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 Posted:   May 6, 2012 - 9:42 PM   
 By:   Mike_H   (Member)

As a kid in the early 90's I remember being captivated by the cool cover art of the Universal Monsters "Classic Collection". I know that most of them were renderings of pre-existing stills, but does anyone know who the particular artist involved was? Or if prints can be ordered? On Netflix The Mummy's Curse features the full artwork unhampered by the old VHS size restrictions and it's pretty gorgeous.















 
 Posted:   May 6, 2012 - 9:55 PM   
 By:   gmontag451   (Member)

Those are great! Thenks for sharing. Kind of makes me regret selling off my set when I upgraded to DVDs. I might have to start a VHS collection just for these.

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2012 - 8:08 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Everytime i see those VHS tapes in pawn shops house sales or flea markets even though i can see the film in another format, i am tempted to buy it just for the classy covers as a collector's item.

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2012 - 11:20 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

These wonderful covers prove to me once again what class Universal had and it angers me that the folks in charge over there nowadays treat the Universal heritage so badly. When I look at my DVD collection and the series I love, I quite often go: "Of course Universal". The great stuff they made, whether it be the old horror series, "Kolchak" or "Knightrider", they gave so much to spark the imagination and filled so many hours with top notch entertainment...................... and they treat their DVDs and music productions so badly.

Those VHS covers are a bit like the great Aurora model kit artwork. Wouldn't be surprised if the artist was emulating or was at least inspired by it.

D.S.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2012 - 3:17 PM   
 By:   Mike_H   (Member)

I happened to stumble across this, which shows the full un-cropped artwork for DRACULA'S DAUGHTER:






I'd love to be able to own these prints.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2013 - 1:15 PM   
 By:   crissrudd4554   (Member)

Here's a few I found. I even found some for the Abbott and Costello films. Sizes vary.

Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

Island of Lost Souls (1932)

Colorized version done by a friend of mine.

The Invisible Man (1933)

The Black Cat (1934)

The Raven (1935)

Dracula's Daughter (1936)

The Mummy's Hand (1940)

House of Frankenstein (1944)

The Mummy's Curse (1944)

House of Dracula (1945)

Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein (1948)

Abbott & Costello meet the Invisible Man (1951)

Abbott & Costello meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)

Abbott & Costello meet the Mummy (1955)

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2013 - 2:01 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

These ARE great!

Add these---all minus text---to several hundred examples of the airbrushed art that came out on the old Turner Entertainment/MGM-UA packaging for lasers and tapes in the '80s and '90s for all genres of films from THE MALTESE FALCON to BILLY ROSE'S JUMBO to ANTHONY ADVERSE to ADVENTURES OF DON JUAN and you'd have a gorgeous coffee-table, Harry N. Abrams gift book for the ages.....all full-color (except for the few B+W pieces) and full-page illustrations!

Not only would it bring back wonderful memories of the films for film buffs, but also memories of the films on video for those who collected them, as well.

It would likely have to be done very quickly now, as many of the originals of this stuff are probably getting scuffed, scratched, water or heat damaged, trashed, or lost. Sadly.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2013 - 5:53 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Very quickly indeed, preserve your memories there all that's left you.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2013 - 5:53 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

delete

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2013 - 4:21 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Well, this was a popular seller!!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2013 - 6:43 AM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

They are okay but too smooth for my liking. The Aurora model kit box art and the old Ackerman magazine covers are still the ones to beat, and remain unbeatable.





D.S.

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2013 - 7:06 AM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

A few years ago I purchased the Universal DVD box of "classic monsters", and it came with these three plasticky (excuse me: resin cast) miniature busts:



Aren't they cool? Er, cheap, er tacky?

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2013 - 8:11 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

I have the busts too. Very classy.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2013 - 11:56 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

I never bought them but my brother did. Which was sort of weird because he's not really a memorabilia kind of guy. As I recall he got the DVD/bust set super cheap at Costco. I guess that was why.

About 15 years ago or so, I bought up a few of the 12" articulated figures. Really beautiful detailing on them. "London After Midnight", "The Wolfman", etc.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2013 - 10:08 PM   
 By:   crissrudd4554   (Member)

These ARE great!

Add these---all minus text---to several hundred examples of the airbrushed art that came out on the old Turner Entertainment/MGM-UA packaging for lasers and tapes in the '80s and '90s for all genres of films from THE MALTESE FALCON to BILLY ROSE'S JUMBO to ANTHONY ADVERSE to ADVENTURES OF DON JUAN and you'd have a gorgeous coffee-table, Harry N. Abrams gift book for the ages.....all full-color (except for the few B+W pieces) and full-page illustrations!

Not only would it bring back wonderful memories of the films for film buffs, but also memories of the films on video for those who collected them, as well.

It would likely have to be done very quickly now, as many of the originals of this stuff are probably getting scuffed, scratched, water or heat damaged, trashed, or lost. Sadly.


Funny that you brought up MGM. Here's two variations of The Wizard of Oz that were used as VHS artwork. Yes it would be nice to have all these home video artworks preserved for collectors. Also if anyone else finds any more logo free versions of the Universal Monster covers please post!! Tryin to collect as much as I can!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2013 - 10:09 PM   
 By:   crissrudd4554   (Member)

Also I have the Monster busts too. Not sure where they are though.

 
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