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 Posted:   Jun 29, 2012 - 5:05 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Nice...very nice. From Bluray.com :

In the fall, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will bring the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection to Blu-ray. This eight-disc, limited-edition box set compiles nine films from the studio's venerated horror movie catalog, all of which make their respective U.S. Blu-ray debuts through this package.

The films include:

Dracula (1931)
Drácula [Spanish-language version] (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
The Mummy (1932)
The Invisible Man (1933)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The Wolf Man (1941)
Phantom of the Opera (1943)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (3-D, 1954)

Universal's press release notes that the nine pictures have been "digitally restored from high resolution film elements." The set also includes over twelve hours of bonus supplements





It looks like the Legacy DVD's remastered for BR, which is fine, those IMO were some brilliant DVD presentations. This will be a bit pricey with pre-orders set at $111.99



Read more on the set here:



http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=9036

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2012 - 5:22 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

About time some classic horrors started turning up on Blu-ray. I'll wait 'till the price nudges down a bit. I'm surprised there's not a super deluxe version with a big bust of Frankenstein or something like that, the collectors would be all over that (I still have my alien head). Roll on the sequals, Son Of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman ect. (including the cheapo Mummy films that I enjoy so much). Now lets have the classic Hammer & American International movies please.

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2012 - 5:36 AM   
 By:   TM2-Megatron   (Member)

I hope CREATURE is a genuine 3-D Blu-Ray, and not merely the anaglyph version with a few cheap pairs of glasses thrown in the case.

If this signals the beginning of the release of classic 3-D titles on 3DBD, I'm pretty excited. I've never seen any of the 1950s or 1980s 3-D flicks projected with a polarized 3-D system, but I'll gladly take them on a modern 3DTV, since that's a pretty similar experience.

Kind of disappointing the sequels aren't included, though. On the Legacy Series DVDs (which I have), you got all the sequels along with the original film.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2012 - 5:58 AM   
 By:   The Man-Eating Cow   (Member)

When the Universal Monsters catalogue first showed up on DVD, I bought them at Suncoast Video (remember them?) for thirty bucks a crack. Or about 240 bones. As far as I'm concerned, getting them all on BR for half that is a steal. A steal, I tell you!

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2012 - 6:03 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Fucking cardboard sleeve packaging... mad

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2012 - 6:35 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

The UK set is up for pre-order at Play for £40, it looks like it doesn't have the Spanish Dracula, but at £5 a movie, no-one could complain at that!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2012 - 7:08 AM   
 By:   Jameson281   (Member)

I hope CREATURE is a genuine 3-D Blu-Ray, and not merely the anaglyph version with a few cheap pairs of glasses thrown in the case.

It's the real deal, NOT anaglyph.

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2012 - 7:09 AM   
 By:   TM2-Megatron   (Member)

I hope CREATURE is a genuine 3-D Blu-Ray, and not merely the anaglyph version with a few cheap pairs of glasses thrown in the case.

It's the real deal, NOT anaglyph.


That's incredibly good news, and as a result I'll probably buy this set on day 1. I need to show my support for classic 3-D films on the 3DBD format.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2012 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

I suspect we've reached the tipping point for 3-d on Blu-ray, with more and more players and TV sets having support for it. At this stage I don't think we'll see many (or any) more anaglyph releases, except possibly for releases that might've been specifically intended to be seen with anaglyph systems as opposed to polarized lenses or whatever.

There may well be plenty of older 3-d titles that get released only in 2-d, though (because of market concerns or unavailability of 3-d elements or whatever), but I'd bet that from here on out, if a movie is released on BD in 3-d at all, it'll be "proper" 3-d and not anaglyph, 99 times out of 100 or better.

Oh, and this specific set looks really cool. A shame I can't afford it - not anytime soon, anyway, but we'll see about later on...

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2012 - 12:39 PM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

I just wish Universal and the Douris Corp would get together and release the LOC print of THE OLD DARK HOUSE.

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2012 - 1:37 PM   
 By:   gmontag451   (Member)

I hope CREATURE is a genuine 3-D Blu-Ray, and not merely the anaglyph version with a few cheap pairs of glasses thrown in the case.

It's the real deal, NOT anaglyph.


Nice. This is a must have for me!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2012 - 6:22 PM   
 By:   Jameson281   (Member)

I just wish Universal and the Douris Corp would get together and release the LOC print of THE OLD DARK HOUSE.

Universal has no rights anymore, so there's no incentive for them to do so.

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2012 - 6:26 PM   
 By:   Charles Thaxton   (Member)

Why include the Spanish DRACULA? What's the point really?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2012 - 6:41 PM   
 By:   Pete Apruzzese   (Member)

Why include the Spanish DRACULA? What's the point really?

Because its a terrific, different take on the story and their print looks fantastic?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2012 - 7:50 PM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

Why include the Spanish DRACULA? What's the point really?

Because it's fascinating to compare the two. In some ways it's practically the same production - shot on the same sets, with the same props, using a translated version of the same script, and using some of the same establishing / long shots, yet with a completely different cast and crew; it really helps one to see and understand exactly what certain parts of the production contribute. It's also arguably a better movie than the more famous, acknowledged classic English version with Lugosi. I personally think Bela Lugosi is better in the title role, but in most other respects the Spanish version is better (better supporting cast, better camerawork, better pacing, etc.). Furthermore, it also retains scenes cut from the English one. And the two versions easily fit on a disc together. Why not include it?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2012 - 5:52 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

The UK set is up for pre-order at Play for £40, it looks like it doesn't have the Spanish Dracula, but at £5 a movie, no-one could complain at that!

*in the UK* I see Sainsbury's have it on pre-order for £34 & if you use their 10% off first time order code you can get it for under £31, that's less than £4 a movie

http://www.sainsburysentertainment.co.uk/en/Films-TV/Blu-ray/Boris-Karloff/Universal-Classic-Monsters-The-Essential-Collection/product.html?product=E11105738

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2012 - 4:21 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I've been thinking about this & I think I'll stick with the DVD's. The Blu's won't be a huge upgrade (nothing like), & the amount of time I watch any of them, maybe every two or three years, it's not worth it. I'm going through the Mummy films right now...& only the first one is in the box.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2012 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   Jon C   (Member)

I'll stick with the Legacy Collections that came out a few years back. 4 Mummy, 5 Frankenstein, 4 Wolf-Man, 5 Dracula, 5 Invisible Man, and 3 Creature From the Black Lagoon movies. Yes they are separate sets, but so many more movies.

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2012 - 12:46 PM   
 By:   Buscemi   (Member)

The Spanish Dracula is a much better film than the Lugosi Dracula. For one, it's got a plot.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2012 - 4:28 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

It looks like these films will be released individually as well, Amazon UK has them up for pre-order the same date as the box, £10.49 each. I think I'll just wait a bit & buy The Creature From The Black Lagoon for £5.

 
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