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5.0 out of 5 stars Bela vs Rathbone, 10 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Ghost of Frankenstein & Son of Frankenstein [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Many people are living under the impression that of all the early Frankenstien features, only the original James Whale directed version and his much admired follow up, Bride of Frankenstien, are worthy of the title. This film, the third in the series, is nothing short of a masterpiece. It sees the return of the great Karloff as the monster, and boasts a fantastic turn from Rathbone as the son and heir of Baron von Frankenstien. Though most notably it features Lugosi in one of his most gleefully sadistic and evil roles as the villianous Ygor. A true master of his craft, Lugosi here brings a humour and dazzle to his performance which stands above even that of Karloff as the tortured monster. Magical.
Also of note is the set design, which implies both German expressionism and a kind of comic strip ambience. In today's world of CGI backdrops and underwhelming atmosphere, this film is essential. With its rain drenched exteriors and beautiful interior sets, it's a gift to the eye.
If modern horror seems lacking to you, or you want to know why "they dont make 'em like they used to"...check this one out. You won't be dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Double Bill from UNIVERSAL, 29 Mar. 2015
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A. W. Wilson - See all my reviews
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An absolute must for fans of Universal Horror (or horror films in general). Obviously a bit dated they still carry a punch. Both films are excellent quality. Good clear picture 4.3 ratio with good sound, and SUBTITLES. "SON.." benefits from Basil R and Lionel Atwill, Bela Lugosi tho it does suffer from one of the most annoying child actors...ever! Personally I preferred "GHOST..." with an equally good cast led by Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Bela and Lionel and that great horror heroine Evelyn Ankers. Lon Chaney is the "monster". As a double bill and if you haven't already got one (or both), then get this UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FRANKENSTEIN DOUBLE FEATURE. But it is Region One. I haven't gone into the plot-I didn't feel it really necessary...Sorry!
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4.0 out of 5 stars One is a classic, one wasn't needed., 13 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Ghost of Frankenstein & Son of Frankenstein [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Please note: I have longer reviews on the movies individual releases.

Son of Frankenstein for me is only second to the original 31 smash. It is brilliant, great acting, great sets and a sharp script.

Ghost of Frankenstein is interesting in places, but would we have missed the movie had it never been made? However this set with these 2 films offers great value for money, and if you need them to complete your Universal Frankenstein series then this is an essential purchase.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exit Boris Karloff, enter Lon Chaney, Jr., 28 July 2004
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ghost of Frankenstein & Son of Frankenstein [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
My view of these two films runs counter to that of many Frankenstein fans. I found Son of Frankenstein rather disappointing, while Ghost of Frankenstein actually rather impressed me. I wasn't that impressed with Bela Lugosi's character Ygor in the first film but warmed up to him quite well in the second (this is not to say Bela Lugosi did not do a superb job in both - I just didn't think the character of Ygor worthy of him in Son of Frankenstein). I also found the performance of Lon Chaney, Jr., as the monster in Ghost of Frankenstein more engaging than that of Boris Karloff in Son of Frankenstein - while Karloff will always be the definitive monster, his character really had little opportunity to shine in the last of his three Frankenstein films.
Son of Frankenstein has its charms, but what I see here is the beginning of the stereotypical monster. Sure, he has a couple of somewhat emotional scenes, but all such emotions are turned into hatred and manifested in a desire to kill and destroy. This film does have a saving grace, however, in the form of Lionel Atwill, who steals the show time and again as Inspector Krogh. Basil Rathbone starts out quite swimmingly as Baron Wolf von Frankenstein, but the mania that overtakes him in the second half of the film just doesn't ring true to me, especially when the man's sudden desire to justify his father's work takes precedence over the safety of his own wife and child.
Some twenty-five years have passed since the events chronicled in Bride of Frankenstein. Baron Wolf von Frankenstein (Rathbone) has now returned to the family castle, with wife and little boy in tow. The old castle isn't exactly empty, for Ygor of broken-neck fame (Lugosi) has made a place for himself there. The son can hardly wait to see his father's old laboratory - and whom should we find in an underground crypt but the monster (Karloff) himself. He's not quite himself these days, but young Frankenstein immediately sets to work reviving the monster in an attempt to vindicate the family name. Unfortunately, Ygor commands the monster to do his own bidding. When a number of individuals are found murdered in the village, suspicion naturally falls on the house of Frankenstein. Enter Inspector Krogh (Atwill) and his ridiculous yet entertaining artificial arm; without this fascinating character, Son of Frankenstein would be a wholly forgettable movie.
With no lines and few chances to express any real emotion other than murderous fury, Karloff's monster is a shadow of its former self. Even the makeup job appears second-rate and less than imposing. Frankly, I'm really unsure what so many others see in this movie. All it did was turn Frankenstein into a big dumb monster that would be forced to stumble and bumble its way through one film after another for decades to come. It's impossible to feel much sympathy for him in this context, and I eventually found myself hoping they would just kill the monster already and get the film over and done with.
Much to my surprise, I actually enjoyed Ghost of Frankenstein much more than Son of Frankenstein. There's no denying that Lon Chaney, Jr., who took up the role of the creature, pales in comparison with Boris Karloff, but I actually found the monster more sympathetic this time around. You won't see the type of pathos and innocence that Karloff brought to the role, yet Chaney subtly shows a human side to the creature on a couple of occasions (and, to be frank, the script didn't allow him much room to maneuver).
This film could easily have been called The Other Son of Frankenstein. Ygor (Bela Lugosi) despite being shot numerous times by Baron Wolf von Frankenstein in the last film, still lives; in the course of fleeing the villager-besieged castle, he finds his good, monstrous friend (whom we last saw sinking into a pit of boiling sulphur) and decides to take him to the other Frankenstein brother. Ludwig (Sir Cedric Hardwicke), is none too happy to see Ygor or to deal with the creature he believed had finally been killed, yet rather than destroy the monster, he decides to give him a new brain. In this way, he believes, he can resurrect his father's shattered reputation and renew the good name of Frankenstein.
I must say I loved Hardwicke's performance. Ludwig is a serious fellow who never slips into the madness that claimed his father and brother; his desires to substantiate his infamous father's work and to restore the family name are the driving forces behind his decision-making. Everything might have turned out all right, too, if it weren't for Ludwig's assistant Dr. Bohmer (Atwill). It is in the pool of Bohmer's bitterness that the ever-resourceful Ygor finds the leverage he needs to pull one over on Dr. Frankenstein. Ygor, you see, wants his own brain transplanted into the creature's body.
In Ghost of Frankenstein, I found Ygor to be a much more engaging fellow. I still don't believe it is one of Lugosi's better characters, but clearly Lugosi contributed a great deal to the overall success of this movie. Is Ghost of Frankenstein as impressive a film as the first two Frankenstein films? Hardly. It is, though - at least in my opinion - a much better film than Son of Frankenstein. Chaney turns in a very solid performance as the creature; while not in the same league as Boris Karloff, he deserves much credit for his contributions to the evolving Frankenstein storyline.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 8 Dec. 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good value double dvd package, 7 April 2013
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This is a good dvd and classic Franenstein. Although in black and white it just adds to the atmosphere of the time it was made.
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