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Unquestionably, JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER is bad cinema at its best- a movie so ludicrous that one feels compelled to watch it again and again, especially at parties where guests have imbibed liberal amounts of alcohol. While it isnít always practical to through a party just to drink and make fun of bad horror movies, Elite Entertainment has provided the next best thing by teaming with Joe Bob Briggs on a DVD entitled Joe Bob Briggs Presents JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER ($20). With his highly amusing audio commentary (that is actually quite informative), Joe Bob Briggs brings his own party to the DVD.

While the title of this horror potboiler is JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER, it is actually the famous scientists granddaughter that gets to spend some quality time with the notorious outlaw. The absurd plot of JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER finds the descendants of the notorious scientist relocated to the "old west" where they can experiment on the locals without the legal ramifications of killing and resurrecting the peasantry. When his muscle bound partner is wounded in a shootout, Jesse James shows up on the Frankensteinís doorstep in search of medical aid. Not unexpectedly, the granddaughter of Dr. Frankenstein finds the wounded muscleman to be the perfect specimen for her experiments, so you can only guess what happens next. The somewhat embarrassed cast of JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER features John Lupton, Narda Onyx, Estelita Rodriguez, Cal Bolder, Steven Geray, Nestor Paiva and Jim Davis.

Elite Entertainment has made JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER available on DVD in a 1.78:1 wide screen presentation that has been enhanced for 16:9 displays. The presentation is decent looking, although the poor quality film elements should be faulted and not the transfer. Iím not sure if the transfer is coming from bad 35mm or just average quality 16mm, either way, the image is a bit soft and not too well defined. Sure, itís watchable, but not a showcase for the DVD format. Colors appear well saturated, but they tend to bleed more then some of the characters in the film. Dark sequences tend to be very lacking in detail and sometimes the contrast appears blown out. The film elements have their share of rough patches, including some bad stock footage. Digital compression artifacts are never a problem. The Dolby Digital monaural soundtrack has limited fidelity, some noise and a bit of hiss, but the dialogue is fully intelligible (although not completely coherent). The amusing interactive menus provide access to the standard scene selection features, as well as the afore mentioned audio commentary and theatrical trailer.

As I stated above, JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER is bad cinema at its best (or worst, depending on your taste). Elite has done a good job with the DVD, thanks to the party atmosphere supplied by Joe Bob Briggs. If like bad horror movies, you canít go wrong with this DVD.



Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1965)


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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