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Dracula , a review by Dragonfire


Dracula



Although there have been numerous versions of Bram Stoker's classic tale, none is more enduring than the 1931 original. The ominous portrayal of Count Dracula by Béla Lugosi, combined with horror specialist director Tod Browning, help to create the film's eerie mood. 'Dracula' remains a masterpiece not only of the genre, but for all time.

My Thoughts

I first saw this one on AMC about 10 years ago.  At that point, AMC still was commercial free and they showed classic horror for most of October.  I really enjoyed the movie and was interested in getting the DVD for several years before I finally did.  I picked up the Dracula Legacy Set a few years. 

The movie is based on a book that I still haven't read.  The plot may not seem that original to some people since there have been so many Dracula movies made since this one, but I think it is very entertaining and well worth watching.  Bela Lugosi really set the standard for how Dracula would be portrayed in future movies.  The way he dresses and acts has definitely influenced others. 

The picture quality is pretty good considering how old the movie is.  The audio is good too.  Even though this is a vampire movie, it is fairly tame, especially when compared to what is done in newer movies.

This one is a must see movie for anyone who likes horror, especially ones dealing with Dracula or vampires.



I did get a review posted on Epinions a few years ago.

Dracula (1931)



(From Dragonfire's 2010 Horror Marathon on October 4th, 2010)

Member's Reviews

Tron (1982), a review by Tom


     Tron (1982/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Walt Disney Home Entertainment (Germany)
Director:Steven Lisberger
Writing:Steven Lisberger (Screenwriter), Steven Lisberger (Story By), Bonnie MacBird (Story By)
Length:92 min.
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 2.20
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian: Dolby Digital 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:Commentary, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Stars:
Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn/Clu
Bruce Boxleitner as Alan Bradley/Tron
David Warner as Ed Dillinger/Sark
Cindy Morgan as Lora/Yori
Barnard Hughes as Dr. Walter Gibbs/Dumont

Plot:
A hacker is literally abducted into the world of a computer and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.

Awards:
Won:
Saturn (1982)  Best Costumes (Eloise Jensson, Rosanna Norton)
Nominated:
Academy Award (1982)  Best Costume Design (Elois Jenssen, Rosanna Norton)
Academy Award (1982)  Best Sound (Michael Minkler, Bob Minkler, Lee Minkler, James LaRue)
BAFTA (1982)  Special Visual Effects (Richard Taylor, Harrison Ellenshaw)
Saturn (1982)  Best Animated Film
Saturn (1982)  Best Science Fiction Film
Young Artist Awards (1983)  Best Family Feature – Animated, Musical or Fantasy

Extras:
  • Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Infoblatt
  • Interviews
  • Photo Gallery
  • Scene Access
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • Trailers


My Thoughts:
I has been a long time since I saw this one. Sadly this movie just doesn't hold up. Not only have the effects aged much more than I have remembered, the production seems rather amateurish. Even the acting is bad. The first few minutes I was not even sure, if the movie has already started, or if I am watching an amateur parody of it.

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Reviews on September 25th, 2011)

Member's TV Reviews

Sliders Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd


7. IN DINO VERITAS
The sliders land on a new world and are trapped in a cave, menaced by a man-eating allosaurus that has survived since the prehistoric age. Quinn must leave the safety of the group to go in search of the timer, which was lost somewhere outside.

My Thoughts:
This is a very goodf episode... actually one of my favorites of the entire series. It would have been a huge miss if they didn't do an episode where the Dinosaurs were still among us. And I thought the hologram ranger for the dinosaur reserves area was a very good idea. And I also enjoyed the truth collars they had to wear from the previous world. I would have liked to seen an episode on that world alone.

My Rating:

8. POST TRAUMATIC SLIDE SYNDROME
The Sliders finally land in the one place that none of them wants to leave--home--but Quinn is the only one that has doubts about their good fortune. Meanwhile, Arturo hatches a plan to use Quinn's discoveries to win a Nobel prize.

My Thoughts:
Another episode I have always enjoyed a lot! They think they are home... but minor differences proves that they are not. Then finding out that Arturo had been replaced by his double and tries to claim Sliding for his own. The one thing I didn't care for is leaving it open if the "real" Arturo is the one that slid with them or not.

My Rating:

9. OBSESSION
When the quartet slides into a society dominated by psychics, Wade meets the man of her dreams who happens to be next in line for the position of Prime Oracle, the most powerful person in the world. But when she discovers that her love wants her to remain with him forever (at any cost), the future doesn't look quite so rosy.

My Thoughts:
This episode, to me, is no more then average. The whole psychic thing was an alright storyline... but I didn't care for the dream sequences to tie the story together.

My Rating:

10. GREATFELLAS
In a U.S. where Prohibition was never repealed, the Sliders find themselves embroiled in a vicious struggle among warring organized-crime families, corrupt government officials and dedicated G-men--one of whom looks exactly like Rembrandt.

My Thoughts:
Another episode that is just average to me. This is probably do to the fact that I never liked the whole Organized Crime storylines... for any show really.

My Rating:

(From Sliders Marathon on August 18th, 2009)