40th Anniversary Edition
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Comedy icons Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr and Madeline Kahn star in Mel Brooks' brilliantly outrageous riff on mary Shelley's classic story of Frankenstein. After inheriting his grandfather's castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Wilder) follows in his ancestor's freaky footsteps as he sets out to reanimate a dead body in Brooks' 'funniest, most cohesive comedy to date.' (The New York Times).
Absurd Dr. Frankenstein visits the family castle in Transylvania and makes a monster. Directed by Mel Brooks.
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I'm not rating this lower than the 5 stars it deserves.... but BE WARNED.... even though the BR disc has different art... it's the same thing , same transfer, same menus... Blazing Saddles 40th anniversary edition did have some additional features and upgraded image but not this movie sadly.
All of the extras would play fine. But the movie would not, jumping to a specific scene would not. Same at the other movies that would not play, once an attempt is made to play the movie (or any part of it), the unit locks up. I have to unplug power from the DVD player, power it back up and open the door to get it out. Have not figured out the pattern but some blu ray discs have some feature/format that makes them unplayable on some players. (The player is up to date with latest firmware, so it's not that.)
Anyway, returned the blu ray copy and kept the regular DVD copy of this one.
But that's before he finds out he inherited his grandfather's Transylvania castle. And library. And laboratory. Then he has a full change of heart.
That little synopsis gives no clue to how "Young Frankenstein" is a perfect comedy. Everything comes together in a beautiful package. The actors are superb, especially Gene Wilder. But you can't ignore any of the performances. I had no clue until years after seeing it in the theater that Gene Hackman was in the film.
The dialogue and physical bits are very funny. And when they work together, as they so often do in this film, it is hilarious. Did you know that Igor's hump changing sides started off as Marty Feldman's joke? He switched it right and left waiting to see if anybody was going to notice. And I always guffaw at Chloris Leachman's Frau Blucher (neeeigh!) declaring, "YES! He vas my boyfriend!"
One of my favorite scenes is when Frederick aims to show the success of his reanimation by impressing a black-tie audience at the Bucharest Academy of Science. He and the Monster sing and dance their way through a rendition of "Puttin' on the Ritz." I dare you to watch it and not grin.
"Young Frankenstein" hit the theaters in December 1974. The screenplay was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
This is my very favorite Mel Brooks movie, though I admit not being impressed with some of them. Brooks directed twelve films in all, acting in all but one. That one was "Young Frankenstein". This was at creator and co-writer Gene Wilder's insistence, because he felt too often that Mel "broke the fourth wall" when he acted. That is, he spoke or referred directly to the audience, and Wilder didn't want that in "Young Frankenstein."
Eight of Mel Brooks movies, including "Young Frankenstein," are collected in a slipcase in Mel Brooks Bx Sm Cb.
The look, feel and texture of this movie are perfect. Everything is taken seriously except with Mel Brooks at the helm, you know you are going to get all tongue-in-cheek drama which makes is as funny as it can be. I'm glad I bought this DVD while they are still around. It was very neat to see all the original Frankenstein's laboratory equipment in use. (Brooks borrowed it from the real owner)
DVD transfer is good with the look being something filmed in the 1940's (what else!)
Recommended for all but the youngest children. It's a monster movie with a keen sense of humor.
The cast is amazing, a snapshot in time, of some of the greatest comedians, Gene Wilder, Madeline Khan, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman and Teri Garr.
A timeless classic, still funny after all these years.