Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein

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Director: Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman

Cast: Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman

     
 

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Shot in black-and-white to recreate the feel of a classic horror film, Young Frankenstein's cinematography is beautifully restored on DVD with only minor defects in the print throughout. The audio is only in mono, but in this case it does an adequate job in further establishing the feel of the Universal monster movies. The full-length screen-specific audio

Overview

Shot in black-and-white to recreate the feel of a classic horror film, Young Frankenstein's cinematography is beautifully restored on DVD with only minor defects in the print throughout. The audio is only in mono, but in this case it does an adequate job in further establishing the feel of the Universal monster movies. The full-length screen-specific audio commentary by Mel Brooks listed on the package is hard to find, absent from the "Special Features" menu and hidden inside the "Languages" menu. Brooks' commentary is energetic but not as humorous as one would expect, focused instead on his fond recollections of his collaborators. The 36-minute documentary is well produced and features an in-depth look at the production, from Gene Wilder's original pre-Brooks script to the film's completion. The deleted scenes seem to have been cut for time reasons and most are humorous additions to the film, while the outtakes are hilarious. An assortment of promotional material is also included, from several trailers to an odd collection of Mexican interviews conducted on the set. With enough humor and interest to warrant repeat viewing of the film and supplements, Young Frankenstein is one of the most successful Mel Brooks DVD releases.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Regina Raiford
This completely hilarious horror spoof by the master of parody pulls out all the stops. Within the framework of director James Whale's classic film Frankenstein, writer/director Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles, High Anxiety) and the marvelous Gene Wilder manage to out-camp Whale. Innumerable goofy sex jokes and visual gags exaggerate this already exaggerated tale of science gone very, very wrong. Young Frankenstein is replete with stellar comic performances by Wilder, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, and Peter Boyle, as well as a memorable turn by bug-eyed Marty Feldman as Egor (pronounced Eye-gor), who spends much of the movie winking at the camera. Shot in black and white, complete with Transylvanian fog and spooky laboratories, Young Frankenstein proves that low humor, double entendres, and really cheesy accents can add up to high comic art.
All Movie Guide
Few movies have offered up such satisfying parody and un-self-conscious wit as this Mel Brooks spoof, and all with the scatological flair that only Brooks can provide. When he's in top form, Brooks can make audiences feel as if they're simultaneously going to burst into tears, bust a gut, and pee in their pants with laughter. The great thing about Young Frankenstein, aside from this ability to make people lose all motor functions, is the reverence it pays to the films it parodies. Silly but always respectful, Brooks wants to honor the old Frankenstein films rather than skewer them, and as a result he serves up a film that is a cinematic achievement rather than a half-baked knock-off of better efforts. One of the funniest films of the 1970s, Young Frankenstein has lost none of its hilarity to the passing of time, serving as a reminder of how innovative parody can be.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/1998
UPC:
0086162090707
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:46:00

Special Features

Widescreen format [aspect ratio: 1.85:1]; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Original theatrical trailers; Production stills; Out-takes/bloopers; Mel Brooks' audio commentary; Languages: English mono; French; Spanish; Subtitles: English

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Wilder Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Peter Boyle Monster
Marty Feldman Igor
Teri Garr Inga
Madeline Kahn Elizabeth
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
Monte Landis Gravedigger
Mel Brooks Actor
John Dennis Actor
Michael Fox Actor
Lidia Kristen Actor
Norbert Schiller Actor
Rolfe Sedan Actor
Kenneth Mars Inspector Kemp
Richard Haydn Herr Falkstein
Liam Dunn Mr. Hilltop

Technical Credits
Mel Brooks Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Ed Butterworth Makeup
Robert de Vestel Set Decoration/Design
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Michael Gruskoff Producer
Dale Hennesy Production Designer
Gerald Hirschfeld Cinematographer
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
Jesse Wayne Stunts
Gene Wilder Original Story,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Scene Selection
0. Scene Selection
1. Opening Titles/The Baron's Coffin [5:07]
2. Dr. Frankenstein's Class [6:59]
3. Elizabeth & Frederick say goodbye [2:57]
4. Transylvania Station [3:59]
5. The Castle [4:38]
6. Frederick's Nightmare [4:42]
7. The Laboratory and Private Library [1:18]
8. Blueprints for the Monster [3:58]
9. The Body [1:51]
10. The Brain [4:03]
11. The Creation/Failure [1:14]
12. The Town Meeting [7:30]
13. Dinner, Mmmmmmmm [2:46]
14. It's Alive [1:03]
15. Inspector Kemp's Visit [6:05]
16. The Monster Escapes [3:13]
17. The Little Girl [3:23]
18. The Blind Hermit [1:37]
19. Rehabilitating the Monster [4:42]
20. Theatre Show/Puttin' on the Ritz [5:25]
21. Frederick & Inga's Interlude [7:06]
22. Elizabeth's Arrival [1:49]
23. The Town Riot [3:09]
24. Elizabeth & Frederick's Chat [1:01]
25. Elizabeth's Abduction [1:49]
26. The Monster Returns [3:46]
27. Final Transformation [2:18]
28. Epilogue/Credits [4:02]

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Young Frankenstein 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Alric More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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rushCA More than 1 year ago
Very funny, origional. One of Gene Wilder's best & funiest. Nonstop laughes.
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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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All star cast. Timeless comedy classic. Must be watch multiple times to fully appreciate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best movies of all time ! Lots of witty one liners .
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