Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Terence Fisher
Starring: Peter Cushing, Thorley Walters, Susan Denberg
Rated: UR/Region A/1:66/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory
In this “most conceptually wild and outrightly science-fictional of the Hammer Frankenstein films” (Moria Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review), Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) and Dr. Hertz (Thorley Walters) are embarking upon an experiment to capture the souls of the dead and impose them into other bodies. When their assistant, Hans (Robert Morris), is unjustly accused of murdering his girlfriend Christina’s father and is himself put to death, the two men claim his body and trap his soul in their laboratory. Meanwhile, Christina (Susan Denberg) is consumed with grief over the death of her beloved Hans and commits suicide.
Peter Cushing is one of the more well-known Doctor Frankensteins you will find in cinema land. I’m not sure why, but every time he created a man you got the classic Frankenstein monster (usually people just call that Frankenstein), but when he creates a woman he does a really fine job in the looks department. The movie is a classic Hammer film, so it comes with the class you expect from a Hammer title. Things feel very much like a supernatural affair and it makes for a pretty cool mood throughout the entire film. The film seems authentic to its time and the movie, while hitting some slower portions, does manage to at least pack a nice story to keep you watching. Peter Cushing brings the goods, but that usually goes without saying. As I think the acting might be the strongest thing a movie like this has to offer up. It has a mood to it and it seems to keep you watching even if you aren’t always as blown away as you might want to be.
Frankenstein being to ever so creative madman that he transplants a soul from one body to another in this movie. This soul ends up helping a crippled women turn beautiful, but it is not without error as the vengeful soul of her lover leads her to murder. This film contains enough action-packed moments and terror is good, but you do also feel at times that something seems a little off. I know that won’t be a popular opinion, but I’m always a little mixed on the Hammer stuff. I will say this, if you had the older Blu-ray of this one, this release is a lot better. We have better audio and we have a much better looking transfer. Scream Factory has also tossed in a few new extras to make this one very much worthy of a double-dip if you have the old release.
– NEW 2K Scan From The Original Film Elements
– NEW Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman And Filmmaker/Film Historian Constantine Nasr
– NEW Interview With Actor Robert Morris
– NEW Interview With Camera Assistant/Clapper Loader Eddie Collins And 2nd Assistant Director Joe Marks
– Audio Commentary By Actors Derek Fowlds, Robert Morris, And Film Historian Jonathan Rigby
– World Of Hammer Episode The Curse Of Frankenstein
– World Of Hammer Episode Hammer Stars: Peter Cushing
– Hammer Glamour Featurette
– Theatrical Trailers
– TV Spots
Quality of Transfer: 94%