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#1308070
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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The new scan is soft and does have it’s own issues. This is a film that is forty years old after all and it didn’t benefit from a complete restoration using an original negative in a wet gate scan. As well, Shout! Factory is very upfront with the print they did use indicating that it was the best they could find. I take that to mean with the amount of time and financial resources allowed for this project which is completely fair. There are fans of this film but it’s not in high demand. That being said, I more than accept the issues with this transfer and I’m greatly appreciative that it was made available in the first place mainly because of fans like us.

So what do I think when comparing the two versions? The original theatrical release and the silver screen edition? As the one who created it, I think the silver screen edition generated a false expectation of what to expect. The color restoration was an approximation based on multiple sources including VHS, LaserDisc and original set photography. That being said, it was also at the mercy of the de-saturated Blu Ray from which that version was created. As a result, it’s much darker than it should be when compared to the new Shout! release. It’s possible this new transfer is too bright but I’m not about to go ahead and correct it.

I hope everyone is enjoying their new copies and aware that it’s because of you that this new Shout! release happened. We were all loud enough that someone heard us. 😃

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#1306712
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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Well by now I’m sure we’re all enjoying our copies of Shout Factory’s release of DRACULA (1979) and the new 4K scan of the original theatrical color print. It’s been a bit of an eye opener given that this is in fact the way the film originally looked when it was released and obviously better than I could have ever remembered it.

The optical titles are, in fact, black on white and not solid white as they were in the VHS release of the film. This is obviously due to the titles being re-created for the the home video market which, in the 80’s, was 4x3 and the widescreen tiles would not have fit the screen. The flesh tones are far more pink then I thought they would be and overall the print is a lot brighter than I would have imagined. This is probably due to the fact that I’m so used to John Badham’s preferred color treatment and my restored color version.

Overall, I’m glad to finally have the film we all imaged we remembered given it’s been forty years since its release. What are your thoughts on the new Bluray?

Be sure to order your copy. I think after sharing the bootleg it’s the least we can all do to show our appreciation.

https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/dracula-collector-s-edition?product_id=7228

PREVIEW

Director John Badham Discusses The Dark Look
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpMJSDfWKyU

John Badham Discusses A Scene From The Broadway Play
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_SJLaxelI0

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#1302494
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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Asger said:

ITHoTMK said:

Ladies and gentleman, we have all waited patiently over the years for this to finally happen and here it is for pre-oder. Shout Factory presents John Badham’s 1979 release of DRACULA. A bluray cannot be made habitable in a day. And, after all, how few blurays go to make up a century. 😉

Dracula [Collector’s Edition] + Exclusive Poster
Released: November 26, 2019 • Available in US & Canada
Product SKU: 826663203707
No Reviews Yet
$28.43
List Price: $29.99 USD

https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/dracula-collector-s-edition?product_id=7228

Honestly, all the work that everyone has done over the years which led me to even attempt this restoration has been worth it given that we’re all going to benefit from an official release. I honestly look forward to comparing the work against the original theatrical release in HD and will gladly set mine aside to enjoy the film as it always should have been made available.

DRACULA (Restored Theatrical Trailer)
https://vimeo.com/330017416

DRACULA (35mm Silver Screen Edition Sizzle Reel)
https://vimeo.com/295047399

Hi
Unfortunately I live in Europe, so the region A Shout version isn’t playable here.

But I registered here because I saw this discussion - and would request a link to your restored version, please.

The less compressed, the better 😃 - bandwidth and harddisk space are not problems.

So far this seems the best I can hope for, and with the praise from other users, I am looking much forward to it.

Regards,
Asger

Please send me a private message.

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#1294584
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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Ladies and gentleman, we have all waited patiently over the years for this to finally happen and here it is for pre-oder. Shout Factory presents John Badham’s 1979 release of DRACULA. A bluray cannot be made habitable in a day. And, after all, how few blurays go to make up a century. 😉

Dracula [Collector’s Edition] + Exclusive Poster
Released: November 26, 2019 • Available in US & Canada
Product SKU: 826663203707
No Reviews Yet
$28.43
List Price: $29.99 USD

https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/dracula-collector-s-edition?product_id=7228

Honestly, all the work that everyone has done over the years which led me to even attempt this restoration has been worth it given that we’re all going to benefit from an official release. I honestly look forward to comparing the work against the original theatrical release in HD and will gladly set mine aside to enjoy the film as it always should have been made available.

DRACULA (Restored Theatrical Trailer)
https://vimeo.com/330017416

DRACULA (35mm Silver Screen Edition Sizzle Reel)
https://vimeo.com/295047399

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#1289907
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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UFOclub1977 said:

Scream factory has announced a dual version release. Original and then desaturated. YES!

If you hadn’t told me I wouldn’t have believed it. Incredible. 😃 I doubt there’s much restoration in regard to that new transfer. Perhaps some noise reduction and smoothing but I am beyond thrilled, excited and eager to purchase this new version. I don’t consider any amount of work I’ve done a waste of time and hope those involved with the release saw this forum or watched the trailer realizing that this original theatrical version was still in demand. Scream Factory has done it again by honouring the fans and the work.

OFFICIAL RELEASE FROM SCREAM FACTORY

DRACULA (1979) (Collector’s Edition) – John Badham’s slick and sophisticated telling of the legendary story flies into our midst in a 2-disc set. Includes a new transfer of the theatrical version as seen in theaters in 1979 with full color as well as the alternate director-approved version of the film created in 1991 for home video with a muted color palette. Expected Release: November 2019.

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#1283224
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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It truly is a shame that director John Badham decided to re-time the film digitally. I appreciate that he only was trying to capture what he originally had in his mind’s eye and I would have been more open to it had it been included with the original theatrical release version. I can think of Frank Darabont’s The Mist as an example where the filmmaker made the case for his B&W version of the film to better caption the tone he was gong for but he also rightly included the theatrical version as well. Fortunately, the original assets for 1979’s Dracula still exist in analog for and no doubt as a digitally scanned version with the color intact. I have no doubt that one day, we will eventually see the film as it was originally released.

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#1277076
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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For anyone interested, I decided to restore the theatrical trailer using the original audio with voice over by Percy Rodriguez. Unfortunately the opening shots had to be replaced due to optical titles and one shot not being in the final film itself. The titles were recreated from scratch and the color matches the DRACULA 35mm Silver Screen Edition. Enjoy!

DRACULA (Restored Theatrical Trailer)

https://vimeo.com/330017416

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#1276081
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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Thank you and greatly appreciate all the kind words from everyone who has enjoyed this version of the film. Although, I should say this original version of the film as that was the goal but to restore the de-saturated version back to its original color brilliance.

That being said, and without getting too technical, the film was restored by researching the original technicolor process and replicating that process in a digital environment. Suffice it to say, a three strip RGB approach was used to re-apply the removed tints while pushing what information was available in the image as much as possible. It is by no means 100% but it’s pretty close and already superior to any VHS and/or LaserDisc copy in my opinion.

As I’ve said to many of you, hopefully Universal will see the light one day and restore this film to its original theatrical release. Fangs crossed.

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#1262217
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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bloodmoon said:

ITHoTMK said:

Weren’t you going to be working on your own version of Dracula in an attempt to restore the original color palette? After completing Superman: The Movie I thought I’d try my hand at another childhood favorite of mine. Like many, when I picked up the DVD, I was terribly disappointed that Universal had retained John Badham’s 1991 Laserdisc color grading. I wasn’t sure if it was entirely possible but I think I’ve managed to nail it given everything I’ve read about what was done to the film. Please enjoy this sizzle reel of the final work to come.

Dracula (35mm Silver Screen Edition Sizzle Reel)

https://vimeo.com/295047399

Did you complete the full color version of film and is it availiable to watch and download?

Message me.

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#1260772
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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Does anyone have any details on this release beyond the advertised notes? Translated below.

Dracula (1979) (Blu-ray) koch films
http://www.kochmedia-film.de/blu-ray/details/view/film/dracula_1979_blu_ray/

ENGLISH TRANSLATION
This “Dracula” restores the pure character of his first film appearances in F. W. Murnau’s “Nosferatu” (1922) and Bela Lugosis (1931). "(Roger Ebert)

In search of the likeness of his deceased lover, Count Dracula settles down in London at the end of the 19th century. The new environment soon succumbs to the fascination of the Transylvanian nobleman. However, when mysterious deaths occur in society, Professor van Helsing is called to help. He reveals the count as a bloodsucking undead and sets about hunting him in a cruel battle. (1 Blu-ray)

Based on the first adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, director John Badham (“The Flying Eye”, “War Games”) achieved a widely acclaimed, completely novel interpretation of the legendary material: instead of biting heartily-cruelly as usual, he drops Oscar ® nominee Frank Langella in the title role beguile his victims rather than bloodsucking charmer. Three-time Oscar® winner Sir Laurence Olivier as Professor van Helsing, assisted by Donald Pleasence (“Halloween”) as Dr. Seward is powerless at first, but then with resounding success.

GENRE HORROR
Film length approx. 109 min
Languages German, English
Subtitles German
Production Great Britain / USA 1979
Sound format DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Picture format 16: 9 (2.35: 1)
FSK from 16

EXTRAS
German Super 8 version of the film (about 36 min), German and original trailer, picture gallery with rare advertising material

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#1258146
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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lipmystocking said:

I cannot tell you how amazing it is to hear about this project you have undertaken to restore the 1979 Dracula to its original color timing. I have sent you a pm. I would love to be able to watch the movie as I remember seeing when I was about 10. The laserdisc, DVD and Blu Ray’s have all been shockingly awful. I hope that Universal get to see your hard work and give it a wide release. Congratulations and well done for doing this.

Thank you for the kind words. I also hope for an official release and restoration of the film.

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#1258097
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SUPERMAN RETURNS Superman Restored Edition
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SUPERMAN RESTORED A Brief Note

This edit of SUPERMAN RETURNS will allow you to connect more strongly with Superman and his alter ego Clark Kent while sharing a greater understanding of the characters throughout his emotional journey.

The intention of this project originally started with the idea of creating a definitive version of Superman: The Movie using elements from both the Richard Donner and Richard Lester films respectively. Unsatisfied with the result it was decided to abandon that project in favor of attempting to “fix” what were perceived as inherit problems with Superman Returns.

Unfortunately the filmmakers set out to tell a very bloated and laborious story that is almost impossible to get around without excising massive amounts of material which exist to create the overall structure. The goal with this version of the film was to make as many, if not all, of the alterations as smooth and
unnoticeable as possible.

If you weren’t interested in that story in its initial release then unfortunately that film was not for you. However, if you were but felt that the film lacked an even greater emotional character arc then you will probably find this version of Superman Returns a much more satisfying experience.

THIS EDIT WAS PREVIOUSLY MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE BUT HAS BEEN OUT OF CIRCULATION. A NEW EXPORT WILL PRIVATELY BE SHARED HERE AT A HIGHER BIT RATE THAN WAS PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE. HOWEVER, THE QUALITY IS STILL DEPENDENT ON THE ORIGINAL BLURAY RELEASE WHICH UNFORTUNATELY LEFT MUCH TO BE DESIRED.

SUPERMAN RESTORED Cuts & Additions:

Colour correction throughout the film.
Warner Bros. logo music removed.
Legendary Pictures logo removed.
Film begins with John Ottman score over both logos.
Text prologue removed.
Main Titles unaltered.
Return to Krypton sequence reinstated with John Ottman score and two pre-selected cues.
Lex Luthor introduction replaced Martha Kent and Ben Hubbard scene.
Martha stepping out of pick up jump cut corrected.
Lex Luthor scene introduced and trimmed in various places for pacing and delivery.
Clark Kent wake up scene restored with new music cue.
Clark remembers unaltered but includes x-ray vision of barn doors.
Clark throws baseball unaltered.
Clark enters the barn restored with new music cues and flash back of Kryptonian memory crystals.
Clark discovers “Why the World Doesn’t’ Need Superman” article.
Clark stands before crystal ship. Composite alters head position so it matches following shot.
Lex Luthor and crew aboard the Gertrude unaltered but includes pre-existing music cue.
Lext Luthor in the Fortress of Solitude unaltered though trims the last line “…starting with crystals.”.
Clark watches television and talks to Martha unaltered.
Kent mailbox shot moved to transition restored scene with Clark and Martha discussing return to Metropolis.
Music cue added when mentioning Lois Lane.
Original top portion of music cue added for Ben Hubbard arriving for date with Martha Kent.
Clark Kent returns to the Daily Planet unaltered.
Jimmy gives “Welcome Back Clark” cake deleted.
Lex Luthor and the train set moved and trimmed for time.
Sound effect added to Lex revealing Kryptonian memory crystal.
Clark stores his suitcase in the closet. Contents of suitcase and music cue reinstated.
Clark looks over Lois Lane’s desk. “Why the World Doesn’t’ Need Superman” article deleted.
Clark stating “Mother?” deleted.
Clark breaks picture frame audio enhanced.
Space shuttle piggy back scene unaltered.
Clark and Jimmy at the bar trimmed for pacing. Source music added.
Lex Luthor cuts memory crystal. Scene slightly re-edited for pacing. Original music cue partially included.
Mission control trimmed for time.
Engine failure trimmed for time.
Mission control continued trimmed for time.
Lex Luthor train set destruction trimmed.
Metropolis establishing shot inserted to bridge power restoration in bar.
Shuttle engines re-engage trimmed.
Perry White and media reaction trimmed.
Clark changes in the alley. Alternate shot inserted.
Fighter pilot reaction dialogue added.
Superman’s heat vision audio enhanced.
Boeing 777 free floating trimmed for time.
Superman rescues Boeing 777 slightly trimmed for pacing.
Boeing 777 pilots reaction deleted.
Lois faints deleted.
Lois and Clark reunited at the Daily Planet trimmed. Awkward kiss deleted. Stapler exchange deleted.
Lois Lane suggesting that Clark is just plain Clark deleted.
Richard White’s acknowledgement that Lois will always remain a mystery deleted.
Lex Luthor reads article “The Man of Steel is Back” with music cue added.
Lois and Clark elevator scene deleted. Source music “Quando, Quando, Quando” moved to lobby.
Superman stalking Lois Lane outside her home deleted.
Music cue included underneath Richard and Lois scene to bridge Superman at the listening post.
Jor-El voice over deleted and replaced with dialogue between Clark and Martha Kent.
Bank robbery security guards trimmed.
“Wilhelm” scream added to bullet ricochet on helicopter.
Bullet eye sequence trimmed. Gun sound enhanced and metal audio hit added.
Kitty car sequence juxtaposed against Lex Luthor museum robbery and heavily re-edited for time.
Lois stating she’s “covered” Superman deleted.
Lois returns stapler to Clark deleted.
Jason looking at Clark and Superman on television deleted.
Lex stating “I did” with regard to the Kryptonite rock deleted.
Richard suggesting that Clark is Superman deleted.
Superman blows out cigarette audio enhanced.
Jimmy swallows a burrito, Richard upset that Lois is smoking deleted.
Lois discovers Lex Luthor on Gertrude slightly trimmed.
Lex Luthor’s “How ’bout that interview?” line deleted. Music cue added to bridge scene to Richard in Perry’s office.
Lex Luthor’s line “Kitty, what did my father used to say to me?” deleted.
Music cue added following Lex Luthor screaming “Wrong!” to accompany Kryptonite reveal.
Richard and Clark accessing Lois’ computer deleted.
Beginning of “Heart & Soul” sequence slight trimmed.
Heavy audio hit added to Gertrude when illuminated from below.
Lois fax machine power loss swapped and trimmed.
Lex Luthor collects Kryptonian memory crystals restored with portion of music cue added.
Sonar signal audio added to graphic.
Lois uses rolling pin to attempt to open pantry door deleted.
Jimmy showing Perry coordinates lifted, moved and paired with their reactions.
Superman rescues Metropolis heavily trimmed for time.
Lex Luthor flies over New Krypton slightly re-edited.
Lois, Richard and Jason sink to their deaths trimmed for time.
Superman rescues Lois, Richard and Jason trimmed for time.
Lois regains consciousness swapped with Lex Luthor and henchmen beating Superman.
Jor-El voice over as Superman descends into the ocean deleted.
Lex Luthor smoking a cigar and Superman descending on New Krypton swapped.
Superman heat vision audio enhanced.
Lex Luthor escapes New Krypton trimmed for time.
Superman’s heart beat while lifting New Krypton restored.
Superman’s last breath added.
Lois Lane names planetoid “New Krypton” restored.
Lex Luthor on desert island deleted and moved to post credits.
Dedication to Christopher and Dana Reeve restored to beginning of end credits.
End title music re-edited to accompany Reeve acknowledgement.
Lex Luthor desert island sequence inserted prior to Peters Entertainment and Warner Bros. logo.

SUPERMAN RESTORED (Promotional Trailer)
https://vimeo.com/206159006

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#1257539
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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bloodmoon said:

ITHoTMK said:

bloodmoon said:

ITHoTMK said:

I removed the previous link as I’ve done a third and final pass on the color correction. This is the version I’m most personally satisfied with having been given access to samples of the film aside from the VHS viewing copies as a reference. A new link will be available later this week. Until then, and as always, please enjoy this updated version of the sizzle reel.

https://vimeo.com/295047399

Do you have a complete copy of the restored color edition to share.i loved to watch it.

Please send me a PM for a direct link.

AND PLEASE BE ADVISED TO DOWNLOAD THE FILE FOR BEST QUALITY AS OPPOSED TO STREAMING IT FOR PLAYBACK.

how do i pm u for thr download link of the full restored movie?

Click on my profile. Start a private topic.

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#1257374
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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bloodmoon said:

ITHoTMK said:

I removed the previous link as I’ve done a third and final pass on the color correction. This is the version I’m most personally satisfied with having been given access to samples of the film aside from the VHS viewing copies as a reference. A new link will be available later this week. Until then, and as always, please enjoy this updated version of the sizzle reel.

https://vimeo.com/295047399

Do you have a complete copy of the restored color edition to share.i loved to watch it.

Please send me a PM for a direct link.

AND PLEASE BE ADVISED TO DOWNLOAD THE FILE FOR BEST QUALITY AS OPPOSED TO STREAMING IT FOR PLAYBACK.