Dear fellow forum members,
If you also subscribe to either the British Horror Films forum or Classic Horror Film Board, then you may already be aware of this news but I certainly intended to flag it up here as well - because, although "Dracula" is, admittedly, not Sir Christopher's favourite topic, the original 1958 Hammer production is universally acknowledged to be a very important British film.
My wife and I live permanently in Japan and, following a year long process of painstaking negotiation, we were actually able to view the final two reels of the sole remaining Japanese copy of Dracula at the Japanese National Film Center on March the 9th - only two days before the earthquake that destroyed most of the North East coast of Japan.
In a nutshell, the long debated extra footage DOES exist - including the extended disintegration scene at the film's climax - and I am liasing with Hammer about how to proceed at the moment.
I just wanted everyone on the Christopher Lee Website to also share in this incredible disclosure!
(I post on the other two sites as "Richard LeStrange")