Curse of Frankenstein

Curse of Frankenstein

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Director: Terence Fisher

Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Hazel Court

     
 

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The monster arises once more in the 1957 horror flick The Curse of Frankenstein. Warner has done an admirable job at making sure this 2.35:1 widescreen transfer is in very nice shape. The colors and black levels are all represented well with only the slightest amount of grain penetrating the image. With flesh tones natural and well saturated, this DVD imageSee more details below

Overview

The monster arises once more in the 1957 horror flick The Curse of Frankenstein. Warner has done an admirable job at making sure this 2.35:1 widescreen transfer is in very nice shape. The colors and black levels are all represented well with only the slightest amount of grain penetrating the image. With flesh tones natural and well saturated, this DVD image should please horror fans everywhere. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono in English and sounds generally lifeless and boring. While there isn't a lot of dynamic range or fidelity to be found in this track, overall the hammy music, cheesy dialogue and clashing effects are clear of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. The only extra features included are some cast and crew listings, and a theatrical trailer for the film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
This was the film that brought the horror genre out of its long slump and put Hammer Films on the map. The studio dominated horror films for most of the next two decades, producing dozens of stylish costume Gothics, most of which were explicit variants on the Universal classics of yesteryear. Jack Asher's gorgeous Eastmancolor cinematography and lush sets disguise the low budget, and although Baron Frankenstein's internal struggle is not as complexly delineated as it would become in subsequent entries, Peter Cushing's performance remains a fascinating one. As the monster, Christopher Lee is relegated to stumbling around in tatty-looking Phil Leakey makeup and choking people while Cushing carries the film, but his pantomime skills give the creature a bit of personality regardless. Lee would get his chance in the spotlight the following year in director Terence Fisher's masterful Horror of Dracula, and would go on to become the king of '60s horror.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/2002
UPC:
0085391106623
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:23:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Interactive menus; Scene access; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, Español & Português

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Cushing Baron Victor Frankenstein
Christopher Lee The Creature
Hazel Court Elizabeth
Robert Urquhart Paul Krempe
Valerie Gaunt Justine
Melvyn Hayes Young Victor
Noel Hood Aunt Sophia
Marjorie Hume Mother
Sally Walsh Elizabeth (as child)
Paul Hardtmuth Prof. Bernstein
Freddy Johnson Grandfather
Claude Kingston Little Boy
Henry Caine Schoolmaster
Michael Mulcaster Warder
Patrick Troughton Kurt
Joseph Behrman Fritz
Hugh Dempster Burgomaster
Anne Blake Burgomaster's Wife
Raymond Rollett Father Felix
Alex Gallier Priest
Ernest Jay Undertaker
Bartlett Mullins Tramp
Eugene Leahy Second Priest
Andrew Leigh Burgomaster (Hermann)
Middleton Woods Lecturer

Technical Credits
Terence Fisher Director
Molly Arbuthnot Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Asher Cinematographer
James Bernard Score Composer
Michael Carreras Executive Producer
Len Harris Camera Operator
Anthony Hinds Producer
John Hollingsworth Musical Direction/Supervision
Anthony Nelson Keys Associate Producer
Phil Leakey Makeup
Ted Marshall Art Director
James Needs Editor
Jack P. Pierce Makeup
Bernard Robinson Production Designer
Max Rosenberg Producer
Leonard Salzedo Score Composer
Jimmy Sangster Screenwriter
Don Weeks Production Manager

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [1:45]
2. Condemned Man [3:44]
3. The Young Baron [3:29]
4. It's Alive [4:07]
5. Next Stage [3:04]
6. Body Snatchers [4:20]
7. Elizabeth Arrives [4:20]
8. Engagements [4:08]
9. Eyes for Sale [1:59]
10. One Final Item [2:45]
11. Professor Bernstein [5:30]
12. Damaged Goods [3:46]
13. The Storm [4:02]
14. The Creature [3:28]
15. On the Loose [2:11]
16. The Blind Man [3:15]
17. Nightmare's End? [2:25]
18. Two Decisions [1:40]
19. Justine's Proof [5:40]
20. Wedding Plans [2:44]
21. Paul Returns [4:51]
22. Unchained [3:03]
23. Confrontation [2:25]
24. You Must Tell Them! [3:31]
25. Cast List [:44]

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