Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein - DVD Review & High Definition
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What contributes to the film's success is that the horror aspects are treated as they would have been in a straight horror film rather than having everything played for laughs.
It wouldn't have worked if the monsters were making jokes and yukking it up. Also impressive in setting the mood is Charles Van Enger's cinematography, Frank Skinner's score, the production design of the castle, and the bat animation by Walter Lantz. Even though, '…Meet Frankenstein' doesn't fit the story continuity of the Universal Monster films, it earns credibility with audiences having Lugosi and Chaney returning to play the iconic characters they originated.
Not to dismiss Strange who does a very fine job, but it's unfortunate Boris Karloff didn't play the Monster.
However, he did help out with promotion, and since the film was such a success, Universal paired Bud and Lou with many of their other monster, he got to join them for 'Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff' and 'Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. The many laughs and thrills allow me to overlook things that are unbelievable even for this film, such as no one being able to tell the difference between Chick's plastic wolf mask and the actual Wolfman.
Although some noise reduction must have been applied to the track, it is never noticeable and also leaves the high end of the audio fully intact without cutting of important sounds, or creating a muffled impression. A bit of sibilance is evident in the track but that is hardly surprising in a film of this age, and the narrow frequency response gives the audio a bit of a harsh quality.Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Review
Considering the circumstances however, I was very pleasantly surprised how well the audio of this film actually held up. Film historian and filmmaker David J. Skal has contributed another one of his great documentaries to this release. Hosted and narrated by Skal, this minute documentary is filled with extremely valuable details and background information.
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Extremely knowledgeable and colorful in its presentation of the many interviews, make sure to take a look at this documentary. The disc also contains a very nice and colorful gallery of posters and lobby cards for the movie.
They are followed by an assortment of still images from the movie, as well as promotional and rare behind-the-scenes photos. It has all be assembled in a fluid self-running gallery that runs for 10 minutes.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein – Variety
Together with the production notes and cast and crew biographies, this informational section also covers a lot of ground and becomes a valuable addition to the DVD.
For decades after, the film was wrongly accused of disrespecting the old monsters, an opinion few share today. Glenn Strange probably never had better billing outside of a few minor B-Westerns.
The most visually striking of Frankenstein Monsters, even compared to Karloff's original, Strange in full make-up is truly creepy looking. He was even more unnerving in Jack Pierce's makeup for the Houses of Frankenstein and Dracula, but here he's still an imposing presence.
Famously, Lon Chaney, who'd played the monster in Ghost of Frankenstein stepped into the makeup for a day or two after Strange injured himself. Freeze-framing the high-def picture makes it pretty easy to tell which shots are Strange's and which small handful are Chaney's.
The script uses Abbott and Costello wisely, with Bud largely dropping his straight man role in the last third, and instead helpfully aiding Talbot and nominal hero Professor Stevens Charles BradstreetSandra's assistant, in rescuing the others. My lone complaint is that the opening titles have been overly and needlessly windowboxed, but otherwise it's near perfect.
Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video
The DVD is included, along with access to a digital download of the movie, for those living in the United States anyway. Extra Features An audio commentary by Gregory W. Mank, which first appeared on the August DVD, has been retained, along with a notably dog-eared trailer, and "Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters," an older featurette about their horror spoofs.
New to Blu-ray is " Years of Universal: Unforgettable Characters," a terrible nine-minute featurette that plays exactly like a nine-minute commercial.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
In the vaguest, most uninformative manner imaginable it attempts to link disparate characters from various Universal films stretching back to Dracula and continuing to present-day hits. Somewhat better is " Years of Universal: The Lot," which while superficial and occasionally misleading offers a nice overview of the Universal City stages and backlot with illustrative film clips, archival footage, and newly-shot material.
Something more extensive and truly informative would have been better, however.