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Frankenstein

The man who made a monster.
Frankenstein
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DVD Features:

  • The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster, an Original Documentary
  • Commentary by Film Historian Rudy Behlmer
  • Boo!: A Short Film
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 11 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: August 17, 1999
  • Originally Released: 1931
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Single Side - Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono 2.0 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Tom Weaver - Film Historian
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Biographies
    • Production Notes
    • Stills/Photos: Production Stills
  • DVD-ROM Features:
    • Weblink

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"It's alive! It's alive! It's alive! It's alive!...Now I know what it feels like to be God!"
  - Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) after creating the Monster

Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 41,524
Rating: 5/5 -- Shocking in its day and still a genuinely creepy experience, director James Whale's primitive yet enthralling interpretation of Mary Shelley's classic tale of man playing God is the most influential genre movie ever made. Full Review
Radio Times
Oct 7, 2013
Rating: 2.5/4 -- ...a watchable yet consistently uneven horror flick that feels long even at 70 minutes... Full Review
Reel Film Reviews
Nov 4, 2012
James Whale has done a great job in his direction. This is not an easy thing to direct -- just how far to go in playing upon an audience's credulity, it's sympathy, it's nerves. Whale seems to have gone far enough, but not too far. Full Review
Hollywood Reporter
Nov 16, 2014
Frankenstein's "it's alive!" moment has left more of an imprint upon science fiction and horror filmmaking than any other big-screen scene before or since. Full Review
Flicks.com.au
Jul 12, 2018
Rating: 5/5 -- Classic monster movie still electrifies. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Jan 1, 2011
Rating: A -- Another undisputed classic from the mind of James Whale. Full Review
Movie Chambers
Oct 23, 2014
The most influential horror film ever made, this stark and stylish work has a weird fairytale beauty. Full Review
Village Voice
Oct 20, 2016

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Boris Karloff stars as the screen's most memorable monster in what many consider to be the greatest horror film ever made. Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster (Karloff) out of lifeless body parts. It's director James Whale's adaptation of the Mary Shelley novel blended with Karloff's compassionate portrayal of a creature groping for identity that makes Frankenstein a masterpiece not only of the genre, but for all time.

Product Description:

FRANKENSTEIN is James Whale's first stylish, expressionist film (INVISIBLE MAN, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN) to grace the Universal horror cycle of the 1930s and 1940s (DRACULA, THE MUMMY). Scientist Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) and his hunchbacked assistant, Fritz (Dwight Frye), embark on an unholy mission by stealing a body from a graveyard and a human brain from a medical college. Unbeknownst to Frankenstein, however, Fritz takes a violent and murderous abnormal brain. Henry's strange letters about his experiments worry his fiancée, Elizabeth (Mae Clark), and friends Victor (John Boles) and Dr. Waldman (Edward Van Sloan). They arrive at Frankenstein's laboratory to find the spectacular scene of creation under way--and Frankenstein intoxicated with his own godlike power.

FRANKENSTEIN is in many ways the original horror classic, virtually creating the genre itself, leading to numerous sequels and myriad imitators. Whale's ability to give humanity to the Monster is one of the film's most stunning successes.

Plot Synopsis:

James Whale's trailblazing horror classic is loosely based on Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's gothic novel and features Boris Karloff in the role that made him a star. Mad scientist Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) has an insane ambition to create life in his own image. Frankenstein and his hunchbacked assistant, Fritz (Dwight Frye), toil in his foreboding mountaintop laboratory using pillaged human brains and cadavers. With the terrible creation's success, Frankenstein must shield his fiancée, Elizabeth (Mae Clark), and friends from the Monster's (Boris Karloff) fiendish wrath. Will Frankenstein pay the ultimate price for playing God'

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Production Notes:

  • FRANKENSTEIN is number 87 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
  • FRANKENSTEIN was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1991.
  • Bela Lugosi, star of DRACULA (1931), turned down the role of the Monster. Lugosi and Karloff later became costars in many of Universal's popular 1930s horror films. Lugosi did play the monster in FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN, opposite Lon Chaney Jr.
  • Boris Karloff, an Englishman, was born William Henry Pratt. Karloff was a stage name.
  • Certain previously censored and cut scenes, including the drowning of little Maria, were restored in 1987.
  • FRANKENSTEIN bears little resemblance to the novel on which it is based. Frankenstein is even given the wrong first name (in the book he is Victor Frankenstein, and his friend is Henry). More of the novel's plot is covered in the film's sequel BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN.

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Great stuff!!! Movie Lover: from County Durham, England UK -- June, 21, 2005

I got 'The Mummy' at the beginning of the year from Alpha (they had a very limited amount for sale on this site), & it was only $5.95 for a Universal OOP title!!! How do they do it? Get this classic now before it's gone...A must!!!


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