Written June 28, 2016
WE LOVED IT!! I took my 28 year old daughter who had never seen either movie and she totally enjoyed them. We can't wait to see some of our other all time favorites in the theater. Thank You TCM.
Written May 29, 2016
I literally grew up watching the 1931 FRANKENSTEIN and the 1935 BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN on television, then later on the big screen at big city repertory theaters. Last night's screening of these two horror film classics at my local multiplex was absolutely stunning. The image quality was sharp as a tack and the sound crystal clear. In short, the 70s+ year old movies looked brand new. Given that they were projected via digital dvr and avoided the expense and hassles of 35mm prints for both the studio and the exhibitor, I am hopeful that other classics that have been restored to Blu-ray - and the number is growing almost daily - will find their way to our local movie houses. BTW, my adult son and his girlfriend attended the screening and they were also blown away by the quality.
Written May 27, 2016
It is always a special experience to see a movie on a big screen. I have viewed Both of these films too many times to count. They are like old friends. Seeing them on the big screen was an entirely different experience. The spinning eyes opening title sequence, which seems quaint and out of place on a TV screen, when viewed in a dark theatre, on a big screen, has a dizzying disorienting effect making the whole room spin and making the credits an effort to read and strangely more significant. In a theatre you are already disoriented when you enter the graveyard. It is a great way to set the tone. Though choppy a at points, meandering the film is always imeadiate and engaging . The weakest part of the first film is the abrupt ending. This of course helps the begining of "The Bride Of Frankenstein" where Mary Shelly explains that the story is not over. It is interesting that seemingly minor scenes have much more importance in a theatre. Any old film you love should be view in a theatre.
Written May 31, 2016
After some technical glitchs were resolved everything was fantastic. It was wonderful to see these two great films on the big screen. I'm hoping TCM does it again for the Mummy/Wolfman etc. It was worth every penny I spent to see them on the big screen, I have these two films in my film library but there is nothing like going to a theater with other fans and experiening it for the first time on the big screen. Please continue to present all the classics in this way. One thing I was disappointed in was that not enought people came out to see it, only about a quarter of the theater was tull, maybe because it was done on a week night, should be done on a Saturday, maybe more people would come out to see these classics.
Written May 24, 2015
I went to the screening at the Regal Santiam 11 in Salem, OR. The showing of these films was advertised, "as they were meant to be seen". Nothing could be further from the truth. The image shown on the screen was cropped at the top and bottom, resulting in the tops of characters' heads being cut off, the credits being partially cut at the upper and lower extremes (even "The End" wasn't all there), and one can easily imagine how this affected the overall image. Take, for example, the well-known and moving scene where the skylight is opened and the creature experiences outside light for the first time, reaching up to try to grasp it. Now imagine this without being able to see the creature's fingers.
Films made at that time were in a different, narrower image format than that whick fits screens today. One would think that either the people responsible for creating this version of these films or the projectionist would know that. Apparently, that is asking too much. Disgusting