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Boris Karloff is the screen's most tragic and memorable monster in the Frankenstein 75th Anniversary Edition. Tampering with life and death, Dr. Frankenstein pieces together salvaged body parts to create a human monster. Director James Whale's 1931 adaptation of Mary Shelley's masterpiece novel remains a timeless classic, and this 2-disc 75th Anniversary Edition offers an all-new digitally remastered picture of the greatest horror movie of all time. Frankenstein: It's alive!
A 75th Anniversary Edition of Frankenstein is a fine gesture toward a film classic, although fans who have already bought Universal's previous Frankenstein DVDs might want to weigh how much they need to upgrade an already acceptable package. The picture quality of Frankenstein in the "Classic Monsters Collection" and "Legacy Collection" was already pretty good (unlike Dracula, which was significantly improved for its 75th-anniversary issue). A few new features are added here, joining a roster of previously available extras.
Returning from prior DVDs: The Frankenstein Files, an in-depth history of both literary and cinematic incarnations of Mary Shelley's monster; a feature commentary with Rudy Behlmer; various archival items; and Boo!, a comedy short with horror clips and spoofy narration. Added for this anniversary edition is a new commentary with Sir Christopher Frayling, who brings a spirited and learned attack to talking about the film. Also new is Universal Horror, a 95-minute documentary by Kevin Brownlow. As good as Brownlow's work generally is, this 1998 doc, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, is choppy, and ranges far afield from Universal's great run of horror movies. It's worth seeing for clips from very rare films and for interviews with the likes of Fay Wray, Gloria Stuart, Ray Bradbury, and Curt Siodmak. (It's also included in the Dracula anniversary set.) And there's "monster Tracks," a pop-up feature that gives onscreen info-bites about the film while you're watching it.
The best of the new features is Karloff: The Gentle Monster, a 38-minute documentary on the subject of the film's iconic star, whose career was made by the success of Frankenstein. It pays fond tribute to Karloff's beloved status as a horror giant, and makes the case that his career had real variety. Frayling and director Joe Dante are among the talking heads paying homage. --Robert Horton
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i already have the 75th Anniversary edition from 2006
which the film is only Digitally remastered which sounds and looks really Good anyway.
I Grew up watching this film when it used to be broadcasted on Late night TV
so i Definitely have alot of respect for this film and being in black & white makes the film special
and very well actored by Boris Karloff and Colin clive
So when i found that Universal were giving this old film a blu-ray release
i knew i had to buy it just to watch the blu-ray quality,
to see for myself if the picture has been Digital restored in HD
and i was absolutely amazed when i watched the whole film
the picture and audio quality looks and sounds fantastic, better than the 75th Anniversary edition
mainly cause the film has been restored in High Definition blu-ray quality, that's why.
the Audio is obviously Mono sound but the quality of the Audio has definitely been enhanced
to sound close to stereo
so the audio quality is the best it's ever going to get for a very old film
so i am shocked and surprised on how Good the picture and Audio quality is for this blu-ray release
the film is in Fullscreen format of course
Universal HD Dptmnt really did make an effort for this classic.
About the special features/extras, there is nothing new with the extras
the special features are exactly the same as on the 75th Anniversary edition DVD
The Frankenstein files Documentary, Karloff the Gentle monster Documentary
Universal Horror Documentary, Trailer Gallery and 2 Audio commentaries recorded back in 2005
for the Anniversary edition.
the Only brand new featurette is 100 years of Universal-restoring the classics
a 10min featurette about Universal staff members restoring some old classic films in HD for blu-ray release
so the only reason to get this blu-ray of FRANKENSTEIN is that the film has been
Digitally restored in High Definition, well as close enough to HD as you going to get
as the film is very very old
so Universal did the best Job they possibly could do to give this film HD quality
A 5 star rating No Doubt about it.
plus you get all the Documentaries and featurettes from the previous DVD release anyway.
Definitely worth the money.
The discs are packaged in the "little golden book" packaging that is the norm for all titles in the Universal Legacy Series. It is essentially two plastic trays that connect into each other, held together by a folded piece of cardboard. The problem is that the glue isn't entirely effective, and the trays often detach from the cardboard. I've bought four titles in the Universal Legacy Series, and all but one have fallen apart in this manner. Granted, it's a reasonably simple enough task to reglue the sets, but this wouldn't be an issue at all if the studio would simply package them in standard DVD cases, or even those flimsy Eco-Box cases they're so fond of lately.
Colin Clive stars as Dr. Henry Frankenstein and Dwight Frye stars as his hunch-backed assistant Fritz. Dr. Frankenstein has taken to robbing graves in his effort to create his own human being. In his search for a human brain, Fritz inadvertantly steals a brain from an evil person. Frankenstein is unaware of this as he transplants the brain into his human. What results is Boris Karloff's monster. However, Frankenstein's monster isn't the "killing machine" that we see in today's horror movies. Rather, the monster seems to be searching for his own identity (witness the scene with the little girl near the river). The people of the town perceive him to be evil when perhaps he is merely searching for acceptance.
The acting in the movie is excellent. Colin Clive does a masterful job as Dr. Frankenstein, while Dwight Frye is excellent as Fritz. The scenework, such as the shots of Dr. Frankenstein's castle and the final scene at the windmill are captivating as well. I highly recommend this movie along with other classic horror movies of this time period. They will bring back memories of sitting around the TV on dark Saturday nights and jumping up from your seat at each scary scene.
(although the Monster in "Victor Frankenstein" runs a very close second. He was syck.)