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Young Frankenstein [Import]

Gene Wilder , Madeline Kahn , Mel Brooks    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars There wolf? July 30 2006
By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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This film more a nostalgic review of old films..touching them up as old photographs..black 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's..you 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 film..black and white..as 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 enjoyable..in 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 vein..so they were bound to collide..as 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 result..is 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 better..as 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 gone..how many comedic actors as opposed to standups..can we name..like Gene Wilder..you can watch this film..and enjoy.. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Roll, roll, roll in ze hay." July 11 2004
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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"Yah, yah, track twenty-nine...I hope you make it in time!" Non stop gags; a terrific atmosphere, worthy of the classic Universal Frankenstein movies we all know and love...James Whale would have LOVED this! Whenever the name Frau Blucher (Cloris Leachman) is mentioned, the horses go into a frenzy of neighs; GREAT stuuf. At night in the graveyard, Igor (Pronounced EYE-GORE) and Wilder are digging up a corpse (digging because Igor took the wrong brain...Abby Normal!) for their nefarious lab work; Wilder starts complaining and Igor (Feldman) says: "Could be worse....could be raining." No sooner are the words out of his mouth then we hear a terrific crash of thunder, then see lightning, and then the skies open up. Then Igor says: "I have a hunch..." This is so funny it can make you sick from laughing; when Peter Boyle, as Frankenstein's Monster, launches into his famous "Puttin' on the Ritz" you are pretty much over the edge and barely able to breathe any more. One of my favorite lines is when Igor is driving Wilder to the Castle and there is a howl in the distance; Wilder says nervously: "What was that?" And Igor replies: "Werewolf." Wilder: "Werewolf?" Igor: "There...wolf."
Feldman, Wilder and Cloris Leachman are wonderful in this, and it was shot, appropriately, in black and white. I was fortunate enough to be at the studio when this was being shot and went onto the set and opened a door in the Castle and there were Peter Boyle, Wilder and Feldman all sitting around a table, taking a break...and Boyle had the most sickening shade of green make-up all over his face; he looked terrific. the sets were fantastic, and it was a thrill to be allowed to see them all. Great stuff and a very funny movie.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Very funny..
Published 19 days ago by Bruce Mollison
5.0 out of 5 stars 2006 20th Century Fox DVD Edition
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
Published 6 months ago by Keith Little
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem
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 more
Published 7 months ago by Little Arrow
2.0 out of 5 stars packing no good
received the movie on time but the packing is very bad for this movie, its like a thin paper with plastic rounded. I get this type of packing in a pirate market
Published 9 months ago by dugalam
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comedic Twist on a Classic
Completely in Black&White this movie follows the adventure of Dr. Frankestein's son Victor Von Frankenstein (pronounced Frank-en-steen! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cheryl Bain
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy
One of Mel Brooks best films. Love Marty Feldman in this film.
They don't make films like this anymore...too bad.
Published 12 months ago by Steve Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Real Magic
Yes, treat yourselves to this delightful,creative, original, crazy, not acceptable, absolute wonder of the mind and imagination of an old and dreary story, made magical. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Nina Walchyshyn
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
The movie is a classic and is as funny as it was when I first watched it. I was able to watch it with my kids.
Published 17 months ago by Lonnie Gillett
5.0 out of 5 stars Young Frankenstein
Loved this movie it is hilarious!
Would highly recommend it to family and friends.It is a riot from start to finish.
Published 19 months ago by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Young Frankenstein
The movie was as great as I remembered. Great acting and great story. Very funny. You gotta love Gene Wilder.
Published 23 months ago by James Sandford
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