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Young Frankenstein: Special Edition
 
 
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Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr & others. Mel Brooks, director.
Publisher 20th Century Fox  
Format DVD Widescreen
ISBN 4109070
Pages/Publication Date 1 hr 46 mins/1998
Daedalus Item Code 48100
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Just as Blazing Saddles parodied classic westerns, Mel Brooks sends up the iconic 1930s horror films Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein in this hilarious spoof—even re-creating the laboratory using original equipment from the latter. Assisted by the hunchbacked Igor (Marty Feldman) and the curvaceous Inga (Teri Garr), the latest Dr. F (Gene Wilder) creates a monster (Peter Boyle), who only wants to be loved. The brilliant cast and the densely allusive verbal and visual gags make this 1974 comedy one for the ages. Madeline Kahn and Cloris Leachman were both nominated for Golden Globe awards, while Wilder and Brooks's screenplay was nominated for an Oscar. The Special Edition DVD includes audio commentary by Brooks, a "making of" documentary, cast interviews, bloopers and outtakes, and the original theatrical trailers.

"Frankenstein quickly returns to Transylvania and the old ancestral castle, where he is awaited by the faithful houseboy Igor, the voluptuous lab assistant Inga, and the mysterious housekeeper Frau Blucher, whose very name causes horses to rear in fright.... Now all that's involved is a little grave-robbing and a trip to the handy local Brain Depository, and the Frankenstein family is back in business. In his two best comedies before this, The Producers and Blazing Saddles, Brooks revealed a rare comic anarchy. His movies weren't just funny, they were aggressive and subversive, making us laugh even when we really should have been offended. (Explaining this process, Brooks once loftily declared, 'My movies rise below vulgarity.') Young Frankenstein is as funny as we expect a Mel Brooks comedy to be, but it's more than that: It shows artistic growth and a more sure-handed control of the material.... That's partly because the very genre he's satirizing gives him a strong narrative he can play against."—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

 
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