Satanic Rites of Dracula

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  1. Rollocop

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    Can anyone tell me the best place to get the Platinum versoin of this cheap? I live in the UK so postage is also an issue.

    Also, if anyone has the disc, what do you think of it (Compared to the Anchor Bay one!)?
     
  2. Shannafey

    Shannafey Don't Monkey With Me!

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    I don't know what the AB version looks like, but the Platinum disc is an excellent transfer. The picture looks great. I don't know about stores in the UK, but at Walmart over here I picked it up for $4.50. Try www.walmart.com or even www.bestbuy.com I don't like the film much. It's a bit boring, but for that price it was worth the risk of buying it unseen.
     
  3. Rollocop

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    Thanks Shannafey. Ive looked at both sites and unfortunately none of them do international shipping. Its pretty cheap on Amazon.com but the shipping overrides any saving made. Ill keep looking though.
     
  4. Behemoth

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    Have you tried E-Bay?
     
  5. Rollocop

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    Just nabbed one from Ebay - cheers for the help guys!
     
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    just watched this tonight. the disc said this was the last hammer dracula film. not a good way to go out. yech. was it a cop movie or a vampire movie. the only decent scene is with dracula sitting behind the desk in silhouette. creepy!
     
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    Is either version on DVD 16/9 enhanced ?
     
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    Technically not the last Hammer Dracula film (that would be LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES), but it's the last one featuring Christopher Lee.
     
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    I have the Anchor Bay Double Feature with Dracula Prince Of Darkness and it is not 16:9 enhanced.

    It looks like shit on my 37 inch LCD.
     
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    do you live in my house? i also have the double feature disc and it also looks like shit on my 37 inch LCD.
     
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    I think those early AB Hammer discs look like shit even on a standard def TV set. You're better off going region free and buying the more recent anamorphic dvds through amazon.co.uk. They're super cheap, too.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up !
     
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    I have the stand alone AB release and it is not 16:9.
     

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    Wow. I haven't seen this flick for many years, but leapt at the chance to pick the new blu for $11 during the last Warner Archive sale. I didn't remember much about it except for some extremely silly vampire dispatch sequences that are too dumb to forget. So I went into this expecting a bad movie, but, Jeez. If anything, it's even worse than I remembered. Lee is hardly in it. Joanna Lumley is a poor substitute for Stephanie Beacham. The henchmen guys in the furry vests could make the most dour person on Earth giggle convulsively. The women playing the vampire brides are hilariously incompetent. If you think some of the vampire bride actresses in Count Yorga Vampire lack verisimilitude, get ready for the bar to drop so low it practically starts burrowing its way into the ground. Then there's the Avengers-like plot, which doesn't remotely require the villain to be Dracula. Lee's physical presence is his best quality in this role--yet he's wasted as a Howard Hughes/Willard Whyte character who gets destroyed easier than you'd be able to take down a vampiric Richard Simmons. I was truly embarrassed for Lee during the final moments--though you can see Dracula is played by a stunt double about half the time he's on the ground. I don't know why Cushing had to employ a stake. Dracula appeared to be dying of embarrassment.

    I've seen some debate about which film is the worst: this one, A.D. 1972, or Scars. For me, it's not even close. Scars and A.D. 1972 are a long fall from Hammer's original Dracula, but they have their moments--and they play like timeless classics compared to Satanic Rites. Aside from a few good moments between Lee and Cushing, there's really nothing to recommend here. It's even an ugly-LOOKING movie, with lots of fuzzy and indistinct early shots.
     
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    I’ve always liked it because it’s so different than the previous films. Even AD 1972 didn’t stray far from the usual Hammer Dracula formula. Sure, I can see how it might not be entirely successful but at least they tried a new approach.
     
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