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CountessDracula

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  1. I was a longtime frequent user of the IMDB boards and you are so right about the Davis/Crawford boards. They were horrible. Sadly almost nothing of any value on those two boards. Just felt like constant bickering. Although there were a lot of trolls on the boards for new movies ( in particular horror and sci fi ) they were all over IMDB. The board for The Walking Dead was an absolute cesspool. It's sad but many people get their kicks from posting awful things and trying to rile people up. Wow did I have a lot of people on ignore other there But having said that I did have several boards that I did enjoy. And not coincidentally they were about old/classic films and stars.
  2. This is a sad loss for me. I grew up loving Battlestar Galactica and Richard Hatch. From personal experience, he was an incredibly warm and down to earth person. RIP ... you will be missed.
  3. There is so much to love about the restored version and it is definitely worth buying. I particularly love the crackle from Dracula's fireplace. It is so crisp and clear. And that hiss that had become synonymous with Dracula is now virtually gone.
  4. It was the restored version ( this was also what was shown by TCM in theaters this past October ). You can tell it is the restored version within the first five seconds. Prior to the restored Dracula the opening theme ( Swan Lake ) always had that jump in the music during the opening credits. That has been fixed for the blu-ray. ( the music queue fixed with the opening music from the Spanish Dracula). It sounds so outstanding but I've become so used to the skip in the music that I sometimes miss it
  5. Indeed and that is precisely why I love the sparse music in Dracula. Keeping the music to the opening credits and only the scenes where actual music was being played was perfect for this film. i know they were trying to draw renewed attention to an old classic by adding the new score but it was not needed. I have bought Dracula in every incarnation that Universal has released and yet I feel no need to ever "listen" to this version again.
  6. I too am glad TCM showed the film without the Glass score. I actually detest the new score and feel it is overwrought and overused throughout the film. It is not necessary to have music every time a character talks or moves. It is particularly intrusive during the beginning of the film when Lugosi delivers some of horrors most iconic lines. The Glass score makes the ultimate mistake: A score should enhance not detract from the film. I actually bought the dvd with the glass version when it came out. I was excited to hear their take on a Dracula score. I almost did not make it through one airing. I gave it away to a friend. I feel Dracula should be seen exactly as intended. There is very little music in Dracula and it perfectly sets the mood for the creepy journey that Browning and Lugosi take the viewer on.
  7. I must be one of the few Universal Horror fans that does not love BOF . I can see that it is a good film and well cast but overall it leaves me empty. It is the Universal horror film I watch the least. As far as Karloff's Universal films I love The Mummy. Yes it is basically a remake of Dracula and it moves at a snails pace in places but I still find it much more enjoyable than BOF.
  8. I am super happy to finally see this on the schedule as well. For those not able to see it this time around it will be repeated on Friday October 28th at 8pm. This is my favorite of the Universal Horror films. The first 15 minutes or so ( before Dracula sets off for London ) cemented Lugosi's horror icon status. You can not take your eyes off of him the entire film. What a mesmerizing screen presence he had. The first Universal Horror film I ever saw was Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein ( airing September 14th and October 30th ) and Lugosi is the stand out in that film as well. Lugosi is without a doubt one of the most intriguing actors to ever appear on screen.
  9. Although I am happy that Lee was chosen SOTM ( at least it is a horror star ) I still keep hoping Lugosi will be chosen. He is way over due for this honor. Yes, he was in a lot of Universal films but he was also in a lot of films that are in the public domain. TCM is showing Dracula in September and October. They are also showing quite a few Universal horror classics in August ( during Karloff's SUTS) and during October. To showcase Lugosi would not be impossible ( afterall he was a SUTS honoree well over 10 years ago ). As we Lugosi fans say every year ... maybe next year
  10. Thanks for confirming this. I thought I had lost my mind LOL I knew it was on the schedule and then when I saw what movies I recorded that night it was gone. Bummer indeed.
  11. Ahhh yes, I"ve been wanting this for years. He would be a perfect choice for October SOTM. He was hilighted ONCE during SUTS but that was over ten years ago now. Come on TCM, he deserves the recognition.
  12. Interesting that both George Cole and Patrick Macnee passed away this year ( August and June respectively ) and neither are included in the TCM Remembers segment for this year. A terrible oversight in my opinion. I adore this film and Sim is simply perfect as Scrooge. His "rebirth" at the end has brought me to tears a few times. Very moving and very believable.
  13. Indeed. David Skal is a true Universal Horror scholar. He also hosts/appears in many other Universal horror documentaries that appear on dvd/bluray.
  14. I remember being so excited to purchase the Glass version of Dracula on VHS ( now it is also out on the dvd/blu ray). I ended up barely making it through one viewing. I loathe this version. Perhaps someone should of told him that every moment does not need to be punctuated with music. The music is obtrusive and downright irritating. I was most annoyed by Lugosi's classic lines being overwhelmed by this score. The sparse music in Dracula ( used only when actual music would be utilized, the opening credits ,the theatre scene) set an ominous tone and was perfect for the film. Hopefully no one attempts to score the film again. Once was quite enough,
  15. Bravo Feego, I was just going to recommend this book. It is an engrossing read beautifully illustrated with many fascinating photos. I bought it when it first came out and I have read it at least four or five times. I can not recommend this book highly enough.
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