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Catalog Number 23-002
Format Standard Play CAV
Running Time 71 minutes

Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Blue
Retail Price $9.95
Issued December 1978
Side Frames Running Time
1 33,145 23min 01sec
2 30,921 21min 28sec
3 35,510 24min 40sec
99,576 69min 09sec
Dead Side Various
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer
Side-Open Sticker

Pressing Notes

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.

Known Dead Sides

Release History

MCA Home Video reissued Frankenstein in December 1986 as an Encore Edition title (Catalog #: 23002).

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Updated: May 12, 2019
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