While many of Mel Brooks' films have been hit or miss, especially his later ones, he's also created some classics. "BLAZING SADDLES" was one of those rare classics, that was so politically incorrect, even with an anti-racist message, that it could never be made today! "YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN" is also a gem, but of a more modest, even "close" to family nature. It satires the great horror films of long ago, before graphic violence of films like "SAW" and more recent films hijacked the genre. The James Whale classic, "FRANKENSTEIN" is what the film most resembles, and in fact, there are great scenes re-imagined with Brooks comic flair, that pay great homage to that film, as with the great cameo by Gene Hackman. Gene Wilder is terrific, but then, so is Marty Feldman as the hunchback assistant to the doctor, "Eye-gore." Heck, even Teri Garr is wonderful, and viewers who've only seen her in her sad, sickly recent years, will be pleasantly surprised to see the beauty she was when this film was made. There are few films that stand the test of time, being as relevant or enjoyable years later as they were during their initial release. "YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN" is one of these!
FOX has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. Because Brooks sought to capture the look of the original James Whale film, the image is intentionally marked with grain and other impurities at times. However, the higher resolution of the blu-ray showcases the glossy quality of the film's source. Contrast is terrific! And, the depth is so impressive, "YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN" demonstrates how even black & white imagery can offer the "jump-off-the-screen" type of scenes one craves with blu-ray!
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. The lossless mix makes the most possible of the soundstage, with some directional effects and terrific dynamic range. However, there's only so much that can be done with a mix that wasn't originally designed for surround effects, while remaining true to the filmmaker's intent at recreating a classic of yesteryear. Where the new HD mix really does its best, is in terms of the wonderful John Morris score. The music is almost unforgettable, as represented here, throughout all speakers. WOW!
There are plenty of extras here, and many are carried over from the special edition dvd. Still, there are some new features, as well, and things like "deleted scenes" are for the first time available in HD!
Extras include: isolated music track, commentary with Brooks, trailers, featurettes, Picture-in-picture capability for blu-ray players with Bonus-feature ability! A great blu-ray for everyone's collection!