Frankenstein [75th Anniversary Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1931]

  • SKU: 7969282
  • Release Date: 09/26/2006
  • Rating: NR
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Special Features

  • Disc 1
  • Karlofff: The Gentle Monster
  • A tribute to the film career of Boris Karloff, focusing on director James Whale and Bela Lugosi
  • Monster Tracks
  • Interedting interactive pop-up facts about the making of Frankenstein that can be read while watching the film
  • Feature commentary with Rudy Behlmer
  • Feature commentary with historian Sir Christopher Frayling
  • Disc 2
  • The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood made a monster
  • Franstein archives: Original posters and photo galleries
  • Universal horror: This documentary, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, takes you on a fascinating journey through the making of the most memorable monster films of all time
  • Boo! A short film


Still regarded as the definitive film version of Mary Shelley's classic tale of tragedy and horror, Frankenstein made unknown character actor Boris Karloff a star and created a new icon of terror. Along with the highly successful Dracula, released earlier the same year, it launched Universal Studio's golden age of 1930s horror movies. The film's greatness stems less from its script than from the stark but moody atmosphere created by director James Whale; Herman Rosse's memorable set designs, particularly the fantastic watchtower laboratory, featuring electrical equipment designed by Kenneth Strickfaden; the creature's trademark look from makeup artist Jack Pierce, who required Karloff to don pounds of makeup and heavy asphalt shoes to create the monster's unique lurching gait; and Karloff's nuanced performance as the tormented and bewildered creature. Frankenstein was greeted with screams, moans, and fainting spells upon its initial release, obliging Universal to add a disclaimer in which Edward Van Sloan advises the faint of heart to leave the theater immediately. If they don't: "Well...we've warned you." Director James Whale was memorably embodied by Ian McKellen in the Oscar-winning 1998 biopic Gods and Monsters. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Colin Clive
    Colin Clive - Henry Frankenstein
  • Boris Karloff
    Boris Karloff - The Monster
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    Mae Clarke - Elizabeth
  • John Boles
    John Boles - Victor Moritz
  • Dwight Frye
    Dwight Frye - Fritz, the Dwarf

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