Reviews and Problems with Dracula: Prince Of Darkness
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Movie overall 8
UK Studiocanal version has higher video bitrate & LPCM HD audio
21 February 2014
Excerpt: UK Studiocanal version region B locked has video bitrate of about 30 Mbps vs 20 for Millennium, and LPCM HD audio. Video print is in very good shape with few marks or imperfections. Strong colors throughout. Appears DNR'd. Without it, 4.0 or a bit higher. Nice PQ despite DNR. Comparison pics of Studiocanal blu vs dvd can be found here: http://www.caps-a-holic.com/hd_vergleiche/multi_comparison.php?
Excerpt: The movie itself is a great Hammer studios horror films. Anyone purchasing this blu ray likely knows what sort of movie they are in for -- great sets, eerie atmosphere, and interesting characters (Father Sandor). The video is pretty good. It's free of scratches, the colors are pretty good for a film of this age, and is overall very clear. On the downside, it's a bit lacking in fine detail.
Conclusion: Brilliant film, we all know the story by now. Unfortunately, it just doesn't cut the mustard when it comes to the transfer. Maybe i was hoping for too much. But the sound is still only in a basic 2.0 format, and the image is still very grainy, and to be frank, i dont see much difference. But hey, im a hammer fan, and didnt own it on disc, so glad i have it now.