The Bride (1985) (Blu-ray Review)

The Bride (1985) (Blu-ray Review)
DIRECTED BY: Franc Roddam
STARRING: Sting, Jennifer Beals, Clancy Brown
RATED: PG-13/REGION A/1:78/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Scream Factory

Frankenstein builds the perfect woman — and lives to regret it — in this tantalizing marriage of horror, romance, and unbridled passion! Rock legend Sting plays the cunning scientist and Jennifer Beals (Flashdance, The L Word) lends her dramatic presence as his supreme, sublime creation. This sumptuously gothic tale, inspired by the indelible themes and characters originally brought to life by Mary Shelley, follows Frankenstein’s creations as they search for their place in the world — the gorgeous Eva by declaring her independence, and her grotesque intended mate Viktor (Clancy Brown, Highlander) by learning self-worth from a compassionate circus dwarf (David Rappaport, Time Bandits). Can Dr. Frankenstein survive when the monster returns to claim his intended? Alive with brilliant photography and lavish costumes. The Bride invites you to a wedding night you’ll never forget.

We’ve all seen the story of Frankenstein done a million times over, but have you seen it done with Sting in it? And when I say Sting I’m talking about the lead singer of The Police and not the wrestler, but wouldn’t that have been cool? Anyway, we have Sting as the mad creator known as Frankenstein, then we have Clancy Brown as Viktor (The Monster), and the bride in question here is miss Flash Dance herself, Jennifer Beals. I’m not sure I’d call this a movie that works well as a full-on horror movie but it is a movie that manages to hold your attention even if it doesn’t always have the most exciting stuff going down on the screen. The monster runs off early and learns how to live as the bride is raised up by our doctor and his house full of what is basically servants. The monster still wants the bride, but ol’ Sting has other plans. Those plans, however, aren’t going how he’d like them to go.

Coming from 1985 this is probably the most un-80’s feeling 80’s movie I’ve seen but I get they were going for a more Hammer style feel for the flick. While I do think the movie had some slower parts to it the story was good enough to get me interested in it enough. Scream Factory even gives us a couple of interviews, a commentary, and a nice looking transfer to go along with this release. If you dig the whole Frankenstein thing, this might just be a version of the story that will feel a little different to you. We don’t have much in the way of blood or anything like that, but we do have a good cast and a solid enough movie.

Extras

– NEW Audio Commentary With Director Franc Roddam
– NEW Interview With Director Franc Roddam
– NEW Interview With Actor Clancy Brown
– TV Spot

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 90%