I saw Universal's 35mm show print of the digitally restored "Dracula" today at the Film Forum in NYC. On the whole it's pretty nice (expectations are particularly raised with the title card, on which Carl Laemmle is now "President" instead of "Presient.") The title music is the 1931 recording, with the wobble fixed, not the 1992 re-recording for the Spanish film. Specks and dirt are gone, image is as crisp as we're likely to ever see it, but with the added sharpness there's frequently more visible grain, too. Biggest disappointment: the old audio hiss is in full force from start to finish, despite all the studio hype to the contrary. No curtain speech, of course. But I had the fleeting impression that the wires of the three window bats at the castle may have been digitally dealt with, but I could be wrong. Hope the Blu-ray release finally does something about the godawful hiss, though. Was this theatrical print just rushed out, unfinished?