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

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 14 2013
  • Run Time: 710 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B008H33MK2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,982 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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    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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    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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    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: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
    The digibook containing the eight discs of this massive set has got to be one of the worst ideas since taxes. Not only are the discs quite hard to take off, but the glue gets to stick on the side of the blu-rays along the way. My advice? Get something to clean the glue (don't know what though) and get an 8-disc blu-ray replacement case somewhere. It's almost sure to happen to ALL existing editions of the digibook, so be very careful.

    As far as the rest is concerned, Universal truly pulled all stops to give us a satisfying edition of these "classics" (some titles are less deserving of the word than others) and I see no problem in recommending this title. Just so long as you know what you're getting into (the glue thing IS a major concern).
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    Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
    The set looks awesome. The picture quality of all movies is amazing. Every movie is a treat. Well Phantom of the Opera was ok, but the rest of this selection was, to me, a long time die-hard horror fan, a delighting pleasure to watch. I especially enjoyed The Invisible Man, Dracula, Bride of Frankenstein and, of course, Creature From the Black Lagoon. And here came the problems. I ordered this set for the first time (because I had to buy it 3 times, and I still don't own it) and received the UK version. Ok I should say it was no big deal, since it played fine in my Blu-Ray player and the UK set looks even better than the US one. Anyway I had to return it because the Creature disc was defective. I asked for a refund. No problem. I ordered it again, made sure it was the US version. Got it right. Same problem. Asked for a replacement. Done. Exact same problem again, for the third time. So I gave up. So I'm not complaining about the movies. And I'm not really complaining about Amazon either. They've been nice and I had no trouble having a replacement or a refund. No extra charges. No annoying questions. I've been buying movies here for many years and I never had problems with an item before. But I guess Universal Pictures should make sure what they're selling. Or maybe I was very, very unlucky...
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