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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film and transfer with Bluray authoring glitch
Yes, the film is a cult classic, and the Bluray transfer is excellent. We finally get to see this film in its uncut glory, with all the excised scenes restored. Great. However, as has been noted elsewhere at forums on the Internet, the first batch of this release has an error on the Bluray disc, where the image breaks up and moves in slow motion for a few seconds. Other...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why is Amazon still selling defective copies?
If Amazon has an initial batch of defective copies of this for sale, why are they still selling it? If buyers send back their defective Blu-rays, they're going to get a copy with the same problem in exchange. Now is the time to suspend this until Icon straightens things out. Here is their response to the problem:

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film and transfer with Bluray authoring glitch, 6 May 2014
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Daniel Lantz "Lantz" (Sweden) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell( 2 DVD + 1 Blu-Ray) (DVD)
Yes, the film is a cult classic, and the Bluray transfer is excellent. We finally get to see this film in its uncut glory, with all the excised scenes restored. Great. However, as has been noted elsewhere at forums on the Internet, the first batch of this release has an error on the Bluray disc, where the image breaks up and moves in slow motion for a few seconds. Other posters here have the exact timing information. I use an OPPO with the latest firmware and have usually never any problems with playback, but these issues are evident at first glance.

So please, Icon, you need to issue a replacement Bluray disc. These glitches truly upset the film experience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacement Disc, 22 May 2014
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I loved the set, despite having the two minute glitches on the two ratios of the film.

I sent my Blu-ray disc to this Freepost address (on Saturday 18th May and the replacement arrived yesterday, on the 21st)

Freepost RTJA-KZTL-JECZ
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(Don't forget to add your contact details, address etc with the faulty disc)

To make sure they had my details, I also sent an email to: dvdteam@sonopress.co.uk

The new disc was free of the problems and proudly goes with my other Icon Hammer discs. Thanks Icon for the quick response!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "And how is God today?", 27 Sep 2007
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Terence Fisher's last film for Hammer sees him re-united with the excellent Peter Cushing and doing what he does best: Creating a dark, alien world by applying lush, watery colours and employing aqueous camera tracking shots and pealing, nagging music themes to tell a simple, gory fairy-tale.

Fisher's influence is omnipresent in today's cinema.
I saw 'Pan's Labyrinth' recently and afforded myself a grin at del Toro's gentle homage; his camera moving smoothly yet malevolently through the forest trees on the edge of the soldier's camp - just as Fisher's so often did. And am I alone in thinking that the asylum set here at 'FATMFH' (though making 'Cell Block H's look like 'Lord of the Rings' in terms of budget) bears more than a passing resemblance to the long-shot interiors of the good-ship Nostromo; so primary to the success of 'Alien'.

Fisher was a straight forward story-teller, the budget restrictions he worked under saw to that. No camera pyrotechnics or arty delusions; no modernist interlucence or ambitious Russellian flourishes for him.
No million dollar special effects, no prima-donna histrionics if he wasn't allowed more weeks to finish his latest masterpiece...
A team player. A grapnel. A proper old school pro.

Modern directors would pay a fortune for just a pinch of 'FATMFH's dank, enclosed atmosphere - - and many have tried to emulate it....Tim Burton being the most obvious example, with varying degrees of success (Try shaving 90% off your budget Tim, that should do it).

Despite the wistful reminiscences, 'FATMFH' is certainly not kid-friendly.
An ugly incest sub-plot involving the ambrosial Madeline Smith hints at foul creationist engineering, and the (fabulous, considering the budget) runny surgical sequences had my long-suffering girlfriend reaching for her trusty 'green cushion' (the Ess household's equivalent of the Dr Who 'sofa') in amusing revulsion.

There's a lot to amuse as well:
Cushing looks as though he's having an absolute blast as the icily dedicated but clearly bonkers Baron F.
The 'God' character: mock-solemn, but really funny in a scabby, mad-haired, drunken itinerant kind of way.
A brilliantly low budget courtroom scene, where a pompous-rector judge's lines have obviously just been written ten minutes before; and a scene towards the end where one of the warders shouts: "There's a monster at large!" at a mob of strung-out lunatics, makes me snicker like a scalpel incision every time.

Technically, it's not bad, either.
Music, editing and the aforementioned sets are all good (just don't look TOO closely!), and the only slight reservation I have is the 'monster' itself. Though facially hideous, it's body looks like it's made of dusty buckram or something, draped in a muddy kaftan shawl (sorry, I've just been watching Glastonbury), but it's a small niggle.

In short, a rousing and grimly entertaining epigraph to some very talented and influential folk that we won't see the like of again.
The ultimate star rating then. Not just for the movie, which I like a lot, but for all that these people endeavored, achieved, meant...and still do.

{I took Mr. Retrostar's advice and tracked down the much-more-complete German R2 dvd (hence the late review), as the razored 'DD' release is a mockery.
It's miles better.
Broadened colours, and the German language soundtrack is easily turned to English. It's troublesome reviewing a film (or anything!!) when big chunks of it are missing -- and no, those rotters at the BBFC bear no blame this time. Well worth the effort.}
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awful title on a solid and intelligent film, 21 Mar 2001
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The Hammer series of Frankenstein films always took the subject far more seriously than those that emanated from the USA.
The English films were never intentionally camp and while the Universal series quickly degenerated to the likes of "Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein" by episode five the Hammer series were just finding their mettle.
"Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell" is late in the Hammer series and could easily be called the most intelligent and thought provoking of them all.
A plot that has Baron Frankenstein (played by the magnificent, inimitable Peter Cushing) *still* hard at his experimenting with bringing dead people to life while hiding out in a mental institution probably presupposes anything but a good film. Thankfully, the precise opposite is true.
This film examines the ideas behind the reanimation of dead bodies intelligently, and what's more it does it with heart and and great deal of kindness. Without spoiling the plot the "monster" does not want to be reborn, the humans surrounding him are unpleasant bigots and Frankenstein finally faces the fact that his experimenting causes human/emotional pain.
Simply put, this is Frankenstein with both a heart AND a brain, things which the vast majority of the films based on Mary Shelley's book sadly lack as they shamble towards their end credits.
Hopefully one day Peter Cushing will be recognise as one of the finest technical actors ever to grace a movie screen, and this is one of his finest, and most understated performances.
If you like Hammer horror, this one is seriously underrated and well worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein & The Monster From Hell, UK Blu-ray, 16 Oct 2014
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Paul WJM (Midlands, UK) - See all my reviews
Locked up for dabbling with 'sorcery', a young doctor finds that he shares the asylum with his hero in science, Victor Frankenstein, who has faked his own death in order to continue with experiments and effectively control the weak-willed corrupt manager of the place. Together the two scientists use various pieces of dead prisoners to construct a monstrosity that eventually awakens to produce dire consequences. Taking FATMFH out of its difficult context in the history of horror it's not a bad film at all, with a beautifully grim setting (almost entirely in the asylum), an ugly, tragic creature at the heart of the tale, and some unprecedented brutality.

Released on Blu-ray in the UK as a dual edition pack, the three disc set contains two DVDs alongside the Blu. On the Blu (and spread across the other two discs due to the substantially lower storage capacity of DVD) the film is presented as you would have seen it theatrically (my favourite ratio, 1.66:1) and, as an optional extra, in its un-matted 35mm form at 1.37:1 (i.e. more information seen at the top and bottom of the screen), accurately moving at 24 frames per second in either case (sped up to 25 fps on the DVDs, naturally). Obviously if you're viewing on a 16x9 widescreen display then the 1.37:1 version will have thick black bars at the sides, whilst the 1.66:1 version will have very thin black bars at each side. Preference will depend on the viewer ultimately, and one can argue the virtues of each until the full moon sets, but it's fantastic that we're actually given the choice and the viewer can sample each before settling down to the enjoy the film. Detail on the 1080p Blu-ray transfers is set at an excellent standard, whilst the DVDs can't compete but still look reasonably good considering they're Standard Definition. On the audio side, the mono (uncompressed LPCM on the Blu-ray, compressed Dolby Digital on the DVDs) is clear and as decent as you can expect.

What else do you get? There's a commentary track with two of the main actors (Shane Bryant, who plays Frankenstein's protégé, and Madeline Smith) moderated by classic horror lover Marcus Hearn. Secondly you get a great documentary directed by Hearn about the making of the film, with plenty of interviews from surviving participants incorporating some enticing anecdotes about Cushing (including some images of his extensive notes on the script). This runs for 25 minutes. The next documentary focuses on the director himself, again a fine piece and this time running at 13 minutes. A 7 minute animated gallery features shots from the set, some lovely posters/advertising materials, promotional stills of the likes of Smith, make-up work-in-progress of the monster (David Prowse), etc. All of these extras are on both the Blu-ray and one or the other of the DVDs, the only extra remaining that is not on both is a PDF of a 30 page booklet, which is only on the second DVD and accessible via a PC of course. I would have preferred a printed version of this but I guess they saw this as a cost-cutting measure. There's a lot of information about the production of the film and reactions to it post-release, and overall it's a nicely presented companion. The booklet also goes into significant detail on how the film was restored for high definition presentation, and makes one appreciate the work involved.

The initial pressing of this Icon-released set back in May 2014 was flawed with some stalling issues on the Blu-ray. This was corrected quite quickly and the versions available now are fine to watch, resulting in this now being the definitive presentation of quite a reasonable and gruesome latter-day Hammer.

Paul (The Grim Cellar)
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not quite the definitive version it deserves to be, 25 Jun 2003
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Mr. M. W. Davey "16-9" (London England) - See all my reviews
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Having read on the case that this dvd contains the uncut British theatrical print of the film, you know you're in trouble when the "Paramount" logo opens the film. In this country I believe it was distributed by Avco Embassy Pictures and in the US by Paramount. To cut a long story short it's a great shame that this is not the uncut British print because it is missing what is probably its most infamous scene; the one in which Peter Cushing's superb Baron Frankenstein clasps the monster's artery between his teeth whilst his assistant applies the stitches. Not only is the scene missing but it kinda rubs your face in it after the cut as Cushing wipes the blood from his lips just to remind you what you has passed. Why, oh why are these titles released by people who simply can't be bothered to check their facts. Lovely print of the movie though, crystal clear picture and sound. What's the betting that Paramount's upcoming region 1 disc contains the full "uncut" British print. Come to think of it, as with the Vampire Lovers, why is it that a UK company releases the censored US version, whilst the US company promises to release the uncensored UK version? Hammer keep promising to return. Maybe they, or he/she, should concentrate on working with the current copyright holders of their existing library to ensure its loyal fan base are no longer mis-represented with releases promising to be what they aint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madeline Smith Rules, 16 Nov 2014
This review is from: Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell( 2 DVD + 1 Blu-Ray) (DVD)
This is awesome!! Uncut and looking very good on bluray:) The initial run with the faulty bluray disc has obviously now been remedied thankfully. I'd only ever seen this film once and loved it immensely the second time round some years later. What amazed me was just how good an actress Madeline Smith really is. She spends the majority of this film (apart from the last 10 minutes approximately) not speaking a word and doing all her acting through her eyes,facial expressions and gestures brilliantly!! A superb performance and she looks absolutely stunning stealing the show from the majority of the cast. Sadly this was the last time Hammer would venture into the Frankenstein legacy although the hints were there at the end that maybe another sequel may appear (sadly not). Highly recommended to all Hammer fans and those who just like 'em the way they used to make 'em...... If you've never seen a Hammer film before you could do a lot worse than checking this one out...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why is Amazon still selling defective copies?, 8 May 2014
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George R. Reis "Bansheeman" (East Meadow, NY) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell( 2 DVD + 1 Blu-Ray) (DVD)
If Amazon has an initial batch of defective copies of this for sale, why are they still selling it? If buyers send back their defective Blu-rays, they're going to get a copy with the same problem in exchange. Now is the time to suspend this until Icon straightens things out. Here is their response to the problem:

Dear Hammer Fans,

Icon Home Entertainment have released this statement regarding an alleged fault with the Blu-Ray release of Frankenstein & the Monster from Hell:

"Further to the results of an independent quality control review we can confirm that there was an inherent fault present in the first run of the Blu-Ray included in “Frankenstein & The Monster From Hell”, catalogue number: ICON70235

We will be re-issuing the film from a corrected master with a fresh catalogue number.

We are in the process of setting up a freepost address to which customers affected can send the faulty Blu-Ray disc of “Frankenstein & The Monster From Hell” for replacement by return.

The address and further instructions on the return programme will be confirmed and announced tomorrow.

It’s great to hear all the positive comments about the product and the recognition of the amount of effort that Icon, Hammer and our various partners have put into this release. We’re very proud of it and want to ensure that people have the best possible experience of it. We thank you for your patience in this matter."
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Buying, 12 Nov 2003
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T. Turner (Birmingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This widescreen version of Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell may be the Paramount print, but the artery scene has actually been reinstated by DD Video. Also the earlier versions of this DVD had problems displaying in letterbox format on 4:3 TVs, but has now been re-authored and should display correctly.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A HAMMER FRANKENSTEIN CLASSIC, 20 Aug 2003
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MR PAUL J SHAW (Albany, Western Australia Australia) - See all my reviews
Next to Frnakenstein Must be Destroyed (1969) this, the last Hammer Frankenstein film to be made,is one of the best,being both moving and chilling. It also happens to be one of director Terence Fisher's most powerful films and includes his 'trademark' moment of something nasty suddenly smashing through a door or window, in this case the hulking monster crashing through a window to brutally murder the director of the lunatic asylum, the claustrophobic setting for most of the film. Peter Cushing is back as the notorious Baron Frankenstein and, as always,steals the show. His portrayal of the ruthless, pyschopathic Baron (supposedly a prisoner in the asylum but in reality totally in control) is nothing short of brilliant, and in many ways he conjures the same sort of eerie fascination as do the likes of Norman Bates and Hannibal Lector. The last shot of him, sweeping up the mess in his lab and idly chatting about creating a new monster, the scene shot through bars,clearly indicates that now the Baron is well and truly insane and will remain locked up for the rest of his life, a low key if fitting end for Hammer's Frankenstein saga. Dave Prowse (of Darth Vader fame) stars as the Baron's latest creation, a lumbering caveman-like brute - surely one of the most grotesque 'models' on the long range of Frankenstein monsters. He's also quite pathetic, and scenes of him trying to play the violin or chalk up mathematical equations are quite touching. The whole film builds to a marvellous crescendo, helped enormously by composer James Bernard's powerful score:while thunder booms and lightning flares and the inmates of the asylum gibber and pray, the monster goes on the rampage, rooting about in the asylum graveyard for its 'old' body...All in all, a Hammer masterpiece albeit one not duly recognized by many critics.
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