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Young Frankenstein (1974)

Gene Wilder , Peter Boyle  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (766 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, Mono, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (766 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G6BLWE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Young Frankenstein" on IMDb

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If you were to argue that Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein ranks among the top-ten funniest movies of all time, nobody could reasonably dispute the claim. Spoofing classic horror in the way that Brooks's previous film Blazing Saddles sent up classic Westerns, the movie is both a loving tribute and a raucous, irreverent parody of Universal's classic horror films Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Filming in glorious black and white, Brooks re-created the Frankenstein laboratory using the same equipment from the original Frankenstein (courtesy of designer Kenneth Strickfaden), and this loving attention to physical and stylistic detail creates a solid foundation for nonstop comedy. The story, of course, involves Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) and his effort to resume experiments in re-animation pioneered by his late father. (He's got some help, since dad left behind a book titled How I Did It.) Assisting him is the hapless hunchback Igor (Marty Feldman) and the buxom but none-too-bright maiden Inga (Teri Garr), and when Frankenstein succeeds in creating his monster (Peter Boyle), the stage is set for an outrageous revision of the Frankenstein legend. With comedy highlights too numerous to mention, Brooks guides his brilliant cast (also including Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, and Gene Hackman in a classic cameo role) through scene after scene of inspired hilarity. Indeed, Young Frankenstein is a charmed film, nothing less than a comedy classic, representing the finest work from everyone involved. Not one joke has lost its payoff, and none of the countless gags have lost their zany appeal. From a career that includes some of the best comedies ever made, this is the film for which Mel Brooks will be most fondly remembered. Befitting a classic, the Special Edition DVD includes audio commentary by Mel Brooks, a "making of" documentary, interviews with the cast, hilarious bloopers and outtakes, and the original theatrical trailers. No video library should be without a copy of Young Frankenstein. And just remember--that's Fronkensteen. --Jeff Shannon

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Mel Brooks' monstrously crazy tribute to Mary Shelley's classic pokes hilarious fun at just about every Frankenstein movie ever made. Summoned by a will to his late grandfather's castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) soon discovers

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187 of 207 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie...DVD worth the money (but warning!) May 26, 2003
Format:DVD
First, let me begin by saying that the only reason I don't give this 5 stars is that I wanted a bit more from the commentary track, as I indicate below.
The content of this wonderful movie is covered amply elsewhere, so I won't repeat what others have so well synopsized. I WOULD like to point out a couple of things about this particular DVD:
1) The commentary track is accessible from the the LANGUAGE SELECTION menu, rather than from the special features menu (as is usual for commentary tracks). I was terribly frustrated by this until I got some help from Christian at boldopinions.com (thanks Christian!).
2) Yes, the commentary track IS mostly Mel babbling, but there are some nice tidbits here (many of the cut-away shots were put in because Gene Wilder kept breaking, Mel thought "Puttin' On The Ritz" was frivolous, etc.). It's also heart-breaking to hear about how Marty Feldman's health habits led to his death at age 59. Unfortunately, since Mel's commentary leans toward the personal, we don't get to hear about the roots of the dart-throwing scene (practically a duplication of a scene in "Son of Frankenstein")-- and I would SWEAR that the trees going by the window in the Transylvanian train sequence are the same ones in the train sequence in "Son of Frankenstein." So we can't have everything.
3) The documentary is really wonderful-- it's obvious that everyone has warm feelings about the film, and the recollections are sharp and insightful. It gives the movie added dimension, so don't pass it over.
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Roll, roll, roll in ze hay!" February 19, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This may just be the funniest movie of all time. Mel Brooks never before (and never again) worked with the tight parameters he did here: gene Wilder actually wrote most of the script, and that plus the use of the old Universal sets and props seem to have kept Borooks's more sophomoric instincts (which have gone overboard in some of his later films) tightly in check. Thus he--and everyone else in the film--is doing their absolutely finest work ever.
From Teri Garr "rolling in ze hay," to Kenneth Mars's inspired Police Inspector, everyone in the entire film seems to be working at their most hysterically hilarious. Special mention must be given to Gene Wilder giving one of his most classic performances of his strangled-fury schtick ever ("Put... the candle... back!!!") and to Peter Boyle, for his very poignant and funny depiction of the Monster.
But standing above all of the end in terms of sheer brilliance is Madeline Kahn, giving what must be the funniest female performace ever on film as Frankenstein's fiancee and the monster's eventual bride. Unlike everyone else in the film, she's not really parodying anyone other than herself; yet nevertheless her depiction of Elizabeth, the wealthy prude who discovers she's a volcano of passion undeneath, is so funny I'm practically crying almost every time I see this film. There's one brief little scene where she's brushing her hair in her boudoir before the Monster steals into her room and kidnaps her, and for absolutely no apparent reason(which makes the scene all the funnier) she's giving vent to a deeply lusty rendition of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" while brushing out her hair. It is the funniest five seconds in the entire film--and in a film this hilarious that's saying a lot.
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost too good! December 3, 1999
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Format:DVD
Features, features, features. Anyone who loves this film and loves special DVD features MUST buy this special addition. There are about 30 minutes of deleted scenes, hilarious bloopers and Mel Brooks tops it all off with insightful, intelligent commentary. A great DVD that does justice to one of the greatest classic comedies of all time. I couldn't turn it off.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Parody Film of All Time... December 6, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
...yes, even better than "Airplane", and quite possibly the funniest film of all time, period. Side-splittingly funny and infinitely quotable, this is film is absolutely priceless. Filmed in black and white, the movie is filled with atmosphere, fantastic one-liners and classic characters. Marty Feldman and Madeline Kahn completely steal the show, you'd never guess that Inga was the same Terri Garr from "Tootsie", Cloris Leachman is virtually, wonderfully, unrecognizable, and you will never- and I mean NEVER- be able to look at Peter Boyle the same way again after seeing his portrayal of the monster (especially after viewing "Puttin' on the Ritz"). The fantastic script, by both Brooks and star Gene ("it's pronounced Fronkensteen") Wilder, was nominated for an Oscar, and so fantastic are the lines that you will find yourself using them in every-day life (I have and still do). This movie will make you giggle, chuckle and laugh out loud. It's the blueprint for all parody films ever made and it's still the very best. This is a movie that can be watched over and over, as little things will get by you on the first couple of viewings. I love the tip of the cap to "The Bride of Frankenstein" near the end of the film and especially love Kenneth Mars' portrayal of the heavily accented town Constable ("Footschteps, footschteps, footschteps!"). This is my all-time favorite movie. And "Bluecher" in German means "glue"...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Finally, a copy of Young Frankenstein that fills the screen. My DVD copy had a black border around the edges so that the picture was smaller than it needed to be. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Robert J Pruett
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally entertaining fantasy / parody
Exceptionally entertaining fantasy / parody. . .

Good casting, brisk pace, comic inventiveness, not a dull moment in this parody of the Frankinstin legend.
Published 1 day ago by rwx
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
funny
Published 1 day ago by ME Sims
5.0 out of 5 stars A Chuckline Good Time
My wife and I watched it together last night for the first time in over two decades and had a chuckling good time. Read more
Published 3 days ago by JAMES VINING
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time classic, but dated
This is one of the all time classic comedies. You just can't go wrong if you're over forty. However, my girlfriend, who is thirty-three, doesn't get it. Read more
Published 5 days ago by xsurfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was great!
Published 14 days ago by Harley Belle South
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny
very funny
Published 15 days ago by Laura L Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie!
Published 20 days ago by SamHain
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything excellent!!
Bought to send to soldiers overseas. Everything excellent!!
Published 21 days ago by mary Youngblood
5.0 out of 5 stars ONLY THE COVER HAS changed on the 40th Anniversary edition!
Amazon.com didn't have specifications for the 40th Anniversary edition.... so I'll update for all of us fans of easily one of the funniest movies of all time.. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Richardson
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Peter Boyle using real voice at end of film!?!
Just a small correction to "barboid": there is no "classic Lugosi version" of Frankenstein (although Lugosi eventually played the monster in the 4th sequel.) The equipment you mention is from the original 1931 Boris Karloff film.
Sep 22, 2011 by Charlie |  See all 4 posts
2006 DVD vs. previous "Special Edition"
The 2006 version is an anamorphic widescreen transfer, the "Special Edition" is letterboxed. Oddly enough, the 2006 version also has more special features, so the "Special Edition" is not even worth your time. A great site to find other DVD specs: www.dvdempire.com.
Feb 6, 2008 by Requiem Mandamus |  See all 5 posts
REGION??
Region A
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