House of Dracula appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.37:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a highly satisfying presentation.
Overall sharpness worked well, with only a smidgen of softness in a couple of wider shots. Most of the film boasted fine delineation and accuracy.
Neither jaggies nor moiré effects impacted the proceedings, and the presence of light grain meant it seemed unlikely that digital noise reduction came into play. Edge haloes remained absent and I saw no print flaws.
Blacks seemed deep and rich, while contrast gave the movie a fine silvery sheen. Low-light shots brought us nice smoothness and clarity. These Universal monster Blu-rays consistently excel and House follows suit.
I felt the same about the high-quality DTS-HD MA monaural soundtrack, as it held up nicely for its age. Music and effects didn’t boast great range or punch, but both came across accurate enough and they lacked distortion or problems.
As usual for older recordings, speech came across as a little tinny, but the lines remained fairly concise and only a few spots of edginess occurred. The mix lacked hiss, noise or other problems. This turned into a more than acceptable mix for its era.
How did the Blu-ray compare to the DVD version? Music seemed clearer and more concise, while visuals were tighter, richer and cleaner. The Blu-ray delivered the expected upgrade.
Like its siblings, House comes with a trailer but it lacks other extras.
Even with a surprisingly ambitious narrative, House of Dracula doesn’t go much of anywhere. It lacks the depth it needs and fails to produce much entertainment value. The Blu-ray brings positive picture and audio but it lacks bonus materials. This turns into a solid presentation for a blah movie.
As of fall 2018, House of Dracula can be purchased as part of a seven-film “Wolf Man Complete Legacy Collection”. In addition to House, we find The Wolf Man, She-Wolf of London, Werewolf of London, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, House of Frankenstein, and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.
House of Dracula also be found as part of an eight-film “Frankenstein Complete Legacy Collection”. In addition to House, we find Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, Ghost of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, House of Frankenstein, and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.
House of Dracula also can be found as part of a seven-film “Dracula Complete Legacy Collection”. In addition to Son, we find Dracula, the 1931 Spanish language Dracula, Dracula’s Daughter, Son of Dracula, House of Frankenstein, and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.
In addition, House comes in the “Universal Monsters Complete 30-Film Collection”. It actually packages the Frankenstein, Dracula and Wolf Man sets mentioned above with similar compilations for other Universal Monsters.
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