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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
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
Beyond Young Frankenstein
Fast shipping, good price and arrived in great condition! I love this movie and am so happy to own it again. I would recommend this seller.Published 18 hours ago by Susan
Obviously one of Mel Brooks BEST movies... but as to the features on this blu-ray... what is the "Blucher Button" and why does it not work on my disc? Read morePublished 7 days ago by Rich M.
beautifully done, a perfect Brooks/Wilder collaboration and a great remembrance for fans of Madeline KahnPublished 11 days ago by Christine Sowell
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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
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