This is the first of the Madacy Double features I'm reviewing and before all of the fans of Tormented read on (yeah both of you), listen up. I'm not covering Madacy's presentation of Tormented at this time. I'm going to be covering Tormented from the new Something Weird Spookshow Spectacular DVD in the near future. At the present time, I will be covering Madacy's presentation of Lady Frankenstein, and their take on the drive in disc. I have heard lots of horror stories about these discs, let's see how they fare in this reviewers eyes.
Lady Frankenstein tells the story of Baron Frankenstein (James Cotton) in this familiar tale of man creating life. The Baron's daughter (the luscious Rosalba Neri) returns home from medical school, wanting to join her father in his, "experiments". Baron Frankenstein refuses, but alas, the life he has created strikes back, and the Baron is killed by his man made "monster". With the monster loose, it's up to his daughter, and her perverse lifestyle, to stop the monster and save the town.
First things first, the transfer is not great...that said, it's not that terrible either, at least, not as terrible as one would have you believe. The film is presented full frame (except the opening credits 1.85:1) the colors are muted, and there are speckles, film dirt etc. It basically looks about the same as a rental tape. The only other version of this film available, is from DVD Drive In, and I have yet to see it, but I have heard it is a cleaner transfer, yet it is also crop boxed, therefore you lose information rather than gaining. For now, I feel this version will suffice. At a cost of 7.99 at Best Buy, you can't beat the value, on a rarely seen gem.
The sound is mono, and is more than acceptable. Once again, you're not getting the quality of a remastered film, but dialogue is clear. There are a few instances of distortion, but nothing to get upset about.
In addition to the two features, you get 3 trailers one for each of the films presented, and a third for Phantom From Space. The trailers are in rough shape, but who cares? They are trailers after all, and for 7.99 we should be thankful we're getting anything, in addition to the 2 features. A Betty Boop cartoon is also included, which is in pretty good shape.
The bottom line is, Lady Frankenstein is one hell of a cool movie. Hard to find on video, at the bargain price of 8 bucks, you can grab it along with another feature and extras on DVD. This is logic you just can't shake. People have been bashing these Madacy titles, but I see promise here. I have no problem picking up a classic horror flick that hasn't been remastered. If I can't get it anywhere else, this will do just fine. Or you can plunk down 30 bucks and take a chance on the DVD Drive in version. Either way, I'll be checking out more of these Madacy double features. In my humble opinion, well worth the price of admission.