Young Frankenstein VHS
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Mel Brooks' monstrously crazy tribute to Mary Shelley's classic pokes hilarious fun at just about every Frankenstein movie ever made. Summoned by a will to his late grandfather's castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) soon discovers the scientist's step-by-step manual explaining how to bring a corpse to life. Assisted by the hunchback Igor (Marty Feldman) and the curvaceous Ings (Teri Garr), he creates a monster (Peter Boyle) who only wants to be loved.
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 highwayman Jack Sprat, and more.
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And if this is a touch more subdued than its predecessors, it’s still brimming over with amazing comedy both high and low. The cast is great. Gene Wilder, while always being very funny, creates a young Frankenstein who seems almost like a real human being, and who we actually feel for in some scenes. Peter Boyle’s monster is a brilliant comic creation, accomplished mostly without words. Marty Feldman as Igor (pronounced Eye-gore) Frankenstein’s faithful assistant seems to be channeling the soul of Groucho Marx -- and somehow, even though he seems like he’s in another, more aggressively silly movie, he pulls it off and it adds instead of distracting. But everyone is excellent; Madeline Kahn, Terri Garr, and the always wonderful Kenneth Mars.
The only reason I’d put this a touch below “The Producers” is subjective. I’ve seen each about 5 times. But on a recent re-viewing, “The Producers” still made me laugh out loud in places, re-seeing “Young Frankenstein made me smile a lot, but not laugh.
BTW - It's worth getting the blu-ray for the wonderful cinematography and production design.
The documentary on my SPECIAL EDITION was 41 minutes not 36 minutes like it reads on insert. Nice, but then there is no Audio commentary by Director Brooks like it reads on box cover. Oh well.
You do get to hear Mel narrate variations of Trailers for movies and tv spots: "Directed personally by Mel 'Blazing Saddles' Brooks, in black-and-white ... no offense."
The best of the Outtake blooper Special Feature has got to be Madeline Kahn keeping a straight face (for the most part) as "That's I-Gor..." Marty Feldman readies to attack her fur shoal (Wilder can't keep straight face ... and it shows in actual print as seen in movie.)
The one-liners are wonderful in this silly, well crafted spoof-homage to Frankenstein as well as The Bride of Frankenstein that is fun without being needlessly raunchy.
"Hump? What Hump?" says I-Gor, with the hump. Awwk-ward.
"(It's a) Werewolf"
Igor pointing into darkness "There wolf. There castle. There wolf..."
"Why you talking that way?"
"I thought you wanted too..." Nope
If a fan of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN this should be a no-brainer purchase.
Gloris Leachman chews up the scenery (as well as her cigar - and that freakin mole) as the Grandfather Baron's ex "girl friend" and Madeline Kahn is every bit as fun as she was in Blazing Saddles (the movie Brooks Directed right before YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN).
"Good Night, Frau Blucher!" Cue those suddenly disturbed horses. "What's wrong with them?"
Movie looks great too as filmed by Gerald Hirschfeld.
Actual Laboratory equipment from original Frankenstein was used here.
Gene Hackman has the, now, somewhat famous cameo as blind man who can't light a cigar or pour a bowl of soup properly.
the humor in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN holds up arguably better than any other Mel Brooks movie.
Not quite a 5 star classic 'cuz some jokes are just sooo obvious it's almost painful because, well, it's Mel Brooks!
4 1/2 stars
Speaking to the technical merits of the Blu Ray...this is the first HD version of this movie that I have purchased, so I can't speak to any revisions from previous Blu Rays... but they did a fine job on the high-def remaster...delicious audio, crisp video, and a great addition to my collection.
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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