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Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection [Blu-ray] [1931] [Region Free]

Boris Karloff , Claude Rains    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Boris Karloff, Claude Rains, Julie Adams, Susanna Foster, Lon Chaney Jr
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008H45YSO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,137 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


For the first time ever, eight of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of the horror genre are available together on Blu-ray as Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection. Digitally restored in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound. This essential set includes a never-before-seen featurette about the restoration of Dracula and the first ever offering of Creature from the Black Lagoon in its restored Blu-ray 3D version.

Contains hours of bonus features, a 44-page booklet and 8 exclusive art cards with original theatrical posters.

Dracula (1931):
The original 1931 movie version of Bram Stoker's classic tale has for generations defined the iconic look and terrifying persona of the famed vampire. Dracula owes its continued appeal in large part due to Bela Lugosi's indelible portrayal of the immortal Count Dracula and the flawless direction of horror auteur Tod Browning.

Bonus Features:
  • Dracula (1931) Spanish Version
  • Introduction to the Spanish Version by Lupita Tovar Kohner
  • Dracula: The Restoration
  • The Road To Dracula
  • Lugosi: The Dark Prince
  • Feature Commentary by Film Historian David J. Skal
  • Alternate Score By Philip Glass performed by the Kronos Quartet
  • Dracula Archives
  • Monster Tracks Pop-Up Facts (pop-up facts about the making of Dracula that can be read while watching the film)
  • Trailer Gallery: Centennial Trailer, Dracula Trailer, Dracula's Daughter Trailer, Son Of Dracula Trailer, House of Dracula Trailer

Boris Karloff stars as the screen's most tragic and iconic monster in what many consider to be the greatest horror film ever made. Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) dares to tamper with the essential nature of life and death by creating a monster (Karloff) out of lifeless human body parts. Director James Whale's adaptation of the Mary Shelley novel and Karloff's compassionate portrayal of a creature groping for identity make Frankenstein a timeless masterpiece.

Bonus Features:
  • 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics
  • The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made A Monster
  • Karloff: The Gentle Monster
  • Monster Tracks Pop-Up Facts (pop-up facts about the making of Frankenstein that can be read while watching the film)
  • Universal Horror
  • Frankenstein Archives
  • Boo!: A Short Film
  • Feature Commentary With Film Historian Rudy Behlmer
  • Feature Commentary With Historian Sir Christopher Frayling
  • Trailer Gallery: Centennial Trailer, Frankenstein Trailer, The Bride of Frankenstein Trailer, The Ghost of Frankenstein Trailer, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man Trailer, House of Frankenstein Trailer

The Mummy
Horror icon Boris Karloff stars in the original 1932 version of The Mummy in which a team of British archaeologists accidentally revives a mummified high priest after 3,700 years. Alive again, he sets out on an obsessive--and deadly--quest to find his lost love. Over 50 years after its first release, this brooding dream-like horror classic remains a cinematic masterpiece.

Bonus Features:
  • 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
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Carl Laemmle Era
  • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Paul M Jensen
  • Feature Commentary by Rick Baker, Scott Essman, Steven Haberman, Bob Burns and Brent Armstrong
  • Trailer Gallery: Centennial Trailer, The Mummy Theatrical Trailer, The Mummy's Tomb Theatrical Trailer, The Mummy's Ghost Trailer, The Mummy's Curse Trailer, The Mummy's Hand Trailer

The Invisible Man
Claude Rains delivers an unforgettable performance in his screen debut as a mysterious doctor who discovers a serum that makes him invisible. Covered by bandages and dark glasses, Rains arrives in a small English village and attempts to hide his amazing discovery, but the drug's side effects slowly drive him to commit acts of unspeakable terror.

Bonus Features:
  • Now You See Him: Invisible Man Revealed
  • 100 Years of Universal: Unforgettable Characters
  • Production Photographs
  • Feature Commentary with film historian Rudy Behlmer
  • Centennial Trailer

The Bride of Frankenstein
The acclaimed sequel to the original Frankenstein has become one of the most popular horror classics in film history. The legendary Boris Karloff reprises his role as the screen's most misunderstood monster, now longing for a mate of his own. Colin Clive is back as the proud and overly ambitious Dr. Frankenstein, who creates the ill-fated bride (Elsa Lanchester). The last horror film directed by James Whale features a haunting musical score that helps make The Bride of Frankenstein one of the finest and most touching thrillers of its era.

Bonus Features:
  • 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics
  • She's Alive! Creating The Bride of Frankestein
  • The Bride of Frankenstein Archives
  • Feature Commentary with Scott MacQueen
  • Trailer Gallery: Centennial Trailer, Frankenstein Trailer, The Bride of Frankenstein Trailer, The Ghost of Frankenstein Trailer, House of Frankenstein Trailer

The Wolf Man
Originally released in 1941, The Wolf Man introduced the world to a new Universal movie monster and redefined the mythology of the werewolf forever. Featuring a heartbreaking performance by Lon Chaney Jr. and groundbreaking make-up by Jack Pierce, The Wolf Man is the saga of Larry Talbot, a cursed man who transforms into a deadly werewolf when the moon is full. The dream-like atmospheres, elaborate settings and chilling musical score combine to make The Wolf Man a masterpiece of the genre.

Bonus Features:
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot
  • Monsters By Moonlight: An Original Documentary
  • The Wolf Man: From Ancient Curse to Modern Myth
  • Pure In Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney Jr.
  • He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce
  • Wolf Man Archives
  • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Tom Weaver
  • Trailer Gallery: Centennial Trailer, The Wolf Man (1941) Trailer, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man Trailer, Werewolf of London Trailer, She-Wolf of London Trailer, House of Frankenstein Trailer, House of Dracula Trailer

The Phantom of the Opera
This lavish retelling of Gaston Leroux's immortal horror tale stars Claude Rains as the masked phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House. A crazed composer who schemes to make beautiful young soprano Christine DuBois (Susanna Foster) the star of the opera company, the Phantom also wreaks revenge on those he believes stole his music. Nelson Eddy, as the heroic baritone, tries to win the affections of Christine as he tracks down the murderous, horribly disfigured Phantom.

Bonus Features:
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot
  • The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked
  • Production Photographs
  • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Scott MacQueen
  • Phantom of the Opera Theatrical Trailer
  • Centennial Trailer

The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954):
Captured and imprisoned for scientific study, a living "amphibious missing link" becomes enamored with the head researcher's female assistant (Julie Adams). When the hideous creature escapes and kidnaps the object of his affection, a crusade is launched to rescue the helpless woman and cast the terrifying creature back to the depths from which he came. Featuring legendary makeup artist Bud Westmore's brilliantly designed monster, The Creature from the Black Lagoon is an enduring tribute to the imaginative genius of its Hollywood creators.

Bonus Features:
  • The Creature From The Black Lagoon in Blu-ray 3D
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot
  • Back to the Black Lagoon
  • Production Photographs
  • Feature Commentary With Film Historian Tom Weaver
  • Trailer Gallery: Centennial Trailer, The Creature From The Black Lagoon Trailer 1, The Creature From The Black Lagoon Trailer 2, Revenge of the Creature Trailer, The Creature Walks Among Us Trailer

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE was put into this set! 11 April 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Me, being an American, typically have to deal with the fact the foreign releases are usually better. In the case of the Universal Monsters set it is especially true. Fortunately, even with the exchange rate out of my favor I still spent over 30% less ordering the UK version from Amazon UK rather than purchasing the inferior US version....WHOOPEE!!!

Anyways, this set is great. The bells and whistles are all there - glossy lobby cards, info book with interesting factoids and historical pictures, and the disc layout is great to look at and safely houses the discs themselves -- unlike the US edition.

Most importantly, Universal did a first rate job on the restorations and digital transfers. The movies look fantastic, with the majority of defects from the source material all but removed. Even with the digital restoration that took place the movies still have a film-like look to them.

There is nothing like these movies. They take me back to my childhood in the 1990's, getting home from trick-or-treating and then watching Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolfman, etc. with my parents when I returned home.

A MUST BUY! For any USofA folks reading this who have not purchased anything from Amazon UK before, I want you to know it was a smooth transaction. The shipping charge was very inexpensive, and the product arrived all the way to me in WI in less than two weeks. Double check with your credit card co. to see if they charge foreign transaction fees. Some do, some don't - it's usually pretty cheap anyways. Cheers!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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First the quality of what I've looked at so far, Mostly the Mummy, one of the weakest regular DVD productions: it's inhumanly good. Though is flows smoothly, each frame has the sharpness and modernity of a still photo shot yesterday! The sound and score betrays the pictures age, but it too has been mastered to a level of quality never before reached and probably not to be surpassed.
The packaging is a bit cumbersome but not worth complaining about. Extra features abound. I've recently seen a TCM real theater screening of a double feature, Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. I am a firm believer of seeinig films in the theater if at all possible, but this set completely justifies watching them again and again at home.

I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I only hope for a Hammer Films collection on this level containing each of its main horror films: Curse of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula, The Mummy, Phantom of the Opera, Curse of the Werewolf and perhaps the remarkable strong sequel Revenge of Frankenstein.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Creatures!!! 2 Oct 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Well, what to say about this lavish boxset unleashed upon us by Universal. 8 classic monster movies (9 if you count the Spanish Dracula seperately) immaculately presented on Bluray for our viewing pleasure.

All I can say after viewing both Draculas, Frankenstein and a quick viewing of the other movies in the set, is STUNNING! Thank you Universal. The picture quality is quite incredible as far as I can see. Viewing on a 42" TV through a PS3. The upgrade in picture and sound quality, from the DVD editions, is remarkable as you would expect. I have compared them haha.

My only little gripe is the version of Phantom of the Opera is not the version from 1925 with a really creepy phantom but the 1943 one which I havent seen but Im sure is a fine film and is also the only colour film of the entire set and as such, to me, seems slightly out of place. Nevermind though, with a package this good it seems churlish to gripe.

Extras for all the films vary in quality but all have at least a commentary or 2 from some well regarded film historian/buff/scholar and some form of making of the production included. Great stuff all round. In particular the featurette on restoring Dracula for HD was very interesting.

We even get a 3D version of Creature From the Black Lagoon whcich will be nice when I get my 3DTV :)

Rounded out with a set of postcards with the original posters for the films and a brilliant booklet brimming with info this set is a must own at its ridiculously cheap price!!

Highly recommended.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfection 6 Nov 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I own a significant number of films on a variety of formats.
When I was a young lad, I remember watching these Universal dark fantasy films on a black & white television and I would tape the dialogue on an old cassette recorder and play it back over and over, playing the movie in my mind.
In 1980, a friend of mine invited me to his house and played a beta video of a movie on his tv. I was dumbstruck. He actually "owned" a movie.
The floodgates soon opened.
In the following years, if it was Universal Horror, I bought it.
Universal was quite prolific introducing their library to the masses. I think they put EVERYTHING on VHS or damn near. So I bought it and was enraptured.
Now in this day and age of torture porn and slasher flicks, none of these movies are horror. They are dark fantasy and as far as Frankenstein is concerned, science fiction. Works for me.
Following the release of Van Helsing, (a "good" movie) Stephen Sommers advocated for the re-release of these classic horror films on dvd in the "Legacy Series". For this alone, if nothing else, this man must be applauded.
Not only did we receive the main classics but all the sequels and affiliated movies. I was awe struck and bought them all.
Now, Universal has taken these main classics and given them the care and attention they so richly deserve.
The difference from previous releases is staggering.
They are as good, if not better than seen the first time in theatre.
And Creature From The Black Lagoon in 3D...are you serious? Worth the price of the entire set alone!
If you do not buy this set, you are losing out on not just great movies but a chance to touch history. You actually get to "OWN" the movie. I'm humbled.
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