You may remember that a couple of months ago, Meg picked me up the Mel Brooks collection on Blu-ray. We had meant to watch Young Frankenstein this past October on Hallowe’en, but got side-tracked with Dracula: Dead and Loving It instead. We just watched Young Frankenstein last night and it looked great.
I’ve had a hard time with the “restoration” process of older films (Young Frankenstein was in 1974 after all), but it looked amazing regardless of the attempt at classic 1930’s horror. Meg had never seen it before, and really enjoyed it. She got a kick out of Igor in particular. Let me tell you, if you’ve never seen a Mel Brooks film - this could definitely be a great place to start. It does lose steam about 3/4 of the way through, but it is the same humour he’s been pumping out his entire life, and almost anything with Gene Wilder is great.
I remember watching Young Frankenstein for the first time when I was in grade three. I only remember which grade it was because our teacher had us filling out those daily journals that students get marked on, and the activity was to “write about what you did on the weekend.” I wrote about Young Frankenstein and how funny it was (if I can find the journal I will scan it. I promise), and drew a picture to accompany my writing. As Young Frankenstein was a film done in black and white, I drew the scene where they see Igor’s head on the “Freshly Dead” pedestal on the bookcase. The teacher handed me back my journal with NO mark, and a big warning in red to “PLEASE REDRAW IN COLOUR.” I thought this was absurd and went up to the teacher and explained that the film was in black and white and I wanted to draw it because it was a funny scene. The teacher then told me to focus on the other half of my writing, that I went to my friend Sam’s house and played with her dog - in colour. How crazy is that? I had to take the journal home that weekend and erase my black and white drawing and replace it with a half-assed drawing of a dog.
Check out Young Frankenstein. It’s fantastic.