Frankenstein

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Synopsis

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

Product Details

Release Date
8/17/99 
Studio
Universal Studios
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
1 hour, 11 minutes
Sound
  • 5 full-range channels. Includes 3 for the front speakers, 2 surround channels for rear speakers, & 1 low-frequency effects (LFE) channel to carry deep bass effects
  • PCM Mono
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
  • French
Video Features
  • "The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster" (original documentary)
  • Feature commentary by film historian Rudy Behlmer
  • The Frankenstein Archives
  • Short film "Boo!"
  • Production notes
  • Cast and filmmakers' bios and film highlights
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Universal web links
Number of Discs
1

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