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25 1/2 Flying Frankensteins Air Dropped Into Tiny Frankenstein, Missouri - Doubling Town's Population as They Land.

Missouri Town Renamed 'Young Frankenstein' in Honor of 25 1/2 Year Anniversary

Celebration of Mel Brooks' Cherished Comedy Classic

FRANKENSTEIN, Mo., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- This morning, Twentieth Century Fox commemorated the 25 1/2 year anniversary of Mel Brooks' ingenious comedy "Young Frankenstein" by staging an air drop of 25 and one-half "Frankensteins" into the remote and tiny town of Frankenstein, Missouri, population: 30. Effectively doubling the town's population, "The Flying Frankensteins" delivered the first copies of Fox's special anniversary edition video to residents in celebration of the official renaming of the town to Young Frankenstein, Missouri. Citizens of Frankenstein, Missouri, members of the Missouri Film Commission and Twentieth Century Fox executives were on hand to watch the aerial acrobatics as "The Flying Frankensteins" parachuted into the center of town for the official unveiling of the city limits sign, changing the name to Young Frankenstein, Missouri.

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By celebrating the 25 and one-half year anniversary of the cult classic film, Fox is poking fun at film anniversaries and their video releases in the same way the cherished, one-of-a-kind film classic parodies monster movies with tongue-in-cheek comedy.

Fully-restored, the special edition of "Young Frankenstein" debuts nationwide today (October 5, 1999). It includes uproarious, behind-the-scenes footage including production outtakes, bloopers and blunders, never-before available on video. "Young Frankenstein" boasts an ensemble comedy troupe including Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn and Cloris Leachman.

The ultimate video release for the millions of "Young Frankenstein" fans, this zany spoof of the "Frankenstein" films and horror genre delivers a hilarious selection of stunts and off-the-wall gags that have become engrained into the memories of millions of fans. Out of desire to make "Young Frankenstein" as "authentic" as possible, Brooks not only photographed the movie in black and white, but he also shot the film in the same castle and used original props and lab equipment from the laboratory in the renowned 1931 version of the original "Frankenstein."


Mel Brooks' monstrously crazy tribute to Mary Shelly's classic pokes hilarious fun at just about every Frankenstein movie ever made. Summoned by a will to his late grandfather's castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) soon discovers the scientist's step-by-step manual explaining how to bring a corpse to life. Assisted by hunchbacked Igor (Marty Feldman) and the curvaceous Inga (Teri Garr), he creates a monster (Peter Boyle) who only wants to be loved. Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars and Gene Hackman co-star in this inspired vision of lunacy.


The YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Special Edition DVD also includes the same exciting and hilarious outtakes and bloopers released on the VHS version. Presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio (1:85:1), the popular DVD also features a compelling Mel Brooks audio commentary, production stills, interactive menu offering exciting viewing options, scene selection, original theatrical trailer, French Language Track, Spanish Language Track and English Subtitles. Further information on this DVD can be obtained from the DVD world wide web site

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Suggested Retail Price:
 VHS $14.98 U.S./$16.98 Canada
 DVD $34.98 U.S./$36.98 Canada
 Street Date: October 5, 1999
 Rating: PG
 Closed Captioned: Yes
 Stereo: No
 Length: 125 minutes (Feature 105 minutes,

Bonus 20 minutes)

Available in French: Yes

Available in Spanish

Subtitles: No
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