Reviews and Problems with Dracula: Prince Of Darkness
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Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
21 February 2014
Conclusion: The macabre tone of "Dracula: Prince of Darkness" is enticing, and while the consistency of the movie is lacking, Lee's movement as the vampire, along with capable performances from the rest of the cast, manage to support the film through plenty of dry stretches and odd storytelling directions.
Excerpt: Independent distributor Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment have released the low budget gothic horror "Dracula: The Dark Prince" in the United Kingdom at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 (original aspect ratio is 1.85:1). The film uses quite a large proportion of dark locations. Because of this, you would expect shadow detail to be reasonably strong, and although it is good, it's not great.
Summary: For those who can’t or don’t want to import, this domestic release of Dracula: Prince Of Darkness is the next best thing to the Studio Canal version. As to the movie itself, it’s a great slice of vintage Hammer horror with a fantastic performance from Lee and good supporting work by everyone else. It’s got style, suspense, shocks and sex appeal – everything you’d want from a prime Hammer picture.
Conclusion: While Studio Canal's restoration of Dracula: Prince of Darkness appears to be as impressive as those of Quatermass and the Pit , The Plague of the Zombies , and The Reptile , the film's transition to Blu-ray isn't. Therefore, if you are interested in adding it to your collections, my advice to you is to find a way to rent the Blu-ray first and see whether some of the issues described in our review bother you. RENT IT. Did you find this review helpful?
Conclusion: With Lee once again reprising his most famous role, until The Lord of the Rings at least, this hammer Horror tries to recreate the magic of his first attempts at the role. Although Lee is not the problem, the film is let down by a narrative without direction or motivation.