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The monster arises once more in the 1957 horror flick The Curse of Frankenstein. Warner has done an admirable job at making sure this 2.35:1 widescreen transfer is in very nice shape. The colors and black levels are all represented well with only the slightest amount of grain penetrating the image. With flesh tones natural and well saturated, this DVD image should please horror fans everywhere. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono in English and sounds generally lifeless and boring. While there isn't a lot of dynamic range or fidelity to be found in this track, overall the hammy music, cheesy dialogue and clashing effects are clear of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. The only extra features included are some cast and crew listings, and a theatrical trailer for the film.
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 1 year when reviewed.
A Hammer classic! You can’t go wrong with Lee and Cushing!
Even though I was late in discovering them, I have a great affection for Hammer's take on the Universal monsters. If you think Christopher Lee only played Dracula and Peter Cushing only played Van Helsing, pick this up. Six sequels would follow over the next 20 years.
This, the first film version of Mary Shelley's book to be filmed in color, brought Hammer Films to prominence the same way Steamboat Willie brought Disney to prominence.
This follows Mary Shelley's book more closely than the 1931 version, and is impressive in its own right.
The gore was a bit much for some in 1957 and is a bit eyebrow-raising today. The creature (played by Christopher Lee) doesn't even make his first appearance until halfway through the movie, which also may test the patience of some viewers, but that is also what makes this version unique.
The action is seen (and told in flashback) through the eyes of Baron Frankenstein (chillingly played by Peter Cushing). We see how his obsession with creating new life not only proves harmful to everyone around him, but succeeds in destroying him.