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Frankenstein Unbound

3.7 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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Joseph Buchanan is a brilliant scientist conducting implosion experiments in the year 2031. His humanitarian goal is to develop a weapons system that will not destroy all life on Earth, but the results are catastrophic! The very core of time and space is fractured, and Buchanan finds himself thrust into 19th century Geneva. He meets fellow scientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein, whose own monstrous experiment has gone haywire, killing his brother, and threatening the entire village. Frankenstein's creature is even more horrible than the world ever imagined-and now Dr, Frankenstein is determined to use Buchanan's scientific knowledge to create its mate!

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  • Actors: John Hurt, Raul Julia, Nick Brimble, Bridget Fonda, Catherine Rabett
  • Directors: Roger Corman
  • Writers: Roger Corman, Brian Aldiss, F.X. Feeney
  • Producers: Roger Corman, Jay Cassidy, Kobi Jaeger, Laura J. Medina
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G6BLXS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,139 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Frankenstein Unbound" on IMDb

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Despite campy moments and the occasional silly special effect, Frankenstein Unbound surprisingly offers up an intriguing morality tale. While it is definatly a horror/sci-fi film, it really is (as the box claims) a monster movie for the thinking person.
When a future scientist (John Hurt) creates an invention that implodes space, he finds himself catapulted back to 19th century England. There he meets Mary Shelly, Percy Shelly, and, of course, Dr. Frankenstein and his monster.
The relationships between Frankenstein, Hurt's arrogant scientist, and their respective "monsters," explore the idea that once you create something you cannot un-create it. Even if you destroy your creation you can never make things the way they were before--It is unbound.
I agree with "THNEEBAN" about the monster--it is the best Frankenstein I have seen on film. I too found the ending surreal and very fitting. While not for all tastes, I am always surprised by how long this film--especially the ending--lingers in my mind.
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I place this movie in the company of such greats as The Beastmaster, Battle Beyond the Stars, and Flash Gordon: B-movies that have WAY too much appeal for their own good.
Frankstein Unbound is a loose (but much better) adaptation of the mind-numbing novel by Brian Aldiss. A future scientist's experiments with weapons of war causes a tear in time and space that throws him straight into early 19th-century Europe. There, he learns that the story of Frankstein is based on fact. He encounters the doctor, the monster, the "bride", Mary and Percy Shelley, and Lord Byron, all played by a cast surprisingly well-known for this type of film.
The movie is alternately creepy and sappy, and a fling between scientist John Hurt and Mary Shelley (Bridget Fonda) will surely evoke rolling of the eyes. It's loaded with melodrama, but that's okay, because there's enough cool sci-fi/horror standards present to satisfy anyone, including a suitably "out-there" and fantastic ending. Plus, this movie has the absolute best version of Frankenstein's monster that I have EVER seen, either in film, TV, print, or whatever. The monster's look is truly inspired, and his personality is captured perfectly.
Check this one out... just to say you did. It's very entertaining.
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By A Customer on October 19, 2002
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After 19 years of absence, legendary director Roger Corman returns to direct "Franenstein Unbound". This version is based on Brian Aldiss' novel. It's quite different from the other classic approaches. The idea is about a man (John Hurt) who lives in the future 2031 & moves back in time (19th Century) and meets an earlier scientist Frankenstein (Raul Julia). Frankenstein has created a Monster who has already killed his 6-year-old brother and is now threatening the entire city...
It's wonderful how they blended the life of Mary Shelley - the young woman who will later write the novel FRANKENSTEIN!
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Having just sat through my umpteenth 100 million dollar plus CGI extravaganza (which shall remain anonymous although it is interchangable with any number of big budget films made since the turn of the century), I find myself gravitating more and more to the low budget films of yore where special effects were subservient to character, story, and acting. No one was better at getting the most out of the least on a consistent basis than Roger Corman whose directing career spanned 35 years and 56 films (he produced close to 400 others including early efforts by Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Jonathan Demme, and James Cameron). His last effort, 1990's FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND, shows him still at the top of his game in providing topical, thought provoking material in a creative no-nonsense style that puts many bigger films to shame. Based on the book by British writer Brian Aldiss (the title is a play on the titles FRANKENSTEIN OR THE MODERN PROMETHEUS and PROMETHEUS UNBOUND), the movie incorporates the Frankenstein story, the Shelleys in Switzerland, and time travel in an engrossing and highly original way.

Mid 21st century scientist John Hurt is accidentally transported, by an experiment of his own devising, back to 1817 Geneva where the people and the events related in Mary Shelley's novel are real and he becomes involved in their unfolding. His 21st century computerised car is with him and provides interesting commentary a la KNIGHT RIDER on their plight.
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I currently have some limited finances. I was happy to get this for under $7! As far as value goes compared to the movie quality, a very good deal that allowed me to check out this version of the Frankenstein story.

I have never read the Aldiss book so can't compare to that. I was little concerned about production values seeing how Corman was the king of B movies, but he did a good job. As someone said, one spot where the special effects weren't first rate, but it didn't kill me. The rest of the movie's production values were fine, though the prosthetics on the monster could've been a tiny bit better.

I will agree with the people who overall like the movie. I liked the conceits about the time travel and meeting up with historical figures. I also enjoyed the actors, which is no surprise considering you have Hurt and Julia starring. Support actors are fine.

If this DVD was a rarity going for $100, I might not recommend getting it. If I got it for free I would still rate it 4 stars. Very good, but not a masterpiece as some have said. If you enjoy checking out all the Frankenstein movies of the past few decades (like the DeNiro version), I can certainly recommend this one.
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