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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A monster movie delight

This may well be Mel Brooks' best film parody, though I have a weakness for Hitchcock and Brooks' "High Anxiety." Everything from the script to the cast to the sets is perfect. You'll be delighted to view this film again and again.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

The Blu-ray Edition is a MAJOR Disappointment

As much as I love this movie, I'm going to have to give this Blu-ray edition only two stars, due to the absurdly excessive grain. Before you jump to the conclusion that I'm clueless on the issue, let me tell you I'm well acquainted with the fact that grain is a feature ...
As much as I love this movie, I'm going to have to give this Blu-ray edition only two stars, due to the absurdly excessive grain. Before you jump to the conclusion that I'm clueless on the issue, let me tell you I'm well acquainted with the fact that grain is a feature of the medium itself, and that Blu-ray will reveal more of this grain than what we're used to. But natural grain is not what I'm talking about here, nor am I talking about any intentional stylized black & white effects. On this disc, some error in the transfer exaggerated the grain, burying the image beneath a layer of teeming dots.

As fans of this movie who saw it in theaters might recall, there are a few scenes in which the graininess of the picture abruptly changes, in instances in which the camera zooms in for a freeze-frame close-up (e.g., when Frederick and Igor first meet). The reason the grain changed is because the zoom is an optical effect achieved in editing. An image was magnified by some process, and the film grain in the original print becomes more apparent as it, too, is magnified. But in this Blu-ray edition, the film is so suffused with grain, the effect of the shift in true grain is completely lost. What it means is, this inserted level of grain is eclipsing the original textures. The close-ups are passable, because the size of the overall image offsets the relative size of the squiggling flecks. However, scenes shot from further away are like monochrome impressions in pointillism. Black and gray particles wriggled in the lighter areas in such bold relief that it completely undermined the picture sharpness and contrast.

Do NOT believe what you might be reading elsewhere, in some reviews by critics laboring under the impression that this graininess was an intentional effect. While the cinematographer certainly set out to mimic the style of the Frankenstein classics, excessive coarse grain was never a feature of those old films. This grain is a flaw. In transferring the film to the Blu-ray format, a sharpen-image feature similar to that found in common photo software was applied. You can apply this option only so far, and when overused, the edges become hard. If you apply it to, say, a grainy photograph, the grain of which in the original is a natural feature, all of the details are hardened to the point that the grain itself becomes a bespeckled layer. It becomes too pronounced, sitting in front of the image instead of comprising it. This transfer was degraded by the overzealous application of an image-sharpening tool. And while this next accusation can't be supported with proof, I don't think the original negative was used for this transfer. Nowhere on the packaging is it stated that it was digitally remastered. Instead, the studio upconverted the same digital material used in the previous SD edition. That's what the squiggling grain looks like to me, poor upconversion. The sharpening made it look different, and your BDP and HDTV will further account for a difference, but it won't be the difference resulting from a faithful transfer.

For some fans, the special features will be worth the price, but for me, the extras aren't enough to overlook this travesty. Nothing I've written here is an exaggeration. Take note that among the reviews here, mine is the first one written after having actually seen THIS edition. Let's see what others after me will have to say.

posted by Alric on October 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    ABSOLUTELY HYSTERICAL

    if you haven't seen this movie, go buy it right away and watch it. this movie is with out a doubt the funniest i have ever seen! More importantly, if you see this and dont laugh, see a doctor because there is something seriously wrong with you. you would really have to nitpick at it to find something i didnt like. i really couldnt find a thing wrong with it. also, they turned this into a broadway musical and i've heard good things.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A monster movie delight

    This may well be Mel Brooks' best film parody, though I have a weakness for Hitchcock and Brooks' "High Anxiety." Everything from the script to the cast to the sets is perfect. You'll be delighted to view this film again and again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mel Brooks at His Parody Best

    Without a doubt, the best of the Mel Brooks' classics, followed by Blazing Saddles & The Producers. Mel gets all of it right, including shooting in black & white, Gene Hackman as the hermit, and Madeline Kahn with the frizzy Bride of Frankenstein hair. I don't know how they managed to make the film without laughing all the time. ''Bits'' will come back to you for years to come.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Maybe Mel's best

    To be brutally euphemistic, this is one Darn Frigging Good Movie. There is so much humor going on that it's easy to miss the craftmanship and care that went into making it. This movie is a dead-on-target spoof of the old Frankenstein movies, retaining the spirit of them while having fun with them too. I hope you get Young Frankenstein. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    One of comedies all time classics.  The cast is superb and the w

    One of comedies all time classics.  The cast is superb and the writing is as good as it gets.  I wish Mel was still making stuff like this

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    Excellent video

    Very funny, origional. One of Gene Wilder's best & funiest. Nonstop laughes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Young Frankenstein still a great movie!

    Although not a straight-line representation of Mary Shelley's original book, "Frankenstein," I found Mel Brook's "Young Frankenstein" is just as clever and funny as the first time I saw it. A great parody. It still makes me laugh, which is the best medicine for us all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic Masterpiece!

    Young Franknstein is one of my favorite Mel Brooks's movies. It is a hilarious masterpiece and Gene Wilder, Mart Feldman, Peter Boyle, Terri Garr and Chloris Leachman are all superb! I own this movie on DVD, both on a seperate DVD that I bought several years ago and also in the Mel Brooks Box set collection that I just bought and the movie on my DVDs are fully intact with absolutely nothing missing. Nothing appears to be edited out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Mel Brooks comedy legend

    This maybe Mel's best picture of them all. He combines humor and a just a tad of philosophy. Your sides will shake with laughter after seeing the antics of Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Madeiline Kahn, and Peter Bole. A must see comedy cult classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Comedy

    All star cast. Timeless comedy classic. Must be watch multiple times to fully appreciate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Dr. is on it !

    This is one of the best movies of all time ! Lots of witty one liners .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2001

    Too funny

    This is one of the funniest movies ever made. The jokes and funny lines are truly memorable. It's definitely a movie to own to watch over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2001

    Frankenstein Is Back!

    A hilarious movie which will keep you laughing the whole time! Remember, I'm only 11.

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