Young Frankenstein

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Overview

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, ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Closed Caption; Mel Brooks' audio commentary; Documentary: "Making Frankensense of Young Frankenstein"; Interviews with stars Marty Feldman, Gene Wilder & Cloris Leachman; 7 deleted scenes; Outtakes/bloopers; Production stills
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/5/2006
  • UPC: 024543371571
  • Original Release: 1974
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 796

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
John Dennis
Michael Fox
Lidia Kristen
Norbert Schiller
Rolfe Sedan
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 Jr. 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
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Young Frankenstein
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]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Young Frankenstein
   Language Selection
      Languages: English
      Languages: French
      Languages: Spanish
      Captions & Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired
      Captions & Subtitles: None
      Director's Commentary
   Scene Selection
   Extra Features
      Making Frankensense of Young Frankenstein (Documentary 36 Minutes)
         Play Documentary
         Making Frankensense of Young Frankenstein
         Script
         Scenes
         Cast of Characters
         In Black and White
         Sets and Lighting
         Mel
         Tricks of the Trade
         Fine Tuning
         A Classic
      Trailers
         Showrama Trailer
         Trailer A
         Trailer B
         International Trailer
         Re-Release Trailer
      TV Spots
         60 Second Spot
         30 Second Spots
         10 Second Spots
      Deleted Scenes
         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
      Mexican Interviews
         Marty Feldman
         Gene Wilder and Cloris Leachman
      Outtakes
      Production Photographs
         The Reading of the Will
         The Classroom
         Transylvania Station
         Frederick's Arrival at the Castle
         The Master's Bedroom
         Discovering the Private Laboratory
         The Brain Depository
         The Creation
         Charades
         The Monster & the Hermit
         Elizabeth's Arrival
         Puttin' on the Ritz
         The Monster and the Little Girl
         Serenading the Monster
         The Final Transformation
         The Actor's Parade
         Set Design
         Makeup
         Off the Set at Lunch
   Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    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 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.<BR/><BR/>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.<BR/><BR/>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.<BR/><BR/>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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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

    They don't tell you they deleted scenes

    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.

    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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Cats DVD

    One of the best musicals ever made. Based on the book " Old Possums Book of Practical Cats" by famous author TS Elliot.
    It is wonderful to be able to own this DVD.
    However, there is no way of checking beforehand that the DVD is not compatible in South Africa, and I could therefore not play it, which was very disappointing. It can only be played in the USA and Canada.







    Bookworm22ML

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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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