Dracula Untold: Blu-ray Review











The Movie:

For almost a century, the legend of Dracula has mesmerized audiences with the story of a charismatic royal who feasts on the blood of innocents after the sun goes down. Dracula Untold reveals the man behind the myth in the tale of Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (Luke Evans), who makes a terrifying deal with a supernatural ally that will allow him to save his family and his country – at the cost of his soul.

I’ve seen so many movies about Dracula and vampires that it’s ridiculous but as far as I can remember this was the first that I had seen that showed the actual origin of Vlad becoming Dracula. The story was very interesting to me to see his beginnings but all of the stories that I’ve know he was always looked at as a horrible person. In this film it shows him more as a man that did what he had to do and because of that it gave him the reputation of being “The Impaler”. With this being a vampire story it seemed to be less on the horror side and leaned more towards being an action/adventure film much like the way Underworld was. There’s nothing wrong with that though because I can see the reasoning behind it. More than likely it’s to appeal to a wider audience and in turn more revenue. The film really was a lot of fun to watch and I can’t think of anything that was horribly wrong with it or anything. If I HAD to choose one thing it would definitely be that the film felt a bit short. It could’ve gone on for at least another 20 minutes or so and expanded on a few scenes here and there. Evans has made an impression on the world as an action star has shown no signs of slowing down….especially after the ending to this film. This is one to check out for sure because it’s the start of something bigger storyline wise. Pick it up! 8/10

Special Features:

Luke Evans: Creating a Legend – Evans discusses a bit about various scenes in the film. He also gives some insight into how certain scenes came together.

Alternate Opening With Commentary – This opening wasn’t as good as the one included in the film but interesting to see nonetheless.

Deleted Scenes – About 13 minutes worth of scenes that are actually pretty good. For the most part they should’ve been edited back into the film.

Day in the Life: Luke Evans – This feature takes a look at what Evans goes through in a typical day of being set of Dracula Untold.

Dracula Retold – A history of the events that take place in the film from his early beginnings to his rise to power.

Slaying 1000 – This is quick look at the big battle scene in the film.

The Land of Dracula – An interactive map with various featurettes regarding certain aspects of production.

Dracula Untold is available NOW on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment


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