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The Frankenstein Collection

5

Well, `Collection' is overstating it just a little. Universal made eight Frankenstein movies and here we have just two. But what the hell, they're the pair that matter - the first two and the only ones directed by the great James Whale.

Frankenstein (1931) gave us one of the all-time top movie icons - Karloff's lumbering, pathetic monster, brilliantly created from Whale's sketches by make-up maestro Jack Pierce. And the sequel, The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935), stylishly went one better, upping the production values and adding plenty: sophisticated black humour, Elsa Lanchester's dazzling double act as both the Bride and Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, and Ernest Thesiger's cherishable, high-camp Dr Pretorius. All, as you would expect, presented in gleaming, beautifully transferred prints.

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: July 1st 2004

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