WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Flesh for Frankenstein

Reviewed In Issue 22 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Joe Dallesandro, Monique Van Vooren, Udo Kier, Arno Juerging, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Srdjan Zelenovic, Carka Mancini, Marco Liofredi, Liu Bososio

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1440L-288
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 95
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1971
(LD Release Date): 9/9/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Paul Morrissey
(Screenplay/Written By): Paul Morrissey
(Story): NA
(Music): Claudio Gizzi
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Enrico Job
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Franca Silvi & Jed Johnson
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Carlo Ponti, Jean Pierre Rassam & Andrew Braunsberg

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): SpaceVision 3-D
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.38:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Flesh For Frankenstein is Paul Morrissey’s gory satire about the perverse Baron Frankenstein (Udo Kier) who is painstakingly creating a male zombie to mate with his completed female (Delila Di Lazzaro). He plans to transplant the head of a lecherous peasant (Joe Dallesandro) onto the neck of the zombie, but instead, takes the head of a would-be monk (Srdjan Zelenovic). The peasant and the baroness (Monique Van Vooren) engage in a passionate affair, while the baron is having trouble mating the two zombies. This is a film for fans of gore with nudity and sexually explicit scenes, and in that regard is similar in character to the companion Blood For Dracula, which features many of the same cast.

LaserDisc Picture:
While photographed and presented theatrically in anamorphic 3-D, which was an element of the film’s allure, this 2.38:1 transfer is not. The picture is sharp and detailed but also problematic with unnatural colors and slight noise and artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is hissing monaural.
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