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Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell( 2 DVD + 1 Blu-Ray)
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The finale to Hammer's Frankenstein cycle features a young Doctor who is interned in the asylum where Baron Frankenstein supposedly perished after being found experimenting on stolen corpses. In the asylum he meets the mysterious Doctor Victor (Peter Cushing), and gradually comes to realise that Frankenstein is alive and well and continuing his work.
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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.Read more ›
So please, Icon, you need to issue a replacement Bluray disc. These glitches truly upset the film experience.
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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The last gasp of Hammer Horror. The film is still a treat for me I was afraid that Horror of Frankenstein was going to be the last in the series.
Glad that they made this one. Read more
What can I say, to add to all other comments, other than it's an effing great release, almost 100% uncut and with a wonderful content.Published 4 months ago by Jyri Luoma
Finally,what appears to be a definitive version of this film - enclosed within the package are different framed versions of the film coupled with the 'usual suspects' supplementary... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Pete doubleu
Great title but to be honest the movie is dull. Nothing happens in the first hour apart from a few gory surgery scenes. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Robster
Not Hammers best work by any stretch of the imagination and the monster make up must be the worst in the history of film! Read morePublished 17 months ago by M Clark