DVD - 2009
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A scientist creates a terrifying yet strangely sympathetic monster.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, 2009.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (71 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.


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Perhaps one of the most iconic movie adaptations of the classic story.

Boris Karlof's version.

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Feb 01, 2020

I liked this 1930-1940 Horror Movie. It is too violent for kids to watch. Tampering with life and death, Dr. Frankenstein pieces together salvaged body parts to create a human monster.

Dec 10, 2019

I liked this 1930-1940 Horror Movie. It is too violent for kids to watch. Tampering with life and death, Dr. Frankenstein pieces together salvaged body parts to create a human monster.

Sep 15, 2018

This is the original, 1931 production of a tragic, mentally-unhinged, man-made monster who desperately tries to understand and grasp the horrific reality of his own distorted identity.

Though "Frankenstein" is now 86 years old - It still packs a pretty good punch.

Truly great stuff. You have to remember this was 1931 and nobody had seen anything quite like this before regarding special effects. It's still creepy and moving 86 years later. I watched it back-to-back with Young Frankenstein, the 1974 Mel Brooks comedic adaptation, and it compares well. Cool fact: The laboratory equipment from the original film was used in the 1974 version! Great Special Features disc will please the fans.

Oct 23, 2014

Both commentaries of the Lincoln/Belmont library copy has glitches. The glitches made it difficult to play through the glitches at the time I listened to both of the commentaries and they were very informative. The Monster Tracks, as well as, Karloff: The Gentle Monster are also very informative. The main cast regarding the principal characters they had portrayed did a very good job, especially in reference to how Karloff had portrayed the monster as being sympathetic and to Colin Clive who had portrayed the tormented Henry Frankenstein.

aaa5756 Mar 28, 2014

Sound and Very well done old school sci-fi movie. I would recommend this movie for all to see. Well worth the price of admission to any theater. No falling asleep on this one!!!!!

Mar 21, 2014

"Fee-Fye-Foe-Fum!"_____ Even if you happen to be one of the world's most rabid/jaded horror-movie freaks, I'd confidently say that (for a mad scientist/monster picture) Frankenstein (which is now 80+ years old) is still a film that's quite capable of giving you chills & thrills that not even modern-day horror can satisfactorily deliver._____ Featuring some truly impressive sets, superb cinematography and solid direction by James Whale, Frankenstein (which just drips with dark & gloomy atmosphere) is, undoubtedly, an undisputed classic gem of Gothic horror._____ Believe me, when the viewer gets their first look at the re-animated Frankenstein monster, this has got to be one of the most awesome moments ever captured on screen in horror-movie history._____ Loosely adapted for the screen from the novel of the same name...... Now, I don't mean to sound sexist here - But, it truly amazes me that such a story as this was penned, not by a man, but by a woman. Only 21 at the time, like, what could've possibly been going on in young Mary Shelley's head (back in the year 1818) to have prompted this girl to write such a macabre story as this?_____ With a running time of only 70 minutes, I sure got a kick out of this film's priceless "Word of Warning" opening sequence.

Mar 02, 2013

basil rathbone has never been better! a man of science going round the bend after going to the land of horror.

May 31, 2009

This special features do an excellent job of putting this film into perspective. This isn't just a monster movie.


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Nov 01, 2013

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