A Few Words About A few words about...™ Mary Shelley's Frankenstein -- in Blu-ray

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  1. Robert Harris

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    A number of years ago, while visiting one of my favorite haunts (no pun intended for those aware), I had a beautiful first edition placed in my hands of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. This was a magnificent original 1818 set, and while I would have loved to have owned it, after checking all pockets, found that the investment was a bit beyond me.

    There is currently a lovely example of the book, in three volumes, available here:

    http://www.peterharringtonbooks.com/stock_48561.asp

    After versions too numerous to note, with the classic Universal 1931 Karloff at the top of the list, and an intervening half a century, came a most unusual retelling of the tale as directed by Kenneth Branagh and with Robert De Niro in the title role of "the monster." This is not the usual grunting pieced together monster of yore. Mr. De Niro's monster is aware in many respects of who (and why) he is, and how others will react to him.

    Among the multitude of Frankenstein productions, this is worthy of one's time.

    Columbia has issued a new Blu-ray, and the result is (as usual) stunning. Proper grain structure, shadow detail, black levels, all in place.

    An interesting side note. Ms. Shelly wrote Frankenstein at the age of nineteen.

    Recommended.

    RAH
     
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    One of my faves, including Doyle's score, arriving tomorrow.
     
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    I actually enjoyed this film when it was first run in the theatres. It's a shame that the disc has nothing in terms of special features. I will get this eventually, but will wait for the price to drop....I can picture this title sitting in the $9.99 shelves at the local Walmart in the near future. Sad but true....
     
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    The movie is available on Blu Ray as a box set from Columbia at Walmart for about $45.00. The other two movies are DRACULA and WOLF.

    -Claude
     
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    One of my favorite novels, I'm not sure if I had read it prior to seeing Branagh's treatment. All I remember is the rather brutal violence, but then I was quite young and impressionable at the time. :)
     
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    One of my favorite novels too. So much more thought provoking and poignant than any film version has captured. Although Branagh's comes the closest. Might have to check out this Blu.
     
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    I personally never quite understood all the negative criticism of this film. It does stay true to the novel more than any other film albeit some dramatic license was taken.

    Alot of the negative criticism stems from the frenetic pacing with heavy doses of constant stedicam and swooping shots. I personally agree with the pacing and Branaugh's direction as it reflects the eagerness and fanatical drive of a man bent on cheating death and creating life.

    I'm glad this has been returned to it's cinematic aspect ratio and now in high def. The score is epic and beautifully done for this classic gothic masterpiece.
     
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    Originally Posted by Dan M
     
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