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The Bride of Frankenstein (Universal Studios Classic Monster Collection) (1935)

Boris Karloff , Elsa Lanchester , James Whale  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Ernest Thesiger
  • Directors: James Whale
  • Writers: William Hurlbut
  • Producers: Jr. Carl Laemmle
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • 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: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 1999
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 078323502X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,166 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • She's Alive! Creating The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Scott MacQueen
  • Archives
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Theatrical Trailer

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    One of the most popular horror classics of all time and an acclaimed sequel to the original Frankenstein. The legendary Boris Karloff reprises his role as the screen's most understood monster who now longs for a mate of his own. Colin Clive is back as the overly ambitious Dr. Frankenstein, who creates the ill-faed bride (Elsa Lanchester). Directed by the original's James Whale (hislast horror film) and featuring a haunting musical score, The Bride of Frankenstein ranks as one of the finest films not only of the genre, but for all time.

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    61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Carry This BRIDE Across Your Threshhold December 23, 1999
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    I am one of the legion of admirers who believe that this film represents the apex of both James Whale's directorial career and Universal Studios' first cycle of monster movies. Cleverly scripted, flawlessly acted, wittily directed, and hauntingly scored, it's a marvel of a movie on many levels; it works as a horror film, a satire, a black comedy, a social commentary -- even as a romantic melodrama -- depending on your individual interpretation.
    It's a real pity, then, that this rich cinematic treasure has received such a disappointing transfer to the DVD format. After experiencing the sharply focused, pristine prints presented on Universal's DVD releases of "Frankenstein" and "The Mummy", my expectations for "Bride" were enthusiastically high. What a letdown! The film is grainy, with distractingly poor contrast -- the actors appear to have microcrobes running across their faces, like amoeba that you might observe under a microscope. And there were a couple of pops and jumps inherent in the source material that I don't recall having seen on the VHS tape release of this film.
    The extras are the only features that keep this disc from being a complete fiasco. The poster and still archive is remarkable, and the "making of" featurette is informative and enjoyable. The theatrical trailer is the one used for the film's Realart re-release and not the Universal original. I strongly suspect (and hope) there will some day be a "restored" edition of this movie available. Unless you just can't wait to add this title to your DVD collection, I have to regretfully advise that until such an improved version comes along, you spend your hard-earned pennies on an alternate selection.
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    42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent package marred by poor transfer November 6, 1999
    As mentioned by many others, the film, commentary, documentary etc are all excellent. No need to repeat. But a major flaw in the film transfer itself is the amount of information removed at the top. The tops of heads are chopped and the glowing crudifix at the climax of the blind hermit scene is cropped so much you cannot tell it is a cross. I have compared the laser and vhs copies of this film to the dvd. The laser and vhs crop information from the bottom, a FAR better choice. I consider the cropping on the dvd so bad as to make the film almost unwatchable. I'll be keeping my laserdisc and videotape.
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    40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Horror Film Ruined by Bad DVD February 19, 2000
    I was waiting with great anticipation the release of The Bride of Frankenstein DVD. I ,like many others, consider this movie to be the greatest horror film of all time. I already own the movie on VHS but I couldn't wait to see the sparkling, crystal clear picture that I know the DVD format can deliver. Unfortunately, Universal decided to dig up the worst print they could find to put on DVD.
    The worst thing about it is the horrible grainy look of the film. There are so many tiny little black dots on the picture that it is almost impossible to concentrate on the actors. It is a terrible looking picture. And somehow or other they have managed to mess up the framing of the picture even though it is a 1.33:1 image. You only get to see about 85% of the picture compared to the VHS. could you?
    The extras on the DVD are quite good but it's the movie that counts! Other titles in the series of classic Universal horror movies are better but none of them so far are what true DVD enthusiasts and real movie fans want to see. I really hope that Universal quickly decides to remaster The Bride of Frankenstein DVD and then allows us poor souls to exchange our current copies for a new one.
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    Rarely is a sequel, particularly a horror sequel, better than its predecessor, but Bride of Frankenstein (1935) easily replaced the 1931 original classic as the definitive Universal Frankenstein movie. Director James Whale did not want to do another Frankenstein movie for the most admirable of reasons, and largely because of his feelings on the matter he brought to a life a sequel that sought perfection in every discernible way and provided a much deeper and more poignant look at the monster of Frankenstein's creation - the comedic exploitation of the monster did not begin on his watch. The addition of a full-scale musical score added depth and its own emotional layers to the drama, Karloff brought amazing pathos and humanity to the creature, and Elsa Lanchester, in a few short minutes, gave the world one of the truly eternal horror images and icons in the form of the Bride of Frankenstein's Monster (which is what the film should have been called).
    Most of the principal cast members of the original Frankenstein movie reprise their roles here, including Colin Clive as Frankenstein and the inimitable Boris Karloff as the monster. Mae Clarke, however, was unavailable for health reasons, and a seventeen-year-old Valerie Hobson took on the role of Elizabeth, Frankenstein's fiancée. This is a noticeable change, as Hobson played Elizabeth in a strikingly different manner. As you may have guessed, Frankenstein's monster did not actually die in the big fire that ended the first motion picture. The windmill was built over a cistern (more like a great big underground pond, if you ask me), and the monster escapes the conflagration, not before killing a couple of people and scaring Minnie, this film's version of interminable comic relief, half to death. Dr.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Classic!
    I rented this to refresh myself on the particulars of the film, which I'd hadn't seen for maybe 20 years. Even more nuanced and engaging than I'd remembered. Read more
    Published 8 days ago by Sabbath Soldier
    5.0 out of 5 stars Far better than Frankenstein!
    The cast in this horror drama is superb. The plot is easy to follow, of course, and the scene with the monster in the monk's hut is touching, and reminds us that there's good in... Read more
    Published 8 days ago by Christopher Cusumano
    5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
    A great Universal Monster Classic, now shown in crystal clear Blu-ray quality. A must have for collectors of these classic monster films.
    Published 1 month ago by Sam M. Gindy
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good follow up to original
    First time I have seen this movie, and worth the watch. Suggest seeing Frankenstein before seeing this so it can be tied together as to how it is left open.
    Published 2 months ago by M W Schroeder
    4.0 out of 5 stars Pretend we're dead.
    The Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1935)

    NOTE: it seems silly to post a spoiler alert for a film that was made in 1935 and has been this widely-discussed, but this... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Robert Beveridge
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
    Boris Karloff does frank right, great old movie. I loved it and my kids do to.the picture is very clear.
    Published 2 months ago by Kim M Bougie
    5.0 out of 5 stars a must collection
    Love Boris a must have love the old black and white movies he is a good actor pictures are very clear
    Published 2 months ago by gwen
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best Horror Movie Ever
    "The Bride of Frankenstein" is arguably the best Horror Movie ever made. It is a classic fable that focuses on the serious consequences of discrimination, prejudice, and... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Chuckles
    5.0 out of 5 stars Universal monster classic
    This movie is amazing. I would say it tops the original but not by much. This movie has a creepy feel throughout the whole thing and gives you a special feeling when you watch. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by a guy
    4.0 out of 5 stars Buy or Rent again
    We believe it's important people to know about these movies expectations. Quality and history evolved are a big plus, it's important for kids and adults to learn from what they... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Jorge Mendoza
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