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Mel Brooks' monstrously crazy tribute to Mary Shelley's classic pokes hilarious fun at just about every Frankenstein movie ever made. Summoned by a will to his late grandfather's castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) soon discovers the scientist's step-by-step manual explaining how to bring a corpse to life. Assisted by the hunchback Igor (Marty Feldman) and the curvaceous Ings (Teri Garr), he creates a monster (Peter Boyle) who only wants to be loved.
If you were to argue that Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein ranks among the top-ten funniest movies of all time, nobody could reasonably dispute the claim. Spoofing classic horror in the way that Brooks's previous film Blazing Saddles sent up classic Westerns, the movie is both a loving tribute and a raucous, irreverent parody of Universal's classic horror films Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Filming in glorious black and white, Brooks re-created the Frankenstein laboratory using the same equipment from the original Frankenstein (courtesy of designer Kenneth Strickfaden), and this loving attention to physical and stylistic detail creates a solid foundation for nonstop comedy. The story, of course, involves Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) and his effort to resume experiments in re-animation pioneered by his late father. (He's got some help, since dad left behind a book titled How I Did It.) Assisting him is the hapless hunchback Igor (Marty Feldman) and the buxom but none-too-bright maiden Inga (Teri Garr), and when Frankenstein succeeds in creating his monster (Peter Boyle), the stage is set for an outrageous revision of the Frankenstein legend. With comedy highlights too numerous to mention, Brooks guides his brilliant cast (also including Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, and Gene Hackman in a classic cameo role) through scene after scene of inspired hilarity. Indeed, Young Frankenstein is a charmed film, nothing less than a comedy classic, representing the finest work from everyone involved. Not one joke has lost its payoff, and none of the countless gags have lost their zany appeal. From a career that includes some of the best comedies ever made, this is the film for which Mel Brooks will be most fondly remembered. Befitting a classic, the Special Edition DVD includes audio commentary by Mel Brooks, a "making of" documentary, interviews with the cast, hilarious bloopers and outtakes, and the original theatrical trailers. No video library should be without a copy of Young Frankenstein. And just remember--that's Fronkensteen. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This is proof that some life changing movies need to be in Black and white. Color can some time distract from the message.
This film went out of its way to highlight the important parts of the original message and the acting is impeccable.
Young Frankenstein is a tightly written spoof on the series of Hollywood Frankenstein movie sequels. The son of a famous dabbler in the mysteries of life gets intrigued in the craft himself finding it necessary to exchange attributes with his creation.
One of the people in this film that I am keeping a collection of is Teri Garr, "Star Trek" (1966) playing "Roberta Lincoln"(as Terry Garr) in episode: "Assignment: Earth" (episode # 2.26) 3/29/1968. And there is so much of her in this film as Inga. I like the part where the doctor comments on the castle doorknockers and Inga thanks him for the compliment. I was relieved to find the DVD did not say that they were special affects.
And true to the originals, after throwing everything insight into the water, the little girl asks what is left to throw in? The monster (Peter Boyle) just looks out at you knowing the answer.
But one of the best is "Young Frankenstein," Mel Brooks' gutsplittingly funny parody of Universal's series of Frankenstein movies. While combining elements from at least three movies, it's a tight, fast-moving string of seamless gags, running jokes and wild-eyed mad science from Gene Wilder. And of course, it has one of those scripts that is just outstandingly quotable ("HE... VAS... MY.... BOYFRIEND!").
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Wilder) -- pronounced "Fronkensteen" -- is a talented young neurosurgeon who tries very hard to distance himself from his grandfather's notorious experiments. "My grandfather's work was doodoo! I am not interested in death! The only thing that concerns me is the preservation of life!" he yells at his class, just before accidentally sticking a scalpel in his own leg.
Then a solicitor informs him that he has inherited his family estate in Transylvania, including a castle, a quirky hunchbacked servant named Igor (pronounced "eye-gore") (Marty Feldman) and a shapely assistant, Inga (Teri Garr). While exploring his new castle, Frederick discovers his grandfather's lab and private journals -- and immediately embraces his family's legacy of necromancy and mad science.
So he and Igor start merrily robbing graves and stealing brains, despite the suspicions of the monacled Inspector Kemp (Kenneth Mars).Read more ›
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) is the grandson of the notorious Victor Frankenstein. After reviewing his grandfather's work, Frederick tries to recreate the famous reanimation experiment at his ancestral castle. Frederick succeeds in bringing his own creation to life but as luck would have it, there is a problem with the brain implanted in the monster (Peter Boyle). Soon, the monster is roaming the countryside and finding itself in one hilarious situation after another until Frederick catches up with him and promptly puts his tap-dancing talents to good use.
"Young Frankenstein" is blessed with top quality comedic performances from start to finish. Wilder and Boyle are pitch perfect as the doctor and his creation and the supporting cast of Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Terri Garr, Cloris Leachman, and Gene Hackman all shine. The production design also is top notch as the Frankenstein Castle's interiors and exteriors are faithfully recreated - with the help of some of the original props - in glorious black and white and literally look like holdover sets from Universal's "Frankenstein" (1931) and "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935). You would never think that source material like Mary Shelley's original work could inspire such a funny film, but leave it to Brooks to prove it could be done.
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Based on Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft ( ! ) Shelley , this movie is a comedy tour de force with a galaxy of stars , Gene Wilder , Marty Feldman , Terri Garr , Madeline Kahn... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Big Bill
The film is excellent and really a must see. A few notes on the contents of this dvd:
Young Frankenstein - 1974, black & white, 106 mins, anamorphic widescreen 1. Read more
I can recite whole sections of script from this movie. Marty Feldman is so funny it takes every ounce of Gene Wilder's professionalism to avoid corpsing every time they meet on... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Little Arrow
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