Closed Capationed Starring: Wallace Ford Director: Tod Browning
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DVD Features:

  • Commentary by David J. Skal, Author of Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning, Hollywood's Master of the Macabre
  • All-New Documentary Freaks: Sideshow Cinema
  • 3 Alternate Endings
  • Subtitles in English, French and Spanish
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 2 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1932
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
  • Audio:
    • Mono - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Total Film - 10/01/2002
"...[FREAKS] has the true compassion of an insider's vision..."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/23/2003
"...Even now it's hard not to jolted by the sight of real-life sideshow performers..."
Premiere - 07/01/2004
"FREAKS has a mythic and compelling narrative....Unforgettable by the end."
Los Angeles Times - 08/08/2004
"Over the years FREAKS has grown in reputation and now is considered one of the most remarkable films of the 1930s."
Uncut - 05/01/2005
"Completely unique."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2005
"One of the strangest films ever made by a major Hollywood studio..."

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"Gooble-gobble...we accept her...on of us," goes the haunting chant of Freaks. Yet it would be decades before this widely banned morality play gained acceptance as a cult masterpiece.

Tod Browning (1931's Dracula) directs this landmark movie in which the true freaks are not the story's sideshow performers, but "normals" who mock and abuse them. Browning, a former circus contortionist, cast real-life sideshow professionals. A living torso who nimbly lights his own cigarette despite having no arms or legs, microcephalics (whom the film calls "pinheads") - they and others play the big-top troupers who inflict a terrible revenge on a trapeze artist who treats them as subhumans. In 1994, Freaks was selected for the National Film Registry's archive of cinematic treasures.

Plot Synopsis:

Tod Browning's cult classic about the close-knit world of carnival performers and sideshow "freaks." One of the midgets in the show falls for a beautiful acrobat, and is overjoyed when she agrees to marry him. But her apparent affection is merely a cover for her sinister plans, which lead to a horrifying conclusion. Not for everyone's tastes, but there are scenes of immense power that stand-up strongly to modern "shock" pictures.

Plot Keywords:

Cult Film | Disturbing | Essential Cinema | Monsters | Vengeance | Vintage

Production Notes:

  • FREAKS was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1994.
  • Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.

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Rating 5.0 Freaks Movie Lover: from edgein -- June, 19, 2005

This is one of the greatest movies of all time. Tod Browning equaled his work in "Dracula", and the cast is tremendous. Highly recommended for one and all--gabba gabba!!

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