Dracula: Restored

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I'm not a big fan of 1931's 'Dracula', it's terribly dated in a way that other films from the same period and studio aren't. Having said that, this edit does much to improve matters story-wise and must surely be the only way to watch it from now on. Especially as the quality of the encode is superb, rivaling the pinsharp Blu-Ray oiginal.

The transitions/fades between the new re-arranged scenes are sometimes quicker than is ideal but the material doesn't allow for anything else. They are executed in an authetic way for a 30s movie.

I'd have liked a score to be included as the music-free soundtrack is one of the elements that really dates this film to the post-silent era. Also a faneditor could have 'gone to town' on the sparse soundmix, adding much of what is missing, or lacking definition on the foley front. But for a "Restored" project, such revisonism was never going to be one of the goals (A 'Dracula: Special Edition' would be a nice future project).

I'd reccomend this to owners of the original cut, as it's a better way to watch this movie.
A 'Dracula: Special Edition' would be a nice future project.

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Incredible work.

With new footage integrated seamlessly (I honestly couldn't spot a single frame that looked out of place, even in the non-purist cut) and existing footage rearranged, this edit is revelatory when it comes to this film. A timeless classic is taken to yet another level with the changes, and I can't see myself going back to the original for anything other than educational purposes.

Really impressive to see what can be done even with a film as well known and classic as this.

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What's so divine about this edit is that Kristen Stewart has been removed almost entirely. Unfortunately, all the Kate Beckinsale scenes were excised, which should make the People for the Ethical Treatment of Werewolves rather happy, I guess. The scenes were reordered so that Van Helsing comes off as an even greater know-it-all badass, in that he clearly foresees the production of Blacula.
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Great job. I always wished I could like this film more, and now, I do. Its not one of the best of the 1930s Universal horror flicks despite Lugosi's blazing performance, but with this edit we see a bit more of what might have been.

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