- Format: NTSC
- Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
- Release Date: Oct. 2 2012
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B008H33MK2
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,410 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
From the era of silent movies through present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection showcases 8 of the most iconic monsters in motion picture history including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature From the Black Lagoon. Starring Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester in the roles that they made famous, these original films set the standard for a new horror genre with revolutionary makeup, mood-altering cinematography and groundbreaking special effects. Featuring over 12 hours of revealing bonus features plus an exclusive collectible book, each film has been digitally restored from high resolution film elements for the ultimate classic monster experience.
Each DVD is a good picture (with the exception of Dracula), and is presented in 1.33:1 format. The mpeg2 is in great condition and the sound is good too. There is plenty of extras on each DVD as well, such as a commentary and a "making-of" featurette.
My only complaint is the lousy version of the 1943 "Phantom of the Opera" as opposed to the original silent 1925 Lon Chaney version, which is FAR FAR superior! Either include the silent version instead, or else leave out the weak Claude Rains version altogether next time.
Otherwise, this collection is superb! ...Buy it today!