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    There was a well-publicized screening of a British print of the film over here fairly recently. Turns out the only difference was the title Dracula appearing on the credits as opposed to Horror of Dracula!


    Yes. The BFI made a big fuss that they restored a new uncut version of Dracula ffor the 50 year anniversary. They were lying. All that happened was that they got the US print off Warners (who had done a restoration job some years previously) and spliced the British title onto the front. It still wasn't uncut but at least included the Lucy staking in full that had been trimmed by the BBFC for cinema release.

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    The BFI were unable to release their version on DVD because Warner own the rights and the two companies were unable to come to an arrangement (presumably the BFI wouldn't pay Warner enough for licensing). I imagine the failure of Dracula to appear on TV for some years may also be connected with this issue as Warner seem to possess Horror of Dracula prints only - not necessarily a "bad thing" since the Dracula prints prior to the BFI version have the Lucy staking cut.

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    I'm very much looking forward to seeing Dracula, and the Hammer documentary tonight on BBC 4.



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    Out of the recent tragedy in Japan comes some amazing news on the now legendary Japanese version of the 1958 Dracula.
    This report comes from the Hammer Horror thread of the Classic Horror Film Board:

    Again with THE HORROR OF DRACULA missing footage in Hammer Horror Forum

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    Thanks for the link Stephen. The BBFC censorship history of Drcaula is well documented by Wayne Kinsey who reviewed the BBFC case file. The clawing at the face shot was a definite BBFC cut from the UK print but they didn't mention the extra shot that "Richard LeStrange" noticed at the end of the Dracula/Mina scene so that was presumably added specifically for the Japanese print. The Gough "hurling shot" was never shown to the BBFC so would have been specifically produced for overseas markets (if it exists).

    Now if only someone could locate the topless handmaidens from The Mummy.

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    Now if only someone could locate the topless handmaidens from The Mummy.
    Give me a chance - I have to get Dracula in the bag first!

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    Interesting article regarding the discovery of some lost footage from Hammer's Dracula (1958).

    Dracula Resurrected! - Hammer

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    A very interesting article, and great news. cassidy.
    Quote Originally Posted by marty View Post
    Interesting article regarding the discovery of some lost footage from Hammer's Dracula (1958).

    Dracula Resurrected! - Hammer

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    Is it a vain hope that the restored, and extended, Dracula might be released on bluray?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald Lovell View Post
    Is it a vain hope that the restored, and extended, Dracula might be released on bluray?
    You would hope that such a classic UK film would be released on DVD and Bluray and come complete with all the whistles and bells of a 'making of' and an audio commentry - preferably with Hammer expert, Marcus Hearn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrgv View Post
    You would hope that such a classic UK film would be released on DVD and Bluray and come complete with all the whistles and bells of a 'making of' and an audio commentry - preferably with Hammer expert, Marcus Hearn.
    Wayne Kinsey as well? And Dick Klemensen...Dennis Meikle...

    These chaps all know their Hammer onions! LOL

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    And could Sir Christopher Lee be persuaded to utter to "D" word too and contribute to a commentary? I believe this was mooted some years ago, but he withdrew as he did not find the approach "professional" enough.

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    This really is great news, I've been watching it unfold at CHFB over the last few months. There's so much missing footage from film and t.v. you all but give up hope, and then this turns up... It does give a glimmer of hope for more to be found.

    A blu disc release would be the icing on the cake.

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    One of the best British Films!

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    And I believe now to be released in its extended version on bluray next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald Lovell View Post
    And I believe now to be released in its extended version on bluray next year.
    Indeed the Japanese cut of the film with extended scenes, among them a shot of Dracula tearing his face off during the disintegration climax,Hammer Films finally acquired the surviving footage from the extended cut in 2011 for inclusion in a forthcoming "definitive" restoration.

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