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Frankenstein (1973)

Bo Svenson , Robert Foxworth , Dan Curtis  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bo Svenson, Robert Foxworth
  • Directors: Dan Curtis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TGJ87Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,890 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Frankenstein" on IMDb

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A "Dark Shadows" style Frankenstein January 19, 2009
By Luis
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Frankenview July 27, 2013
I had heard of this Dan Curtis production for many years, but had been unable to get my hands on it until recently. Being a huge fan of Dan Curtis' other productions (most notably the Kolchak films and Trilogy of Terror), I assumed I'd be in for the usual bag of old school chills. However, FRANKENSTEIN falls very short of what I'd come to expect from Curtis. I have come to the conclusion that Curtis is great with original, traditional gothic horror, but he is crappy at classic adaptations. I was underwhelmed by this version of Frankenstein as much as I was underwhelmed by Curtis' version of DRACULA with Jack Palance. (However, his version of DORIAN GRAY was decent.)

I won't waste time recapping the storyline. Rather, I'll get right to my issues with the film. As the first scene begins, an on-screen note tells us we are in the year 1856--and we assume we're supposed to be in Europe somewhere... And yet, everyone talks like they're from the U.S. in 1973, for the most part. The sets all look like stage plays. I realize that this look is something of a Trademark for the man responsible for years of DARK SHADOWS, but I expected production values at least on par with THE NIGHT STALKER, THE NIGHT STRANGLER or THE NORLESS TAPES.

I realize that much of the novel, particularly the brilliantly dismal conclusion, could not be adequately rendered in this production probably due to budgetary (and technological) limitations. But even so, a stage-set for an underground cavern or some such is a very poor substitute for the icy and glacial waters on which the Monster (referred to as "the Giant" in this film) meets his end in Shelly's novel.

I have lots of mad love and respect for Dan Curtis in his reverence for traditional gothic horror. His sets are always spooky looking, and no one plays spookier music than his guy Robert Cobert. But I think taking on Frankenstein was a bit more than he could adequately chew. This effort shows some heart but little else.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 20 days ago by Juan Arbona Comellas
4.0 out of 5 stars Made For Television
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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Harry Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Very involving
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.
Published 5 months ago by M.L. Moore
1.0 out of 5 stars dc frankenstein
i love dan curtis stuff but this tested my limits in viewing displeasure a very slow moving film or as the monster might say me dead
Published 17 months ago by lance ramrod
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein
This is a very well done staged production. Always in search of John Karlen films, once again, I had to be content with few scenes. Few but good. He's worth it. Read more
Published on February 17, 2011 by J. Robinson
1.0 out of 5 stars Find something else to watch!
With imagination, a viewer might be able to see some connection to Shelley's novel; however, the production was extremely poor. Read more
Published on May 9, 2010 by Lady Meacham
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dan Curtis done right
I have been looking for this for a couple of years. The quality was perfect and the timing of the shipment was ideal.
Published on December 1, 2008 by Deanna M. Ellis
4.0 out of 5 stars Close in spirit to the book, wonderfully sympathetic!
It doesn't take Victor & the Creature to the Arctic, but it's still so close to the spirit of Mary Shelley's masterpiece. Read more
Published on February 22, 2008 by Cedric M. Klein
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