Frankenstein 75th Anniversary Edition -Universal Legacy Series

Directed By: James Whale Starring: Colin Clive Boris Karloff

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Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 202850127
UPC 025193102126
UPC 14 00025193102126
Format DVD
Release Date 7/8/2008
Rating NR
Based On A Novel
Horror Classic
Horror Movies
Mad Doctor
Editors Note
Note 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 Summary
Summary 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?
Memorable Quotes
Quote "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
Premiere "The granddaddy of the horror genre..." 12/01/2003 p.4
Total Film "The best of the Universal monster movies, it boasts a fragile beauty." 01/01/2004 p.134-5
New York Times "A complete reimagining of the Mary Shelley novel, Whale's version makes the monster an object of both terror and pity..." 09/26/2006 p.E4
James Whale
Colin Clive
Boris Karloff
Cast & Crew
Arthur Edeson, et. al. - Cinematographer
Bernhard Kaun - Original Music By
Boris Karloff - Actor
Carl Laemmle Jr. - Producer
Clarence Kolster - Editor
Colin Clive - Actor
Garrett Fort, et. al. - Writer
James Whale - Director
John Boles - Actor
Mae Clarke - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1931
Catalog ID 31021
UPC 00025193102126
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 71 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource Box Office Magazine
Review Once in a great while a truly remarkable screen production comes along that leaves its stamp of impression on our memory. Universal in producing "Frankenstein" has such a picture. From the standpoint of the story, cast, direction and photography the picture is sure to rate with the greatest in picturedom...Colin Clive as Frankenstein, the young scientist, and Boris Karloff as the monster are the chief characters audiences won't forget so easily because of their remarkable performances. Karloff evinces the possibilities of becoming a successor to Lon Chaney.
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Horror movie fans have always debated the merits of Frankenstein versus Dracula. Both films were, in their own ways, groundbreaking, but, in a head-to-head comparison, Frankenstein stands out as the stronger movie. The absence of Lugosi is more than made up for by Karloff, and Whale's direction displays greater artistry than that of Tod Browning. Both pictures effectively build atmosphere, but there's more depth and potential in Mary Shelley's material than in Bram Stoker's.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Scott Weinberg, Genuine old-school horror movie excellence...
Tim Dirks, The Greatest Films The classic and definitive monster/horror film of all time...
Victoria Alexander, An essential classic.

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