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Universal Monsters: The Essential Collection

Model: BDPA24393

SKU: 484967 Product ID: 764678

Format - 8 Blu-Ray

Genre - Horror

Rating - M

Consumer Advice - Violence and low level coarse language

Release Date - 30/10/13

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    Digitally restored from high resolution film elements in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound for the first time ever, Universal Monsters: The Essential Collection brings together the very best of Universal’s legendary monsters—imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror that launched a uniquely Hollywood movie genre. This definitive collection features eight films on Blu-Ray, each iconic film is accompanied by an array of bonus features that tell the fascinating story of its creation and history, including behind-the-scenes documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, storyboards, photo galleries, and trailers. Especially appealing for fans are 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.
    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. The Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection includes the original version of this chilling and evocative tale, as well as the rarely seen Spanish version of Dracula. Filmed simultaneously with the English language version, the Spanish version of Dracula is an equally ominous vision of the horror classic shot with the same sets and script. Cinematographer George Robinson and a vibrant cast including Carlos Villarias and Lupita Tovar deliver a chilling and evocative tale filled with the same terror, mystery, and intrigue.
    Special Features
    Dracula, the 1931 Spanish version, with Introduction by Lupita Tovar Kohner
    The Road to Dracula
    Lugosi: The Dark Prince
    Dracula: The Restoration – New Featurette 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
    Feature Commentary by Steve Haberman, Screenwriter of Dracula: Dead and Loving It
    Trailer Gallery
    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.
    Special 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.
    Special 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
    Trailer Gallery
    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. Based on H.G. Welles’ classic novel and directed by the master of macabre, James Whale, The Invisible Man fueled a host of sequels and features revolutionary special effects that are still imitated today.
    Special Features
    Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed
    Production Photographs
    Feature Commentary with Film Historian Rudy Behlmer
    100 Years of Universal: Unforgettable Characters
    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.
    Special Features
    She’s Alive! Creating The Bride Of Frankenstein
    The Bride Of Frankenstein Archive
    Feature Commentary with Scott MacQueen
    100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics
    Trailer Gallery
    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.
    Special 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
    100 Years of Universal: The Lot
    Trailer Gallery
    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.
    Special Features
    The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked
    Production Photographs
    Feature Commentary with Film Historian Scott MacQueen
    100 Years of Universal: The Lot
    Theatrical Trailer
    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, Creature from the Black Lagoon is an enduring tribute to the imaginative genius of its Hollywood creators.
    Special Features
    The Creature From The Black Lagoon in Blu-ray 3D
    Back to The Black Lagoon
    Production Photographs
    Feature Commentary with Film Historian Tom Weaver
    100 Years of Universal: The Lot
    Trailer Gallery

Details

    Actors - Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Claude Rains, Elsa Lanchester

    Film Genre - Horror

    Label - Universal Sony Pictures P/l

    Audio - English (Dolby Digital 2.0)

    Subtitles - English

    Running Time - 606

    Aspect Ratio - 1.33:1

    Region Coding - B (Blu-Ray)

    TV Standard - PAL

    Rating - M

    Consumer Advice - Violence and low level coarse language

    Year of Release - 1931

    Primary Format - Movies/TV - Blu-Ray

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Essential Collection. Look, this is a wonderful collection of all the Universal Monsters films on Bluray. Yes, it doesn't have all of the sub-films that were made in the Universal Monsters banner (oh how I'd love a complete set with Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman and Son of Dracula...), but it has the core films. They're presented brilliantly - for anyone who says 'why should I get a Bluray version of a Black and White film?', well, this answers your question. This great transfer of the classic films is perfect. A must have for any film lover.
Date published: 2016-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic. "Must have" for any true horror fan This is is brilliant collection. Many of these films (along with the Hammer classics) were a staple of late night TV when I was growing up. But this collection shows them as never seen before - cleaned and restored with a clear picture and without the hissy audio. This is a great way to see what started the genre and many of the classic scenes that we take for granted today. It's also a great time capsule - picking up on the talents of the people involved such as actors Colin Clive (Dr Henry Frankenstein), Boris Karloff (Frankenstein/The Mummy), Bela Lugosi (Dracula), director James Whale, and Universal's head of production Carl Laemmle Jr who sponsored and greenlit these films which where a big risk for the studio in their day. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-07-30
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