Universal Classic Monsters - The Essential Collection [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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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 and a 44-page booklet.Dracula
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 heart-breaking performance by Lon Chaney Jr. and ground-breaking 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.
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.
The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954):
Captured and imprisoned for scientific study, a living amphibious missing link becomes enamoured 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.
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the plastic coming off isn't what annoys me, it's the fact i did't get what i paid for!
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 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.
Purchased in October 2019, the box only contains the booklet now, sadly not the Movie Posters previously available with this set. And as others have observed, the large plastic box is thin, something of a challenge to open and make sense of, and, from what I can make out, probably broken. But the first film we played, ‘Frankenstein’, was of very superior quality. For the princely sum of £1.73 per disc, I can live with the poor packaging, though I take the point of others about this. I’d say it was short-sighted of Universal, to sell a super product in a container not fit for purpose.
I don’t propose to review the 8 films ~ that has been done to death. I am simply going to give this particular set 5 Stars, despite the packaging shortcomings, because when all is said and done, the object of the exercise is to watch 8 great classic horror movies in the best possible format. And that is what is provided here.
The discs are packed with extra features, the package has a great booklet on the history of these films AND 8 postcard reproductions of advertisement posters for the movies.
All this for the minimal price of £14.39, that's £1.80 per film! No horror film fan can be without this.
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Spedizione Amazon come sempre impeccabile.
Il cofanetto che ho acquistato è la versione britannica, tutti gli otto film contengono la lingua italiana ma il libretto è ovviamente in inglese.
Una compra imprescindible para cinéfilos.
Il cofanetto contiene gli 8 blu ray, le 8 miniature delle locandine e un libretto di una ventina di pagine, con circa 3 pagine dedicate ad ogni film ( in inglese).
La definizione è ottima considerata l'età dei film. Sono presenti molte lingue audio (compreso italiano) e molte lingue dei sottotitoli (compreso italiano).
Ho provato tutti i blu ray su un lettore blu ray/ dvd e, come già citato in un'altra recensione, 2 dischi sembravano essere difettosi ( l'uomo lupo e il fantasma dell'opera). Successivamente, provati su una play station 4, sono risultati perfettamente funzionanti.
Consiglio il confanetto priciplamente a chi possiede una play station 3/4 (sono lettori blu ray), ma anche a chi ha un lettore blu ray normale, considerando però ciò che ho detto.
Il contenuto, la qualità e il prezzo, conferiscono al prodotto 5 stelle meritate.
Este pack no se diferencia en nada al pack editado en España, ya que desde el menú inicio eliges la opción de español.
La lastima es que la versión doblada no nos ofrezca el doblaje original, pero eso ya sería la perfección (en la edición española tampoco está disponible).
Recomiendo la compra al 100%, su cálidad es superior y su precio inmejorable.
PS: pour les plus jeunes, une petite précision, il s'agit de film en noir et blanc sans explosions toutes les 10 secondes et pas de gore, ici ce sont les jeux d'acteurs qui priment, l'histoire, les décors et évidemment le côté historique de ces films qui date de 1931 pour le plus ancien.
La confezione è ben realizzata e contiene, oltre ai dvd, le riproduzioni in formato cartolina delle locandine originali dei film.
Anche i dvd, dal menù essenziale ma completo, sono ben realizzati con un'immagine pulita (nonostante l'età dei film) e un audio anche in italiano.
Davvero un'ottima edizione.
(24 film in 50 edizioni e 45 dischi)
1. Dracula (1931), steelbook Alex Ross + blu ray + dvd R1 in inglese;
2. Dracula versione spagnola (1931), blu ray e dvd R1 in inglese;
3. La figlia di Dracula (1936), dvd R1 in inglese;
4. Il figlio di Dracula (1943), dvd R1 in inglese;
5. La casa degli orrori (1945); dvd R1 in inglese;
6. Frankenstein (1931), steelbook Alex Ross + blu ray + dvd R1 in inglese;
7. La moglie di Frankenstein (1935), steelbook Alex Ross + blu ray + dvd R1 in inglese;
8. Il figlio di Frankenstein (1939), dvd R1 in inglese;
9. Il terrore di Frankenstein (1942), dvd R1 in inglese;
10. Al di là del mistero (1944), dvd R1 in inglese;
11. L'uomo lupo (1941), steelbook Alex Ross + blu ray + dvd R1 in inglese;
12. Il segreto del Tibet (1935), dvd R1 in inglese;
13. Frankenstein contro l'uomo lupo (1943), dvd R1 in inglese;
14. La donna lupo di Londra (1946), dvd R1 in inglese;
15. La mummia (1932), steelbook Alex Ross + blu ray;
16. L'uomo invisibile (1936), steelbook Alex Ross + blu ray + dvd;
17. Il fantasma dell'Opera (1942), blu ray;
18. Il mostro della laguna nera (1954), steelbook Alex Ross + blu ray + blu ray 3D + dvd
19. Demoni e dei (1998), dvd in inglese;
20. La mummia (1999), dvd + in trilogia steelbook;
21. La mummia - Il ritorno (2001), dvd + in trilogia steelbook;
22. Van Helsing (2004), dvd;
23. Wolfman (2010), blu ray;
24. La mummia - La tomba dell’imperatore dragnone (2007), steelbook + in trilogia steelbook