Written October 25, 2012
I saw the TCM presentation of FRANKENSTEIN and BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN last night. Clearly, it was not the first time I've seen the films--but it was the first time I saw them on the big screen--and it was wonderful to be able to do so!
The new transfers were crystal clear and the sound was quite clean. The movies played well and were well received by the audience which applauded at the right time and laughed at the right time.
My only quibble was the 'trivia quiz' that was put up prior to the films. It was laughably simple and quite short--short enough to be repeated over and over--not a good way to start a show!
I would hope that TCM would do this sort of thing again--it would be fun to see, say DRACULA and SON OF DRACULA as a double.
Anyway, from my POV, I would give this a solid thumbs up and hope for more.
Written July 24, 2014
It was good to see two classic films on a big screen. Fun to watch, but I wish they would have shown, 'Dracula' instead of, 'Bride of Frankenstein. Since there was an interview with both the daughter of Boris Karloff and the son of Bela Lugosi, it would have been great to see both films together. Also, both films were from 1931 and an 81 year anniversary showing would have been better. The films looked very good with their remastering, but as with both, 'Casablnaca' and 'Singing In The Rain', they don't look as crisp and clear on a movie screen as they do in High Definition on a big screen TV.
Written August 23, 2014
It's been over 80 years since Boris Karloff first lumbered across the screen as "The Monster" - and it's great to see the movie as it must have appeared to audiences in 1931. The print has been very well restored - almost every frame is clear, clean and scratch free.
For me, the biggest treat was the sound. I've seen both these movies many times, but there was always a background hum, especially in the original "Frankenstein" - the signal to noise ratio wasn't great in 1931 - to hear anything, they had to crank up the sound to hear voices, and if someone wasn't speaking, you heard the hum.
In both of these films, for the most part the sound was clean and almost crisp. In the opening scene on "Frankenstein", you practically felt like you were positioned on the wrong side of the coffin lid as the dirt was shoveled into the grave.
The added interview feature with Bela Legosi, Jr., Sarah Karloff and makeup master Rick Baker was a plus.
Great films - worth going.
Written September 21, 2014
Wonderful movie- Excellent picture quality and sound- what a nice experience to see the classics on the big screen- hope you all bring more to the screen soon- It was a once in a lifetime experience to see this 1931 classic on a theater screen huge and full of life------- thank you
Written September 18, 2014
The theater I attended did not show the introduction with Robert Osborn and Sara Karloff and others. Now, Fandango and the theater are going back and forth on the refund I requested.
Otherwise, the movies themselves were fantastic, especially on the big screen!