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classic monsters collection - Il mostro della laguna nera / L' uomo invisibile / Il fantasma dell'Opera / La Mummia (4 Dvd) Italian Import

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  • Language: English, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Italian, Polish, Portuguese
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X7LT9I
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Format: Blu-ray
It was with a certain amount of trepidation that I bought this box set. "How on earth can they get these shining gems of early horror look good enough for Blu ray?" I asked myself. Actually it was more a statement of "I hope they don't look crap".

Well they look absolutely amazing! The movies have been lovingly restored and are as crisp as a fresh iceberg lettuce. As a child I would watch these movies when they were shown as a Friday night double bill. Ever since they have held a special place in my heart and I am truly delighted that they have been made available in such a fabulous quality. If I was to make one adverse comment it would be about the audio quality in a couple of the movies. There is a mild but audible hiss, which is often present in old movies, however it does not detract from the enjoyment of watching them.

The box set includes Dracula, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Phantom of the Opera, The Wolf Man, The Mummy and The Creature From the Black Lagoon. Each disc is printed with a section from the original movie poster ans they are housed in a four-fold digi-pak, each section being printed so they show through the transparent disc holders. In addition to the beautifully presented digi-pak a set of movie postcards and a well thought out booklet are included. The whole lot is then housed in a card slipcase.

To compliment each movie there is a selection of documentaries, movie stills etc which are a great watch in their own right. The documentary on Lon Chaney Jr was especially good. Each movie is pretty short, being about 75 mins, but the actors pack a lot into the time and you just don't get a chance to get bored.
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By Su TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Feb. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This boxset contains so many memories for me. Memories of BBC on Friday nights after 11 pm when they used to show monster movies - the old ones with the little aeroplane circling the globe at the beginning along with Hammer Horrors and the like.

The box-set contains 8 postcards illustrating the movie posters for the 8 films within this box-set: Dracula; Frankenstein; The Mummy; The Invisible Man; The Bride of Frankenstein; The Wolf Man; The Phantom of the Opera; and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

There is an interesting booklet about Univeral and the monster movies which they made.

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DRACULA - 1931

Bella Legosi stars as the infamous blood sucker of Bram Stoker's famous book, with Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing, Dwight Frye as Renfield, Helen Chandler as Mina and David Manners as John Harker.

Extras:
- Commentary - David J Skal (film historian)
- Road to Dracula
- Lugosi - Dark Prince
- Dracula the Restoration
- Monster Tracks (interactive/pop-up facts)
- Dracula Archives
- Score by Philip Glass
- Trailer Gallery

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FRANKENSTEIN - 1931

Boris Karloff as "The Monster" in the film that made him a star. Frankenstein was "based" on the famous novel by Mary Shelley.

Extras:
- Commentary - Rudy Behlmer (film historian)
- Commentary - Sir Christopher Frayling
- Frankenstein Files - How Hollywood made a Monster
- Karloff - The Gentle Monster
- Monster Tracks
- Universal Horror
- Frankenstein Archives
- Boo! - Short Film
- 100 Years of Universal - Restoring the Classics
- Trailer Gallery

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THE MUMMY - 1932

Boris Karloff appears in another of his famous "monster" roles.
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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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