I think the film runs hot and cold. Some aspects of it are great, others not. I especially don't like the peculiar "bullet-time" compressed point-of-view shots that I think were shot by a second unit director and not FFC.
But the CD is fantastic. This and BASIC INSTINCT are my only two favorite scores from 1992, if I'm not forgetting anything.
DRACULA is the first ost I ever purchased and heard in full outside of a film as a separate entity! (I was 12 years old). Also, it was the first film I saw 2 times in theaters. Up until then, I didn't know that the music of a film is released in albums and I just saw it mentioned in the poster of the film in the newspaper. I thought this was only for this film, but then I realised that film music scores are indeed released in albums.
After that, I stuck and started collecting soundtracks, and also started shaping my dreams about being a film composer.
The music is exceptional and I wish it had been nominated for an Oscar (although I don't remember what were the nominations that year). I especially love the Love theme and the way it modulates towards the end of "Mina/Dracula".
The movie seems to get better on repeated viewings and I'm very pleased with the blu-ray. As for the variations on a theme, I think the score is varied enough with lots of highlights. "The 9th Gate" had a similar approach.