Reviews and Problems with Dracula: Prince Of Darkness
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Movie overall 7
Dracula: Prince of Darkness Blu-ray Review
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: 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.