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YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - DVD - Directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman. Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American horror comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting cast includes Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, Richard Haydn and Gene Hackman. The screenplay was written by Wilder and Brooks. - The film is an affectionate parody of the classic horror film genre, in particular the various film adaptations of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein produced by Universal in the 1930s. Most of the lab equipment used as props was created by Kenneth Strickfaden for the 1931 film Frankenstein. To help evoke the atmosphere of the earlier films, Brooks shot the picture entirely in black-and-white, a rarity in the 1970s, and employed 1930s-style opening credits and scene transitions such as iris outs, wipes, and fades to black. The film also features a period score by Brooks' longtime composer John Morris.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 17.1 x 13.6 x 1.7 cm; 70 Grams
- Item Model Number : 5039036062329
- Media Format : DVD
- Subtitles: : Danish, Dutch, French, Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian
- Studio : Fox
- ASIN : B00DDROWT2
- Number of discs : 1
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All in all, this is an excellent comedy and one of Mel Brook's best films. Forget Blazing Saddles, this is much funnier. If you loved the old Universal Frankenstein films, then you'll love this. Five stars from me. A true classic and a very funny film.
We were looking forward to this film with considerable anticipation. We thoroughly enjoyed ‘Blazing Saddles’(1974), Mel Brooks’ flawless comic parody of the classic Western. Our ever-reliable ‘Radio Times Guide to Films’ gives 5 Stars and calls it a “loving homage with real staying power.” But, sadly, I have to report that not only did we consider ‘Young Frankenstein’ NOWHERE NEAR the equal of ‘Blazing Saddles’ in terms of script or performances, we found the whole thing really disappointing. In comparison with any individual comedy film, or group of them ~ from Ealing to Pixar, from ‘Tootsie’(1982) to ‘Galaxy Quest’(1999) via ‘Parenthood’(1989) ~ it was left wanting.
This is not to say it was without merit. It has many good points. Firstly, this particular edition is immaculate in terms of picture and sound quality. When the very handsome title sequence played, I was impressed. And the music is first class throughout. John Morris, who was nominated along with Brooks for an OSCAR for the wonderful title song of ‘Saddles’, produced a beautiful score for ‘Frankenstein’, including the lovely ‘Transylvanian Lullaby’.
The film also looks really good. The production values are high. Brooks benefitted hugely by being able to use much of the original Lab equipment from Universal’s iconic 1931 film, ‘Frankenstein’. The costumes, and, particularly, the sets, are excellent, and the use of black and white photography is clever. Brooks also uses a number of techniques from the 1930s, such as the ‘iris out’, where a scene ends by a surrounding black screen engulfing a dwindling circle of picture.
The idea of this film was not Brooks’, but Gene Wilder’s, who stars. They co-wrote the script. In ‘Saddles’, in which Wilder also starred, he had no hand in the script, but Wilder had apparently ‘dabbled’ with scriptwriting in the past. After floating the idea with his agent Mike Medavoy, Medavoy encouraged him, suggested the inclusion of his 2 new clients, actor Peter Boyle and British comedian Marty Feldman, and pushed him to get Brooks onside as director. And so it came to pass: Boyle starred (quite effectively) as the ‘Creature’, Feldman (in one of the funnier and again, more successful, parts) as ‘Igor’.
In our opinion, it is the script that is weak. Despite the occasional funny gag (the library shelf gag is excellent) there are too few, there is no pace, the entire story feels laboured, stilted and predictable, and actually, FAR too close to the plot of the original film ~ except for mysteriously moving the action from Germany to Transylvania: this is NOT Dracula! Few of the performances impress. The scene involving Gene Hackman and the Creature is the stand-out. Otherwise, we felt this was a rather poor, very disappointing ‘Carry On Up the Castle’. 3 half-hearted Stars.
who have seen it, they need no further pursuasion, those who have only seen it once are denying
themselves even more laughs because like an old joke, as long as its always told right, it will still
Having seen it quite a few times since it was made, I therefore decided to treat myself to a more
photographically stunning picture (black and white) as were the good old horror films which
this was both inspired by "Frankenstein" ('31) and "The Bride of Frankenstein" ('35).
Both Gene Wilder (as Dr Frankenstein) and Mel Brooks wrote the screenplay (and Oscar nominated for it) and along with the funniest team of players you could ever be blessed to have in one film, there was no
chance this film could have been any less the classic comedy it became.
This is the black and white version and if you like the understated humour it is very funny.