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Bram Stoker's Dracula, a review by addicted2dvd


     Bram Stoker's Dracula: Collector's Edition (1992/United States)
IMDb |Wikipedia |Trailer |
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director:Francis Ford Coppola
Writing:Bram Stoker (Original Material By), James V. Hart (Screenwriter)
Length:127 min.
Rating:Rated R : Sexuality and Horror Violence
Video:Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio:English: PCM: 5.1, English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Czech: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Hungarian: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Polish: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Russian: Dolby Digital: 4.0, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles:Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Commentary

Stars:
Gary Oldman as Dracula
Winona Ryder as Mina Murray/Elisabeta
Anthony Hopkins as Professor Abraham Van Helsing
Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker
Richard E. Grant as Dr. Jack Seward
Cary Elwes as Lord Arthur Holmwood

Plot:
Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder and Academy Award® winner Anthony Hopkins (1991 Best Actor in a Leading Role, The Silence of the Lambs) star in Oscar® winning director Francis Ford Coppola's (1974 Best Director, The Godfather: Part II) visually stunning, passionately seductive version of the classic Dracula legend. In BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, Coppola returns to the original source of the Dracula myth, and from that gothic romance, he creates a modern masterpiece.

Gary Oldman's metamorphosis as Dracula – who grows from old to young, from man to beast – is nothing short of amazing. Winona Ryder brings equal intensity to the role of a young beauty who becomes the object of Dracula's devastating desire. Anthony Hopkins co-stars as the famed doctor who dares to believe in Dracula, and then dares to confront him. Opulent, dazzling and utterly irresistible, this is Dracula as you've never seen him. And once you've seen BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, you'll never forget it.

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Audio Commentary
  • Feature Trailers
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Introduction by Francis Ford Coppola


My Thoughts:
One of my favorite tellings of the story. I really do enjoy this film a lot... though I tend to go a long time in between viewings. Probably due to the length of the film itself. Being up over 2 hours I need to get myself in the mood for a movie of that length. I do find this one to be slow at times... but I think that is to be expected in a film as story driven as this one. But I think most everyone did a good job in this movie. Definitely worth the time put in to watch it. Highly recommended.

My Rating:


(From Unwatched DVDs/Blu-rays on May 7th, 2014)

Member's Reviews

Escape Plan, a review by GSyren


TitleEscape Plan (5-030305-517151)
DirectorMikael Håfström
ActorsSylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, Faran Tahir, Amy Ryan
Produced2013 in United States
Runtime116 minutes
AudioEnglish DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, Commentary Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo
SubtitlesEnglish
OverviewRay Breslin [Sylvester Stallone], the world's foremost authority on structural security, agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called "The Tomb". But when he is wrongly imprisoned, he must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer [Arnold Schwarzenegger] to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built.
My thoughtsIt's fun to see a Swedish director getting ahead in Hollywood. The only other that comes to mind right now is Lasse Hallström. And while Lasse seems to have peaked, Michael is still rising. Good for him.

Escape Plan may not be a great piece of art, but it's a quite serviceable action movie. And it's great fun to see Stallone and Schwarzenegger together. They may be getting on in years, but they can still cause some major havoc. They're actually about my age, but they look a whole lot better. That's not saying much though, if truth be told. :-/

This is another of those movies where it's best not to try to analyze it to much, or you're going to get a lot of “Why” and “How” whirring around in your head. Just go with the flow and then it's a fairly impressive action movie where you probably will get a couple of “I didn't see that coming” moments.
My rating


(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on April 20th, 2014)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's Random Reviews, a review by Tom




Title: Weißblaue Geschichten
Year: 1983
Director:
Rating: FSK-6
Length: 965 Min.
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio: German: Dolby Digital 1
Subtitles:

Stars:
Gustl Bayrhammer

Plot:
Gustl Bayrhammer - kein anderer verkörperte den immer leicht "grantelnden" aber stets herzensguten Ur-Bayern so wie er. Egal ob als Meister Eder oder als Kriminalhauptkommissar Melchior Veigl im Tatort - er war ein Publikumsliebling. "Seine" weißblauen Geschichten prägten fast ein Jahrzehnt die Abendunterhaltung im ZDF. Die beliebtesten Schauspieler gaben sich hier ein regelmäßiges Stelldichein: Hans Clarin - die unvergessene Stimme Pumuckls, Toni Berger - der ewige "Boandlkramer" aus dem Stück "Der Brandner Kaspar und das ewig' Leben", Max Griesser aus der "Polizeiinspektion 1", Maxl Graf - der kongeniale Partner von Beppo Brehm in "Die seltsamen Methoden des Franz Josef Wanninger", oder Erni Singerl, Fritz Strassner, Karl Obermayr, Lisa Fitz, Christine Neubauer, Elmar Wepper und Gerhard Lippert, um nur ein paar zu nennen. Freuen Sie sich auf Gustl Bayrhammer in vielen sympathischen Rollen, z. B. als kauziger Dorfarzt, resoluter Gemeindepfarrer, spitzbübischer Briefträger und noch viele mehr...

Extras:
Scene Access

My Thoughts:
"Weißblaue Geschichten" (lit. "White-and-blue stories", the colors of the Bavarian flag) is an anthology series with Bavarian slice of life stories. It has aired since 1984. The star of this series was Gustl Bayrhammer until 1993 (the year he sadly died).
This was one of the series I loved to watch. It was one of the few series I had watched with my parents instead of going to my room and watch something else.
I haven't seen it since the mid-90s and I am surprised how much I still like the episodes. This set includes 18 of the produced 22 episodes which star Gustl Bayrhammer. For unexplained reasons, four episodes are not included. Sadly one of those is an episode which did leave a lasting impression with me. At least I think it was from this series. It was an episode guest-starring G.G. Hoffmann (the German voice of Captain Kirk and early Sean Connery).

#EpisodeRating
01Der Kurpfuscher / Der Seemann / Der Kraftprotz
02Der Schlaumeier / Der Tandler / Das Gspusi
03Der Freund / Der Vater / Der Heilige / Der Retter
04Die Goldene Hochzeit / Der Glückspilz / Der Klangkörper / Der Landarzt
05Der Amerikaner / Der Erlkönig / Der Gondoliere
06Der Kohlhas / Der Gendarm / Der Schutzheilige
07Der Bazi / Der Schwan / Der Hacker / Der Dickschädel
08Der König / Der Sauhund / Die Fremde / Der Star
09Das Wunder / Der Casanova / Der Bub / Der Geschäftsmann
10Der Fremde / Das Schlitzohr / Der Lausbub / Der Künstler
11Der Rosenkavalier / Die Schraube / Die Tuba
12Bua oder Madl / Der Briefwechsel / Der Gasableser / Der Dorfbrunnen
13Klappern gehört zum Handwerk / Lüngerl und Hax'n / Ein paar Blumen hat jeder verdient
15Ein Bus nach Alicante / Herta / Bergvagabunden / Penner-Party
16Datapac 206 / Die Sterne lügen nicht / Der Madonnenschnitzer / Der Kakadu
19Die Radltour / Das Schlafmittel / Hochwürden Josef
20Die Hauspost / Das Echo vom Karfunkelsee
21Die Doppelgänger / Ferien


(From Tom's Random Reviews on April 18th, 2010)