Blu-ray Review: THE BRIDE

THE BRIDE is based on the story by Mary Shelley and is a loose remake of The Bride of Frankenstein. The movie was directed by Franc Roddam from a screenplay by Lloyd Fonvielle and stars Jennifer Beals, Sting, Clancy Brown, David Rappaport, Geraldine Page, Cary Elwes, Anthony Higgins and Quentin Crisp.

A woman born of electricity. A man driven by obsession. Frankenstein builds the perfect woman — and lives to regret it — in this tantalizing marriage of horror, romance, and unbridled passion! Rock legend Sting plays the cunning scientist and Jennifer Beals lends her dramatic presence as his supreme, sublime creation. This sumptuously gothic tale, inspired by the indelible themes and characters originally brought to life by Mary Shelley, follows Frankenstein’s creations as they search for their place in the world — the gorgeous Eva by declaring her independence, and her grotesque intended mate Viktor (Clancy Brown) by learning self-worth from a compassionate circus dwarf (David Rappaport). Can Dr. Frankenstein survive when the monster returns to claim his intended? Alive with brilliant photography and lavish costumes, The Bride invites you to a wedding night you’ll never forget.

The opening scene sets everything up when Dr. Frankenstein reanimates the recently deceased Eva back from the dead. She’s originally created for Viktor but there’s no love at first sight because she’s frightened of the abomination so he doesn’t take it well, and in a fit of rage, Viktor destroys Dr. Frankenstein’s lab. The doctor and Eva are able to escape the destruction where he assumes his other monster died. Frankenstein sees that there’s potential to teach and train Eva how to fit in with society while Viktor hits the road where he meets Rinaldo who ends up showing him how to fit in a little better. The friendship between these two grows while the relationship between Eva and Frankenstein slowly disintigrates as she grows smarter and more distinguished. There’s a strange connection between Viktor and Eva that reveals itself while they’re separated and it’s fate that ultimately reunites them.

The Bride fits in the horror genre by the Frankenstein namesake only because it’s actually more of a gothic love story about these two iconic characters (and Frankenstein makes three) but it also has a small sense of humor. We’ve gotten a lot of Frankenstein movies over the years but this one puts the two monsters in the forefront and lets the doctor kind of take the backseat. We get to watch Eva and Viktor slowly transform into something more beautiful and domesticated as the movie plays out while Baron Frankenstein regresses into the actual monster of the story because his jealousy and possessiveness of Eva completely take over by the end.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, it had been a long time since I’d watched The Bride and I really enjoyed revisiting this cult classic from the mid 80’s that actually plays better today than it did back then. I really liked the story and thought the cast did a fantastic job with their characters. Clancy Brown plays a lovable monster that the viewer gets emotionally attached to and Jennifer Beals delivers a beautiful performance as The Bride of Frankenstein. These two characters take different paths but it’s fate that ultimately brings them together. David Rappaport plays the sidekick for the monster but he also becomes a teacher of sorts and the friendship between these two grows strong. I think Sting was at the height of his rockstardom during this time where he also showed up in a few movies and The Bride was one of them. I thought he delivered a powerful performance as a younger Dr. Frankenstein who ends up being the actual monster of the movie. Even though this movie wasn’t well recieved when it first released back in 1985, it’s a really good watch that plays much better today probably because of its feminist story that features a strong female lead. Frank Roddam directed something a little different when it comes to these iconic characters from the horror genre and that’s what allows this movie to kind of stand out a little from the rest. The Bride will make its Blu-ray debut on September 25th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 118 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include some all-new audio commentary, two brand new in depth interviews and a vintage TV spot.

  • NEW Audio Commentary with Director Franc Roddam
  • NEW Interview with Director Franc Roddam (30:06)
  • NEW Interview with Actor Clancy Brown – Part 1 (22:27)
  • NEW Interview with Actor Clancy Brown – Part 2 (18:23)
  • TV Spot (00:31)

 

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