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DVD: Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
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August 13, 2002



Genre: Horror / Thriller  
Baron Victor Frankenstein returns from the hangman's noose and creates a new artificial man for the Victorian era.  



Directed by:

Terence Fisher
Screenplay by: Hurford Janes,  Jimmy Sangster
Music by: Leonard Salzedo
Produced by: Anthony Hinds

Peter Cushing,  Eunice Gayson,  Francis Matthews,  Michael Gwynn,  John Welsh,  Richard Wordsworth,  Lionel Jeffries,  Michael Pipper,  Oscar Quitak,  Arnold Diamond,  Charles Lloyd Pack

Film Length: 90 mins
Process/Ratio: 1.66 :1
Anamorphic DVD: Yes
Languages:   English (Mono)
Subtitles:   English,  French,  Japanese
Special Features :  

Photo Gallery with 10 images / Theatrical trailer for "Revenge Of Frankenstein" (2:15) Anamorphic, "Earth vs. The Flying Saucers" (2:16) and "The Bride" (1:37) Anamorphic

Comments :

After the success of 1957's "The Curse Of Frankenstein," Hammer's next human monster entry was this gorgeous production, featuring some shockingly graphic details of severed body parts - a bold stroke from the more conservative British thrillers of the 1940s.

Columbia's DVD presents the 1.66:1 widescreen film in a nice anamorphic transfer, showcasing the rich set designs of Frankenstein's little re-animation factory. The Eastman color spectrum is a mix of turquoise, crimson and shimmering metallic gold and silver, and aptly evokes the clash between Victorian morals and the inevitable progress of medical science.

The mono soundtrack is average, with plenty of screams and Leonard Salzedo's sinister score balanced between the tight dialogue from lead scribe Jimmy Sangster. (Film fans will also recognize Eunice Grayson as the leggy, golfing gambler, who prompted Sean Connery to utter the immortal phrase, "Bond. James Bond," in the original "Dr. No" in 1962; and Charles Lloyd Pack, as the giant, nefarious Doctor Makovan, in "The 3 Worlds of Gulliver.")

The extras include a mix of vintage trailers, and a brief still gallery, featuring ten production and still portraits which are rather awkwardly cropped by a jagged mask.


© 2002 Mark R. Hasan

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