dracula - 1943
Dracula's son, Count Alucard (Alucard is Dracula spelled backwards) falls in love with a young woman in the bayous of the south but her fiancée uncovers his scheme and vows to save her from Alucard's clutches.
Starring Lon Chaney, Jr., Louise Albritton, Robert Paige, Evelyn Ankers and Frank Craven.


John Carradine as Dracula
House of Dracula - 1945
Dracula, The Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster all come together in a mad romp of monstrous mayhem when The Wolf Man and Dracula seek out a doctor to cure them of their blood thirst.
Starring John Carradine, Lon Chaney, Jr., Glenn Strange, Martha O'Driscoll, Lionel Atwill, Onslow Stevens, Jane Adams and Ludwig Stossel.


Dracula: The Legacy Collection
Disc One includes the original Dracula film along with numerous bonus materials. Some of those materials are: "The Road to Dracula" documentary, poster montage, theatrical trailer, an interview with Van Helsing director Stephen Sommers, audio commentary with David J. Skal and an optional score by composer Philip Glass.

Disc Two: Side One includes the 1931 Spanish Version of Dracula with an introduction by star Lupita Tovar Kohner. Also includes the 1936 sequel Dracula's Daughter. There are two theatrical trailers as bonus material.
Disc Two: Side Two includes the 1943 film, Son of Dracula and the 1945 film, House of Dracula.

All of these films are classics in their own way and I highly recommend this set to fans of classic horror films. However I must warn people that the audio and picture quality varies from film to film. Unfortunately, Universal does not have the original negative prints of many of these films, which makes restoring them properly almost impossible. But with the five films that are showcased in this 2-disc Legacy Collection and numerous special features, this DVD is still a worthy addition to any film fan's library.
DVD Cover Dracula poster Dracula's Daughter poster Son of Dracula House of Dracula poster Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula in Lupita Tovar & Carlos Villarias Sapphic Themes in Lon Chaney Jr as Count Alucard in John Carradine as Dracula in

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October 19, 2009
I didn't know there was a Spanish version....nice review, bro. methinks it be time to review the ASWANG...
October 22, 2009
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October 22, 2009
the myth....there was an episode in DESTINATION TRUTH where they became so creeped out but didn't see anything. Guess what? the ASWANG'S familiar was staring right at them on camera and they didn't even know it.
 
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For the first time ever, the original Dracula film comes to DVD in this extraordinary Legacy Collection. Included in the collection is the original classic, starring the renowned Bela Lugosi, and three timeless sequels, featuring such legendary actors as Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine and others. These are the landmark films that inspired an entire genre of movies and continue to be major influences on motion pictures to this day.



Disc 1
    Dracula (1931)
  • Run Time: 1 Hours and 15 Minutes
  • MPAA Rating: Not Rated
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
  • Picture: Full Frame (1.33:1)
  • Black & White

  • Bonus:
  • Stephen Sommers on Universal's Classic Monster: Dracula
  • The Road to Dracula
  • Poster Montage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio Commentary with Film Historian David J. Skal
  • New Score by Philip Glass Performed by the Kronos Quartet

Disc 2
    Dracula (1931) - Spanish Version
  • Run Time: 1 Hours and 44 Minutes
  • MPAA Rating: Not Rated
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (Spanish)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
  • Picture: Full Frame (1.33:1)
  • Black & White

  • Bonus:
  • Introduction to the Spanish Version of Dracula by Lupita Tovar Kohner


  • Dracula's Daughter
  • Run Time: 1 Hours and 12 Minutes
  • MPAA Rating: Not Rated
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
  • Picture: Full Frame (1.33:1)
  • Black & White

  • Bonus:
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Son of Dracula
  • Run Time: 1 Hours and 21 Minutes
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Genre: Classics, Horror
Release Date: 1931, 1936, 1943, 1945
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Garrett Fort
DVD Release Date: 2004
Studio: Universal Studios, Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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