Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 version of Stoker’s oft-filmed tale has always had a mixed response from horror fans [I love it myself], but Sony must think there are enough lovers of the movie out there for them to re-release on Blu-ray on Region A. Yes, it’s already had a Blu-ray release, but this new one sounds like it will make me upgrade from my DVD of the movie, even if the cover art [shown above]really sucks! This is not so much because it’s the first release of a new line of what could be called, I suppose, Super Blu-rays, but because, A, this will include the commentary on the laserdisc which I always wanted to hear, and, B, I hope that, on this version, the film will finally look like it did in cinemas. Previous versions on video, DVD and yes, Blu-ray, have either looked far too bright or far too dark but hopefully this new scan from the original negative will correct this.
From the Press Release:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) launches the Supreme Cinema Series line with Bram Stoker’s Dracula on Blu-ray™ and Digital HD on October 6. The first-of-its-kind, SPHE’s acrylic “Clear Case” limited edition collector’s packaging will only be available while supplies last.
The Supreme Cinema Series edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula includes 24 pages of rare photos, behind-the-scenes detail, and an all-new personalized written introduction from director Francis Ford Coppola. Coppola, along with his son, Second Unit/Visual Effects Director Roman Coppola, together participated in a new, on-camera retrospective, reflecting on how the film has impacted their lives and careers. The bonus features also offer the original 1993 commentary with Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Coppola, and Makeup Supervisor Greg Cannom.
The film is presented with an all-new 4K restoration and exclusive Dolby Atmos sound, available both as a standalone Blu-ray and in a limited edition Blu-ray Supreme Cinema Series Clear Case. The new Dolby Atmos audio, remixed specifically for the home theatre environment, delivers captivating sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.
Originally released in 1992, Bram Stoker’s Dracula follows the devastatingly seductive Transylvanian prince, Dracula (Gary Oldman), who travels from Eastern Europe to 19th century London in search of human love. After centuries alone, the charismatic Dracula meets Mina (Winona Ryder), a young woman who appears as the reincarnation of his lost love, and the two embark on a journey of romantic passion and horror.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula is the first release under the new SPHE Supreme Cinema Series banner. The Supreme Cinema Series is a premium, limited edition collection befitting beloved cinematic favorites and modern classics. Each film is presented with pristine high-definition picture, enhanced sound, and a collection of new and/or archival special features, creating an ultimate edition for first-time viewers and fans alike. Complete with unique Clear Case packaging, the Supreme Cinema Series is the optimal way to celebrate these unforgettable cinematic experiences.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula has a run time of approximately 128 minutes and is rated R. The Clear Case packaging is produced by Multi Packaging Solutions.
All-New Blu-ray Bonus Features Include:
4K Restoration & Dolby Atmos soundtrack (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible)*
Reflections in Blood: Francis Ford Coppola and Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Practical Magicians: A Collaboration Between Father and Son
Rare 1993 Commentary with Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Coppola, and Greg Cannom
Audio Commentary and Film Introduction by Director Francis Ford Coppola
Four Legacy Featurettes
Limited Edition Supreme Cinema Series Sku Also Includes
High-end Clear Case package
24 pages of rare photos, behind-the-scenes info, and an all-new exclusive written introduction by Director Francis Ford Coppola
*To experience Dolby Atmos at home, Dolby Atmos-enabled AV receivers and additional speakers are required; however, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.
No news about a Region B release yet but I reckon it will happen.