I'll be honest, I don't think this or the Tod Browning version are great films. They both have some wonderful visuals and a couple of great performances, which I believe they owe their entire reputation to, but outside of that they are dull and wooden. This version has the benefit of Melford's less heavy-handed direction, some beautiful night shots, and a much much better Renfield, but Carlos Villarías' Dracula pales in comparison to Legosi's, so in the end they both end up on equal footing in the trade-off. Pretty disappointing after years of hearing about how superior this version is.
My Criterion set came in the mail yesterday (three days before the street date!) and of course I had to interrupt my spooky streak to start running through these.
The Gojira disc is, as far as I can tell, identical to the standalone release, but there’s a big difference here compared to other versions of Godzilla Raids Again floating around; the improved visuals and new subtitles go a long way in making this more enjoyable.
If you love these movies or…
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