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Features new behind-the-scenes footage, bloopers, and outtakes, including the reading of the Frankenstein will in Transylvania, an "intellectual discussion" between Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) and Inga (Teri Garr), the monster's encounter with highwaym
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
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- Production photographs
- Out-takes and bloopers
- Making-of documentary
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nake ne laugh .... Gene Wilder was one of the greatest comedy talents .... but the entire cast
made it one of the funniest movies ever!
if you have any inclination for the deep silliness (and the sometimes subtle and knowing satire) of Mel Brooks.
Five BRILLIANT comedy actors, as featured on the cover, all at the TOP of their game. Great score & reverential black and white photography.
PLUS, a multiplicity of totally cool character performances, including 1) Gene Hackman as a blind, lonely monk that comforts the monster, 2) Cloris Leachman, at her crustiest, as former lover of this Dr. Frankenstein's father, and now "house mother" of the castle, and 3) Kennth Mars as Inspector Kemp, the local highly formal and Germanic sheriff of the village, who leads the mass uprisings of the peasants against Dr. Frankenstein. "A riot is an UNGLY thing ... UNDT, I think dat it is CHUST about time VE HAD VUN" !!
Wilder's over-the-top extension of his creepy but loud Willie Wonka character is the only part that gets old. Does he always have to shout when excited? It is fun to watch the documentary...and realize that he CAN talk in a normal voice.
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