‘Frankenstein: The True Story’ makes its UK Blu-ray debut

❉ Leonard Whiting stars as Victor Frankenstein in one of the most acclaimed versions of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece.

In 19th Century England, Dr Victor Frankenstein, bitter over his brother’s death, voices his wish that men could have power over life and death. Following a chance encounter with Dr Henry Clerval, a surgeon experimenting in this very field, they begin to work together. Victor achieves the impossible, the creation of life, but with it comes unforeseen and unimaginable terrors.

Fabulous Films present the UK Blu-ray premiere of Frankenstein: The True Story (1973) presented in high definition and featuring some incredible bonus material and stunning new artwork by Graham Humphreys.

One of the most acclaimed versions of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece, Frankenstein: The True Story features an all-star cast led by James Mason, Leonard Whiting, David McCallum, Jane Seymour, Michael Sarrazin, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and Tom Baker. Leonard Whiting stars as Victor Frankenstein.

The role of Frankenstein’s monster saw Michael Sarrazin growing increasingly hideous as the film progresses. The make-up was by Hammer horror veteran artist Roy Ashton.

Having finished The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola and John Boorman, having wrapped up Deliverance were both keen to direct Frankenstein: The True Story as a theatrical release but it was decided to keep it as a made-for-television movie directed by Jack Smight.

Writers Christopher Isherwood (Forever and a Day, The Great Sinner, A Single Man, and author of Goodbye to Berlin, the novel on which the musical Cabaret was based) and Don Bachardy (Isherwood’s longtime lover and chief creative consultant) weren’t happy that Smight played down the homo-eroticism they’d written in to the screenplay and so published it separately.

Frankenstein: The True Story inspired author Anne Rice to write Interview with the Vampire, the movie of which starred Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise.


❉ Film Introduction from James Mason

❉ Off with Her Head – An Interview with Jane Seymour

❉ Victor’s Story- An Interview with Actor Leonard Whiting

❉ Frankenstein’s Diary- A Conversation with Writer Don Bachardy

❉ Double-Sided Fold Out Poster of the All New Graham Humphreys Artwork.

❉ ‘Frankenstein – The True Story’ is available from 20 February 2023 via Fabulous Films Ltd, RRP £24.99 (Blu-ray) / £19.99 (DVD). Certificate: 12. Running Time: 186 mins.

❉ News source: Fabulous Films Ltd/Fremantle Media Enterprises.

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  1. It’s Michael Sarrazin as the monster who becomes increasingly hideous as the film progresses, not Leonard Whiting.

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