Directed by Gary Shore
Distributed by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
I used to think I wasn't a big fan of vampire films, but I have seen quite a few lately that I have really enjoyed. The latest is last year's hit film, DRACULA UNTOLD, which turned out to be even better than I expected it to be. Here is the film's plot synopsis courtesy of the film's official website:
Witness the origin story of one of legend's most captivating figures in the action-adventure, Dracula Untold. The year is 1462 and Transylvania has enjoyed a prolonged period of peace under the just and fair rule of the battle-weary Vlad III (Luke Evans, Fast & Furious 6, The Hobbit series), the prince of Wallachia. But when Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper, Captain America: The First Avenger) demands 1,000 of Wallachia's boys – including Vlad's own son – become child soldiers in his army, Vlad must enter into a Faustian bargain to save his family and his people. He gains the strength of 100 men, the speed of a falling star, and the power to crush his enemies. In exchange, he's inflicted with an insatiable thirst for human blood that could force him into a life of darkness and destroy all that he holds dear.
This film was a very interesting take on the Dracula story. I honestly have never been a big fan of vampire films (I'm more of a zombie type guy), so I know very little about the Dracula story. I don't think I had ever heard much of a background story about Dracula, so it was interesting to see how and why he became a vampire. He is shown as a hero in this film, the good guy, which is something I have never associated Dracula with.
The film was a very well done. The acting was superb from everyone involved and the cinematography was amazing. The scenery and some of the shots were tremendous, and while most all of it was CG, it still looked great. While the film is a vampire movie first and foremost, it was also war/battle movie similar to the likes of a film like 300. The battle scenes were spectacular and it was nice to see the good mix of horror and action.
DRACULA UNTOLD is a film I would highly recommend. The films was great and is actually pretty family friendly overall. If you have older kids, they could probably watch this film as there was not any real gore and no explicit sex scenes. Now don't get me wrong, I love my horror with lots of gore and nudity, but it is nice every now and then to find a fun film in the horror genre that the whole family can enjoy together.
DRACULA UNTOLD is available now on DVD and Blu-ray and contains the following special features:
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack