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Frankenstein: The Legacy Collection (Frankenstein / The Bride of Frankenstein / Son of Frankenstein / The Ghost of Frankenstein / House of Frankenstein) (1931)

Boris Karloff , Basil Rathbone , Erle C. Kenton , James Whale  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Jr. Lon Chaney, Colin Clive, Elsa Lanchester
  • Directors: Erle C. Kenton, James Whale, Rowland V. Lee
  • Writers: Garrett Fort, Willis Cooper, Francis Edwards Faragoh, William Hurlbut
  • Producers: Rowland V. Lee, Jr. Carl Laemmle
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, Box set, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 384 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001CNRLQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,961 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Frankenstein: The Legacy Collection (Frankenstein / The Bride of Frankenstein / Son of Frankenstein / The Ghost of Frankenstein / House of Frankenstein)" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1 - Frankenstein:
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio Commentary with Rudy Behlmer

  • Disc 1 - The Bride of Frankenstein:
  • Audio Commentary with Film Historian Scott MacQueen
  • Bride of Frankenstein Archives
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Disc 2 - The Ghost of Frankenstein:
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Disc 2 - House of Frankenstein:
  • Stephen Sommers on Universal's Classic Monster: Frankenstein's Monster
  • She's Alive! Creating the Bride of Frankenstein
  • The Frankenstein Files
  • Frankenstein Archives
  • Boo! A Short Film
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    For the first time ever, the original Frankenstein film comes to DVD in this extraordinary Legacy Collection. Included in the collection is the original classic, starring the renowned Boris Karloff, and four timeless sequels, featuring such legendary actors as Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr. These are the landmark films that inspired an entire genre of movies and continue to be major influences on motion pictures to this day.

    Customer Reviews

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    196 of 208 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the three Legacy Collection box sets May 30, 2004
    Just as Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein are the most complex and impressive of all the classic Universal monster movies, Frankenstein The Legacy Collection is the most impressive of the three Legacy Collection DVD sets. Not only do you get five classic Frankenstein's monster films, you also are treated to more numerous and significant extra features here than in the Dracula and Wolf Man Legacy Collection releases.
    It is difficult to compare and contrast the different Universal monsters; my personal predilection draws me to Dracula, but I daresay Frankenstein's monster is the most successful, memorable, and influential of the Dracula - Frankenstein's monster -Wolf Man triad. The first two Frankenstein films are nothing short of brilliant (although I still regret that they did not truly recreate the monster of Mary Shelley's imaginative vision), with the sequel, Bride of Frankenstein, actually going one better than the original. When you think of Universal's Dracula, you think of Bela Lugosi; when you think of The Wolf Man, you think of Lon Chaney, Jr. When you think of Frankenstein, however, you think of Boris Karloff as the monster, Colin Clive as Dr. Frankenstein, Elsa Lanchester as the Bride of Frankenstein, James Whale as the ingenious director, Jack Pierce as the legendary horror make-up artist, etc. Virtually every last detail of the first two Frankenstein films is perfect, unforgettable, and remarkably complex - the vision, the style of presentation, the iconic performances, the make-up, the special effects, everything. Not even Dracula is as memorable in half as many ways as both Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein are.
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    125 of 138 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Packaging/DVDs, not the Films March 26, 2005
    I've been posting my film reviews on IMDb (Internet Movie Database), so if you're curious of my opinions on the content, see what I have to say there. I just wanted to write this to give you a warning about buying the DVDs: There's a good chance that you'll have to exchange your purchase, even multiple times.

    As others have noted, there are two discs. One single sided that tends not to have any problems (Frankenstein and Bride are on that one), and the other double sided that tends to come lose during shipping and become scratched (it contains Son, Ghost, House and the bulk of the extras).

    So far, I've gone through five copies of the set and I have yet to get one that works for all of the films. And the problem doesn't seem to just be scratches. The fourth copy I received didn't have a scratch on it, but Ghost of Frankenstein still got stuck at about the 35 minute mark. There seems to be a manufacturing problem with the discs. So I'm not convinced that the scratches are causing the problem. After all, I've bought other titles as used DVDs from my local rental place that look like a truck drove over them on a gravel road, and they played fine.

    I initially bought the box set containing the Frankenstein, Dracula and Wolf Man Legacy collections, and each one had at least one film that was marred. I've received the second copies of Dracula and the Wolf Man, but I haven't watched all of the films in them again yet; there's a good chance the second copies will have glitches there, too, since the packaging/manufacturing is identical, as it also is on Universal's Mummy, Creature from the Black Lagoon and Invisible Man Legacy Collections. I recently bought my first sets of those three, as well, but I haven't watched any of them yet. I'm almost afraid too.
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    40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars POOR QUALITY, EVEN FOR THE PRICE. December 29, 2005
    The 1 star here refers only to the DVD, and in NO WAY to the FILMS


    I had heard people complain about the quality of these dvd's, but I am a huge fan of Bela Lugosi (Son of/Ghost of Frankenstein) as well as all the old Frankenstein movies & Boris Karloff. I couldn't afford to buy the earlier seperate dvd editions, so I bought this.

    One of the dvds, due the the CHEAP cardboard packaging had come loose and was horribly scratched! The same thing happend to me with the Dracula Collection. Also, disk 2 in the set is a cheap double sided thing onto which Universal has crammed 3 movies plus extra features - this can often cause skipping and other problems.

    I have taken back all 3 of the Legacy collectins that I bought.

    AND I also had to return The Bela Lugosi Collection because it froze and skipped!

    MY experiance with the NEW Universal horror releases has been so bad that I won't buy any of them anymore.

    If you decide to take a chance on these dvds, be SURE you will be able to return them and get your money back.

    Note: I have the original DVD release of Dracula. It is great.

    You might consider these editions instead? It might be worth it.

    Either way I recommend not buying the legacy sets....

    This could have been an amazing set.

    It is very sad how Horribly Universal treats it's classic Horror.
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    51 of 61 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars It's Alive! February 12, 2005
    FRANKENSTEIN - Mad scientist creates the Monster, which escapes and wreaks havoc. Boris Karloff creates an unforgettable creature, and a career, in this classic directed by James Whale. Still manages a scare or two.

    BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN - The Monster demands that his creator make him a mate. The best Frankenstein story, best horror movie (ever) and a landmark in world cinema. Everything works in this profound work of gothic horror.

    SON OF FRANKENSTEIN - Demented villager cares for the Monster while creator's son moves into father's estate. Last appearance of Karloff as the monster, SON teams him with Bela Lugosi as the Ygor with the broken neck. Doesn't have the layered depth Whale brought to the material, but a great gothic horror nonetheless. Seems to be the movie Mel Brooks borrowed most heavily from for YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. After the original and BRIDE OF the Frankenstein franchise take a steep drop in quality.

    GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN - Ygor and the Monster find son of Frankenstein and convince him to switch their brains. Lugosi reprises his role as broken-necked Ygor and Lon Chaney, Jr. takes over as the mute Monster. Silly plot - transplanting Ygor's brain into the Monster's body indicates that the franchise was running out of gas fast. A good B-movie, but not much more than that.

    HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN - Karloff plays a mad scientist who stumbles across Dracula, the Wolfman and Frankenstein's monster. Veteran stuntman Glenn Strange plays the Monster in a decidedly minor role. Another goofy brains-playing-musical-skull plot doesn't get too much in the way of things, and we're given out last opportunity to watch tortured Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney, Jr.) gradually transform into the Wolfman.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Don't forget to lock your doors
    Digitally re-mastered for all us monster lovers, especially the ones that lurk in shadow and fog, that dig up corpses at night against a background with creases in it. Read more
    Published 7 days ago by James R Wuthrich
    5.0 out of 5 stars Boris Karloff's debut is breathtaking!
    No one can beat Boris Karloff as Frankenstein; he made headlines with the movie!!

    He is a legend and will always be remembered!
    Published 1 month ago by carolyn iloff gomez
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories
    I remember watching these movies as a kid. Great films, Karloff is the best!!!!!! Scared the hell out of me when I was a kid.
    Published 2 months ago by Alexander Giovanelli
    5.0 out of 5 stars old movies
    My son loves old horror movies. This was bought as a gift for him. He was well-pleased. Has watched many times.
    Published 2 months ago by Pat
    5.0 out of 5 stars THE MONSTER LIVES
    Published 3 months ago by Errol M. Hicks
    3.0 out of 5 stars One movie not working
    I ordered this and let it sit for a while, then sat down to view it over Christmas break. All of the movies but one will play - the "Son of Frankenstein" movie, on Disc 2,... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Audrey Davis
    1.0 out of 5 stars The films themselves STINK
    Frankenstein is a lackluster, tedious and infantile film filled with ham actors who smoke, curse and fight each other in each scene, attempting to portray some sort of... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Bartok Kinski
    5.0 out of 5 stars Horror at it's best! more to add! "Frankenstein" and "The Bride of Frankenstein" are two of the best movies ever made...PERIOD! I enjoy this collection!
    Published 4 months ago by Darryl Wren
    5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected
    I bought this DVD set to replace a set I previously had in which one of the discs was damaged. Being used, I was somewhat afraid that this replacement set might not be any better... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Jerold Downing
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love the old horror films
    Bought this for my son and He loved it. Loves the old horror films. I hope to borrow it and watch them myself!!
    Published 5 months ago by Judith Minnigerode
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