Young Frankenstein PG

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: September 5, 2006
  • Originally Released: 1974
  • Label: 20Th Century Studios
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) - English, French
    • Subtitles - Spanish - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Documentary
    • Outtakes
    • Interviews: Cloris Leachman - Star
    • Alternate Scenes: Deleted Scenes
    • Audio Commentary: Mel Brooks - Director
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Selection
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Stills/Photos: Feldman & Wilder Collections

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Can I get you some-sing, Doctor, some varm meelk, perhaps'"--Frau Blucher
"Nothing, no. I'm fine."--Frankenstein (Gene Wilder)
"Nosing at all'"--Frau Blucher
"No, NOTHING."--Frankenstein
"Ovalteeeen'"--Frau Blucher
"NO!"
  - Frankenstein
"What knockers!"
  - Frederick as he simultaneously looks at the doors to the castle and helps Inga (Teri Garr) down from the horse-drawn cart
"Sank you, Doctor!" she fetchingly replies

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh94%

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Total Count: 64

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 209,178
Wilder's hysteria seems perfectly natural. You never question what's driving him to it; his fits are lucid and total. They take him into a different dimension -- he delivers what Harpo promised. Full Review
New Yorker
Jan 15, 2013
Rating: 4/5 -- Some of the gags don't work, but fewer than in any previous Brooks film that I've seen, and when the jokes are meant to be bad, they are riotously poor. What more can one ask of Mel Brooks?
New York Times
May 20, 2003
More about the myth of Karloff than the monster, this Mel Brooks pastiche is probably his best early film. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jun 4, 2007
Puttin' on the ritz. Full Review
Boulder Weekly
Aug 19, 2019
It would seem that nothing new or noteworthy could still be gleaned from the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley creation, but Mel Brooks with Young Frankenstein has done just that. Full Review
Los Angeles Free Press
Dec 9, 2019
...[With] some inspired comic performances from Peter Boyle and Gene Wilder...
Sight and Sound
Dec 1, 2000
...Mel Brooks' masterpiece....[It] turned out to be one of Twentieth Century-Fox's biggest hits of the era...
USA Today
Jan 10, 1997

Product Description:

An affectionate parody that pays homage to the FRANKENSTEIN films (from the novel FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley) directed by James Whale in the 1930s, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is both a zany comedy and a cinematic tour de force. Written by director Mel Brooks and the film's star, Gene Wilder, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN has all the usual--and in this case slightly unusual--suspects: the reluctant scientist Frederick Frankenstein, who is actually the grandson of the infamous creature-creator (pronounced "Fronken-steen" and played by Wilder), his spoiled fiancée (Madeline Kahn), Igor the pop-eyed hunchback (Marty Feldman), his dizzy assistant (Teri Garr), the castle's hideous head housekeeper (Cloris Leachman), and, of course, the Monster (Peter Boyle). Highlights include the sets, which are the original ones used in the Whale films; the beautiful black-and-white cinematography; and the fine screenplay. Combining noirish elegance with uproarious sight gags and double entendres is a feat Brooks pulls off fabulously, directing the wonderful ensemble to act with sensitivity and humanistic feelings as well as with lunatic abandon. YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is a treat from beginning to end.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: December 15, 1974.
  • YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is number 13 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Funniest Movies.
  • The film employs much of the original laboratory equipment used in the original FRANKENSTEIN, designed by Kenneth Strickfaden, who had the stuff set up in his basement and lent Brooks the set, creating some new pieces to go with the old.
  • The film was shot at a 1:85 frame ratio, as were the old FRANKENSTEIN films, and this helped to create the movie's classic look, as did the use of iris outs, spins, and wipes.
  • Gene Wilder came up with the original concept for the film while starring in Brooks's BLAZING SADDLES and approached him with the idea.
  • Said Wilder of working on the script with Brooks, "I would say, 'I don't want this to be BLAZING FRANKENSTEIN,' and he'd answer, 'I don't want an art film that only 14 people see.'"
  • Kenneth Mars, who played the crazy Nazi playwright in Brooks's THE PRODUCERS, created a parody of Lionel Atwill in SON OF FRANKENSTEIN in his characterization of Inspector Kemp in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.
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  • Sales Rank: 787
  • UPC: 024543371571
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