Dracula - Prince of Darkness

Dracula - Prince of Darkness

Director: Terence Fisher Cast: Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir

DVD (Wide Screen / Mono / Dolby 5.1)

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Overview

Christopher Lee plays Dracula, Prince of Darkness in this Hammer film, which comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither closed-captions nor subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track with Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Francis Matthews, and Suzanne Farmer. Also available are behind-the-scenes home videos, a theatrical trailer, and an episode from The World of Hammer series titled "Dracula and the Undead." This is a superb disc, especially for fans of Hammer films.Christopher Lee dons the evil Count's cloak once again after an 8-year hiatus for this first "authentic" sequel to Hammer Studios' Horror of Dracula (the literal 1960 follow-up Brides of Dracula did not feature Lee). The story begins when two stuffy vacationing couples make an ill-fated stopover at Castle Karlsbad in the Carpathian mountains -- despite the warnings of the mysterious Fr. Sandor (Andrew Keir) and the near-destruction of their coach when the terrified driver runs for his life. After a slightly tedious stretch, one of the men (Charles Tingwell) is sacrificed in a bloody Satanic ritual, orchestrated by the Count's loyal manservant Klove (Philip Latham) to bring the legendary vampire back to life. The revived Count immediately sets his sights on the man's wife (Barbara Shelley), making her his undead bride; the surviving pair seek refuge in Fr. Sandor's abbey, with the undead bloodsuckers in hot pursuit. This stylish and chilling production is imbued with Gothic atmosphere by director Terence Fisher (one of his last films for the studio) and remains one of the classier entries from Hammer's heyday. Also known as Revenge of Dracula.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/1998
UPC: 0013131050295
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:30:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation [2.35:1]; Audio commentary with actors Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Francis Matthess, and Suzan Farmer; Behind-the-scenes home movie; Theatrical trailer; Combo theatrical trailer with "The Plague of the Zombies"; Exclusive "World of Hammer" episode "Dracula & the Undead"; Languages: English, Français

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Lee Dracula
Barbara Shelley Helen
Andrew Keir Father Sandor
Francis Matthews Charles
Suzanne Farmer Diana
Charles "Bud" Tingwell Alan
Thorley Walters Ludwig
Philip Latham Klove
Walter Brown Brother Mark
George Woodbridge Landlord
Jack Lambert Brother Peter
Philip Ray Priest
Joyce Hemson Mother
John Maxim Coach Driver

Technical Credits
Terence Fisher Director
Roy Ashton Makeup
Chris Barnes Editor
James Bernard Score Composer
Bowie Films Special Effects
Anthony Hinds Screenwriter
Anthony Nelson Keys Producer
Don Mingaye Art Director
James Needs Editor
Michael Reed Cinematographer
Bernard Robinson Production Designer
John Sansom Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen Version
   Play movie
   Extras
   Audio setup
   Resume play
Side #2 -- Widescreen Version
   Theatrical Trailer
   Combo Trailer
   World of Hammer "Dracula & The Undead"

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