Frankenstein [Blu-ray]

Frankenstein [Blu-ray]

Director: James Whale Cast: Colin Clive
Colin Clive
, Boris Karloff
Boris Karloff
, John Boles
John Boles
, Edward Van Sloan
Edward Van Sloan
James Whale
Frankenstein [Blu-ray]

Frankenstein [Blu-ray]

Director: James Whale Cast: Colin Clive
Colin Clive
, Boris Karloff
Boris Karloff
, John Boles
John Boles
, Edward Van Sloan
Edward Van Sloan
James Whale

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/2013
UPC: 0025192188831
Original Release: 1931
Rating: NR
Source: STUDIO DISTRIBUTION SERVS LLC
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Language: English
Time: 1:11:00
Sales rank: 27,452

Special Features

The Frankenstein files: How Hollywood made a monster; Karloff: The gentle monster; Monster tracks; Universal horror documentary; Frankenstein archives; Boo!: A short film; Feature Commentary with film historian Rudy Behlmer; Feature Commentary with historian Sir Christopher Frayling; Trailer gallery; 100 years of Universal: Restoring the classics

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Colin Clive Henry Frankenstein
Boris Karloff The Monster
John Boles Victor Moritz
Edward Van Sloan Dr. Waldman
Dwight Frye Fritz
Frederick Kerr Baron Frankenstein
Lionel Belmore Herr Vogel, Burgomaster
Michael Mark Ludwig, Peasant Father
Marilyn Harris Maria, the Child
Arletta Duncan Bridesmaid
Pauline Moore Bridesmaid
Francis Ford Villager
Mae Clark Elizabeth
David Broekman Composer
David Brockman Composer

Technical Credits
James Whale Director
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Carl Laemmle Jr. Producer
John Balderston Screenwriter
Garrett Fort Screenwriter,Screenwriter
Francis Faragoh Screenwriter,Screenwriter
Robert Florey Screenwriter
Carl Laemmle Producer
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