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Young Frankenstein (Bilingual)
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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.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English, French
- Parcel Dimensions : 19.7 x 14.6 x 1.7 cm; 58.97 Grams
- Media Format : NTSC
- Release date : Sept. 9 2014
- Actors : Gene Wilder
- Dubbed: : Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Language : English (Stereo), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B00LN9U58Y
- Country of origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,755 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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First there was the racial satire disguised as a western, Blazing Saddles, arguably the funniest movie ever made up to that time.
Late in 1974 moviegoers got to see the second Brooks comedy in a year, Young Frankenstein.
Although not as funny as Blazing Saddles (how could any film be?), Young Frankenstein is arguably his finest achievement.
Began as a story by star Gene Wilder, the screenplay was a collaboration between Wilder and Brooks, and it is terrific!!!
Besides Wilder's great performance in the title role, the supporting roles are uniformly well performed by Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman,
Terry Garr, Cloris Leachman and Madeline Kahn.
The black and white photography, the set design, and the use of props from 1930's horror films give the picture it's visual beauty,
and act as a valentine to the original films.
Brooks' direction, and Wilder and Brooks' script, however, firmly establish this as a 1970's film.
This DVD also contains an outstanding "making of" documentary featuring insightful interviews with Wilder and the production team,
but unfortunately nothing from Brooks himself.
All this for only $5 from Amazon!!!
This DVD has good picture and sound. It also has a whole load of special features, including a full-length commentary with Mel Brooks. The commentary by Brooks is pretty good, giving insight into technical problems in making the picture, as well as full credit to all involved. Brooks makes a point of naming some of the lesser actors in the film, and talking about the crew as well. There is also a long featurette (over 40 minutes) on the film. There is a fair bit of overlap between information in the featurette and information in the Brooks commentary. There are some interviews with cast members, outtakes, deleted scenes, and production stills, as well as a series of trailers and TV ads for the movie.
The deleted scenes feature is interesting, because quite a few scenes were not used, and one gets an insight into the director's mind by seeing how much was filmed yet not used. Brooks showed good judgment here. Some of the deleted scenes were just plain useless, and the rest were too long or just not funny enough. The best one was a long scene in which the Frankenstein will was read aloud to some relatives eager for a chunk of the estate. It dragged out too long, and Brooks rightly cut it, but it had a few funny moments, including the playing of a record of the dead Baron Frankenstein's voice. I am almost certain that the voice on the recording was that of John Carradine, who is not listed in the credits. Anyhow, the Baron's recording ends with a great joke, which I won't spoil.
As for the movie itself, well, either you like Mel Brooks's style of comedy or you don't. For those who *don't* like Brooks's work, I would say that of all Mel Brooks's comedies, *Young Frankenstein* is probably the one that works the best for people who don't otherwise like Brooks's style. It is fast-paced and funny throughout. It has a few of the "cheap jokes" one finds in all Brooks's films (and which Brooks sometimes cheerily admits to using), and it has a fair bit of typical Brooks sexual innuendo (which I found wildly funny and clever at age 18, but do not find so fresh and enchanting now), but it also has many other funny bits which even a non-Brooks fan should like. It is of course helped along by our familiarity with the Universal movie monsters, and the better you know the "canon" of classical Frankenstein movies (especially Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and Son of Frankenstein), the more you will smile as you watch the film. Brooks and star Gene Wilder (who co-wrote the story) spoof the material, yet spoof it reverently and lovingly. They're making kindly fun of dear old friends, not mocking the old films as if they were trash.
The production values are high. The photography and sets and music are all great. Brooks decided to go for a genuinely creepy atmosphere, just like that of the old horror movies, against which the humor could be played. It would have been far less effective if he had used cheesy sets and music. Oh, and by the way, the film, despite its 1974 date, is in *black and white*, as were the old horror films it is spoofing. So don't expect colour; but the black and white photography is spectacular.
The cast is great. Everyone is good. Teri Garr never looked prettier, and shows a nice comic touch. Peter Boyle as the monster is wonderful. Wilder is very good in the lead. Feldman's hunchback is good, too. Gene Hackman does only a single scene, as the blind old man who shows compassion to the monster, but it's a good scene.
I got this for only $11.98. At that price, this DVD was an easy decision. One of the great horror movie spoofs, packed with special features. If you are a Universal horror fan, and have never seen this film, now is the time to grab a copy.
Young Frankenstein - 1974, black & white, 106 mins, anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1, languages: English, French & Spanish Dolby Digital Mono 2.0, subtitles: English only, close captioned, scene selection. Extras: commentary by Mel Brooks, documentary - Making FrankenSense Of Young Frankenstein (41:50), 2 Mexican interviews by Marty Feldman (3:45) & Cloris Leachman/Gene Wilder (2:53), 7 deleted scenes (total 16:28), outtakes (5:01), 5 trailers, 3 TV spots, production photographs.
I have the DVD but when I saw the Blu Ray version I thought I'd give it a go. Unfortunately the Blu ray quality is a little disappointing. It's 'grainy" and I don't think it's any better ( could even be worse ) than the DVD!
The movie on the other hand is excellent!
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All in all, this is an excellent comedy and one of Mel Brook's best films. Forget Blazing Saddles, this is much funnier. If you loved the old Universal Frankenstein films, then you'll love this. Five stars from me. A true classic and a very funny film.
We were looking forward to this film with considerable anticipation. We thoroughly enjoyed ‘Blazing Saddles’(1974), Mel Brooks’ flawless comic parody of the classic Western. Our ever-reliable ‘Radio Times Guide to Films’ gives 5 Stars and calls it a “loving homage with real staying power.” But, sadly, I have to report that not only did we consider ‘Young Frankenstein’ NOWHERE NEAR the equal of ‘Blazing Saddles’ in terms of script or performances, we found the whole thing really disappointing. In comparison with any individual comedy film, or group of them ~ from Ealing to Pixar, from ‘Tootsie’(1982) to ‘Galaxy Quest’(1999) via ‘Parenthood’(1989) ~ it was left wanting.
This is not to say it was without merit. It has many good points. Firstly, this particular edition is immaculate in terms of picture and sound quality. When the very handsome title sequence played, I was impressed. And the music is first class throughout. John Morris, who was nominated along with Brooks for an OSCAR for the wonderful title song of ‘Saddles’, produced a beautiful score for ‘Frankenstein’, including the lovely ‘Transylvanian Lullaby’.
The film also looks really good. The production values are high. Brooks benefitted hugely by being able to use much of the original Lab equipment from Universal’s iconic 1931 film, ‘Frankenstein’. The costumes, and, particularly, the sets, are excellent, and the use of black and white photography is clever. Brooks also uses a number of techniques from the 1930s, such as the ‘iris out’, where a scene ends by a surrounding black screen engulfing a dwindling circle of picture.
The idea of this film was not Brooks’, but Gene Wilder’s, who stars. They co-wrote the script. In ‘Saddles’, in which Wilder also starred, he had no hand in the script, but Wilder had apparently ‘dabbled’ with scriptwriting in the past. After floating the idea with his agent Mike Medavoy, Medavoy encouraged him, suggested the inclusion of his 2 new clients, actor Peter Boyle and British comedian Marty Feldman, and pushed him to get Brooks onside as director. And so it came to pass: Boyle starred (quite effectively) as the ‘Creature’, Feldman (in one of the funnier and again, more successful, parts) as ‘Igor’.
In our opinion, it is the script that is weak. Despite the occasional funny gag (the library shelf gag is excellent) there are too few, there is no pace, the entire story feels laboured, stilted and predictable, and actually, FAR too close to the plot of the original film ~ except for mysteriously moving the action from Germany to Transylvania: this is NOT Dracula! Few of the performances impress. The scene involving Gene Hackman and the Creature is the stand-out. Otherwise, we felt this was a rather poor, very disappointing ‘Carry On Up the Castle’. 3 half-hearted Stars.
who have seen it, they need no further pursuasion, those who have only seen it once are denying
themselves even more laughs because like an old joke, as long as its always told right, it will still
Having seen it quite a few times since it was made, I therefore decided to treat myself to a more
photographically stunning picture (black and white) as were the good old horror films which
this was both inspired by "Frankenstein" ('31) and "The Bride of Frankenstein" ('35).
Both Gene Wilder (as Dr Frankenstein) and Mel Brooks wrote the screenplay (and Oscar nominated for it) and along with the funniest team of players you could ever be blessed to have in one film, there was no
chance this film could have been any less the classic comedy it became.
This is the black and white version and if you like the understated humour it is very funny.