Frankenstein: The True Story

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  1. Gordon McMurphy

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    It's great to see this gem on DVD finally, though there are a few cons, apparently:

    www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=23751

    It's always hard to say if TV movies from the 70s were protected for 1.66 or 1.85:1 matting, but I'd say that 1.33:1 is the best way to go, seeing as that is how they were originally shown on TV. Shame about the less than stellar element they used, though. Also, the missing footage is disappointing, though I I cannot recall details of the film anymore. Still, it will be great to finally see this one again after so many years.
     
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    Wow, that's very disappointing about the video quality and possible cuts. I absolutely adore this movie, though, and will likely get it anyway.
     
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    I have no doubt about the picture quality but the assertion that "I remember scenes that aren't here" is less believable. It's either 3 hours long or it isn't! The prologue that was cut was NBC's decision in 1973 -- not Universal's decision now.
     
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    Yeah, I just read the review and I am also puzzled by the comment
    "I remember scenes that aren't here." This doesn't give much
    credibility to whether the film has been cut or not.

    Mike is correct....it's either 3 hours long or not. IMDB lists this film
    as being 182 minutes in length. If there were cuts made it would
    be reflected in the running time.

    Back to the film....

    I saw this film as a kid and was quite impressed. I have recently
    seen a copy of this film that has been floating around amongst
    collectors. So many years later, my opinion of this film has changed.
    I still love the first two hours of this film, but I think it quickly
    deteriorates in its final hour which I found absolutely boring to the
    point that I walked in and out of the viewing several times. The
    film has a terrific build-up but then quickly goes belly-up.

    Still, I am quite amazed that a studio finally got around to
    releasing this film, though I must admit I am quite disappointed
    to learn that the quality of the DVD is subpar.
     
  5. sarah99

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    In the US full length Tv release the female monster had her head ripped off at her "coming out" party. This is as much as you saw.
    [​IMG]

    In the UK TV release (shorter but with added gore),the scene continued to show some dangly neck gore. I saw the UK version and was a tad dismayed when my bootleg US dvd didn't contain it. I suspect the US version contained slightly different material.

    What the official DVD contains is anyone's guess. (I suspect it will just be a transfer of the US TV master)

    The running time of my US Tv bootleg is 184 mins (so it might be cut on the official Dvd).

    from this site
    http://www.1000misspenthours.com/rev...etruestory.htm
    "Frankenstein: The True Story exists in three distinct versions. There’s the original edit (on my bootleg), running somewhere between three and four hours long, which aired in two parts on NBC; there’s the shorter version that played in theaters in Europe (and I saw on UK Tv); and then there’s a relatively new version that adds the handful of too-explicit-for-broadcast gore scenes from the European theatrical edit to NBC’s cut (not on the new DVD I suspect)."
     
  6. Gordon McMurphy

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    So, there was a recent TV broadcast that restored the gore? Surely, Universal were responsible for this? If so, why the hell are they using the cut version? I bet that the picture quality of that restored version is also superior to the DVD's transfer, too. Grrr!
     
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    I didn't say the US version was cut ........ merely different in content.
    This has happened to several 70s movies I can think of with "Dawn of the Dead 1978" Euro version 119 mins (added gore, faster pace), US version 127 mins (less gore, more characterisation) being the clearest exapmle in it's different content.
     
  8. Gordon McMurphy

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    I understand what you are saying, Sarah. It would have been great to have both versions, of course. I'm a long-time Dawn of the Dead fan and own the 4-disc set; I appreciate all three versions, but the 127-minute cut is the most well-rounded version, I feel.
     

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