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Flesh for Frankenstein

3.9 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews

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Maverick filmmaker Paul Morrissey's "Flesh for Frankenstein" reevaluates the horror film, infusing it with satiric wit and sexuality. Morrissey's tale of the mad Baron Frankenstein and his perverse creative urges was heavily edited upon initial release; Criterion presents the restored director's cut--fully intact after 20 years. "Presented" by Andy Warhol.

Special Features

  • Newly remastered, high-definition transfer
  • Commentary by Paul Morrissey, Udo Kier, and film historian Maurice Yacowar
  • Audio recollections from Paul Morrissey
  • Screen tests and still gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Monique van Vooren, Arno Juerging
  • Directors: Antonio Margheriti, Paul Morrissey
  • Writers: Paul Morrissey, Mary Shelley, Pat Hackett, Tonino Guerra
  • Producers: Andrew Braunsberg, Carlo Ponti
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    X
    Mature Audiences Only
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A59Q4G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,493 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flesh for Frankenstein" on IMDb

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Format: Amazon Video
I just don't understand. Why would anyone watch this censored version? I'm speaking specifically of Amazon's streaming version. The UR version is out there, I own it on DVD, I think I actually bought it through Amazon. Amazon should realize that movie goers want the unadulterated version of any movie that's out there. I'm surprised they only offer this R rated version, Blockbuster I could understand, but I always thought Amazon had a truer aesthetic when it comes to presenting movies in their original, as-intended-by-the-director-to-be-seen version.
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Format: Blu-ray
If you already have the Criterion DVD edition please don't expect anything better. This 2D Australian edition features an audio commentary, production stills and screen tests. All very disappointing really as this fabulously campy romp deserves a much better Blu Ray debut. If you are watching on a big screen the definition as all rather fuzzy, so don't be tempted to replace your DVD for the time being. Hopefully one day a pristine 3D edition may turn up (fingers crossed!)
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Whe this movie came out I went to the Avalon in D.C. to see it opening night as i was taking my 3-D glasses from the ticket attendant I asked an usher if the movie was good and he said (he was about 60-70 years of age)it was trash pure crap the worst movie they had shown there in many years. I knew right then I was going to love this movie. And I was right. To this day this film remains one of my favorite of all time. You have to see this film as satire in order to enjoy it. In short Morrisey and company hit all the right notes to make a masterpiece of european camp. AWESOME.
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Director Paul Morrissey is that rarest of artists: a reactionary moralist who isn't prudish. 1973's *Flesh for Frankenstein* is a case in point, with its many sex scenes (including at least one involving the organs of a corpse) and ample gore projected at the audience via 3-D. (Rather unfortunately, Criterion's DVD edition has abandoned the 3-D option out of practical considerations.) As a result of his at-bottom fuddy-duddy conservatism, Morrissey has never been championed by the cinema art-house mavens (left-wing to a man and woman), who still resent his vicious critiques of their precious Sexual Revolution. Doubtless, Morrissey's being a product of the Andy Warhol Factory increased the sense of "betrayal" felt by the art-mavens. And the everyday moviegoer resented the director's attack on their viewing preferences -- in this case, the horror film, specifically the hallowed and hoary Frankenstein story. Most of us don't like having a mirror put in front of us . . . Morrissey does this here by taking the conventions of this type of entertainment to a perverted and gory extreme, and the original 3-D is part and parcel of his intent. It's a way of saying, "You want sex? naked bodies? blood and gore? HERE!" before he literally rubs our noses in an eviscerated stomach. But the contempt on display is also amusing as hell: the deliberately bad dialogue, the amateur actors (including talentless hunk Joe Dallesandro, who makes no effort to conceal his thick New York accent despite the fact that everyone else -- and the locale -- are European), and the risible plot details (for instance, the Baron and Baronness Frankenstein are in fact brother & sister with demonic children of their own) will make you rock with laughter.Read more ›
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The Frankenstein myth returns to the home screen in all its Warhol campiness, and I, for one, welcome it with open arms! First things first..... Though this import disc cover only displays a region 'B' designation, as the Amazon description notes, it ALSO plays on region 'A' Blu-ray players (at least it did on mine). While this Blu-ray version isn't a grand video transfer, and isn't the 3D version, quite frankly I don't recall the original 3D theatrical release being much to shout about, content aside, so the video quality didn't leave me disappointed. The image is slightly soft throughout, but strangely enough, when I switched my OPPO player to 2D-3D conversion mode, it not only produced a fairly decent 3D effect, it seemed to sharpen the overall video quality, so a double bonus! I think if you've been waiting for this release, you're already a fan, and you'll probably appreciate it, even with its shortcomings.
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I saw this in the 80's for the first time and it was so censored that I couldn't make heads or tails out of it! I figured the movie just sucked! Well, the full length feature film told me there actually WAS A PLOT! Surprise! It was way better than I thought it was the first time. What is a cult classic isn't too bad after all. There are funny bits and pieces and it sort of seemed like the director couldn't wait to see Joe Dallasandro naked and having intimate relations as much as possible, but it did fit the story line, so there was a reason for his nakedness (which was cut out of the first movie I saw and the movie made no sense at all) besides Joe's beautiful refined lines. Plus, his best friend, who happened to be Slavic, and Joe was from New York, "I've known you all my life," (you just met the guy) spoken with a thick, thick, thick New York accent, was hilarious when his best friend had as heavy accent as Joe had and they both said their lines with such seriousness... TOO MUCH!!! I liked it the first time, but I really liked it the second time and this film is the second time. There is also a little background commentary which is interesting as well.
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