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Frankenstein was another of the original DiscoVision titles available at the product launch. The first
adaptation of Marry Shelly's novel about Dr. Frankenstein's experiments has become not only a cinematic classic,
but a DiscoVision collector's classic as well. The transfer to disc is of highest quality and and was handled
very well by MCA video engineers. Frankenstein last appeared in the October 1980 catalog. Side bumpers are
presented in full Black & White.
The print has some very noticeable splices throughout and it is obvious there are frames missing. Some cases there
appear to be several feet of film missing. However, the audio pops only slightly at the splices and remains smooth
for the duration of the film. There is a drop in volume at each reel change in the film which took several seconds
for the transfer technician to correct each time. There is mild surface noise from the print, but not more than
one could expect from a film so old.
The side 1-2 side break is stupidly placed. DiscoVision could have run side 1 about 3,500 frames longer and placed
the side break at a natural fade out/fade in as they did for the side 2-3 break. Breaking in the middle of the
creation sequence simply doesn't make any sense.
MCA Home Video re-released Frankenstein in December 1986 as an Encore Edition (Catalog #: 23002). Universal
Studios Home Video has also added an excellent collectors edition of the title on DVD
which includes production notes, a documentary and commentary. The DVD was released in August 1999.
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