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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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In High Definition !!!!
Has definition changed then from those old days when the movies were made.
Seems only to justify putting on Blue Ray for the additional content and restoration.
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Cheers Andy,wanted Frankenstein and Dracula so might as well buy this and see the other discs as extras ;)
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goodfera
In High Definition !!!!
Has definition changed then from those old days when the movies were made.
Seems only to justify putting on Blue Ray for the additional content and restoration.

The ability to film things in what we now lovingly call 'High Definition' wasn't something that was invented the same day the first Blu-ray player was invented. However the ability to watch old films like these at home with such sharp images is quite new.

Have a read of some of the reviews (and I don't just mean on Amazon, where this gets pretty much 5* based on 200 reviews) on the overall quality of these films.
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goodfera
In High Definition !!!!
Has definition changed then from those old days when the movies were made.
Seems only to justify putting on Blue Ray for the additional content and restoration.

Come back when you've looked up how to spell the format (_;)
1 Like #6
This is an awesome set, & black lagoon has some brilliant pop outs in 3d
1 Like #7
I had only just bought this on Amazon a couple of days ago as it was already the cheapest I could find (including eBay) at £19.50. I can't imagine this getting any cheaper any time soon.

Exceptional box set, great price. Just get it.

Voted hot. Just gutted I didn't wait a couple of extra days.
#8
Hot, bought, thanks poster..

Dan
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goodfera
In High Definition !!!!
Has definition changed then from those old days when the movies were made.
Seems only to justify putting on Blue Ray for the additional content and restoration.

Yes, definition has changed however these movies were shot on film and in the past were likely only scanned at standard resolution as that was all that was necessary for TV or DVDs. These films have now been rescanned at a much higher resolution, probably 4K, for higher res formats. All of these movies look amazing, definitely worth a purchase.

Edited By: magicnigel on Jun 30, 2014 09:34
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goodfera
In High Definition !!!!
Has definition changed then from those old days when the movies were made.
Seems only to justify putting on Blue Ray for the additional content and restoration.

What? If something was shot on film then of course the original print is going to be in higher definition than people are used to seeing on TV, VHS or DVD. What difference does it make if its a newer or older film? That aside, why would the additional content and restoration not justify putting it on bluray? Seriously, some people seem to really scrape the inside of their empty skulls to generate their pointless negativity.

People who like this boxset might also like the bluray discs of the original Twilight Zone series, they were filmed on 35mm and look incredibly sharp and well shot. Loads of extras, some really interesting commentaries, brilliant stories, and very rewatchable.
#11
I've said this before but the set is worth it just for the timing of a 'sound effect' in Frankenstein! Listen out when they lock the woman in the room and someone says the monster is coming...:D
#12
Bought when £17.99 ,this is a really nice boxset.
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#13
I managed to get this last year for £18, still haven't opened it yet but looks a really nice box set for the money. Might actually open it this weekend
#14
Very tempted by this :-)
#15
I wish BBC1 / BBC2 would show these films again late on Friday and Saturday nights.
They were on all the time back in the 80s.
#16
Thanks ordered set looks amazing
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andywedge
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Nice box set, + heat
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fuzzydunlop
goodfera
In High Definition !!!!
Has definition changed then from those old days when the movies were made.
Seems only to justify putting on Blue Ray for the additional content and restoration.

Come back when you've looked up how to spell the format (_;)

Come back when format applied
#19
got this delivered yesterday, great box set! watched the invisible man last night, classic!
#20
Was lucky enough to get the Coffin Box set version that is now going for £100

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