If you were to argue Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein ranks among the top-10 funniest movies of all time, nobody could reasonably dispute the claim. Spoofing classic horror in the way that Brooks' previous film Blazing Saddles sent up classic Westerns, the movie is both a loving tribute and a raucous, irreverent parody of Universal's classic horror films Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Filming in glorious black and white, Brooks recreated the Frankenstein laboratory using the equipment from the original Frankenstein (courtesy of designer Kenneth... Strickfaden), and this loving attention to physical and stylistic detail creates a solid foundation for non-stop comedy. The story, of course, involves Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) and his effort to resume experiments in re-animation pioneered by his late father. (He's got some help, since dad left behind a book titled How I Did It.) Assisting him is the hapless hunchback Igor (Marty Feldman) and the buxom but none-too-bright maiden Inga (Teri Garr), and when Frankenstein succeeds in creating his monster (Peter Boyle), the stage is set for an outrageous revision of the Frankenstein legend. With comedy highlights too numerous to mention, Brooks guides his brilliant cast (also including Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars and Gene Hackman in a classic cameo role) through scene after scene of inspired hilarity. Indeed, Young Frankenstein is a charmed film, nothing less than a comedy classic, representing the finest work from everyone involved. Not one joke has lost its payoff, and none of the countless gags have lost their zany appeal. From a career that includes some of the best comedies ever made, this is the film for which Mel Brooks will be most fondly remembered. No video library should be without a copy of Young Frankenstein. And just remember--it's pronounced "Fronkensteen". --Jeff Shannon [show more]
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Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman star in Mel Brooks' Academy Award-nominated comedy horror spoof. When young neurosurgeon Frederick Frankenstein (Wilder) inherits his grandfather's Transylvanian estate, along with his hunchback friend Igor (Feldman), lab assistant Inga (Teri Garr) and housekeeper Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman), he finds himself rather overwhelmed at the prospect of running his own castle. His scientific curiosity is piqued though when he discovers his grandfather's notebook in which he documented his experiments with reanimation, and Frederick sets about conducting his own experiments to create his very own monster. The cast features Peter Boyle as The Monster.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Mel Brooks' monstrously crazy tribute to Mary Shelley's classic pokes hilarious fun at just about every Frankenstein movie ever made. Summoned by a will to his late grandfather's castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Wilder) soon discovers the scientist's step-by-step manual explaining how to bring a corpse to life. Assisted by the hunchback Igor (Feldman), he creates a monster (Boyle) who only wants to be loved. Actors Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, Gene Hackman & Mel Brooks Director Mel Brooks Certificate PG Year 1974 Screen Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (2.0) Subtitles Czech ; Danish ; English For The Hard of Hearing ; Finnish ; Hebrew ; Hungarian ; Icelandic ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Portuguese ; Swedish Duration 1 hour and 48 minutes (approx)