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(aka "La figlia di Frankenstein" or "Daughter of Frankenstein" or "Madame Frankenstein" or "Lady Frankenstein, cette obsédée sexuelle")

Directed by Mel Welles, Aureliano Luppi
Italy
1971

 

It's monster a-go-go up at the castle when Baron Frankenstein and his laboratory assistant, Dr. Charles Marshall, stitch together a creature using body parts supplied by shifty local grave robbers. When they rashly insert a killer's damaged brain into the monstrosity's skull and bring it to life, it crushes the Baron to death and goes on the rampage. Tania, Frankenstein's glamorous daughter, teams up with Charles to continue her father's crackpot experiments. The two fall in love and transplant the aging lab assistant's cerebrum into the body of a hunky servant. Meanwhile, the first monster stalks the countryside, seeking bloody revenge on the bodysnatchers who exhumed the raw materials for its miscreation. It eventually goes after Charles and Tania, but will its brute strength triumph against the seductive wiles of Lady Frankenstein? Directed by Mel Welles, this twisted gothic tale stars Rosalba Neri (Two Males For Alexa) as the surgeon whose strange desires could only be satisfied by the monster she made. The legendary Joseph Cotten carries on the curse of Frankenstein as the obsessed Baron, and the cast is fleshed out by Euro-cult regulars Paul Muller (Nightmare Castle) and Mickey Hargitay. See LADY FRANKENSTEIN like never before, stunningly resurrected from the original negatives in a brand new 2K restoration. We are very proud to present the complete and restored director's cut, plus the American theatrical versions packed with bonus special features!

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When Dr. Frankenstein is killed by a monster he created, his daughter and his lab assistant Marshall continue his experiments. The two fall in love and attempt to transplant Marshall's brain in to the muscular body of a retarded servant Stephen, in order to prolong the aging Marshall's life. Meanwhile, the first monster seeks revenge on the grave robbers who sold the body parts used in its creation to Dr. Frankenstein. Soon it comes after Marshall and the doctor's daughter.

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Theatrical Release: October 22nd, 1971

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Review: Nucleus Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Nucleus Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:39:00.041 / 1:23:38.375    
Video

Disc Size: 48,256,482,771 bytes

'Director's Cut' Size: 27,160,141,824 bytes

Average Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

New World Pictures American Theatrical Cut:

Theatrical Size: 11,416,406,016 bytes

Average Bitrate: 15.00 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate: 'Director's Cut'

Bitrate: New World Pictures American Theatrical Cut:

Audio

Director's Cut:

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio Italian 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps)

 

New World Pictures American Theatrical Cut:

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English, None (only on Director's Cut)
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Nucleus Films

Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1

Disc Size: 48,256,482,771 bytes

'Director's Cut' Size: 27,160,141,824 bytes

Average Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

New World Pictures American Theatrical Cut:

Theatrical Size: 11,416,406,016 bytes

Average Bitrate: 15.00 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary with Alan Jones and Kim Newman
• Italian and English Audio LPCM 24 Bit
• The Truth About Lady Frankenstein (2007) - German TV Special (43:57)
• New Featurette - Piecing Together Lady Frankenstein (35:18)
Featurette - The Lady and The Orgy (8:07)
• Bigfilm Magazine (1971) - Italian Lady Frankenstein Photo Novel (2:39)
BBFC's 1972 Theatrical Censor Notes (2:52) Clothed Scenes (2:55)
English (2:51), Italian (2:51), German (2:57) and 3 x US Trailers (4:22)
US TV spots
US Radio Spots (1:33)
Home Video Releases Gallery
Extensive Image Gallery

Blu-ray Release Date: September 3rd, 2018
Transparent
Blu-ray Case inside cardboard slipcase
Chapters: 15

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

The Nucleus Films 1080P transfer is in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio on a dual-layered Blu-ray and has the complete restored 99 min Director's Cut and the complete restored 84 min New World Pictures American Theatrical Cut, with the latter getting a less robust transfer. They are advertised as "resurrected from the original negatives in a brand new 2K restoration". The HD presentation of the 'Director's Cut' looks quite strong with a high bitrate. Colors are bright and balanced, there is little damage and this rendering handles the darker sequences well. I found the image quality pleasing.

Nucleus Films use a linear PCM 2.0 at 24-bits in both Italian and English language options for the longer Director's Cut and only the English for the 'Theatrical'.  There are plenty of effects in the film and the mono still carries some 'Gothic' depth. The score is by Alessandro Alessandroni (The Virgin of Bali, The Devil's Nightmare). It's as disjointed as the film which actually seems to make it suitable in its own way. There are optional English subtitles (for the Director's Cut only) on this Region 'B'
Blu-ray disc.

Nucleus include an enjoyable audio commentary with Alan Jones and Kim Newman on the Director's Cut and they share details of the cast, crew and mention the era and genre including Hammer Films and Roger Corman's association. Excellent. The Truth About Lady Frankenstein is a 3/4 hour German TV Special from 2007 directed by Reginald Ginster and it has interviews with Herbert Fux, Mel Welles, Rosalba Neri and others. It is mostly in German with English subtitles. There is a new 35-minute featurette - Piecing Together Lady Frankenstein with Julian Grainger
(author of Murderous Passions) discussing Lady Frankenstein. There is another featurette entitled The Lady and The Orgy running over 8-minutes as well as a Bigfilm Magazine (1971) - Italian Lady Frankenstein Photo Novel showing the pages to and the interesting dissection of the BBFC's 1972 'Theatrical Censor Notes' as well as 'Clothed Scenes' utilized. Plus we get English, Italian, German and US Trailers + US TV spots and US Radio Spots plus extensive galleries of posters and 'Home Video' (VHS cover) images. The package has 5, handsome, postcard-sized title-cards.

Lady Frankenstein has a lot going for it with the classic sets, Joseph Cotten and Rosalba Neri, but fall short in a few production areas. I still enjoyed it even in it's imperfections which, at times, can add to the appeal of
modestly sleazy, baaaad cinema! The 'Director's Cut' has quite a bit of adult-situations. Those keen should indulge in this very competent, stacked, Blu-ray - Nucleus impresses again. Great title!

Gary Tooze


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