Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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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.
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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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Terrible quality. Didn't even watch the movies due to damage on the discs. Ordered a replacement and it was just as scratched up as the first. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chris
I love everything about this set except that the booklet is in German. It looks like I got an EU set, but the price was right.Published on Nov. 29 2012 by John D Stewart
Some obvious missing choices, as in King Kong, the Freaks, and White Zombie to name a few, and the sequels to the Creature fro the Black Lagoon and others are missing as well. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2012 by Dean Wirth
Although this monster collection is on blu-ray, including The Invisible Man, there is no Invisible Woman. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2012 by Kevin Barton
I find this "Monster" box set enormously entertaining, with the exception of the "Phantom" remake. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2003 by Stevie Vintage
This is the ultimate set. I plan on watching each DVD thru October with my son for Halloween (he loves the Creature). Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2002 by Amazon Customer