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Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ Crept Into Theaters 25 Years Ago

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Bram Stoker wrote the novel Dracula in 1897. Since then, the story has been made into movies dozens of time, with the namesake character making appearances in hundreds of movies, TV shows, and comic books. There is, however, one adaptation that most fans of horror and of vampires feels stands head and shoulders above the rest, and that is the 1992 version which bears the author’s name. Bram Stoker’s Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the highly acclaimed director behind The Godfather and Apocalypse Now.

When it was released 25 years ago, it won three Oscars, including Best Makeup and Best Costume Design. It also won another 15 awards from various film organizations including Best Horror Film, Best Actor (Gary Oldman), and Best Director from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films.

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In addition to Gary Oldman (The Fifth Element, Harry Potter) in the title role, the film also stars Winona Ryder (Stranger Things, Beetlejuice), Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs, Thor), Keanu Reeves (The Matrix, John Wick), and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, Saw).

The story is one of the most faithful in any version of Dracula, or really for almost any book-to-movie adaptation. It covers multiple lengths of time, covering Dracula’s origin, his introduction in Transylvania, his visit to London, and the return to his castle for the final confrontation.

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Of course, an anniversary like this begs a special edition, and we have one thanks to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. This new edition includes a digital copy, a Blu-Ray, and a 4K Ultra HD disk to watch in the highest definition possible. It also includes deleted scenes, some featurettes, and two different audio commentaries by director Francis Ford Coppola. Well, worth a grab if you haven’t updated from a VHS or regular DVD copy.