International DVD Talk Intl. DVDs, Region Free Players, RCE, Hong Kong DVDs & More

Dracula (1979)

Old 07-29-03, 08:08 AM
  #1  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
Thread Starter
 
buckee1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Minding the precious things in the Local Shop
Posts: 4,106
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Dracula (1979)

I have the R1 version of the film however, the saturation levels on the print make it almost B&W. I was wondering if anyone knew of the full color print on DVD in any other region and where I might buy it ?

Thanks
Old 07-29-03, 09:54 AM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 297
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I've wondered the exact same thing, but I'm fairly certain this doesn't exist outside R1.

The de-saturation of the print was entirely the doing of director John Badham. Apparently he was always annoyed he couldn't shoot the movie in B&W in the first place, so he took it out on all of us by re-tinting the LaserDisc years ago (the exact same transfer was used for the DVD).

I'd love to see Universal remaster the title in the original theatrical version AND give us a 5.1 remix as well.
Old 07-30-03, 01:27 PM
  #3  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
Thread Starter
 
buckee1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Minding the precious things in the Local Shop
Posts: 4,106
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks for the reply.

I guess I can stop my search for a disc bearing the original saturation levels.

A choice for the consumer would have been nice on this one.
Old 07-30-03, 05:43 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 1,518
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I've held on to my old panned and scanned version for this reason. Yes, I've got the widescreen DVD too!
Old 07-30-03, 06:34 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 297
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I've held on to my old panned and scanned version for this reason.
Ditto!

Universal, at least, seems to be paying more attention these days to their back catalog (re-issuing Halloween II & III in the last two years, etc.), so maybe they'll do the original '79 theatrical DRACULA in 16:9 sooner or later.

That's one instance where I wish the director had left well enough alone!
Old 07-30-03, 09:00 PM
  #6  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: second star on the right and straight on to the morning
Posts: 1,144
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
At the time of the release there was quite a bit of talk about wy the director WANTED nation was thethe colors washed out. His explanation was that it lent atmosphere to the film. Go figure....
Old 07-30-03, 09:02 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
Thread Starter
 
buckee1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Minding the precious things in the Local Shop
Posts: 4,106
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally posted by Steve Phillips
I've held on to my old panned and scanned version for this reason. Yes, I've got the widescreen DVD too!
Are any of those panned & Scanned versions still available that you know?

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.