The Curse of Frankenstein

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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 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 ...
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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 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.
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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 10/1/2002
  • UPC: 085391106623
  • Original Release: 1957
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:23:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Fred 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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
      Hammer Creates a Monster
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Português
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    1950's new wave horror on DVD

    I was about 12 when I saw Hammer Film's, ''The Curse of Frankenstein'' for the first time. This was back in the pre-slasher film 1950's when our horror used to be bloodless and black and white. This was not the first color horror film but it might as well be for the impact that it had on the horror film industry. Because of its success it encouraged the film company, Hammer, to essentially remake all of the old 1930' & 40's horror films. In the early days of Hammer productions they always delivered the horror elements that turn films into classics. They had great sets (not expensive, just really good) and plenty of eerie atmosphere. They also used an ensemble cast over and over that we came to love. In the ''Curse of Frankenstein'' we meet Peter Cushing as Frankenstein and Christopher Lee as the creature soon met again as Dr. Van Helsing and Dracula respectively. To a post war generation half a century ago those two names on a movie were as thrilling as Karloff and Lugosi were 70 years ago. ''The Curse of Franenstein'' ignores the classic novel and simply creates a interplay of good and evil between people and then between people and the monster. But it is all stylishly done with mood, atmosphere, energetic music, color and (by today's standards) a little blood. Fifty years ago it scared my socks off! I bought the VHS version of Curse... several years ago and I know that when they finally put it on DVD I would have to repurchase the movie in hopes of getting a pristine copy. It is, with its sister film, ''Horror of Dracula,'' a wonderful set to view near Halloween. Cushing is great as the heartless Frankenstein, Christopher Lee is great as a really horrifying soulless monster. We also see the very beautiful Hazel Court as the heroine in peril. Hammer produced some excellent horror films in the 1950's and 60's and this is one of their best efforts.

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