Dracula - Mysterious Japanese Version Found
According to the homepage Hammerfilms.com, they finally found a copy of the mysterious longer Japanese version of the movie Dracula (with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing). Simon Rowson was searching for it in Tokio and finally was successful. Even though he didn't find all film rolls, he at least was able to get reels 6-9 (including the last 36 minutes of the movie). Besides a scene where Dracula attacks Mina which is definitively longer there's also a longer scene during the finale of the movie.
Even more exciting was Simon's discovery of a complete version of the film’s iconic disintegration scene. “As many people have speculated in the past, there is indeed an additional few seconds where, after Dracula is forced back into the sunlight by Van Helsing and raises his left hand to protect his face, we see the real actor – not a dummy – claw at his forehead and drag his hand down to his chin, peeling away his burnt skin in the process. There is also extra audio of Dracula groaning during this scene and an extra reaction shot from Peter Cushing.” (Hammerfilms.com)
Hammer now tries to include these scenes on future releases of the film.