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Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection [Blu-ray]


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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Oct. 2 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008H33MK2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,667 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

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.

Dracula
  • Introduction to the Spanish language version by Lupita Tovar Kohner
  • Audio Commentaries: Film Historian David J. Skal; Dracula: Dead and Loving It screenwriter Steve Haberman
  • Alternate Philip Glass score performed by the Kronos Quartet
  • "The Road to Dracula"
  • "Lugosi: The Dark Prince" featurette
  • "Dracula: The Restoration" featurette
  • The Dracula Archives feature
  • Trailer gallery
  • Frankenstein
  • Audio Commentaries: Film historian Rudy Behlmer; Historian Sir Christopher Frayling
  • Monster Tracks interactive pop-up feature about the making of Frankenstein
  • "The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster" featurette
  • "Karloff: The Gentle Monster" featurette
  • "Universal Horror" featurette
  • The Frankenstein Archives feature
  • Boo!: A Short Film
  • "100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics" featurette
  • Trailer gallery
  • The Mummy
  • Audio Commentaries: Rick Baker, Scott Essman, Steve Haberman, Bob Burns, and Brent Armstrong; Film historian Paul M. Jensen
  • Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed
  • He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art Of Jack Pierce
  • Unraveling the Legacy of The Mummy
  • The Mummy Archives feature
  • "100 Years Of Universal: The Carl Laemmle Era" featurette
  • Trailer gallery
  • The Invisible Man
  • Audio commentary by film historian Rudy Behlmer
  • "Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed" behind-the-scenes featurette
  • "100 Years Of Universal: Unforgettable Characters" featurette
  • Production photographs
  • Bride of Frankenstein
  • Audio commentary with Scott MacQueen
  • "She's Alive! Creating The Bride Of Frankenstein" behind-the-scenes featurette
  • The Bride of Frankenstein Archives feature
  • "100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics" featurette
  • Trailer gallery
  • The Wolf Man
  • Audio commentary with film historian Tom Weaver
  • "The Wolf Man: From Ancient Curse to Modern Myth" Featurette
  • "Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney, Jr." featurette
  • He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art Of Jack Pierce
  • The Wolf Man Archives feature
  • "100 Years Of Universal: The Lot" featurette
  • Trailer gallery
  • Phantom of the Opera (1943)
  • Audio commentary with Scott MacQueen
  • "The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked" behind-the-scenes featurette
  • "100 Years Of Universal: The Lot" featurette
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Production photographs
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Original 3D version of the film
  • 2D version of the film
  • Audio commentary with Tom Weaver
  • "Back to The Black Lagoon" behind-the-scenes featurette
  • "100 Years Of Universal: The Lot" featurette
  • Trailer gallery
  • Production photographs

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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By stryper TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 7 2012
    Format: Blu-ray
    Just got in the U.K. coffin edition of this set (which cost $64.88 Canadian in total and arrived in less than a week, was sent on Tuesday and received it on Friday).

    So the good news is that the discs are housed in a gatefold packaging and on plastic trays, the downside though is that they are double trays which means that one disc is set on top of another (not touching though) which is a tad annoying but at least the discs aren't slid into cardboard sleeves to be scratched upon removal, and the plastic holding, center hubs release the discs easily (not having to bend the discs in half to free them) and lock back on with ease as well.

    The gatefold is itself slid into a cardboard case that has room for the included booklet and the poster cards and then this slides into the coffin, but here too is a slight problem, as the disc case is just a sliver too big for the coffin which creates a tighter fit that makes you worry that either the disc case will mark up or the coffin will eventually split at a seem (it's not a HUGE issue, but it is a tad irksome).

    And now for the question that all awaiting this set wants to know, how is the new Dracula restoration?

    Well, the picture quality has been improved and Renfield's first meeting with Dracula on the cobwebbed staircase now doesn't look like there's a snow storm taking place (due to all of the white specks and scratches usually visible during this scene in all of this movies other incarnations).
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jean-Pierre Joyal on Oct. 30 2012
    Format: Blu-ray
    «Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection» is a fantastic product. As many Canadian buyers, I decided to buy the less expensive UK version that also offer more language flexibility than the North American set. For me, as a French speaking person, the fact that these films are now presented with a French language track is a very good news. With the North American set, I could see the movies with the English or the French soundtrack but, unfortunately, I could not have the possibility to see the movies with the English track with French subtitles, what I can do with the UK set.

    All this to say that I am really happy with this film collection and I even discovered an unexpected gift on the «Dracula» French speaking track : a new musical score. We all know that in 1931, when the Tod Browning «Dracula» was made, it was not common practice to compose original music to accompany movies (it will become standard procedure a few years later). So, I was under the impression that no music whatsoever exist to accompany that film until Universal asked Philip Glass to compose his score in 1998. I was wrong. Yes my friends, this is not a mistake. You can listen to original music on the French and Italian tracks of «Dracula» on the UK version of «Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection» (the exact same music is used on both language tracks). I read a lot about the history of that film and I never saw any mention about the existence of that score. I have to say that this is a very pleasant surprise. I have a master degree in musicology and from my knowledge of classical music and film music in general, I can tell you that the composer who created that piece did a very good job.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Sharon on Oct. 21 2012
    Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
    These movies have been wonderfully restored and are well worth buying. Even if you already have DVD copies, these are so much better.
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    Format: DVD
    Universal Studios the Master of the Horror movie has masterfully restored & remastered EIGHT of the their BEST in the "CLASSIC MONSTER COLLECTION! Seven Black & White and One Technicolor (The 1943 "Phantom of the Opera") are presented in OUTSTANDING Clarity and Sound. The entire set is preserved in the actual theatrical FULL Screen format (4:3 aspect ratio-tv). Each of these 8 movies have extensive extra features including; background featurettes, commentary by film historians and a Picture montage of original lobby posters & publicity photos. This is an absolute must have for your DVD Home Theatre library!!!
    The Universal Studios of the 1930's revolutionized special effects and the horror movie under the helm of Carl Laemmle Jr., Director James Whale and make-up genius Jack Pierce. Universal also had one of the greatest stable of stars many to play in reoccurring roles; Boris Karloff - Frankenstein (1931), The Mummy (1932) & Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Bela Lugosi - Dracula (1931) & The Wolfman (1941). Claude Rains - The Invisible Man (1933 - Karloff was replaced by Rains due to contractual disputes), The Wolfman (1941) & The Phantom of the Opera (1943 - in fabulous TECHNICOLOR). Dwight Frye (the mad assistant) - Frankenstein, Dracula, The Invisible Man & The Bride of Frankenstein. Una O'Connor (the hysterical screamer) - Frankenstein, The Invisible Man & The Bride of Frankenstein. Edward Van Sloan (The Scientist/Doctor) - Frankenstein, Dracula & The Mummy. Lon Chaney Jr. - became The Wolman (1941).
    Summary:Dracula (1931) established Carl Laemmle Jr. & Universal as the King of the Horror Picture while Bela Lugosi became the undisputed KING of the Vampires. Provided in 3 versions - Original, New Musical Score & Spanish Version filmed with all Spanish cast (see my review).
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