Dracula’s death scene restored!

James / March 18th, 2013

Dracula_BD

I reviewed the 1958 Hammer version of Dracula as part of Monster Madness two years ago. (I’ll always know it as “Horror of Dracula” even though in its native UK, it’s just plain “Dracula” which doesn’t help differentiate it from the 1931 version.) You can see the review here. In it, I mention that Dracula’s death scene was originally longer. (Or I should say Dracula’s destruction scene, since vampires are already dead.) Hammer had a long battle with the censors. They considered certain moments of Christopher Lee clawing off his own face to be too gruesome. The footage was discovered in Japan a few years back, along with other missing bits like the seduction scene with Mina.

Now it’s been restored and released on Blu-ray TODAY, but unfortunately, it’s only on Region B (2). Nice one! A big moment in horror history’s been unearthed and they decide to lock out two thirds of the world from seeing it. Well, if you live in a Region B territory, go check it out.

 

Comments

  • March 18, 2013 at 4:12 am

    Wow, that’s ridiculous…wonder why they decided to lock it into region B only? Probably some legal bullshit no doubt. Oh well, I’m sure with the internet we”ll be able to see it one day,

    • Pascal

      March 18, 2013 at 8:28 am

      The same reason why they region-lock any US TV series; money. I bet this re-edited version will find it’s way to the US market anywhere upcoming to Halloween so the US publisher can cash in on it.

      • Master2873

        April 25, 2013 at 10:17 pm

        Yeah all one has to do is, make a rip of he movie and upload it. It’s region free at that point. Or James, or any other person could just rip it to their computer after buying it. I’m sure Blu-ray, and DvD drives for computers are region free, and if not, I’m sure someone has made software or something to get around it. Never underestimate the power of the Internet haha.

  • xdeathknightx

    March 18, 2013 at 4:19 am

    You could always give it a try. A lot of blu ray movies are said to be locked to a region but are really region free. Or if you want you can wait to see if it makes one of the many lists that record whether a blu ray is region free.

    The only real problem would be the two dvd’s that come with it. For those you’d need a region free dvd player or find a way to convert them to region 1.

  • March 18, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Damn, more Hammer films that I have to purchase. As if I don’t have enough already

  • March 18, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Glad to hear this fantastic news. Maybe someday the Criterion collection will restore the cinematic classic Dracula Vs. Frankenstein with digitally enhanced picture quality. The audience will finally be able to figure out what the fuck is going on!

  • BigBadBorg

    March 18, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Oh come on, who cares about region locks? There are plenty of programs on the net that disable that stupidity. Anydvd for instance. I’ve got a huge collection of DVDs and BDs, gathered from all over the world, and I always manage to watch what I want, with just a mouse click.

    And don’t argue with “I don’t want to watch it on my laptop or monitor”, about every PC today can be connected to the TV and surround system.

    Unfortunaly I’m not into old horror movies, but this scene is hopefully on youtube. Sounds interesting.

  • Hank Foreman

    March 18, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Region coding is bull***t!

  • EchnaTron

    March 18, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Yay! Living in Germany that’s great news :).

  • Lukas Sprehn

    March 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

    We need a You Know What’s Bullshit about censorship!

  • Dark Omega

    March 18, 2013 at 9:55 am

    If you don’t want to use your computer, just invest in one of those any region players that you can find on the net. Each time you want a ‘locked’ disc, you are flipping off some rich cunt.

  • March 18, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Aren’t most Blu-Ray players Region free at this point, or is that just for the Blu-Ray discs?

  • Red

    March 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Well, computers are regionless.

  • RX_79

    March 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I remember something like this happening for Friday the 13th

    Eventually we did get a the uncut version.

  • Jordan

    March 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Can someone post said scenes to YouTube?

  • stoney_1

    March 18, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    so weird, I put this movie on last night when i went to bed!! Of all the movies in the world, it had to be the one i watched last night

  • March 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    This is why, when I immigrated to the US last year, my Wife invested in a Multi-Region DVD player.

    I’m hoping that Hammer start to release the Blu-Ray re-releases of their movies in the US soon.

    On a Hammer-Horror side note, relating to your reviews of the Quatermass movies. I do advise tracking down the original TV serial for ‘Quatermass and the Pit’ which is a lot more complete as a story and doesn’t have the rushed feel of the movie.

  • flukesy

    March 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Ordered this, fantastic news for us English lol

  • March 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Great to see the footage was found and turned in, but sad that it falls to region coding. I hate this. I love asian cinema and getting imports can be a pain in the ass. I feel your pain James.

  • rsaotome

    March 18, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    A certain little program by DVDFab or SlySoft, a PC with Windows, and you should be good to go.

    As others have stated, it makes viewing movies from around the globe much easier. :)

  • March 18, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I’m going to do everyone a BIG favor and give James, Mike, Kyle, and ALL the fans out there a secret weapon to combat this B(2) region coding. I bought this little beauty about a year ago, and it is a little expensive at $110 U.S. dollars, but it is very well worth the investment. It is a Toshiba REGION FREE DVD/Blue-Ray player, and yes it really is region free. I’ve got DVDs from England and Japan that play on it beautifully. I also have a small collection of Blue-Rays that play on it too. So do yourself a favor, save up the dough, and then get this Toshiba Region Free DVD/Blue Ray player on Amazon, then go get the Dracula Blue-Ray and enjoy it with no problems. : ) http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-Bdx1300rf-Region-Blu-ray-Dynastar/dp/B009JJJ5YK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363647738&sr=8-1&keywords=Region+Free+DVD%2FBlue+Ray+Player

  • wolfpacleader1986

    March 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    That’s why I use my USB Blu-Ray Burner with AnyDVD to watch my Blu-Rays a lot. For reasons like this. It DOES work as I have my PC hooked up via HDMI to my TV and there are some of my Blu-Rays that won’t play on my PC UNLESS I use AnyDVD.

  • ikensee

    March 19, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Just play it on a Nintendo Top Loader, those play anything.

  • GeorgeCt79

    March 19, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Myabe it will get a U.S. Release sometime down the road. If it does, Hopefully with the restored footage intact.

  • Dr. Breakfastmachine

    March 19, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    This only being released in region B is bullshit, but you know what other classic horror movie just got fucked by blu-ray too? Creature From the Black Lagoon just got released in 3D for the first time since it was it was in theaters, but the only way to get it is to buy the big-ass Universal box set with all the other classic horror movies that’s nearly $100. I already own all of those movies on DVD and VHS, why should I have to buy them all on blu-ray just to see Creature in 3D?

  • Inspector Butters

    March 19, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    This looks like a job for… The Bullshit Man!

  • h31i05

    March 20, 2013 at 5:00 am

    Shouldn’t it work on Your ps3 anyway?

  • Senna4ever

    March 20, 2013 at 7:01 am

    You do know all BluRay and DVD players are made with all regions free in the factory then locked out to only work in the region they are sold (it’s cheaper then making individual players for each region).

    It’s also very easy to unlock your player to factory defaults making the player region free.
    All yopu need is your player make/model and serial number and you can unlock any player in seconds.

    • Senna4ever

      March 20, 2013 at 7:03 am

      I have DVSs and Blurays fro all over the world as sometimes you can only get uncut versions in specific places. sometimes it;s actually cheaper to import than go to your local shop too.

      It pays to shop around.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    March 20, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I’m surprised you don’t have a region free player for stuff like this, knowing the movie buff that you are.

  • Allen Lucas

    March 20, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I was able to see the 2012 restoration online today though in very standard quality I really enjoyed the hard work in restoring the movie along with the added in cut scenes from the Japanese print. I especially like the added moments where we see Dracula’s entire leg and arm bones.

    Part of me is a little disappointed by the face clawing shot. First of all, I can understand how shocking the material was for the British censors in 1958. Watching the shot as a modern viewer, it’s a great discovery and worth putting back in the movie. I was actually expecting Dracula to claw his entire face rather than down to the nose. Then again, I shouldn’t expect too much, but just enjoy it for what it is.

    I would’ve loved to see Hammer take the new restored cut of the final scene and integrate it into the opening prologue from Dracula Prince of Darkness as either part of the film or as an easter egg on the upcoming US Blu-Ray release of this film. But I guess I’ll wait until someone put that together and post it on YouTube.

    Overall, I enjoyed the new restored cut as much as the theatrical version. I can’t wait until its eventual Blu-Ray release in the US.

  • Joey_Redballs

    March 20, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Limiting releases to few regions only encourages piracy! I’m sure this will be available on the web in HD within a week.

  • Chrono

    March 20, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Nowadays, region free players are everywhere, so what’s the problem? :P You should get one already!

  • TheMightyAcorn

    March 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Let me just mention, I’m from the UK and you US folk have no idea how annoying it is to for US TV shows and non-mainstream films to be released here. Most of which, are never released at all hence I use Amazon to import them over here. ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ (only season 1 was released here), ‘Drawn Together’ (never been released at all), ‘Robot Chicken’ (only seasons 1-3 and specials released), ‘Pee Wee’s Big Adventure’ (only released here as part of a Tim Burton collection), Ren & Stimpy (season 3 and 4 never released). The list goes on. I just hope the AVGN movie is region-free! Unless you want payback on the UK for this region-coded release :)

  • tjtose

    March 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Christopher Bee????

  • March 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    IT’S REALLY EASY TO MAKE YOUR PLAYER MULTI-REGIONAL.

    Seriously, I live in Region 2 and I buy Region 1 Blu-Rays and DVDs all the time. Just Google “Multi-regional codes for my Blu-Ray player” and type in the code they give you with your remote. It’s as easy as putting in a cheat code in a videogame.

    All disc-players are multi-regional when they’re made in the factory. Region-locks are only put on by the firmware company afterwards. It’s crazy more people don’t know this.

  • RhuBarb

    March 22, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    This is great news, it’s definitely a bonus these days to see deleted scenes you’ve never seen before (or for a long time) on DVDs/Blu’s.
    In the late 80s early 90s BBC2 UK used to show Hammer films (appropriately) late at night, i used to watch them regular as a teen.
    I am going to re-discover these and this film seems a good place to start.
    James/Mike, if you haven’t imported this already i would recommend you do, this is because PAL is the region format that this film was originally recorded in. If you buy this in Region 1 format it will have been re-encoded and loses something in the process.
    I’ve got to do more reading on this but i know you should always go for the true ‘region’, if you know what i mean.
    I always do now.
    If an NTSC R1 movie is released in the UK it suffers ‘PAL speedup’, it’s like when Super Nintendo games used to be squashed with black borders for PAL.
    I prefer buying US movies import NTSC original, and PAL likewise.
    I’m sure you know all this but you seem to want the US release, i know you want this so don’t be tight and splash out.
    You can afford it now your famous :)

  • Hank Foreman

    March 25, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT3_53yh_xg Here’s the complete destruction scene! Enjoy it before the executives at Hammer take this clip down!

  • mike keith

    April 2, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Like the others have said, anydvd software cracks any type of disc, making it playable and letting you copy it/back it up. really no need for region codes anymore, most people either get them off amazon from other countries, or use other “means” to download a copy of it.

  • rene kristensen

    April 6, 2013 at 6:18 am

    i have uploade Horror of Dracula the restore ending on youtube

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emUUbFijTkU

  • April 12, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I’m glad my Blu-Ray player is region free.

  • May 10, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    I notice that it’s a DVD/Blu Ray combo pack. If the DVD is Region 2, have you got a multi-region DVD player?

    Come to that, are there any multi-region Blu Ray players yet?

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