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Frankenstein (1973)

Bo Svenson , Robert Foxworth , Dan Curtis  |  NR |  DVD

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Producer Dan Curtis (Dark Shadows, The Night Stalker), faithfully resurrects Mary Shelley's Gothic classic in an acclaimed adaptation starring Robert Foxworth (Falcon Crest), Bo Svenson (Delta Force) and Susan Strasberg (Picnic).

Fiercely devoted to the theories of extending and creating human life, scientist Victor Frankenstein and his assistants have secretly assembled an artificial man with human parts stolen from graves. Once he is brought to life, the enormous creature exhibits a child-like innocence. Unaware of his superhuman strength and frightful appearance, the Giant becomes hostile and demands that Victor create him a mate.

Bonus features include a new audio commentary track with actors Robert Foxworth (Victor Frankenstein) and John Karlen (Otto Roget) plus 1973 Frankenstein promo, recap and preview from the original broadcast on ABC-TV's Wide World Of Mystery.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Curtis' Frankenstein December 7, 2007
The 1973 Dan Curtis "Frankenstein" is an eloquent, 2-part video-taped production. A contemporary of the equally stylish "Frankenstein: the True Story", the Curtis version was originally relegated as episodes of the late-night, television series, "Wide World of Mystery".

Bo Svenson (coined as the "giant", as opposed to the "monster" or "creature") gives a powerhouse performance as Shelley's misunderstood specimen. Indeed, Svenson conveys the anticpated danger that one naturally associates with this character, but his focus is ultimately on confusion and sensitivity. In essence, such traits have always been the essence of Shelley's iconic figure; Svenson expertly understands and embodies such.

Robert Foxworth is an excellent, credible Victor; Susan Strasberg is an on-target Elizabeth. The auspicious John Karlen, of Curtis' "Dark Shadows", is also featured. (Incidentally, he and Foxworth offer commentary on the DVD release.) In a twist of casting, a lovely blonde replaces the blind man/hermit, and the result is uniquely engaging, touching.

In addition to Karlen's presence, those who fancy "Dark Shadows" will appreciate the production's overall, unpretentious feel. (For those in the know, "Dark Shadows" actually tackled Shelley's themes with its "Adam/Eve" storyline.) This version also sports Robert Cobert's distinctive music, which further invokes a "Dark Shadows" aura. (In the same vein, fans of Curtis' "Jekyll/Hyde" and "Dorian Gray" will feel at home with this "Frankenstein". Fans of the BBC, Louis Jourdan "Count Dracula" will also find it worth while.)

If one has a hankering for classic monsters and good, old-fashioned horror retellings, Dan Curtis "Frankenstein" is a must to view and own. Simply put, they just don't make them like this anymore. A pity, indeed, but at least through this DVD release, one will have a chance to re-experience an example of a gothic story done right.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I was very excited to see this Frankenstein advertised, being a fan of other Curtis productions like Dark Shadows, The Night Stalker, and the Jack Palance version of Dracula. However, this movie occupies a curious limbo. In style, production values, and acting, it is very much like the original Dark Shadows TV series. It even has almost identical music by the same composer, and the presence of John Karlen (Willie from Dark Shadows) as the doctor's sidekick. But what worked well in the context of an ongoing Gothic soap is rather disappointing when transplanted to a feature. The whole look of the production is particularly stagebound, which is probably the fault of poor lighting. It's a bit like watching an amateur theatrical. Nothing becomes believable, or atmospheric, enough to be moving. A much better TV adaptation from around the same time is Frankenstein - The True Story with James Mason and Jane Seymour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A "Dark Shadows" style Frankenstein January 19, 2009
To sum up, I recommend this Dan Curtis's version of the classical monster tale. Aside from a few flaws (the monster could have even learnt to write poetry!!), an entertaining story. For obvious reasons, it is imposible not to appreciate similarities with Dan Curtis's Dark Shadows, including the TV filming format, some artefacts and special effects during the lab experiments, the music score, and some of the characters such as the blind girl (you even have John Carlen on the cast).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two things you can count on from Dan Curtis: September 7, 2013
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Robert Colbert's soundtrack and the wonderful John Karlan. It's amazing how the same soundtrack is recycled through so many movies and the dark Shadows series. Robert Foxworth is the handsome Victor Frankenstein and Bo Svenson (seen in the Walking Tall sequels) as the monster. A young Willie Ames (Eight is Enough) also appears
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 9, 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Made For Television April 4, 2014
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I don't like this movie as much as I wanted or hope. It appears to be on videotape instead of film, and the sets or scenery aren't that elaborate. And it just gives a feeling or aura or staleness. Although I do approve of it making the monster able to talk. The Universal Studio's monster didn't talk much. I enjoyed Dan Curtis's Dracula more than this Frankenstein. The True Story Of Frankenstein is a lot better, which is also from '70s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very involving February 17, 2014
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The most sensitive Frankenstein I have ever viewed. The cast is good, but Bo Svenson as The Giant, is really good. You root for him. You feel for him and you share his pain.
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