I did think of using a software filter to bring out the color but the film is has been reduced practically black and white with nothing to go on. And its a shame as the original color photography was some of the best I'd ever seen.
For a while now I've been searching for a complete full color print of the Frank Langella starring Dracula from 1979.
Directed by John "Wargames" Badham it boasted some amazing photography by Gilbert Taylor. However in 1991 John Badham issued a widescreen color timed version on laserdisc which drained all the original color out of the film, turning it virtually black and white. Ever since then this has been the only available version on any format and the original seems to be lost in the vaults of Universal.
I've seen old VHS copies of this on ebay but I'm after a decent pre 1991 laserdisc print or a solid TV broadcast.
Has any body out there got a copy they'd like to share?
I think it's unfair to say the Final Cut was disappointing because there wasn't more new footage...
My point is simply that prior to the Final Cut there were 4 versions (incredible to think about it really) of the SAME GREAT movie - with little difference between them IMO. So when we get to cut # 5 its essentialy the same old same old yet again. Now I AM a fan of the movie in all its versions (and have owned every VHS, Laserdisc, DVD and Blu Ray release) but somewhere deep down the cynic in me cries money for old rope. Sorry. The fact that Ridley Scott first prepared a 4 hour version of the movie gets this fan salavating for a taste of what's out there - especially after seeing some of it in the recent documentary and its supplementals - and that's were Fan Edits come in. Studios aren't bothered about releasing such stuff to the public so its left to hardcore fans to sort out. Again just my opinion s'all and it means nothing to nobody but me.
Don't get me wrong it's still a 10/10 movie - I was just a little underwhelmed by just how similar it was to all the other versions (bar the Workprint - which is my fav cut) The Theatrical, International and so-called Director's Cut's are essentially the same (not counting, violence, narration, ending and awful wobbly unicorn insert). What I did enjoy on the Final Cut were the slight tweeks to the old FX (ie wires on spinners etc) and the much better unicorn revere. I didn't like the new colour timing however - the colors looked perfectly fine before. And considering just how much great material there is left over from the original 4 hour cut - I was expecting a bit more of it to find its way into a 5th!!! and Final version. But yeah maybe I'm nitpicking, but hey I'm a fan its what I do best.
Anyway I am really looking forward to this edit of the movie. Hurry up Zombie.