DVD REVIEW: Frankenstein 10th Anniversary Edition

The 10 year anniversary edition of TV-miniseries adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, about the scientist who brings life to a creature fashioned from corpses and various body parts.

I have to say that when this arrived on my doorstep, there were a dozen reasons that I should have been underwhelmed & wary. A ten year anniversary of a TV mini-series that I didn’t remember seeing the first time around? Luke Goss in his early acting days? (to be fair, he has evolved with each film he’s done) An adaptation promising to be faithful to the original book, a bit like Branagh’s effort ten years earlier?

In truth I have to say, that this version is excellent and worth a watch if you are a Frankenstein fan. Let’s cover my initial doubts: I didn’t see this ten years ago, but in terms of production quality it could have been made yesterday – a good attention to detail in sets, costumes, effects, dialogue etc. Luke Goss is very capable in the part of The Creature. Who is vulnerable at first then vengeful later on. I actually liked his voice, which was much higher than you expect, but still worked – why should we expect that a monster created like this should speak with a booming bass voice? He certainly managed to portray the Creature as being pitiful, and not since Clancy Brown’s turn in The Bride, did I actually care what happened to the creature. Later on as the character evolved, Goss manages to evoke a sense of a man wronged, who then goes to war against his maker.  This aspect really drew to my mind the parallels between Frankenstein and Blade Runner – Roy Batty and the Monster are as one, turning to their creator, in this case a man, for answers to his existence and a better quality of life. That man, being human and not a God, falls far short on delivery, and this is the basis of the great conflict. And so to this adaptation: yes it is very faithful to the source material. We get great insight into Viktor’s early life, and the influences that drove a brilliant and good man, to cross the line between what we can do and what we shouldn’t do, in the name of science. The performances are all top – I’ve already covered Goss, but Newman as Viktor is very believable, and a pair of heavyweights in the form of Donald Sutherland and William Hurt provide admirable acting support.

GS Rating: 3.5/5

GS Reporter: SilverFox

Source: Kaleidoscope

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2 comments

  1. I picked this up for £3 in my local supermarket a bargain

    • SilverFox /

      Good call – you did indeed get a bargain!

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