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Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection Blu-ray

Though it took many years, the complete run of Universal Studios’ classic-era of monster movies are now finally available in high-def and on Blu-ray disc.

From the press release:

Thirty of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces starring the most famous monsters of horror movie history come together on Blu-ray for the first time ever in theUniversal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection, now available from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

 

From the era of silent movies through present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. The Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection showcases all the original films featuring the most iconic monsters in motion picture history including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Starring some of the most legendary actors including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester in the roles that they made famous, these films set the standard for a new horror genre and showcase why these landmark movies that defined the horror genre are regarded as some of the most unforgettable ever to be filmed.

 

Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection includes a 48-page collectible book filled with behind-the-scenes stories and rare production photographs and is accompanied by an array of bonus features including behind-the-scenes documentaries, the 1931 Spanish version of Dracula, featurettes on Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., and Jack Pierce, 13 expert feature commentaries, archival footage, production photographs, theatrical trailers and more. The perfect gift for any scary movie fan, the collection offers an opportunity to experience some of the most memorable horror films of our time.

Note from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Re: Disc Exchange

UPHE has identified a manufacturing issue which may affect the presentation of the 3D Blu-ray offering of the film Revenge of the Creature, released on August 28 , 2018 as part of the Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection and the Creature From the Black Lagoon Complete Legacy Collection. The issue is isolated to this particular film and does not affect any other discs in the collections. UPHE’s goal is to always deliver the best possible product to its consumers. To that end, a replacement program is being established to ensure that those who have purchased either collection have the opportunity to receive a corrected Blu-ray disc featuring the 3D version of Revenge of the Creature and 2D version of The Creature Walks Among Us, should they encounter the issue.

 

To receive an updated disc, please email USHEConsumerRelations@visionmediamgmt.com

Now, because of the nature of this set, which is basically (mostly) a repackaging of the previously released individual series’ collections, you will be getting four duplicate titles between two and three times each: Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (twice) and Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, House of Frankenstein, and House of Dracula (thrice) all appear in multiple sets. Obviously it wouldn’t have been cost-effective for the studio to reconfigure their prior releases solely for this set, but the redundancies do feel a little like overkill. (Also, all of the insert wraps include reverse artwork containing basic information on each title in that collection…except for The Wolf Man, who gets a whole lotta blank white. Even Phantom of the Opera, which is the only movie monster to enjoy just one entrygets at least a reverse wrap of black background, but it’s something.)

But okay, I’m done fanboying it. This is a tremendous set, and an economical way to own all these different movie monsters’ various incarnations in one purchase. The outer packaging is a chipboard cover, which offers greater stability than your typical flimsy cardstock case, and the clear multi-disc plastic cases within are pretty handsome and rarely seen out in the blue-case-dominated collectors’ wild.

Funnily, this set also serves as a reminder to all those jaded movie fans who think studios should be focusing more on original content and less on producing sequels, remakes, and cross-overs: you’ll never win that argument. Universal has not only been franchising for 75 years, but they’re the ones who created the idea of the franchiseable horror series in the first place.

Marvel, eat your heart out.

Universal’s own Dark Universe, R.I.P. (Born: 2017’s The Mummy — Died: 2017’s The Mummy)

 

The Dracula Collection

  • Dracula
  • Drácula
  • Dracula’s Daughter
  • Son of Dracula
  • House of Dracula
  • House of Frankenstein
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

The Frankenstein Collection

  • Frankenstein
  • Bride of Frankenstein
  • Son of Frankenstein
  • Ghost of Frankenstein
  • Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
  • House of Frankenstein
  • House of Dracula
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

The Mummy Collection

  • The Mummy
  • The Mummy’s Hand

  • The Mummy’s Tomb

  • The Mummy’s Ghost

  • The Mummy’s Curse

  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy

The Wolf Man Collection

  • The Wolf Man
  • Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
  • House of Frankenstein
  • House of Dracula
  • Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
  • Werewolf of London
  • She-Wolf of London

The Invisible Man Collection

  • The Invisible Man
  • The Invisible Man Returns
  • The Invisible Woman
  • Invisible Agent
  • The Invisible Man’s Revenge
  • Abbott & Costello Meet the Invisible Man

Creature from the Black Lagoon Collection

  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Revenge of the Creature
  • The Creature Walks Among Us

The Phantom of the Opera

 


THE SUPPLEMENTS:

The staggering amount of special features across this set (though there are a lot of redundancies) are as follows:

Disc One: The Dracula Collection: Dracula and Drácula

  • Dracula: The Restoration (HD, 9 minutes)
  • Drácula (1931) Spanish Version (HD, 103 minutes)
  • Audio Commentary with film historian David J. Skal
  • Audio Commentary with Dracula: Dead and Loving It screenwriter Steve Haberman
  • Alternate Score Track by Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet  (HD, 74 minutes)
  • The Road to Dracula (SD, 35 minutes)
  • Lugosi: The Dark Prince (SD, 36 minutes)
  • Dracula Archives (SD, 9 minutes)
  • Trailer Gallery: Dracula, Dracula’s Daughter, Son of Dracula and House of Dracula.
  • Monster Tracks (HD)

Disc Two: The Dracula Collection: Dracula’s Daughter / Son of Dracula

  • Theatrical Trailers

Disc Three: The Dracula Collection: House of Frankenstein / House of Dracula

  • Theatrical Trailers

Disc Four: The Dracula Collection: Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

  • Audio Commentary with film historian Gregory W. Mank.
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters (SD; 33:18)
  • Theatrical Trailer (SD; 1:40)
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot (HD; 9:25)
  • 100 Years of Universal: Unforgettable Characters (HD; 8:18)

Disc One: The Frankenstein Collection: Frankenstein

  • Audio Commentary with film historian Rudy Behlmer
  • Audio Commentary with film historian Sir Christopher Frayling
  • The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster (SD, 45 minutes)
  • Karloff: The Gentle Monster (SD, 38 minutes).
  • Universal Horror (SD, 95 minutes)
  • 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics (HD, 9 minutes)
  • Boo!: A Short Film (SD, 10 minutes)
  • Trailer Gallery: Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Ghost of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, and House of Frankenstein
  • Monster Tracks (HD)

Disc Two: The Frankenstein Collection: Bride of Frankenstein

  • Audio Commentary with film historian Scott MacQueen
  • She’s Alive! Creating the Bride of Frankenstein (SD, 39 minutes)
  • 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics (HD, 9 minutes)
  • The Bride of Frankenstein Archive (SD, 13 minutes)
  • Trailer Gallery: Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Ghost of Frankenstein, and House of Frankenstein

Disc Three: The Frankenstein Collection: Son of Frankenstein / The Ghost of Frankenstein

  • Theatrical Trailers

Disc Four: The Frankenstein Collection: Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman / The House of Frankenstein / The House of Dracula

  • Theatrical Trailers

Disc Five: The Frankenstein Collection: Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

  • Audio Commentary with film historian Gregory W. Mank.
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters (SD; 33:18)
  • Theatrical Trailer (SD; 1:40)
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot (HD; 9:25)
  • 100 Years of Universal: Unforgettable Characters (HD; 8:18)

Disc One: The Mummy Collection: The Mummy

  • Audio Commentary with makeup artist Rick Baker, filmmaker Scott Essman, screenwriter and film historian Steve Haberman, collector Bob Burns, and sculpture studio owner Brent Armstrong
  • Audio Commentary with film historian Paul M. Jensen
  • Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed (SD, 30 minutes)
  • He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce (SD, 25 minutes)
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Carl Laemmle Era (HD, 9 minutes)
  • The Mummy Archives (SD, 10 minutes)
  • Trailer Gallery: The Mummy, The Mummy’s Hand, The Mummy’s Tomb, The Mummy’s Ghost, and The Mummy’s Curse

Disc Two: The Mummy Collection: The Mummy’s Hand / The Mummy’s Tomb

  • Theatrical Trailers

Disc Three: The Mummy Collection: The Mummy’s Ghost / The Mummy’s Curse

  • Theatrical Trailers

Disc Four: The Mummy Collection: Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy

  • Theatrical Trailer

Disc One: The Wolf Man Collection: The Wolf Man

  • Audio Commentary with film historian Tom Weaver
  • Monster by Moonlight (SD, 33 minutes)
  • Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney, Jr. (SD, 37 minutes)
  • He Who Made Monsters: The Art and Life of Jack Pierce (SD, 25 minutes)
  • From Ancient Curse to Modern Myth (SD, 10 minutes).
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot (HD, 9 minutes).
  • The Wolf Man Archives (SD, 7 minutes)
  • Trailer Gallery: Werewolf of London, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man, House of Frankenstein, House of Dracula, and She-Wolf of London

Disc Two: The Wolf Man Collection: Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man / House of Frankenstein / House of Dracula

  • Theatrical Trailers

Disc Three: The Wolf Man Collection: Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

  • Audio Commentary with film historian Gregory W. Mank.
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters (SD; 33:18)
  • Theatrical Trailer (SD; 1:40)
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot (HD; 9:25)
  • 100 Years of Universal: Unforgettable Characters

Disc Four: The Wolf Man Collection: Werewolf of London / She-Wolf of London

  • Theatrical Trailers

Disc One: The Invisible Man Collection: The Invisible Man

  • Audio Commentary with film historian Rudy Behlmer
  • Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed (SD, 35 minutes)
  • 100 Years of Universal: Unforgettable Characters (HD, 8 minutes)
  • Production Photographs (SD, 5 minutes)
  • Trailer Gallery: The Invisible Man Returns and Invisible Agent

Disc Two: The Invisible Man Collection: The Invisible Man Returns / The Invisible Woman

  • Theatrical Trailers

Disc Three: The Invisible Man Collection: Invisible Agent / The Invisible Man Returns

  • Theatrical Trailers

Disc Four: Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

  • Theatrical Trailer

Disc One: Creature from the Black Lagoon Collection: Creature from the Black Lagoon

  • Audio Commentary with film historian Tom Weaver
  • Back to the Black Lagoon (SD, 40 minutes)
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot (HD, 9 minutes)
  • Production Photographs (SD, 11 minutes)
  • Trailer Gallery (SD, 7 minutes): Creature from the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creature and The Creature Walks Among Us

Disc Two: Creature from the Black Lagoon Collection: Revenge of the Creature / The Creature Walks Among Us

  • Theatrical Trailers

Phantom of the Opera

  • Audio Commentary with film historian Scott MacQueen
  • The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked (SD, 51 minutes)
  • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot (HD, 9 minutes)
  • Production Photographs (SD, 6 minutes)
  • Theatrical Trailer


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J. Tonzelli is a writer, film critiquer, and avid Arnold/Van Damme/Bronson enthusiast who resides in rural South Jersey. He is the author of "The End of Summer: Thirteen Tales of Halloween" and the "Fright Friends Adventure" series, co-authored with Chris Evangelista. He loves abandoned buildings, the supernatural, and films by John Carpenter. You can read some of his short fiction at his website, JTonzelli.com, or objectify him by staring at his tweets: @jtonzelli. He apologizes for all the profanity.

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