Written April 19, 2015
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 January 30, 2015
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 April 28, 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
Written January 27, 2015
Saw the movie last night on the big screen. Having seen it a few times on smaller screens, I was particularly interested in how it played out on its "birth" screen. I was amazed at the quality of both the video and the audio. And the impact was felt immediately. This movie rocks! The big screen affords the viewer images that are shocking. Especially the way Boris Karloff / Frankenstein can terrorize just by glancing at you. What a look.
This is a must see on the big screen!
Written May 23, 2015
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.