Frankenstein (DVD)

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Frankenstein (DVD)

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FRANKENSTEIN is James Whale's first stylish, expressionist film (INVISIBLE MAN, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN) to grace the Universal horror cycle of the 1930...

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“Hes alive ALIVE”

published 07/12/2000

ProLandmark cinema. Karloff

ConsLack of score, tame by modern standards

While not the first filming of Shelley's novel, James Whale's first horror film was still considered so horrific at the time that audiences were warned before the picture started playing. Ok it's tame today but when Karloff looms at you from the dark it still has an impact even today. The story...

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“It's Alive!”

published 02/02/2010

ProMasterful direction, great performance and groundb...

ConsSome dodgy undercranking in the windmill action se...

Seeing the success of a dramatized version of "Dracula" it didn't take long for someone to figure out that another famous character of 19th century horror fiction might also be a success. This, however, is not just the story behind the genesis of James Whale's 1931 production of "Frankenstein"...

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Pro classic movie

Cons a bit dated for the younger generation

Frankenstein, This early 1931 Directed by James Whale, is a cracking reminder to us all, that most movie science fiction eventually becomes science fact. Starring Colin Clive as the Mad/Genius Doctor Frankenstein and Dwight Frye has is slightly retarded and deranged hunchbacked assistant...

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Excellent

“My Hero”

published 07/01/2009

ProGood spooky film, easy to get a hold of, not too l...

Consbit dated

I am having a go at a DVD review now, here goes. I am a fan of Boris Karloff and when I was a little lad I used to be scared silly of the Frankenstein Monster films and I think this was the one that scared me the most. It's very short, only just over an hour long, and probably not very scary if...

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Excellent

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The most important,horror movie ever made,with Boris Karloff joining the immortals as the flat headed,big-booted,sad eyed monster-whom director James Whale made a resonant figure by dressing him up like one of the scarred WW1 veterans then on the skids all over America. Colin Clive,s neurotic mad...

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“Original and best”

published 28/07/2000

ProThe definitive cinematic telling of Frankenstein.

ConsNone

James Whales made two masterly films in the early thirties based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the second one being Bride of Frankenstein in 1935 and which many critics rate as possibly the greatest horror movie ever made. But this 1931 original is almost as good with the wonderfully stylish...

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Excellent

ProThe acting is fantastic, and makes up for the lack...

ConsLack of special effects may leave some graphic add...

Many people argue that, with the ridiculously quick advancement of technogoly allowing movie making companies to produce bigger and less graphically challenged movies, that there is no longer any space for the originals. Well, basically, I think they're wrong. I recently watched the edition of...

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FRANKENSTEIN is James Whale's first stylish, expressionist film (INVISIBLE MAN, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN) to grace the Universal horror cycle of the 1930s and 1940s (DRACULA, THE MUMMY). Scientist Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) and his hunchbacked assistant, Fritz (Dwight Frye), embark on an unholy mission by stealing a body from a graveyard and a human brain from a medical college. Unbeknownst to Frankenstein, however, Fritz takes a violent and murderous abnormal brain. Henry's strange letters about his experiments worry his fiancee, Elizabeth (Mae Clark), and friends Victor (John Boles) and Dr. Waldman (Edward Van Sloan). They arrive at Frankenstein's laboratory to find the spectacular scene of creation under way and Frankenstein intoxicated with his own godlike power. FRANKENSTEIN is in many ways the original horror classic, virtually creating the genre itself, leading to numerous sequels and myriad imitators. Whale's ability to give humanity to the Monster is one of the film's most stunning successes.

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