Slapstick comedies are hit-or-miss with me, and unfortunately, this one mostly missed. There are a few laugh-out-loud moments, particularly with some well-delivered one-liners, but not enough to keep me overly interested. I did enjoy watching the performances, particularly Peter Boyle as the monster.
Shot in black and white to portray the look and feel of monster movies in the early 20th Century, Young Frankenstein looks pretty good considering its age. Resolution is decent, black levels are consistent although slightly elevated and shadow details are easily distinguished. Fine object details are hard to see at times, especially in solid-black objects, which have little texture and definition, but given the source, this is to be expected.
The remastered DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack delivers a solid audio experience heavily loaded across the front soundstage and collapsed toward the center, which is consistent with the original mono recording. Dialog is clear and intelligible, although slightly nasal, but John Morris' musical score sounds wonderful with its violin-heavy tracks.
The bonus features include a commentary by Mel Brooks, some behind-the-scenes featurettes, outtakes, trailers, TV spots, an isolated music-score track, and a boatload of deleted scenes offered in both HD and SD. Additionally, there are two HD supplements: "It's Alive," about creating a classic monster feature, and "Transylvanian Lullaby," looking at the music of John Morris.
I hadn't seen Young Frankenstein in over 25 years, and I remember it being much funnier when I was a teenager. I found the first act dreadfully slow, but it picked up some steam in acts two and three. The Blu-ray presentation is decent, and fans will appreciate the bevy of supplements.
Release Date: October 7, 2008
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