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Dan Curtis’ Dracula

by Ken Tasho
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Tuesday May 27, 2014
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Jack Palance as Dracula? You bet your sweet bippy!

Going back in time to the mid 1970s, MPI Home Video presents a long-forgotten variation of the tale of Count Dracula, ripe with a twist on Bram Stoker’s novel and filmed by "Dark Shadows" creator Dan Curtis. It was originally titled "Bram Stoker’s Dracula," and here on Blu-ray it’s given the dubious title of "Dan Curtis’ Dracula." This interpretation can’t lay claim to the best version of the undead Count, but it entertains in a schlocky, campy way.

Dan Curtis, in his interview snippet on the Blu-ray, readily admits he filmed "Dracula" like an episode of his own "Dark Shadows." His influence shows, and scribe Richard Matheson gives Dracula a little more background this time. The character of Lucy now becomes the reincarnation of Dracula’s old lover and gives this 1974 made-for-TV movie more of a romantic edge.

One just can’t get past Palance’s non-frightening performance and, when interviewed, he mentions that he had to be hounded for years to do this role. MPI Home Video culls the interviews from their prior DVD release, but it makes sense, as both Palance and Curtis have passed on.

Some outtakes of the filming of "Dracula" are shown and three key scenes are examined side by side, showing the difference between the theatrical version and the cut TV version ("Dracula" was released overseas theatrically but sold as a TV movie in the States). And for a high-definition transfer of such an old film, you can’t do much better than "Dan Curtis’ Dracula."


"Dan Curtis’ Dracula"
Blu-ray
www.mpihomevideo.com

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.

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