Young Frankenstein DVD - Any Good?

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  1. Chris Joyner

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    I've never seen it, but everyone tells me it is a classic. Is the DVD relatively new, and is it anamorphic? Or should I wait for a newer version to come out? Thanks.
     
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    non anamorphic but it has a good amount of supplemental material.
    its not bad a/v wise, but limited by being non-a.
    i don't see this getting a remaster soon.

    yes the movie is rightfully a classic.
    my favorite Mel Brooks film by a wide margin.

    if you are a fan of the Universal monster movies, its a must as he nails the atmospere of those perfectly.

    Gene Wilder is simply wonderful.
    dynamic and hilarious.
     
  3. Larry Sutliff

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    Chris,
    The transfer isn't anamorphic, but the DVD does have a nice, crisp B&W transfer. It's one of the nicer non anamorphic letterboxed DVD's I own.
     
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    By all means pick it up if you haven't seen it. It's my favorite Brooks film. Simply brilliant. Everyone involved is superb. Gene Wilder, Terri Garr, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, and Peter Boyle are all excellent, and Kenneth Mars as Inspector Kemp will have you doubled over. The screenplay (a collaboration by Brooks and Wilder) contains enough one-liners for three movies. All of these people were at the top of their game when they did this project and it shows. It's one of those films like Monty Python and the Holy Grail or The Big Lebowski or Army of Darkness that you come back to again and again, laughing just as hard or harder than you did the last time you watched it.

    Like others have mentioned the transfer isn't anamorphic, but that's the only flaw with the current release.
     
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    Excellent transfer, great extras. It's only missing an extra 33% resolution.
     
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    The movie has held up incredibly well over the years...the entire cast is pure perfection. The film is a wonderfully funny and touching tribute to the art of the Universal horror movies of the 30's. The b&w photography is beautiful! A MUST OWN!!!
     
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    The LD was selling for $69 and now you can get the DVD for $7.99...such a deal for such a classic movie!!! [​IMG]
     
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    I believe this is the first DVD I ever watched, so no it isn't new at all. In fact, I didn't even know what "anamorphic" was back then, which is good otherwise I wouldn't have bought this disc on principle. But I'm glad I did, because the B&W presentation is excellent and just about as good as you'll find it. But it's the content that's the killer, and I doubt you'll find many people who rigorously belittle the non-ana presentation because of that.
     
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    Buy the thing! [​IMG]

    (I love this movie too!)
     
  10. Chris Joyner

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    Thanks. I'll be picking it up this weekend.[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    One of the few non-anamorphic DVDs still in my collection, and I wouldn't dare get rid it. It's a great disc, IMHO
     
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    And this was one of the FIRST FIVE DVD RELEASES from Fox. I think it's really decent.
     
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    It needs a full negative restoration and new state-of-the-art 4k high def. transfer master created to serve as the basis for an anamorphic DVD as well as 1920x1080p high definition discs.

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Peter Boyle, and company need to be heavily involved in a new very special edition. Much of the cast, sadly sans Marty Feldman and Madaline Kahn, is still alive and kickin'.

    Dan
     
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    And let me guess Dan, a new 6.1 DTS-ES track, right? [​IMG]

    I have held off from purchasing this version. Too bad it wasn't brought up in the last Fox chat.
     

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