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  • Actors: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman
  • Directors: Mel Brooks
  • Writers: Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks, Mary Shelley
  • Producers: Michael Gruskoff
  • Format: AC-3, Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Import
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Release Date: Sept. 5 2006
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G6BLWE
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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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Chandler TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 30 2006
Format: DVD
OK Ted this is one movie you'll never get your color on.

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.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 11 2015
Format: DVD
There are some comedy movies that are so great, so beloved, that they need no introduction. "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "Airplane," "Animal House," "Ghostbusters"... ones that are recognizable merely by being quoted.

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).
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This film more a nostalgic review of old films..touching them up as old marker..the old photographers studios..old films where we had horror..invisible men..all kinds types of werewolves and monsters the 30's and 40' can look at the more recent an American Werewolf in London..this film has its genesis more in Wilder than Brooks..a 30's type and boxijng films or many type of genre films would be better situated as a backdrop..crime..but everyone feels deprived if we don't see colour. I grew up largely years ago on black and white sets..the old days..often you hear people lament they don't enjoy cant watch black and white..or its not as our colour prone era..John Huston derided the colouring of his films..Wilder's film really..Brooks was brought on..we don't know if it was Wilder's idea..hes a comedian as well..from a different they were bound to we watch the comedic elements..wilder finds many 3 stooges..Abbot and Costello(if you look at these films there are many horror..gothic elements..mad scientists..invisible men..which were popular in western Europe..)..the finished actually a Brooks directed film..hes gone through these HORROR comedies..result is an assemblage..comedy films brought up to date? The Bride of Frankenstein..a great film..many of these films are great as silent!!..They may work silent stars couldn't mouth dialogue..or more likely stage actors..were better at it..this film may have led Brooks career in a different direction..infusing silent..older..motifs..maybe that's why he was choosen as most of this generation who grew up in this genre are many comedic actors as opposed to standups..can we Gene can watch this film..and enjoy..Read more ›
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Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" is not only a loving tribute to James Whale's original Frankenstein films, but a wildly entertaining spoof that still generates laughs years after its original release. This is Brooks in his prime and that is indeed a wonderful sight to behold.
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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