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5.0 out of 5 stars a great restoration and package of a classic film, 23 Oct 2012
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This review is from: The Curse of Frankenstein (Blu-ray + DVD) [1957] (Blu-ray)
Before everyone condemns this new release , I'd like to say that I seem to be one of the few people who are very impressed with this new Blu-ray/DVD package from Icon of Hammer's "The Curse of Frankenstein".

Please don't listen to these people moaning about incorrect aspect ratios, as it has been flogged to death on various Hammer forums, and proved by Hammer themselves using a very well presented argument that the film was 99.9% composed to be shown at the academy ratio of 1:37:1. All the photo screenshots and comparisons show this works beautifully for the title framing and the scenes where vital picture detail is shown top and bottom of the frame, so all those so called "experts" out there telling Hammer it should be widescreen this and that are talking nonsense.
There is no missing information on the left or right of the frame, it is full frame people - so how can it be missing anything?
On top of this they are moaning that the alternative disc at 1:66:1 which has been included to try to stop people from complaining about not having a widescreen presentation that they insist on, now say it is framed wrong and has not been moved up high enough to avoid cutting off the top of actors heads. Don't these people realise that if you are forced to mask a film into a widescreen format when it quite clearly was not filmed that way, you are going to have to cut off picture from the top or bottom to get it to fit properly. Talk about ungrateful. I'm suprised Hammer are bothering to talk to the fans at all when this is the stupid response they get for their efforts in trying to please everyone.
There are those who are also complaining that the picture is washed out and soft. I didn't notice this at all, as the colour looked very nicely presented and gave fleshtomes a natural look, without being gaudy or over the top. I think some scenes are looking somewhat softer focus than others when they show the ladies of the cast in a more flattering romantic light. The clarity of the lab and woodland scenes is terrific.
And as for the extras, come on people - when has a Hammer film in the UK ever had such a list of supplements on offer before:

2 versions of the film
making of documentary
Peter Cushing documentary
Tales of Frankenstein pilot episode
Film Commentary
Complete extra film- The Four Sided Triangle
Trailer
DVDROm booklet

This is a marvellous package that should be welcomed with open arms.

If people keep moaning and avoid buying these new versions thinking it will make Hammer do exactly what meach individual wants, all that will happen is that maybe no further releases will come out at all.
I say be grateful.
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croaksnooze says:
At last, an informed, level-headed and pertinent assessment in the midst of so much addled raving! A most refreshing breath of fresh air.
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