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3.0 out of 5 stars What a shame, 12 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: The Curse of Frankenstein (Blu-ray + DVD) [1957] (Blu-ray)
Anyone watching this for the first time will be a little gob smacked that this can be labelled a Blu Ray disk... it's not at all. Yes it may state that on the box and on the disk, but the picture and sound quality are of DVD standard. There is simply no picture detail in this film at all. The worst this film looks is in the beginning as actors faces look like someone turned the contrast all the way up. To sell this just as a DVD would have made more sense, with the explanation that due to source material Blu Ray quality wasn't achievable. Sadly they decided to sell this as a HD transfer, and as expected there's a fair bit of fan anger. I have read Hammer's explanation of the problems they had remastering the film, but it likely won't satisfy those who've spent their hard earned.

As for the film itself I've always loved it. It's one of Cushing's finest performances, and Christopher Lee's version of the monster is excellently portrayed. Along with Hammer's Dracula these were the cornerstones of Hammer's output, true horror classics (I don't include The Mummy in this as for me it was overlong in scenes and quite boring). The new added scenes to Frankenstein are nice to see.

It's real shame Icon/Lions Gate were only able to achieve this level of quality. I suspect many will be sending there's back. In contrast Icon's other release Dracula looks much much better, but then I'm guessing there was probably still good source material for that.
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Initial post: 21 Feb 2014, 18:07:55 GMT
Alan Toner says:
Really? Is it THAT bad???

Posted on 24 Feb 2014, 17:55:17 GMT
Max says:
yes unfortunately. pity as its such a great film.

Posted on 26 Jul 2017, 07:08:21 BST
Diotima says:
The Warner Bros. 2004 Region 2 DVD is still available ‘Used’ via Amazon. I paid just £6.35 for my copy. The video is superb without artefacts. The audio is available in English, French and German with subtitles in English, French, German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Turkish plus both English and German subtitles for the hearing impaired. To find this DVD on Amazon enter: The Curse of Frankenstein / Hammer / Warner Bros.
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