Frankenstein: The True Story (1973) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Frankenstein: The True Story (1973) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Frankenstein: The True Story (1973) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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Frankenstein: The True Story (1973) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Jack Smight
Starring: James Mason, Leonard Whiting, David McCallum

Experience all the horror and suspense of the timeless Frankenstein story, now available on Blu-ray for the first time. Featuring an incredible cast, including Jane Seymour, Agnes Moorehead, Michael Sarrazin, James Mason and Leonard Whiting, this film faithfully retells Mary Shelley’s unforgettable story. Victor Frankenstein’s medical experiments result in the shocking discovery that he can revive the dead. But when the creature he brings forth becomes a killer, is anyone safe? Find out in this gruesome, heart-pounding thriller created by legendary talents such as screenwriter Christopher Isherwood and makeup artist Roy Ashton. Experience the tragedy and terror of Frankenstein like never before!

Frankenstein: The True Story is a 1973 British/American made-for-television horror film loosely based on the 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. It also comes in at over three hours long, which for some movies might manage to somehow work out, but with this tone and this style, I found this one to be a bit of a slow one and perhaps even too slow for my taste. This was TV mini-series back in the day but is here all together on this release. That being said, we have to give credit to the people behind this one for perhaps going a bit more into trying to use the source material than the average Frankenstein movie does, but even with that being the case this one might be a little too fancy for me, as I tend to be more a fan of the Frankenstein of the Universal variety. This one does have a pretty interesting story inside it, but it just never seems to be in that big of a hurry to hurry up and tell it.

I think a title like this only really fits people who might have seen this originally on TV back in the day. Honestly, we’ve seen this story told me a million times over and I don’t feel this one has anything about that makes it stand out. If you are just now seeing this one it might not do what it could do if you were someone who saw this growing up back in the day. Not that I’m against anything like this making the jump from DVD to Blu-ray, because I’m always for stuff finding their way to the better format and that’s what Scream Factory did with this. It looks good, it has some nice extras, but it really just wasn’t my type of horror movie if I am, to be Frank with you folks about it.


  • NEW 2K RESTORATION of the original film elements to the 2-part 3 hr. and 6 min. version including the introduction by actor James Mason
  • NEW Audio Commentary with filmmaker/film historian Sam Irvin
  • NEW Off with Her Head – an interview with actress Jane Seymour
  • NEW Victor’s Story – an interview with actor Leonard Whiting
  • NEW Frankenstein’s Diary – a conversation with writer Don Bachardy
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

Quality of Transfer: 96%

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