Director: Mel Brooks
Starring: Gene Wilder,
Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman
Spoof of the classic Universal
horror films of the 1930s.
delirious 1974 spoof of the classic Universal Frankenstein movies has not
managed to retain the public regard it, and many other of the director’s
films, held during the 80s, when they were still fresh enough to attract
new audiences. Hopefully the availability of Fox’s DVD version will help
restore its good fortune. Although not formally announced as a Special
Edition, the disc has features numerous enough to qualify, including a
full-length, rather spontaneous, commentary track, a handful of deleted
scenes, trailers, TV adverts, about five minutes of outtakes and two black
and white interviews, (one with Wilder and Cloris Leachman, the other with
Feldman, all in costume), shot for Mexican television.
Fans of the
film may want to upgrade if they have the US version of the DVD,
since the Region 2 disc presents the film in widescreen (1.85:1) with 16:9
enhancement, which is a significant improvement. You may want to hang onto
your Region 1 disc though, because the Region 2 version unfortunately
omits the enormous gallery of production photo’s that is on the US
version, many of which reveal small insights into how the film was made.
The UK disc has English audio only (with eleven sets of subtitles,
including English), whereas the US disc also had French and Spanish audio.
The English audio on both discs is in 2.0 mono, but on the US disc it is
all channelled through the centre speaker; the UK disc seems to split the
sound equally across the front three channels, which may be an error.