Young FrankensteinDirector: Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman
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Lending his burlesque touch to 1970s genre revision, Mel Brooks followed his hit "western" Blazing Saddles with this parody of 1930s Universal horror movies. Determined to live down his family's reputation, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (co-screenwriter Gene Wilder) insists on pronouncing his name "Fronckensteen" and denies interest in replicating his grandfather's experiments. But when he is lured by Frau Blucher (Cloris Leachman) to discover the tantalizingly titled journal "How I Did It" in his grandfather's castle, he cannot resist. With the help of voluptuous Inga (Teri Garr), wall-eyed assistant Igor (Marty Feldman), and a purloined brain, Frankenstein creates his monster (Peter Boyle). Igor, however, stole the wrong brain, and the monster tears off into the countryside, encountering a little girl and a blind hermit (Gene Hackman). Frankenstein finds the monster and trains him to do a little "Puttin' On the Ritz" soft-shoe, but the monster escapes again, this time seducing Frankenstein's uptight fiancée Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn) with his, ahem, sweet mystery. His love life and experiment in shambles, Frankenstein finally finds a way to create the being he had planned. Shooting in gleaming black-and-white, with sets and props from the 1930s and appropriate fright music by John Morris, Brooks' cheeky attitude towards the Hollywood past attracted a large audience, turning it into one of the most popular 1974 releases after (what else?) Blazing Saddles.
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- 20th Century Fox
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- [Wide Screen]
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Cast & Crew
|Gene Wilder||Dr. Frederick Frankenstein|
|Cloris Leachman||Frau Bluecher|
|Gene Hackman||Blind Hermit|
|Leon Askin||Herr Waldman|
|Lou Cutell||Frightened Villager|
|Danny Goldman||Medical Student|
|Oscar Beregi||Sadistic Jailer|
|Arthur Malet||Village Elder|
|Richard Roth||Insp. Kemp's Aide|
|Kenneth Mars||Inspector Kemp|
|Richard Haydn||Herr Falkstein|
|Liam Dunn||Mr. Hilltop|
|Mel Brooks||Director,Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Robert de Vestel||Set Decoration/Design|
|Dale Hennesy||Production Designer|
|John C. Howard||Editor|
|Dorothy Jeakins||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Henry Millar||Special Effects|
|Marvin Miller||Asst. Director|
|John Morris||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Richard Portman||Sound/Sound Designer|
|William J. Tuttle||Makeup|
|Gene Wilder||Original Story,Screenwriter|
1. The Baron's Coffin (Main Titles) [5:08]
2. Dr. Frankenstein's Class [:40]
3. Elizabeth & Frederick Say Goodbye [6:18]
4. Transylvania Station [:24]
5. The Castle [2:33]
6. Frederick's Nightmare [2:32]
7. The Laboratory and Private Library [1:26]
8. Blueprints for the Monster [4:38]
9. The Body [1:09]
10. The Brain [3:32]
11. The Creation/Failure [3:38]
12. The Town Meeting [1:37]
13. "Dinner, Mmmmmmm" [1:51]
14. It's Alive [3:51]
15. Inspector Kemp's Visit [:11]
16. The Monster Escapes [1:14]
17. The Little Girl [5:25]
18. The Blind Hermit [2:05]
19. Rehabilitating the Monster [2:46]
20. Theatre Show/Puttin' on the Ritz [1:03]
21. Frederick & Inga's Interlude [:15]
22. Elizabeth's Arrival [4:30]
23. The Town Riot [1:19]
24. Elizabeth & Frederick's Chat [3:13]
25. Elizabeth's Abduction [3:21]
26. The Monster Returns [1:39]
27. Final Transformation [4:43]
28. Epilogue/End Titles [:35]
Captions & Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired
Captions & Subtitles: None
Making Frankensense of Young Frankenstein (Documentary 36 Minutes)
Making Frankensense of Young Frankenstein
Cast of Characters
In Black and White
Sets and Lighting
Tricks of the Trade
60 Second Spot
30 Second Spots
10 Second Spots
The Reading of the Will
The Street Violinist
Inspector Kemp's Arrival
Jack Sprat, the Highwayman
Frederick & Inga's Intellectual Discussion
Frederick's Late Night Visit to Inga's Romm
The Actors' Parade
Gene Wilder and Cloris Leachman
The Reading of the Will
Frederick's Arrival at the Castle
The Master's Bedroom
Discovering the Private Laboratory
The Brain Depository
The Monster & the Hermit
Puttin' on the Ritz
The Monster and the Little Girl
Serenading the Monster
The Final Transformation
The Actor's Parade
Off the Set at Lunch
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This WAS a classic movie...What they don't tell you on the box is that some of the funniest moments never make it to this DVD. For example, when Marty Feldman (Igor) goes to pick up the brain, he's supposed to look at 3 different ones before picking out the one Gene Wilder wanted....in the DVD he goes straight to the right brain. Still funny but not as funny as the original movie. Whoever put together this DVD ruined the funniest movie of all time.
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
Very funny, origional. One of Gene Wilder's best & funiest. Nonstop laughes.
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.
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.
All star cast. Timeless comedy classic. Must be watch multiple times to fully appreciate.
This is one of the best movies of all time ! Lots of witty one liners .
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!