Young Frankenstein [DVD] [1974]

  • SKU: 8003368
  • Release Date: 09/05/2006
  • Rating: PG
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (686 out of 698)

Special Features


  • Mel Brooks' audio commentary
  • Documentary: "Making Frankensense of Young Frankenstein"
  • Interviews with stars Marty Feldman, Gene Wilder & Cloris Leachman
  • 7 deleted scenes
  • Outtakes/bloopers
  • Production stills
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Young Frankenstein
Lending his burlesque touch to 1970s genre revision, Mel Brooks followed his hit "western" Blazing Saddles with this parody of 1930s Universal horror movies. Determined to live down his family's reputation, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (co-screenwriter Gene Wilder) insists on pronouncing his name "Fronckensteen" and denies interest in replicating his grandfather's experiments. But when he is lured by Frau Blucher (Cloris Leachman) to discover the tantalizingly titled journal "How I Did It" in his grandfather's castle, he cannot resist. With the help of voluptuous Inga (Teri Garr), wall-eyed assistant Igor (Marty Feldman), and a purloined brain, Frankenstein creates his monster (Peter Boyle). Igor, however, stole the wrong brain, and the monster tears off into the countryside, encountering a little girl and a blind hermit (Gene Hackman). Frankenstein finds the monster and trains him to do a little "Puttin' On the Ritz" soft-shoe, but the monster escapes again, this time seducing Frankenstein's uptight fiancée Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn) with his, ahem, sweet mystery. His love life and experiment in shambles, Frankenstein finally finds a way to create the being he had planned. Shooting in gleaming black-and-white, with sets and props from the 1930s and appropriate fright music by John Morris, Brooks' cheeky attitude towards the Hollywood past attracted a large audience, turning it into one of the most popular 1974 releases after (what else?) Blazing Saddles. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Gene Wilder
    Gene Wilder - Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
  • Peter Boyle
    Peter Boyle - Monster
  • Marty Feldman
    Marty Feldman - Igor
  • Madeline Kahn
    Madeline Kahn - Elizabeth
  • Teri Garr
    Teri Garr - Inga



Overall customer rating

4.8
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Love the movie/Hate the misleading

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    Nickool
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    So I've had this movie before, and I love it and with that being said I saw they had a Best Buy exclusive steel book edition. Traditionally, when a black and white movie is being advertised the box cover is colored but the clips on the back show you that the movie is clearly black and white. This one showed that it was colored, and me and my brother were having a discussion on if the movie possibly had a Color Remastered Edition or if it's still black and white. We asked an employee if he would know, and he said it's possible because that's what it looks like. I don't mind that it's still black and white, but I most certainly dislike that Best Buy went to the trouble of coloring the clips on the back of the box to make it look like it's a colored movie when it's not. So if you are ever shopping at a Best Buy and come across this movie, if you already don't have it then I would get it. If you have it on Blu Ray, I wouldn't be fooled into buying this, because it's exactly the same.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, how can you go wrong?

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    Bella
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    If you have never seen the movie, it is in B&W. It's considered a comedy horror, particularly a parody of the various versions of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. An epic cast - Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn, and Gene Hackman among many others, directed by Mel Brooks. One of Wilder's most successful films. In 2003, it was deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the United States National Film Preservation Board, and selected for preservation in the Library of Congress National Film Registry. It's a Blu-ray, which I didn't realize when I purchased it, and all I have is an ~15 year old DVD player, so now it's time to upgrade to a Blu-ray player. A very good excuse to do so.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Up grade to this Blu-ray Version?

    Posted
    HavaCow
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    Should you upgrade to the Blu-ray verison? Compared to the 1998 DVD, this Blu-ray edition has a much more detailed picture and improved contrast, along with an unfortunate high level of picture grain. The previous DVD was in a16x9 Letterboxed picture format which did not fill the viewing screen. Curiously, the Blu-ray picture is cropped compared to the DVD, so a noticeable portion of the picture is missing around the edges. Perhaps the next edition will improve upon the short comings of this current Blu-ray. But, for now, at least the price is affordable! Positively Recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Of course the movie is excellent

    Posted
    foofi
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    The movie is excellent but I'm reviewing my purchase at Best Buy. I wouldn't recommend buying this one at Best Buy because it advertises as the 40th Anniversary edition and it ISN'T! The Anniversary edition should have a slip cover with still scenes from the movie on it. This one does not. I tried to take it back to the store unopened and explain this to them but they opened mine pulled a card from the front and said yes it is the anniversary edition, see the pictures match. I said but it doesn't say 40th anniversary edition like it should and doesn't have the slip cover. But since Ian (the store associate) opened mine to prove to me he was right..even though he was wrong, wouldn't let me return it because it was opened. .. and he messed up the front cover doing it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Still A Comic Masterpiece 40 Years On

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    Phil
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    I saw this movie on opening day at the Coronet Theatre on East 57th Street, New York City in December 1974. Mel Brooks, cast and crew are thoroughly deserving of the many accolades over the years. Pure Genius! Rendered in Black-and-White as the original "Frankenstein" (1931) and using the original laboratory set equipment, Brooks recreated a wonderful playground set for his zany, inspired cast. The Blu-Ray's 40th Anniversary added features and interviews are a tremendous value. Most enjoyable and informative for this film buff. So many wonderful memories and laughs from the performances of Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Gene Wilder, Cloris Leachman and even, Gene Hackman showing his comedy chops. Do not miss this!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    "Put...ze candle...bek!"

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    enem156
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    One of the funniest movies ever. A true classic in both comedy and horror. A great cast combined with a dark, 30's era horror background make this movie not only funny, but interesting to look at as well. When you combine the talents of Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr and Peter Boyle with guest appearances by Gene Hackman and Cloris Leachman, it's almost impossible to go wrong. Add in Mel Brooks and everything just falls into place. To see it in the crystal clarity of Blu-Ray is a real treat. If you've never experienced this movie, do yourself a favor, and take the time to watch it. You'll be glad you did.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Young Frankenstein, a classic!

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    Oldcaligirl
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    The movie is fantastic. It brings back so many great memories from my childhood. The steel case is a nice quality. Very sturdy. My only complaint is that the middle round part with the teeth that clasp and hold the DVDs in, work too well. I really felt like I was going to snap the disc trying to get it to release. And I have had many DVDs in my life. Some are more difficult to get out, yes. But this was truly the worst. So now, they just sit in the case, unsnapped in and able to roll around in there. Though, the case is really never moved, so it's not a huge deal to me. Otherwise, all around perfect!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just don't ask for "Abby Normal"

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    CapnHowdy
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    It's a toss up between Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein for my favorite Mel Brooks film. As I didn't really need the Mel Brooks boxed set, this is the most recent release of Young Frankenstein. I'm not sure if I had the last one (or the one before that), so I couldn't tell you what's new. Like Spaceballs, it seems like a new version comes out every other year with one or two new bells and whistles. I bought this one because I inexplicably found myself without a copy of a movie that makes me laugh every single time I watch it. That's good enough for me!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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