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11-04-2002, 02:58 PM
the anchor bay dvd of hammer's dracula prince of darkness has to be the worst dvd transfer from anchor bay hammer collection that i have seen yet. the print is clean, but there is alot of grain throughout. even the recent releases by columbia, and warner brothers are alot better transfers. Hopefully this one will be rereleased in 16:9 widescreen.
11-04-2002, 05:13 PM
I have the Elite laserdisc version, but I've seen the DVD and it looked great - and all reviews that I have of it say the same - sounds like you maybe have a bad one or something. Don't look for an HDTV-enabled release anytime soon from AB of this one. Love the black (or gray? ) bars.
11-04-2002, 05:21 PM
that is just it. The reviews say that Dracula prince of darkness transfer is a qaulity transfer. But then most of the reviews say that horror of dracula, curse of frankenstein, and revenge of frankenstein had alot of complaints about thier transfers when I consider them almost perfect transfers. Dracula prince of darkness is miles behind in qaulity to these three other titles that have gotten such a bad rap on dvd.
11-04-2002, 05:48 PM
Well, there is a wee bit of softness and spectra-towards-the-red on Columbia's REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN disc (DVD) - but it is more than acceptable and a big improvement over the fullscreen laser they issued.
CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN looks gorgeous colour/definition wise, but WB chopped off the top/bottom of a fullscreen print and called it "widescreen" - unforgivable. Have a look at WB's laserdisc of this film in true 1:85 (although it doesn't 'look' as good as the DVD.)
HORROR OF DRACULA has scratches on the end-credits (not bad, but they are there) and is a cut print. WB also issued it in the apparent std 1:75 that USA films ran in at that time - that really doesn't bug me too much, but a lot of folks would rather have seen the Euro 1:66 for more headroom. Still, warts and all, this is miles beyond the previous VHS and laserdisc versions.
Both WB discs have foolish errors in the production notes extras. Bleacch.
Bill Lustig at AB, however, has issued DRACULA-PRINCE OF DARKNESS in its original aspect ratio, digitally remastered and uncut. The colour is wonderful. There are numerous trailers, a featurette of a home movie taken by Francis Matthews' brother, and a running commentary track by four of the stars. For total package, I don't see how the Columbia or WB discs can possibly compare (Although all three are better movies - but just by a small margin.) This was also a 'scope picture, and benefits from the wider lens.
11-04-2002, 06:32 PM
Certainly, DRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS is a must have and by no means a bad buy. The extras are terrific. I have a feeling the transfer, if done today, would be better, but only because of advances in technology in the past five years. The film's transfer isn't as good as the transfer on the trailer, with the trailer exhibiting much sharper colors and contrasts. But regardless, the film still looks better than it EVER has. One of these days it'll get re-released and the transfer will be brought up to snuff; but in the meantime, sit back and enjoy the film like it's never been seen before on home video.
11-04-2002, 06:34 PM
We've talked about this before but discs earlier than 2000 have a poor transfer by today's standards.
11-04-2002, 07:02 PM
Well, the technology NOW is better, but it's only as good as the mastering team. I've got DVD's a few years old that look a lot better than some of the crappy recent releases. All things being equal, a transfer today should look better.
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