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The Evil Of Frankenstein [1964] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Peter Woodthorpe, Duncan Lamont, Sandor Eles, Peter Cushing
  • Directors: Freddie Francis
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Slam Dunk Media
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W2223O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,016 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Once hounded from his castle for creating a monstrous living creature, Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) returns to his ancestral home in Karlstaad, determined to continue his experiments into the creation of life. High in the mountains, Frankenstein and his faithful assistant, Hans, stumble on the body of the creature, perfectly preserved in ice. He is brought back to life, but Frankenstein is forced to employ a hypnotist, Zoltan, to complete the process. Unbeknown to Frankenstein, Zoltan now controls the creature and has plans to use him to rob and pillage the local villages. Can Frankenstein break Zoltan's hypnotic spell, or will Zoltan induce the creature to destroy its creator?

Review

The third of Hammer's Frankenstein series starring Peter Cushing is generally considered to be the weakest. It has no link to any other film in the series and actually contradicts previous entries 'Curse of...' and 'Revenge of...' by inventing a new back story. Cushing is as good value as ever and it probably contains the best laboratory set of any Hammer Frankenstein. As usual with 60's Hammer, it looks georgous and is put together with the kind of skill other budget studios could only dream of. This film is proof that even a bad Hammer is still enjoyable 40 years on. --~Brett Campbell

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter F. H. Jones on 23 Oct 2007
Format: DVD
I have been looking forward to this release for a long time. I have the Region 1 version, but I can only watch this on my computer, so to have a version I can play on my TV would be great. What a disappointment, it's FULL FRAME and not in the correct widescreen format it should be in. These DVDs are for a specialist market, who expects certain standards; and the correct format is one of them. I hope they put this right for future releases, otherwise it's back to watching my Region 1's on the computer.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lee R on 29 Aug 2013
Format: Blu-ray
*Warning - may contain slight spoilers if you've never seen the Frankenstein films before. You've been warned.

The Evil of Frankenstein has got a bad reputation in some quarters. I've been indifferent to it myself on previous viewings, but wanted to give it a fair reappraisal when my Blu-ray arrived. I prepared for it this time by watching Revenge of Frankenstein first and keeping an open mind. Revenge had scripted itself into a bit of a rut. It was a good ending, but once Frankenstein reaches success, there's no more room for a sequel. In that way, I can understand why it was felt a new direction was needed to continue the franchise.

This time I found it quite a fun film. It lies in the same gray area as Sam Raimi's Evil Dead 2 from more than two decades later in the way it's half reboot, half sequel. Francis's direction takes it away from the gothic comfort zone and more into horror thriller territory. Quite funny too in places, which was a surprise for earlier Hammer horror. Cushing's Frankenstein is played as a much more sympathetic character than the ruthless, single-minded scientist of the first two. Zoltan is the real villain here. I didn't really like this monster on previous viewings, but giving it a chance this time around it's actually a really nice design. Rather that it just looking like an inexpressive clay mask and Karloff wannabe, I got a Golem vibe coming from it. The creature created for revenge (Zoltan's in this case) that eventually turns on it's creator. I don't know whether this nod to Jewish mythology is by accident or design. Either way, I felt it rather effective.

I am pleased with the transfer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S P Evans on 6 Feb 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I first saw this movie when I was very much younger than I am now. It was great to see this classic Hammer fare again. The film may have its detractors but to me it's a gem of its time. Great print too, a must have for the collector.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W.Sepers on 24 Jan 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I've seen this movie several times (in 1965 for the first time in the cinema) , but never in this high quality blu-ray version ! Some very interesting extra's , but what I miss is an interview with the "monster" , Kiwi Kingston !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ITE on 1 July 2013
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One of the best in Hammer's Frankenstein film series. It's a must see and the DVD quality is very good.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By martyn cros on 23 Aug 2013
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The picture quality of this BLURAY is generally very good indeed with excellent colours and in thankfully the correct film ratio ...however I suspect much of the grain has been removed in digital processing which gives a very smooth like appearance which distracts from a genuine film look....On the real downside is the fact that FINAL CUT have decided NOT to include SUB-TITLES of any language for the main feature....considering the high cost of the BLU RAY this is NOT acceptable and the people who are most likely to purchase are probably elderly who have developed Hard of Hearing problems with age.....
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By Jeffrey Barrett on 27 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
Another classic
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I've been keen to get some of my late childhood favourites on bluray, and waited for some time for this one.
It's a good example of improved clarity and sound production, (my argument with my better half - "is it worth it, over the dvd?" , answer - often yes if only for the remastered sound/score. In my humble opinion, this is a worthy addition to my bluray collection,
and is a darned good tale "sixties/seventies style".
The speedy service from "speedyhen" is, as always welcome and appreciated.
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