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The sign of a great Mel Brooks film (on the whole) is one in which he doesn't headline. Both Twelve Chairs and The Producers are excellent examples - Blazing Saddles pretty much leaves him in extended cameo roles and Young Frankenstein is by far one of, if not his best. He's also nowhere in site. Don't get me wrong, I like him and I think he's a funny man in interviews and stand up (Check out an Audience with....) but I don't like his acting (Possibly with the exception of To Be of Not To Be but in that he surrounds himself with some fine performances)
Young Frankenstein is a very funny parody of the Universal 1930's movies Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. It's filmed in Black and White with a musical score replicating the era. All the performances are great, Marty Feldman being a standout. The actors pretty much play it straight even if Feldman gurns at the camera a couple of times (this works on this occassion).
Running gags don't outstay their welcome and the story has a pretty coherent plotline throughout. There are lots of classic scenes with my favourite being Peter Boyle's Monster meeting Gene Hackman's Blind Man.
Mel Brooks films in the UK have not really hit the blu ray market by any strength. The picture is cleaned up but the extras are simply ported over from the DVD. Luckily there are plenty of them to make this a fine package.
If you already have the extras packed DVD, I wouldn't necessarily suggest you buy this unless you MUST have everything on Blu Ray.
I'm tempted to give four stars as it is identical to the DVD but the film is my favourite of the Brook's catalogue so gets the five.
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Initial post: 23 Oct 2013 19:05:02 BDT
Certainty dont make comedys this quailty todayGenius film very very funny.
Your review was well written & structured as Delboy says to uncle Albert "Help yourself to a Brandy".
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2014 17:09:07 BDT
Ms. Felicia Davis-burden says:
This is a mother's angel!!!
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