DVD Review: Frankenstein: The Real Story/The Real Wolfman Double Feature

HISTORY’s Frankenstein: The Real Story/The Real Wolfman Double Feature is a four-part collection that includes over four-and-a-half hours of in-depth analysis of the crimes and cases that sparked the Frankenstein and werewolf mythologies. Available together for the first time, the Frankenstein: The Real Story/The Real Wolfman Double Feature DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $12.98.

The Frankenstein: The Real Story collection from HISTORY examines how the tale of a brilliant but deranged scientist who builds a grotesque monster from the body parts of fresh corpses has its roots in reality. “In Search of the Real Frankenstein” looks at scientists throughout history who experimented with reviving animal and human corpses to find the secret force of life. “Frankenstein” explores the fact-or-fiction origins of the tale that became the first science fiction novel. “It’s Alive! The True Story of Frankenstein” further traces the story through all its artistic renditions, from 19th-century stage adaptations to 1930s silent films to Mel Brooks’s satirical Young Frankenstein and Kenneth Branagh’s faithful horror interpretation. This spectacular set features interviews with actors including Gene Wilder and experts on Mary Shelley, the 19th-century novel, the horror genre, cinema makeup, and much more.

In the mid-1700s, a mysterious beast viciously attacked and killed 102 villagers in the French village of Gévaudan. The victims, mostly women and children, were mauled and decapitated, their naked bodies all bearing the savage bite marks of a non-human creature. The killings marked the largest number of alleged werewolf attacks in history and are a contributor to the Hollywood “Wolfman” legend. Venture deep into the mythology and folklore of werewolves with renowned cryptozoologist Ken Gerhardt and veteran criminal profiler George Deuchar as they investigate the reviled creature believed to brutally kill when the moon is full. Their investigation includes intriguing paranormal transformations, diseases that make men look and act like animals, and strange but true stories of children raised by wolves. What they uncover in the dark side of human nature is the horrific truth behind the Gévaudan werewolf attacks, and the wolfman within us all.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes details for both documentaries and specs. The Frankenstein disc is flat gray with no artwork and the Wolfman disc features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio even though some of it is a little dated.

Bottom line is, this Frankenstein: The Real Story and The Real Wolfman double feature is the perfect companion piece for these two iconic characters. Frankenstein: The Real Story includes three in depth specials that focuses on the history, myths and movies about the creature. The Real Wolfman is just one special and it’s a much shorter watch that focuses on the legend and possible origin of the beast. I remember watching some of these specials during Halloween over the years and now Lionsgate has compiled them all on one home video release. This two-disc DVD set releases on February 7th and is worth checking out. It’s a good watch for hardcore fans and history buffs of Frankenstein and the Wolfman.

Distributor: lionsgate Home Entertainment

DVD Video: Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1)

Frankenstein Run Time: 178 Minutes

Wolfman Run Time: 94 Minutes

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH


Special Features: N/A


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