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Product details

  • Actors: James Mason, Leonard Whiting, David McCallum, Jane Seymour, Nicola Pagett
  • Directors: Jack Smight
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Mar. 2014
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HF4W9O4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,412 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jack Smight directs this 1973 adaptation of the classic novel by Mary Shelley. Victor Frankenstein (Leonard Whiting) is training to become a doctor when his younger brother tragically drowns. Unable to understand why God would take away his brother, Frankenstein declares his allegiance with the devil and his determination to bring his sibling back to life. While studying anatomy Frankenstein learns how to preserve dead matter and restore life. He sets out, working with Dr Henry Clerval (David McCallum), to achieve his ultimate goal of creating a human being, but this great discovery comes at a price.

Product Details:
Subtitles for The Heaing Impaired: English

Special Features:
Introduction by James Mason

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By marcus darwin on 15 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
"Frankenstein, the True Story"(1978) is one of the finest film adaptations of the Frankenstein legend ever made and remains my personal favourite. Cleverly reconstituting the story while retaining the novel's essential dramatic elements, the film writes the story large, with Frankenstein's home a stately mansion in England, the huge laboratory in an abandoned mill where the Creature is brought to life via solar energy , and the final voyage into the Arctic wastes providing real spectacle, high drama and the epic sweep of the original. Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy's screenplay also subtly interweaves elements from the genesis of the novel, the ghost story writing competition which gave birth to "Frankenstein." The film is complex and multi-layered, and only slightly marred by the occasional touch of the ridiculous.

The cast reads like a "Who's Who" of British stage of screen, with Leonard Whiting, (he played Romeo in Franco Zeffirelli's film), James Mason, Jayne Seymour, David McCallum, Agnes Moorhead, Margaret Leighton, Ralph Richardson and Michael Wilding, and cameos from John Geilgud and Tom Baker. The Creature is enigmatically played by American actor Michael Sarrazin, perhaps best known for The Gumball Rally, as originally beautiful, but descending, Dorian Gray-like, into gradual degeneration and madness.

Devastated by the death of his brother in a drowning accident, (the fate that befell the poet Shelley in real life,) young scientist Victor Frankenstein travels to London on an uncertain quest for knowledge and having expressed the wish in his grief to "raise life out of death". There he meets Dr Henry Clerval (McCallum), a strange and misanthropic figure who hints darkly at a new science which offers the power to conquer death.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JVRobson on 21 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
The film actually takes some liberties with Mary Shelley's source novel. But it perfectly captures its sense of Gothic tragedy, creeping fear and general strangeness - which for me the Kenneth Branagh 1990s version never quite managed, despite being more faithful to the original text.

This one is quite lavish for its TV movie origins and with a very literate script by Christopher Isherwood. Good, unfussy direction by the underrrated Jack Smight, too. The performances are excellent, very restrained in contrast to the 'mad scientist' excesses of the 1930s Universal efforts. James Whale's original is probably a better, more striking film but this is undoubtedly the best adaptation of the book. You'll need an all-regions DVD to play it but it's worth it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BABU VARMA on 6 Dec. 2009
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Frankenstein: The True Story [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]1973 saw Universal remake their own classic film. Directed by Jack Smight, all the auguries were good: the production company was Universal Pictures; the script was written by Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy and returned to Mary Shelly's original novel; and the cast looked like a Who's Who? of great British performers - James Mason, Sir Ralph Richardson, Sir John Gielgud and Margaret Leighton, with Michael Sarazzin as the Creature, Leonard Whiting as Baron Victor Frankenstein and David McCallum as Henry Clerval. Jane Seymour as the female creature, Prima, gave a curiously negative performance. The best parts of the film are the making of the monster in a ruined mill by the Baron and Henry Clerval, and the life - giving process, through solar energy, was a Technicolour rival to the machinery produced by Universal for the 1931 Frankenstein. Cinematographer Arthur Ibbetson, production designer Wilfred Singleton and special effects devisor Roy Whybrow made all the laboratory scenes the most memorable in the film. One scene that stays in the mind long after the film's conclusion is when Michael Sarazzin's Creature burst into the great ball being held to launch Prima in society, and tears her head from her shoulders.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Evans on 19 July 2012
Format: DVD
I remember watching this in two parts as a young kid & it is a pity that this great movie is only on Region 1 Dvd as it would make a terrific addition to any collectiion. I would love to see this re-released on 2 discs just like Salems Lot which I recently purchased. Please make this available on 2 discs & especially in the run up to Halloween. I love this version of the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ChrisMM on 10 Jan. 2012
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I first saw this film on TV in the 1970s. It was brilliant and as a version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein it stands as one of the most original interpretations ever depicted. I defy any one to see it and not enjoy it. It has romance, suspense, hope, ingenuity and horror, but without the blood flinging which films seem to consider is required.

C.Mark
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zorro on 30 May 2013
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one of the best versions of classic story long film but engrosing story exceptionly well acted by all cocerned would reccomened this film
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mocata on 12 May 2013
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I was ages trying to track this dvd down and I am so glad I did. A great movie with James Mason at his best
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By richgrom on 27 Mar. 2013
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An ambitious attempt by American televsion to mount a big production based loosely on the classic novel by Mary Shelley.
It is a very handsome piece with a fine script by Christopher Isherwood no less. Leonard Whiting as Dr. Frankenstein is backed by a full star cast- perhaps one of the finest ever assembled for a horror film.
Alas this film is never shown today, so one should be grateful to this Region 1 release, which although offering little in the way of extras (well it is a very long film) is very reasonably priced.
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