Universal Classic Monsters Collection: Limited Edition Coffin [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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This limited edition coffin contains eight of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of the horror genre. Digitally restored in perfect high-definition picture and sound, The Coffin 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.
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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: The Restoration - Available for The First Time!, Monster Tracks: Interactive Pop-Up Facts About the Making of Dracula, Dracula Archives, Score by Philip Glass performed by the Kronos Quartet, Feature Commentary by Film Historian David J. Skal, Trailer Gallery
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: The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster, Karloff: The Gentle Monster, Monster Tracks: Interactive Pop-Up Facts About The Making of Frankenstein, Universal Horror, Frankenstein Archives, Boo!: A Short Film, Feature Commentary with Film Historian Rudy Behlmer, Feature Commentary with Historian Sir Christopher Frayling, 100 Years Of Universal: Restoring the Classics, Trailer Gallery
The Mummy (1932)
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, Feature Commentary by Rick Baker, Scott Essman, Steve Haberman, Bob Burns and Brent Armstrong, Feature Commentary by Film Historian Paul M. Jensen, 100 Years Of Universal: The Carl Laemmle Era
The Invisible Man (1933)
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: The Invisible Man Revealed, Production Photographs, Feature Commentary with Film Historian Rudy Behlmer, 100 Years of Universal: Unforgettable Characters
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
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: She's Alive! Creating The Bride Of Frankenstein, The Bride Of Frankenstein Archive, Feature Commentary with Scott MacQueen
The Wolf Man (1941)
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 dreamlike atmospheres, elaborate settings and chilling musical score combine to make The Wolf Man a masterpiece of the genre.
Bonus Features: Monster by Moonlight, 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, The Wolf Man Archives, Feature Commentary with Film Historian Tom Weaver
The Phantom of the Opera (1943)
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: The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked, Production Photographs, Feature Commentary with Film Historian Scott MacQueen, 100 Years of Universal: The Lot, Theatrical Trailer
The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) - including Blu-ray 3D version
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, 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 TM 3D, Back to The Black Lagoon, Production Photographs, Feature Commentary with Film Historian Tom Weaver , 100 Years of Universal: The Lot, Trailer Gallery
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Top Customer Reviews
For the price I bought it, each film worked out at about £2 each.
I have been a horror film fan and this started as a young girl watching the Universal classics and also the Hammer House of horror double bills on BBC2, seeing this boxset was being released I kept my eye on it.
Each film has been remastered onto Blu Ray and these black and white master pieces look beautiful in blu ray.
I have just watched Frankenstein, as well as the film it has over three hours of extras, and they are excellent documentaries about Boris Kardoff, The history of Universal studios and the making of Frankenstein.
I know that each film has very good extras.
It also comes with postcards that are copies of the movie posters, they look very good when framed! and also a booklet with some features on the films and stars.
This is not a lazy package, love and care has been put into the restoration and extras (also included is commentaries by film historians)
If you are a fan of these films, I would recommend buy now!
"Dracula" (1931) starring Bela Lugosi ... the Spanish-language film is included as a bonus.
"Frankenstein" (1931) starring Boris Karloff
"The Mummy" (1932) again starring Karloff
"The Invisible Man" (1933) starring Claude Rains
"The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935) the sequel by director James Whale
"The Wolfman" (1941) starring Lon Chaney Jr.
"The Phantom of the Opera" (1943) with Claude Rains
"The Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954) in both standard 2D and in fantastic 3D.
In addition, you get a 44-page booklet about the films and 8 exclusive art cards (showing the original theatrical posters).
For fans of Universal, this is a wonderful box set. Each film costs just £1.50 (at the time of reviewing)!
Okay, some of these movies now appear rather dated. But the quality of the story and acting shines through. While several Universal classics - such as "Son of Dracula" and "Frankenstein meets the Wolfman" - are missing, this collection is nonetheless thoroughly recommended.
The list of movies speak for themselves, and are beautifully restored both in image quality and audio clarity.
The set includes a booklet giving descriptions of each film, along with images of the theatrical posters as well as a set of print cards that look really nice.
The quality of the outer case isn't that great, so be careful when handling it to make sure it doesn't start peeling.
Lastly, this is a bargain price too, considering how much content you get for your money!
My only complaint involves Amazon's continued lack of attention to properly packing items such as this for the journey. The boxed set was not extra-wrapped at all and only a single section of bubble-wrap was inserted with it. Basically, it was free to slip,slide and bang around inside the box for the whole trip, which I'm sure it did. One of the discs had come loose from the spindle, but fortunately wasn't scratched or I would have returned the set and looked elsewhere for it. Amazon might lay this at the door of the shipper, but my response would be that some more time & effort should be spent properly packaging and cushioning items for what has to be expected during shipment. Just placing something in a box with a single plastic bubble isn't cutting it.
The films themselves have been expertly remastered. Both sound and visuals are largely stunning, and they're a joy to watch in such quality. The Invisible Man in particular is like watching a modern film designed to imitate a classic, but not quite being able to pull off the 'authentic' grainy appearance. Extremely impressive.
On top of this there are all sorts of extras that are worthy of an evening's entertainment in their own right. I've yet to watch the Spanish version of Dracula, but I expect that to be yet another pleasant surprise to look forward to.
I have a only a couple issues with this set:
- I love the colourful disc art as well but sadly it's muddled by 5 different types of ratings on the discs as well as other text.
- The original silent version of Phantom of The Opera with Lon Chaney isn't included (even thought it's public domain I feel it really should have been).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice package. booklet. reproduced lobby/postcards. Only downfall is cardboard box I prefer hardcases myself other than that buy it. Mine was from Tesco for £15Published 4 days ago by anthony
What's not to like? 8 absolute classic movies in one box set, and the movie poster cards are a real bonus.Published 1 month ago by Martin
If you are of a certain age(50+) you will absolutely adore this box set.All these classic films have been hd remastered and look stunning(for there age). Read morePublished 2 months ago by wolfers
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I adore this. I am a sucker for old horror movies, and this item is such a treat. I am so very happy with this item. The artwork that is included also :)Published 5 months ago by EmilyJaye