Frankenstein: The Real Story/The Real Wolfman Double Feature (a J!-ENT DVD Review)
January 29, 2017 by Dennis Amith
“Frankenstein: The Real Story/The Real Wolfman” is a fantastic collection of three Frankenstein episodes and a wolfman episode that aired on the History Channel. Well-researched and truly insightful, if you enjoyed these episodes on the History Channel or just curious about where Frankenstein and the wolfman were derived from, this double feature on DVD is recommended!
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DVD TITLE: Frankenstein: The Real Story/The Real Wolfman
FILM YEAR: 1995-2009
DURATION: 178 Minutes + 94 Minutes
DVD INFORMATION: 1:33:1 Widescreen, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio, Subtitles: English, English SDH, French
AVAILABLE ON: February 7, 2017
The Real Wolfman
Directed by Carsten Oblaender
Written by Carsten Oblaender and Laurie Miller
Produced by Story House Productions, Inc.
Executive Produced by Andreas Gutzeit, Carl H. Lindahl
The Real Story Wolfman
Narrator: Jonathan Adams
FRANKENSTEIN: THE REAL STORY OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
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.
THE REAL WOLFMAN OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
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.
For the first time, all three Frankenstein episodes (“In Search of the Real Frankenstein”, “Frankenstein” and “It’s Alive! The True Story of Frankenstein”) and “The Real Wolfman” which aired on the History Channel will be released as a double feature on DVD.
“In Search of the Real Frankenstein” is a series that focuses on scientists throughout history who really experimented on animal and human corpses in order to revive them and finds secrets to the force of life.
“Frankenstein” explores the fact or fiction of Frankenstein and the real life of author Mary Shelley.
“It’s Alive! The True Story of Frankenstein” traces the story of “Frankenstein” from its original story, the 19th-century stage adaptations, the silent films to Mel Brook’s satirical “Young Frankenstein” and Kenneth Branagh’s faithful horror adaptation. Also, an episode that features interviews with celebrities and experts.
“The Real Wolfman” features veteran criminal profiler George Deuchar and cryptozoologist Ken Gerhardt going to France to investigate the wolfman and the murders of 102 villagers in the French village of Gevaudan back in the mid-1700’s. Is the wolfman fact or fiction?
VIDEO & AUDIO:
“Frankenstein: The Real Story/The Real Wolfman” is a compilation of episodes shot from 1995-2009. So, picture quality varies with the older to newer History TV episodes. But for the most part, picture quality is good as one would expect.
Closed Captions are included.
“Frankenstein: The Real Story/The Real Wolfman” comes with no special features.
The History Channel is known for its wonderful investigative episodes on the history covering various people that are historic due to their accomplishments in their country, but often there are investigative episodes on the supernatural to monsters.
In the DVD double feature, “Frankenstein: The Real Story/The Real Wolfman”, the DVD focuses on where the terrifying monsters, Frankenstein and the Real Wolfman were derived from.
And I found myself captivated by each episode featured.
The first, “In Search of the Real Frankenstein” was actually quite shocking because the episode features on the horrific experiments conducted by real scientists throughout history, trying to know how the body works, but trying to revive actual corpses through electricity and some experiments that even horrified those who were witnessing the grizzly experiments at the time.
“Frankenstein” was fascinating because it goes into the origins of where “Frankenstein” is derived and also the 18-year-old author Mary Shelley.
But the best Frankenstein episode would have to be the best of the three as “It’s Alive! The True Story of Frankenstein” traces the story of Frankenstein through history and while it features interviews with directors, celebrities and experts, the best part of this episode is the true story of author, Mary Shelley’s life and the tragedy that happened in different moments of her life.
As for the 2009 episode, “The Real Wolfman”, this fascinating investigative episode features veteran criminal profiler George Deuchar and cryptozoologist Ken Gerhardt investigating the wolfman and how stories of the murders of 102 villagers in the French village of Gevaudan in the mid-1700’s fueled the wolfman myth. But how villagers believe in the wolfman, thus prompting a thorough investigation by both men. Fascinating discoveries and definitely enjoyable to watch.
Overall, “Frankenstein: The Real Story/The Real Wolfman” is a fantastic collection of three Frankenstein episodes and a wolfman episode that aired on the History Channel. Well-researched and truly insightful, if you enjoyed these episodes on the History Channel or just curious about where Frankenstein and the wolfman were derived from, this double feature on DVD is recommended!
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