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

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  • Actors: Boris Karloff, Claude Rains, Julie Adams, Susanna Foster, Lon Chaney Jr
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, English
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish
  • 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 (334 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008H45YSO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,203 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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, 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

Frankenstein
(1931):
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
(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
  • 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
(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: Invisible Man Revealed
  • 100 Years of Universal: Unforgettable Characters
  • Production Photographs
  • Feature Commentary with film historian Rudy Behlmer
  • Centennial Trailer

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:
  • 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
(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 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
(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:
  • 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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I find it hard to find any fault with this package.
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!
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By S P Mead TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 May 2016
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This is a truly fantastic collection of films on Blu-ray - at a very reasonable price. This is the box set of classic monster movies - by Universal Studios - from the age of the silver screen! You get 8 discs, consisting of the following films:

"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.
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If you are a fan of Horror, and seeing how film restoration should be done, this is everything you want!
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!
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Wonderful, HD versions of these true classics of the horror genre. I especially like that the 1943 version of the Phantom of the Opera is included as well. Picture and sound are both top notch. The discs themselves are printed with a painting from a film poster on the non-playing side and just one film per disc. The discs are mounted on hubs and spindles rather than slid in a bunch of sleeves. A little bit annoying as to the way the hub/spindles are arranged - difficult to get at some of the discs. A nice booklet and set of movie poster cards are also included. Well done.
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.
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Great set! While I prefer the packaging of the North American release because it has a nice cardboard book-style layout that holds the discs this is still a fantastic set for the price I paid! 8 discs, a booklet and poster cards. I mainly bought it for The Creature From The Black Lagoon as it's actually in widescreen AND in 3D (3D blu-ray player w/ HDMI cable, 3D compatible TV required) and it's the transfer is just fantastic! It's better than most actual 3D blu-rays that I own and definitely worth the price of admission. All the other transfers looks almost as good and the Spanish version of Dracula is also included (which actually appears to be in better condition than the American Dracula).

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).
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