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Returning from prior DVDs: The Frankenstein Files, an in-depth history of both literary and cinematic incarnations of Mary Shelley's monster; a feature commentary with Rudy Behlmer; various archival items; and Boo!, a comedy short with horror clips and spoofy narration. Added for this anniversary edition is a new commentary with Sir Christopher Frayling, who brings a spirited and learned attack to talking about the film. Also new is Universal Horror, a 95-minute documentary by Kevin Brownlow. As good as Brownlow's work generally is, this 1998 doc, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, is choppy, and ranges far afield from Universal's great run of horror movies. It's worth seeing for clips from very rare films and for interviews with the likes of Fay Wray, Gloria Stuart, Ray Bradbury, and Curt Siodmak. (It's also included in the Dracula anniversary set.) And there's "monster Tracks," a pop-up feature that gives onscreen info-bites about the film while you're watching it.
The best of the new features is Karloff: The Gentle Monster, a 38-minute documentary on the subject of the film's iconic star, whose career was made by the success of Frankenstein. It pays fond tribute to Karloff's beloved status as a horror giant, and makes the case that his career had real variety. Frayling and director Joe Dante are among the talking heads paying homage. --Robert Horton
Much film criticism has surrounded the primitive techniques used in 1931's "Dracula" and "Frankenstein".
The DVD features a great looking print of the film with clear audio and crisp picture that is probally the closest to pristine this 1931 picture will ever see.
In 1931, audiences literally screamed at the sight of the MONSTER (Frankenstein, of course was the doctor's name!)
For any Frankenstein fans out there, you'll immediately be disappointed by the destruction of the true story line. But for the time it's an entertaining film nonetheless.Published 2 days ago by Daniela Garcia
This was a great gift. My friend was happy to receive it as an early Christmas present. It includes the slip cover too.Published 2 days ago by Gabu
exactly as I remember it. Not as scary when you are an adult, but it was scary back in the 1960'sPublished 1 month ago by Donna Federer
This is a classic! One of the first scary movies I'd ever seen as a teenager....scary indeed!
Of course, over the years, it's not scary anymore, but still a classic! Read more
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|Frankenstein Video Transfer||
I agree. I intend to read the DVD review sites to determine what, if anything, is improved/added to this release compared to the last one. Let's face it, I buy DVDs because I like the movie. Consequently the only thing a review site can do for me is guide me to the best video transfer with the... Read More
Aug 10, 2006 by TELZALL | See all 4 posts
|Should I upgrade from the '99 release?||
"Is it enhanced for 16:9 TVs?"
Nearly all movies before the 1960s, including "Frankenstein", were shot in 1.33:1 (4:3). So it wouldn't (or shouldn't) be enhanced for 16:9 TVs. In order to "enhance" it for 16:9 TVs they would have to shave off picture from the top... Read More
Mar 18, 2009 by Pressed Rat | See all 2 posts
|Which Version to Buy?||
Go with the Legacy version, which contains all 6 Universal Frankenstein movies. He can also see the monster in action in the film House of Dracula, which is included on the Dracula Legacy collection. Enjoy!
Jun 20, 2007 by Thomas G. Morrison | See all 4 posts
|Universal's Frankenstien and Marvel's Incredible Hulk -- The Same?||
You are definitely on the right track in your comparisons ... Stan Lee has said in interviews that his Hulk character was a combination of Frankenstein's 'monster' as well as the Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde story. I consider both Universal's early films and Marvel's 60's creations as Classic!
Oct 16, 2009 by Jose Juan Rodriguez | See all 3 posts
|Director James Whale||
Yes, Universal Home Video really needs to do a boxed-set "James Whale Collection." They need to bring "The Old Dark House" home, and the original version of "Waterloo Bridge" deserves to be seen again. Give Whale the respect he's long overdue Universal, and do it...
Aug 6, 2006 by R. Monteith | See all 2 posts