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IT'S BACK TO CASTLE FRIGHTENSTEIN !,
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This review is from: Hilarious House of Frightenstein (DVD)I recently read somewhere that the official broadcast master negatives that were used were allegedly destroyed at the request of the producer after the show came to an end on showcase cable in 1997. I can't believe that the producer would make such a bizarre request and actually have someone destroy all the material from this classic Canadian children's show.
They're back! Created in 1971 "The Hilarious House of Frightenstein" ran for over 25 years as it aired throughout Canada and some parts of the United States. The Hilarious House of Frightenstein has built up a huge cult following since it left the airwaves in 1997 and thanks to Critical Mass and Anchor Bay Entertainment we are transported back to the 1970's and the Castle Frightenstein all over again.
Welcome back to the Castle Frightenstein and its ghoulish inhabitants for 9 more hilarious installments starring The Count (Billy Van) and Igor (Fishka Rais). What more can be said about the incredible and iconic Billy Van, he was a comedic genius and he was definitely the show all by himself. Billy Van played nine other characters on the show besides playing the Count and he played all of them to perfection. He also surrounded himself with an assortment of wacky characters that made the show even more enjoyable to watch.
In this latest installment of "The Hilarious House of Frightenstein" you'll join the Count and his ghoulish henchmen Igor as they welcome an array of Ghastly and Ghoulish characters to the show. Some of these wacky characters are Grizelda "The Ghastly Gourmet, The Librarian, Bwana Clyde Batty, Dr Pet Vet, Harvey C. Wallbanger and more. The 9 full length episodes and bonus feature included run approximately 447 minutes with mono sound and they are presented in their full screen format. The quality of the picture and sound is really good and better than I had expected. The video transfer is pretty clear with some blemishes here and there and the sound is really consistent. The 3 discs are single sided with nice artwork and detail. The discs come in individual slim cases with slip covers that can be colored with magic markers or crayons if you want.
The Hilarious House of Frightenstein with its opening and closing segments from the legendary Vincent Price and outrageous comedy from Billy Van was pure genius. Sadly Billy Van passed away in 2003 and Canadians lost a very talented and underappreciated comedic talent. Thanks to the magic of DVD and these 9 wonderful episodes fans of the show will get to remember Billy Van and his classic brand of humor for many years to come. It's back to Castle Frightenstein, Thanks Billy!
DVD Episodes Include:
-Joy to the World
-Gimme Gimme Good lovin'
-Everyday with you Girl
-Polka Dot Kid
-Games People Play
-Bonus Feature: Return to Transylvania (The Billy Van Documentary)