Transylvania 6-5000

5.01 h 34 min1985X-Ray13+
Tabloid reporters Jack Harrison and Gil Turner are sent to Transylvania with two choices: find the Frankenstein monster or find new jobs. But before the jumpy journalists can dig up their big story, they must first face the horrors of an extremely clumsy butler, a nymphomaniac vampire and a semi-mad doctor, as well as assorted mummies, werewolves and more Transylvanian oddballs.
Rudy de Luca
Jeff GoldblumEd Begley Jr.Carol Kane
English [CC]
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Geena DavisMichael RichardsJeffrey JonesJoseph Bologna
Thomas H. Brodek
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Kevin DudleyReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
This review pertains to the KL Studio Classics bluray
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The 1985 cult classic "Transylvania 6-5000" was released originally to mostly negative reviews and lackluster box office. The fan base has grown steadily for the film during the intervening years. While it does have some issues that keep it from being truly great, it is still a lot of campy fun featuring a terrific cast. Jeff Goldblum and Ed Begley Jr. have good comedic chemistry. Michael Richards is zany and unhinged. Geena Davis is funny, incredibly sexy and gorgeous. Jeffrey Jones is appropriately smarmy. John Byner and the adorable Carol Kane make an inspired comic duo. Overall, I have always enjoyed the film and it continues to make me laugh..

KL Studio Classics brings the film to blu-ray for North America audiences sporting a brand new 4K restoration. The film is presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio utilizing the AVC codec on a dual layer disc featuring a beefy bit rate hovering between 37 and 38 mbps. Overall the film looks fantastic. It does not appear any digital tinkering was done as the movie features a natural grain structure. The movie has always had a muted look in terms of overall color saturation but detail is terrific along with perfect contrast and black levels. The red shirt that Jeff Goldblum wears near the beginning of the film really pops so when colors are more prevalent they look great. Flesh tones look accurate. Fans should be ecstatic with how great the movie looks on this disc. Kudos to the team behind this superb restoration!

Sound is presented in 2 channel master audio. English subtitles are included for the hearing impaired.

Extras are bit more sparse than I was hoping for as follows:
- Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Rudy DeLuca and Visual Consultant Steve Haberman
- Three TV spots
- Two theatrical trailers

I wish that some interviews could have been done for this particular blu-ray but the commentary track is very informative and well worth a listen. A moderator might have prevented some of the occasional gaps of silence but overall it is good.

"Transylvania 6-5000" fans should pick pick up this disc without hesitation. The film looks fantastic and more than likely the best it ever has. Extras are slim but it is the presentation of the film itself that is always of utmost importance first and foremost. Well worth picking up if you have not already imported the movie on blu-ray from across the pond. It's good, ya? Is funny?
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Rick JamesReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Weak Script
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While it's fun to see some big name actors from now and back in the day, the script is terrible. There's wayyyyyyyy funnier and better movies from the same time period. It rises to mild amusement at times but not more than that. I felt it was a waste of time. I enjoy corny jokes when they're done well but this movie wasn't. Overall the movie was very amateurish in every aspect. The theme song, which sounds like an Oingo Boingo ripoff of sorts, was the best part. Go watch "Weird Science" or something. Now THAT'S worth 5 stars. This? No. Uh uh. I guess I'm not part of the "cult" for which this movie is a "classic".
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DGGReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
All the stars in this couldn't save it...
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Really not a good movie despite all the comedic stars in it. The jokes were very tongue-in-cheek style one liners that might have been funny in the 1960s but really not that funny by 1985 when this was released.

A few jokes worked but most were really an overworked effort by the writers to work them into the plot.

Some of the redeeming actors were the ladies. Gena Davis in a really hot vampiress outfit looking fine although terrible scripting. Carol Kane as an overly worshiping servant's wife was hilarious. And Teresa Ganzel as a sexy mom with a wild side.

The rest left a lot to be desired. Especially the monsters and Dr. Jekyll character. Just not that funny and actually a bit annoying to watch. Just way too cheesy. But it was none-the-less good to see some of the comedy Giants of the 80s again. I just wish they would have got better scripts and lines and jokes.

Wasn't a complete waste of an hour and a half but I sure wouldn't want to see it again.
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David E. BaldwinReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
High Cheese Factor
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"Young Frankenstein" is Mel Brooks' masterpiece. This entry by Brooks' acolyte Rudy De Luca pushes that flick further into the stratosphere. You can't really call this one parody because I'm not really sure what it's satirizing. This affair has its share of laughs, though. I felt like I was watching an episode of "Merv" or "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" with stalwarts like John Byner and Teresa Ganzel and the like frolicking through Yugoslavia. Gawd, Seth MacFarlane has to be the only other person who remembers this lot. Where was The Unknown Comic and Gene-Gene the Dancing Machine when they needed them? Seriously, good early efforts by Geena Davis and particularly Michael Richards demonstrating the inspired lunacy he latter assayed on "Seinfeld". The flick is too disjointed to recommend wholeheartedly but it has its moments.
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ChrisSherrillReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
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This is clearly someone’s cup of tea, according to the many positive reviews but it isn’t mine. No plot, bad camera work, poor dialog and awful acting which was disappointing considering the names on the cast roster. I really wanted to like it but couldn’t get through it. Don’t waste your time.
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LoverwithoutloveReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
The next generation needs to know this funny, silly movie!
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My six kids as well as my husband and I watched this silly movie over and over on "movie night". We took turns picking a movie and this one sure was a favorite pick. That was many years ago but we still occasionally quote lines from the movie when talking to one another in general conversation followed by a good belly laugh. So I had to buy this for my oldest son for his 40th birthday. He was thrilled.
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free_laborReviewed in the United States on October 23, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
What is Geena Davis wearing?
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I bet you she hides this movie from her kids. ;)

A pretty stupid movie, honestly I wish I had the 94 minutes back, but if you like cheesy goofy 80s movies and this makes you nostaligic, that's fine. I have to admit I get a kick out of watching Jeff Goldbloom and Geena Davis in this, hahaha. They would go on to do better films. ;) Also, if you're a Seinfeld fan (I am not), a young Michael Richards is in this.

The treatment of women and handicapped people is problematic, as you would expect in a piece of 1980s trash. But you knew that already.
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Lochlan LongstriderReviewed in the United States on November 21, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Dow Chemical's finest movie
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Dow Chemical had some money stacked up from their days in Yugoslavia; however, Yugoslavia wouldn't let the cash leave the country so somebody at Dow had the idea of making a movie in Yugoslavia. It made over 4 million dollars so not too shabby. This was 1985 and less than ten years later Tito would be dead and Yugoslavia would be propelled into a horrible war. Yes the script is terrible; however, Gena Davis looks great in a Vampirella costume. Teresa Ganzel comes across as a buxom version of Anna Farris and Carol Kane is cute as one half of a masochistic couple (the other half played by the underrated John Byner). Did I mention Gena Davis in a Vampi outfit? Yep, that's why I watched it... guilty!
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