HORROR OF DRACULA (1958) – Long lost version finally restored!
The “Mina” Sequence – Update
It’s come to my attention that the video in my blog post from Friday, October 18, 2013, featuring the original Japanese reels of the missing “Mina” footage from HORROR OF DRACULA, has been blocked due to copyright reasons.
I feared this might happen. When I was initially putting these posts together on the newly restored HORROR OF DRACULA prints, I had come across on YouTube the original Japanese prints from which the restored version was derived. This print was divided into three sections, and the first section had been blocked due to copyright reasons. I figured it was only a matter of time before the other sections were blocked as well.
Honestly, I think it’s ridiculous and quite silly to block these things. If the restored version of HORROR OF DRACULA was available here in the United States,— it’s not, as of yet— viewing a raw damaged print from Japan is not going to stop me from buying it. On the contrary, the more people who see it and like it, the more people will buy it when it finally becomes available.
But that’s not how these things work. So, to the powers that be, hurry up and release the restored version here in the United States, thank you very much! And shame on you for blocking material on the web that you have no business blocking. Well, I suppose if you own the copyright, then it is your business, but readers, you know what I mean. I’m just venting.
Anyway, in the meantime, enjoy this photo from the lost “Mina” sequence, a different one from my October 18 post.
And for more information about the HORROR OF DRACULA restoration story, check out my earlier posts from September 30, 2013 and October 18, 2013.
Thanks for reading.