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The Bride of Frankenstein [DVD] [1935]

  • SKU: 3764787
  • Release Date: 10/19/1999
  • Rating: NR
The best horror movie in the entire history of Universal Pictures just got better. The Bride of Frankenstein remains one of the finest horror films (and also one of the best horror-comedies) ever made, and it has received a glorious new digital video transfer here. The sharpness of the picture and the crispness of the audio are all essential -- and alone would make this a perfect representation of the movie -- but the real value in this disc lies in its bonus materials. The disc features a 40-minute documentary about The Bride of Frankenstein and director James Whale, hosted by director Joe Dante and including the contributions of a half-dozen scholars and historians (and the progeny of Boris Karloff and Dwight Frye), which gives a surprising level of insight into Whale. There are a few annoying flaws -- one wishes they hadn't included the clip from Bride of Chucky to illustrate the influence of Elsa Lanchester's monster on popular culture, and also that the documentary didn't hook itself quite so often around Gods and Monsters, the fictionalized film account of Whale's career and later life. It is nicely put together overall, however, and also is highly informative when it avoids these lapses. The other major highlight of the bonus elements is the audio essay by Scott McQueen that accompanies the movie on one of the alternate soundtracks; McQueen regales viewers with information about earlier scripts for a proposed sequel, the backgrounds of various actors, cuts made in the script and in shots, elements of studio politics, and other material connected to the image on the screen. But he sometimes does it at the expense of what viewers are seeing; his narration slides right over the shot reintroducing Karloff's monster in this movie, and McQueen can talk a little too long and fast for the good of the movie. On the other hand, his depth of knowledge is astonishing -- including the names of the actors who portray Dr. Pretorius' miniature human creations in those tiny glass containers -- and one will come away from screening the narrated film completely immersed in the day-to-day history of the movie, and Universal Pictures, and Hollywood circa 1934-35. Good as the whole narration is, one must take issue with some elements of its structure; McQueen is silent for long stretches later in the movie, as though he runs out of steam, and one wishes that the audio accompaniment had been better structured, so viewers aren't quite so overwhelmed in the first part of the movie and served so intermittently in the second. The Bride of Frankenstein Archive shows stills, lobby cards, and other visuals associated with the movie to the accompaniment of Franz Waxman's score, and there are detailed onscreen production histories and cast biographies. There's enough on The Bride of Frankenstein here to keep even the casual viewer having fun for a week. The menu is easy to utilize, though one wishes that the DVD went to it first and not automatically to the movie.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (65 out of 66)

    Special Features


    • "She's Alive: Creating the Bride of Frankenstein" original documentary
    • Feature commentary with film historian Scott MacQueen
    • The Bride of Frankenstein Archive
    • Production notes
    • Cast and filmmakers
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Universal web links

    Synopsis


    The Bride of Frankenstein
    This greatest of all Frankenstein movies begins during a raging thunderstorm. Warm and cozy inside their palatial villa, Lord Byron (Gavin Gordon), Percy Shelley (Douglas Walton), and Shelley's wife Mary (Elsa Lanchester) engage in morbidly sparkling conversation. The wicked Byron mockingly chastises Mary for frightening the literary world with her recent novel Frankenstein, but Mary insists that her horror tale preached a valuable moral, that man was not meant to dabble in the works of God. Moreover, Mary adds that her story did not end with the death of Frankenstein's monster, whereupon she tells the enthralled Byron and Shelley what happened next. Surviving the windmill fire that brought the original 1931 Frankenstein to a close, the Monster (Boris Karloff) quickly revives and goes on another rampage of death and destruction. Meanwhile, his ailing creator Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) discovers that his former mentor, the demented Doctor Praetorius (Ernst Thesiger), plans to create another life-sized monster -- this time a woman! After a wild and wooly "creation" sequence, the bandages are unwrapped, and the Bride of the Monster (Elsa Lanchester again) emerges. Alas, the Monster's tender efforts to connect with his new Mate are rewarded only by her revulsion and hoarse screams. "She hate me," he growls, "Just like others!" Wonderfully acted and directed, The Bride of Frankenstein is further enhanced by the vivid Franz Waxman musical score; even the film's occasional lapses in logic and continuity (it was trimmed from 90 to 75 minutes after the first preview) are oddly endearing. Director James Whale was memorably embodied by Ian McKellen in the Oscar-winning 1998 biopic Gods and Monsters. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Boris Karloff
      Boris Karloff - The Monster
    • Colin Clive
      Colin Clive - Henry Frankenstein
    • Valerie Hobson
      Valerie Hobson - Elizabeth Frankenstein
    • Elsa Lanchester
      Elsa Lanchester - Mary Shelley/The Bride
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      Ernst Thesiger - Dr. Septimus Pretorius



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 66 reviews

    98%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      better than the first

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      prlwctd

      Like The Godfather Part II & Aliens, this is a rare case of a sequel being better than its predecessor. The Monster (Boris Karloff again) survived the climatic fire at the end of the first film. As his creator Henry (Colin Clive) recovers at home, his former mentor Dr. Pretorious (Ernest Thesiger) petitions him to take his triumph further by making a female creature. At the same time, the Monster is roaming the countryside evading the lynch mobs when he comes upon a blind man who teaches him to speak. Eventually these two story threads come together wonderfully with the creation of the title character (Elsa Lanchester, who also plays Mary Shelley in the film's charming prologue).

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic

      Posted
      KevH2342
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      You can't go wrong with any of these classic horror films. The movies themselves might not strike fear into anyone today, but it strikes so many chords to a movie lover. The Bride of Frankenstein needs to be carried on and this transfer of 1930s movie is the perfect way to do it. Picture quality is flawless, for a film this old, and the audio is clear and great.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great deal, Awesome steelbook

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      Gsgtpepper
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      I bought this because my universal monsters box set had 2copies of the wolf man and was missing Bride of Frankenstein and I couldn't be happier. The transfer is really good for how old the film is and the Alex Ross artwork for the steel book is miles above most other steel books.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      classic monster movies

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      Smigro
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      To be honest I have never seen any of these original monster movies and once I saw these go on sale last month I knew it was time to add them to the collection. The artwork on the steelbooks is really nice and the clear slips covers for added protection is a win win.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Still A Treat

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      BigRonDawg
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      In an effort to expand my personal Universal Horror Collection I just had to get this classic from James Whale. Much like the Godfather 2, this sequel exceeds the original in almost every aspect. I am very pleased with the presentation and bonus features. Every horror fan should have this as part of their collection.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The CITIZEN KANE of horror films!

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      mormovies
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      BRIDE is one of the greatest examples of mid-30's filmmaking and the presents the horror fantasy genre at its best. The camera work and music score are astounding and the cast is superb, especially Karloff in a truly Oscar worthy performance. An critical selection for any serious film collection. Own it on blu-ray and on Ultra-Violet!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome Art for the Bride

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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 and its creature and even info on Universal Studios.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Bride of dealstine

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      Xdagninox
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      Alex Ross is one of the most acclaimed artists out there. The Universal monsters are some of the most celebrated characters in pop culture history.. this is both in one! Loaded with special features on the disc and out; this is a must buy Best Buy!

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