Written October 24, 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 January 31, 2015
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 January 29, 2015
"Firstly something has be said about paying 12 bucks to go see two Film's more than 80 years old! Think about the average pay for a Man in 1930.. 27.00 a Month.. so 12.00 would have gone much further than seeing both of these classics then.
Having said that historically speaking, James Whale directs all the way up to the all-time Classic Monster Movies of all time list. Colin Clive (Doctor Frankenstein) is drawn to meddle in things that man should leave alone. That is robbing grave yards, body snatching so he could "make a artifical Human being". Universal didn't want a talking Monster but got talked into it for the sequel. The Classic Monster Film line of all time; "HATE LIVING - LOVE DEATH! spoken by Karloff in The Bride. But truely the First Film is timeless in its protrayal of Village Vigiliantism, torch bearing wild-men stalking to hunt down the murderous Monster is unforgettable.
Screening both Films in their original aspect ratio for myself was an grand experience!
Written March 28, 2015
THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE MOVIES. TOOK TEENAGE GRANDDAUGHTER WITH US. SHE ENJOYED THEM ALSO.
BEEN QUITE A WHILE SINCE I SAW FRANK ON THE BIG SCREEN...NEVER SAW HIS "BRIDE".
THE MAKE-UP WAS SO INTERESTING TO SEE...DISAPPOINTED MRS. FRANK WASN'T IN HER MOVIE MUCH.
LIKED THE PRE-SHOW INTERVIEWS WITH BELA LUGOSI'S SON AND BORIS KARLOFF'S DAUGHTER. IF I REMEMBER, BELA LUGOSI WAS A MATINEE IDOL BEFORE HE CAME TO THE USA TO MAKE FILMS.
REALLY LIKED THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THESE AGAIN ON THE BIG SCREEN AT REASONABLE PRICES.
RATED 4 STARS FOR FRANK...AND 3 FOR MRS. FRANK
Written October 25, 2012
15 min. break would be better... very stiff when over.
AMC is NOT as comfortable as Harkins
Movies: Innovative camera angles and special effects for the time.
Acting a bit stiff or over-the-top (leftover from silent days)
Worth seeing but not again unless home.