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Title:
The bride of Frankenstein
Author:
Laemmle, Carl, 1908-1979.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Universal City, CA : Universal Studios, [1999]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (75 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Baron Frankenstein is blackmailed by Dr. Praetorious into reviving his monster and building a mate for it.
General Note:
Based on the character created by Mary W. Shelley.

Originally released as b&w motion picture in 1935.

Special features: She's alive! creating The bride of Frankenstein, an original documentary; Feature commentary with film historian Scott MacQueen; The bride of Frankenstein archive; Production notes; Cast and filmmakers; Theatrical trailer; Universal Web links.

For specific features see interactive menu.

Closed-captioned.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Not rated.
Subject Term:
Added Title:
She's alive! Creating the Bride of Frankenstein.
ISBN:
9780783235028
Format :
DVD

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Summary

The monster takes a bride in this highly acclaimed Frankenstein sequel. Karloff reprises his role as the misunderstood monster.


Summary

This greatest of all Frankenstein movies begins during a raging thunderstorm. Warm and cozy inside their palatial villa, Lord Byron (Gavin Gordon), Percy Shelley (Douglas Walton), and Shelley's wife Mary (Elsa Lanchester) engage in morbidly sparkling conversation. The wicked Byron mockingly chastises Mary for frightening the literary world with her recent novel Frankenstein, but Mary insists that her horror tale preached a valuable moral, that man was not meant to dabble in the works of God. Moreover, Mary adds that her story did not end with the death of Frankenstein's monster, whereupon she tells the enthralled Byron and Shelley what happened next. Surviving the windmill fire that brought the original 1931 Frankenstein to a close, the Monster (Boris Karloff) quickly revives and goes on another rampage of death and destruction. Meanwhile, his ailing creator Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) discovers that his former mentor, the demented Doctor Praetorius (Ernst Thesiger), plans to create another life-sized monster -- this time a woman! After a wild and wooly "creation" sequence, the bandages are unwrapped, and the Bride of the Monster (Elsa Lanchester again) emerges. Alas, the Monster's tender efforts to connect with his new Mate are rewarded only by her revulsion and hoarse screams. "She hate me," he growls, "Just like others!" Wonderfully acted and directed, The Bride of Frankenstein is further enhanced by the vivid Franz Waxman musical score; even the film's occasional lapses in logic and continuity (it was trimmed from 90 to 75 minutes after the first preview) are oddly endearing. Director James Whale was memorably embodied by Ian McKellen in the Oscar-winning 1998 biopic Gods and Monsters. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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