Frankenstein: The Legacy Collection

Frankenstein: The Legacy Collection

Director: Erle C. Kenton, James Whale, Rowland V. Lee
Cast: Basil Rathbone

DVD (Black & White)

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The two-disc set Frankenstein: The Legacy Collection contains five different films that feature the creature created by author Mary Shelley. Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, Ghost of Frankenstein, and House of Frankenstein are each presented in standard full-frame transfers that preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The extras on each film fluctuate in quality and quantity, but do include a commentary from film scholar Rudy Behlmer, featurettes on the making of some of the films, trailers for three of the films, and archival photographs of some of these film's productions. This is a solid release that should please any genre enthusiast.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2004
UPC: 0025192446122
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 6:24:00

Special Features

Van Helsing director Stephen Sommers hosts an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how these original Frankenstein films inspired his motion-picture event; "The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster," an original documentary; "She's Alive!": Creating the bride of Frankenstein, an original documentary; Film historians provide insightful commentary to Frankenstein (Rudy Behlmer) and Bride of Frankenstein (Scott MacQueen) on an alternate audio track; Original theatrical trailers, plus the 1931, 1938, and 1951 reissue trailers for Frankenstein; Boo!: A short film; Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein original poster and photo galleries; Newly remastered audio track for maximum clarity

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Basil Rathbone Baron Wolf von Frankenstein
Boris Karloff Actor,Dr. Gustav Niemann,The Monster
Colin Clive Henry Frankenstein
Lon Chaney Monster,Lawrence Stewart Talbot
Cedric Hardwicke Frankenstein
J. Carrol Naish Daniel
Bela Lugosi Ygor
Mae Clarke Elizabeth
Ralph Bellamy Erik Ernst
Valerie Hobson Elizabeth Frankenstein
Elsa Lanchester Mary Shelley/The Bride
John Boles Victor Moritz
John Carradine Count Dracula
Lionel Atwill Dr. Theodor Bohmer,Inspector Krogh,Inspector Arnz
Dwight Frye Fritz, the Dwarf,Karl
Ernst Thesiger Dr. Septimus Pretorius
Josephine Hutchinson Elsa von Frankenstein
Anne Gwynne Rita Hussman
Edward Van Sloan Doctor Waldman

Technical Credits
Erle C. Kenton Director
James Whale Director
Rowland V. Lee Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc One
1. Main Titles: A Word of Friendly Warning [2:01]
2. The Grave Robbers [4:38]
3. The Abnormal Brain [7:26]
4. The Preparations [4:19]
5. Frankenstein's Plan [4:31]
6. The Creation [7:42]
7. The Creature [3:32]
8. His Tormentor [:59]
9. First Blood [6:36]
10. The Creature Escapes [5:50]
11. Maria and the Monster [5:47]
12. The Uninvited Guest [4:34]
13. To Find a Monster [5:33]
14. The Windmill [2:06]
15. Death to the Monster! [2:00]
16. End Titles: A Toast to the Frankensteins [2:15]
1. Main Titles [1:35]
2. Lord Byron [3:53]
3. The Story Resumes [2:27]
4. Blackened Bones? [4:45]
5. Henry Recovers [4:49]
6. Private Business [3:40]
7. The Experiments [4:26]
8. In the Woods [5:14]
9. Captured [3:57]
10. The Blind Man [9:54]
11. In the Cemetery [6:27]
12. Unwelcome Visit [4:57]
13. Unlawful Work [4:04]
14. Where's Elizabeth [3:08]
15. Waiting for Life [5:53]
16. She's Alive [1:48]
17. Rebuffed [3:06]
18. End Titles [:32]
Side #2 -- Disc Two: Side One
1. Main Titles [1:30]
2. Chilly Reception [6:15]
3. Home Sweet Home [6:46]
4. Fireside Chat [7:57]
5. "My Name Is Igor" [5:52]
6. A Place for the Dead [5:08]
7. Diagnosis: Superhuman [9:40]
8. Immortal Life [3:44]
9. Official Visit [3:15]
10. A Boy's Tale [5:12]
11. The Sleeping Giant Awakens [5:51]
12. Igor's Minion [6:41]
13. Dark and Deadly Night [5:32]
14. A Mob at the Gate [5:41]
15. Accused of Murder [3:57]
16. Frankenstein's Revenge [4:42]
17. "Where's Peter?" [4:32]
18. End Titles [6:23]
1. Main Titles [1:22]
2. Violent Resurrection [5:47]
3. "Find Dr. Frankenstein" [3:33]
4. Misunderstood Giant [4:38]
5. Visitor From the Past [5:59]
6. Escape From Injustice [3:47]
7. Family Secrets Revealed [3:10]
8. Capturing the Creature [2:52]
9. "I Must Find a Way" [4:01]
10. Fatherly Advice [5:18]
11. Evil Alliance [3:53]
12. Searching in Vain [3:51]
13. Brain Matters [5:29]
14. Surgical Success [3:01]
15. Mob Justice [2:16]
16. Devastating Betrayal [3:50]
17. Final Reckoning [4:07]
18. End Titles [:18]
Side #3 -- Disc Two: Side Two
1. Main Titles [1:36]
2. Escape From Prison [4:16]
3. Chamber of Horrors [2:36]
4. Rise From the Grave [6:37]
5. Glimpse Into a Strange World [5:49]
6. Dracula's Demise [6:53]
7. On the Road to Frankenstein [4:32]
8. A Beautiful Gypsy [2:41]
9. Frozen in Time [3:35]
10. Show Me the Records [3:41]
11. Newfound Friendship [3:08]
12. Ready the Lab [2:57]
13. A Preposterous Plan [3:34]
14. The Ugly Truth [3:12]
15. Long for Death [6:20]
16. A Silver Bullet [4:46]
17. Betraying the Master [3:41]
18. End Titles [:18]

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Frankenstein: The Legacy Collection 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
garyyokie More than 1 year ago
The classic Universal Studios Frankenstein films, while only slightly faithful to the original book, have branded the characters into humanity's consciousness. By today's standards the films are not scary--they still evoke an eerie atmosphere that is hard to escape. Inconsistencies in the plot and period-stiff dialogue abound, but these movies are about suspending disbelief anyway. It's great to have all this content together in one set, and the packaging is artful. On the practical physical side, the hub/spoke plastic packaging is a problem. I have no complaint with the swift delivery. The discs, however, arrived with several annoying (flow-interrupting) gouges which had to be buffed out before I could watch a couple of the films in their entirety. When I first opened the book-like box, the second disc fell out into my lap; it must have become dislodged during shipping or handling. Improved quality control or different packaging, especially for multi-disc sets could alleviate this flaw.
Chaquita-Philly More than 1 year ago
What a great collection. Super prints and the extras are great. You will learn a lot of fascinating details. I have never see these films in such good prints before, and I first saw Frankenstein in the 40's.
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A classic in every way possible. A great adaptation and Boris is the man.
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By now everyone should be familiar with Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's macabre tale of the doctor who created life by sewing together parts of dead bodies. That the movie 'Frankenstein' (1931) has very little to do with the rest of Shelley¿s novel is a moot point. James Whale's masterful direction remains one of the high water marks of cinema. The original story has Boris Karloff as the monster ¿ a brilliant and empathetic performance. After killing his master¿s henchman, Igor, the monster escapes to a nearby village where, confused and alone, he befriends a young girl who is unafraid of his hideous exterior. However, after showing great compassion in playing a game in which the two float rose petals down a lake, the monster, believing that the girl would enjoy floating as well, tosses her into the icy waters where she drowns. His confusion and sadness over the sudden loss of his only friend remains a truly heartbreaking moment in the film. Whale followed up his original with 'The Bride Of Frankenstein', a sequel almost as good as the original. In this film, Dr. Frankenstein creates a partner for his monster, the bird-like terrorized creature-ess (Elsa Lanchester), who, upon being given life, finds the monster so hideous that she chooses Dr. Frankenstein as her lover instead. This, of course, infuriates the monster who destroys them all. Sadly, the last three films in this series are B-pictures that do not capture either the essence or mood of the first two masterpieces. The original 1931 film looks very good for its age. Though age related artifacts exist they are not terribly distracting. There is also a considerable amount of film grain. The grain is more noticeable in 'Bride of Frankenstein' than the original. The last three films in the series are rendered with a marked improvement in image quality. In all cases, the gray scale is properly balanced with deep, solid blacks and nicely balanced contrast levels. There is a bit of edge enhancement and some pixelization but never anything that terribly distracts. The audio for all the films is mono. The original 1931 film exhibits slightly more hiss. Extras include two very concisely produced featurettes that discuss the making of the first two films, an audio commentary for the first two movies and theatrical trailers and production notes for all of the films. While the transfer quality is somewhat inconsistently rendered, this is by far the best that these films have ever look. Recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can you say about these classic movies, that really brought the horror genre to a new level, that hasn't already been said? Well, if you're looking for the films that define the monster genre, these are it. Though only bearing distant similarities to Mary Shelley's masterpiece, these films are the source of movie monster cliches for the next seventy-five years. Boris Karloff became a star from these films, and it's no wonder. Though 'Frankenstein' started it all, 'Bride' might be an even better film. Really, a great investment in movie history. There are so many classic scenes: the monster and the little girl; the monster and the blind man; the monster and his would-be bride; the monster and the windmill, and of course, Dr. Frankenstein's haunting refrain, which resonates to this day in the debate over cloning, biotechnology and stem cell research, 'It's alive, it's alive, it's alive!'
The_Beastlord_Slavedragon More than 1 year ago
Frankenberry Boo Berry and Count Chocula. It may as well be Mount Rushmore nowadays huh? This is just a must see classic and another study in Film Noir that raging Bull tried to recapture in the 1980's Burning torches incantations human sacrifice and the classic electrical shock voltage which brought the monster to life that the recent Star Wars tried to recreate on Anakin Skywalker. But this is the original. Be certain to bring enough spinach orderves for everyone. A Slavedragon he hath spake