Frankenstein [Blu-ray] [1931]

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  • Release Date: 09/17/2013
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Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (75 out of 77)

Special Features


  • The Frankenstein files: How Hollywood made a monster
  • Karloff: The gentle monster
  • Monster tracks
  • Universal horror documentary
  • Frankenstein archives
  • Boo!: A short film
  • Feature Commentary with film historian Rudy Behlmer
  • Feature Commentary with historian Sir Christopher Frayling
  • Trailer gallery
  • 100 years of Universal: Restoring the classics

Synopsis


Frankenstein
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



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Creature

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    WileyGo
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    The story of "Frankenstein" has always been, at least to this reviewer, one that has transcended the often unfortunate fate of being pigeonholed as a mere horror film. Yes, there are horrific elements to the story, not the least of which are the maniacal doctor's grave-robbing and his ghoulish patchwork approach to "fatherhood." Yes, there are the gothic castle, the fantastical lab with all its equally fantastical scientific equipment, and the dark, foreboding shadows paired with ominous camera angles meant to heighten and sustain the eerie mood. However, it's the haunting condition of the man-child Creature who is thrust (or perhaps dragged?) into a world it doesn't understand and that doesn't understand him which is the heart and soul of the original novel and, of course, this film. As well, it's the Creature's utterly heartbreaking yearning to be accepted by its creator, a yearning that is met only with revulsion and rejection, that could not have been better conveyed by any other actor besides Boris Karloff. His wordless performance is an all-time marvel. It's essentially a masterful pantomime of pain, confusion, and loneliness that is almost unbearable to watch. And yet, we do watch, and watch, and watch, time and time again...maybe because we are all the Creature, and it is us.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant horror classic

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    XAvenger
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    This is the movie that set the standard for all Frankenstein movies to follow. It is also one of the true pioneers of the horror genre. This version tells the familiar tale of a scientist (Dr. Frankenstein) who dared to conquer life and death. Colin Clive's portrayal of Dr. Frankenstein is what set the groundwork for all 'Mad Scientist' characters. He gives an electrifying performance as a driven, but not entirely crazed man. Dr. Frankenstein had much greater depth and complexity than a cliched 'Mad Scientist'. We get to see his family life and learn a few details about his past and what led him to conduct such an extreme experiment. We see him more as a misguided person than a lunatic. As for Boris Karloff's performance as the monster, this was a briliant performance. The moster looks grotesque and frightening, but Karloff makes the moster sympathetic. He plays the monster not as a villain but as a victim and we really come to feel for the unfortunate creature. The special effects were state of the art by 1930's standards and some still hold up, particularly the make-up on Karloff. This is the mosty famous monster make-up in movies and he still looks ghastly today. The DVD extras are all informative and tell the history of not just this movie but of Universal's classic horror movies as a whole. The only problems stem from the age of the source material. Universal did a great job with the restoration, but this is still a nearly 80 year old movie. There is background noise, some problems with the film stock and a missing frame or two in one scene. Despite this, the DVD is still highly enjoyable to watch. This is the perfect Halloween movie. Scary and suspenseful but not gory and violent. If you are interested in classic movies, you need this in your collection.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    All-Time Horror Classic

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    kingmob
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    What more can be said about James Whale's classic 1931 adaptation of Frankenstein that hasn't already been said? If you've seen it, you probably love it. If you haven't seen it... well, what are you waiting for? The only thing you really need to know is whether or not the technical specs of the Blu-ray edition are worthy, and I must say, they definitely are. The audio is about what you'd expect from a film from 1931, that is to say there are no fancy surround-sound effects - in fact, the sound design here is rather sparse, but the presentation on the disc is solid but not mind-blowing. The video presentation however is exquisite - I never imagined that a film that is almost 85 years old could look this stunning. The disc also contains a nice selection of bonus features, including making-of featurettes, trailers, a restoration featurette and a pair of audio commentaries. The bottom line is, Frankenstein is an essential piece of horror cinema history... BUY IT! I recommend you also pick up the even-better sequel, The Bride of Frankenstein, while you're at it.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    the definitive version of Frankenstein

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    prlwctd

    Like Dracula, released earlier in 1931, this version of Mary Shelley's book is the one that enters the minds of most people when they think of Frankenstein. Although, like Dracula, its lack of a musical score makes the film seem slow in places, its virtues more than make up for it. First and foremost is Karloff's great work as the monster, aided immensely by the monster makeup by Jack Pierce. Colin Clive is also memorable as the title character, who creates new life without a thought given to the possible consequences. Dracula alumni Dwight Frye and Edward Van Sloan are also memorable as Fritz (Frankenstein's sadistic assistant) and Dr. Waldman (the doctor's former tutor), respectively. But it's Karloff who dominates this film, playing one of the most frightening and pitiable of all movie characters.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    #1 Horror movie of its time.

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    moviereviewer1949
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    I watched this movie on blu ray and it was like seeing the movie for the first time. Universal did a great job of cleaning up this movie and the quality of the picture and sound was wonderful for an 85 year old film. I first saw this movie on TV when I was a young boy and it scared me to death. I had nightmares about the Frankenstein Monster being trapped in the burning mill and I never forgot his screams of terror. If you have never seen the original I highly recommend you watch it on blu ray. Boris Karloff played the Frankenstein Monster and it made his career in horror films. Watch it for American Film History by Universal Studios.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must-have steelbook for any horror fan!

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    joeschmoe
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    The Alex Ross artwork is beautiful. I'm not sure what to say about the film that hasn't already been said but it's a fantastic classic that is a must watch for any horror film enthusiasts. Definitely check out the other Alex Ross steelbooks and get em while you can! Beautiful additions to any collection.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Horror...Beautiful Steelbook

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    Meek
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    Frankenstein doesn’t have jump scares like most modern horror films, but the atmosphere created by the director and cast is sufficiently sinister and creepy. The Alex Ross Steelbook is beautiful and a mostly transparent slip cover is included that can protect the Steelbook from damage.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Iconic Film with fitting art made by Alex Ross

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    Alan
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    Alex Ross’s art for the cover of this steelbook is a masterpiece. It perfectly captures the mood and tone of the film. Great restoration of the classic film with fun features about the history of the film, its creature, and even info on Universal Studios.

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