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Universal Studios Classic Monster Collection (Dracula / Frankenstein / The Mummy / The Invisible Man / The Bride of Frankenstein / The Wolf Man / Phantom of the Opera / Creature from the Black Lagoon) (1931)

Boris Karloff , Richard Carlson , Arthur Lubin , Jack Arnold  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Boris Karloff, Richard Carlson, Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains, Nelson Eddy
  • Directors: Arthur Lubin, Jack Arnold, Tod Browning, Karl Freund, James Whale
  • Writers: Eric Taylor, Samuel Hoffenstein, Harry Essex, John L. Balderston, Arthur Ross
  • Producers: George Waggner, William Alland, Jr. Carl Laemmle, Tod Browning
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2000
  • Run Time: 713 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783242379
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,012 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Universal Studios Classic Monster Collection (Dracula / Frankenstein / The Mummy / The Invisible Man / The Bride of Frankenstein / The Wolf Man / Phantom of the Opera / Creature from the Black Lagoon)" on IMDb

Special Features

The Bride of Frankenstein:
  • She's Alive! Creating The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Scott MacQueen
  • Archives
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Creature From the Black Lagoon:
  • Back to The Black Lagoon
  • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Tom Weaver
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Production Notes
  • Recommendations


  • Dracula (1931):
  • The Road to Dracula
  • Feature Commentary with Film Historian David J. Skal
  • New Score By Philip Glass Performed By the Kronos Quartet
  • Poster and Photo Montage
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Special Introduction to the Spanish Version of Dracula by Lead Actress Lupita Tovar Kohner


  • Frankenstein:
  • The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster
  • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Rudy Behlmer
  • Archives
  • Boo!
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Phantom of the Opera (1943):
  • The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked
  • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Scott MacQueen
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Production Notes


  • The Invisible Man:
  • Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed
  • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Rudy Behlmer
  • Production Photographs
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Recommendations


  • The Mummy (1932):
  • Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed
  • Feature Commentary by Film Historian Paul M. Jensen
  • Archives
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • The Wolf Man:
  • Monster by Moonlight
  • Feature Commentary with Tom Weaver
  • The Wolf Man Archives
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    A box consists of 8 individual dvs.

    Customer Reviews

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    465 of 482 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding Blu Ray Transfers! September 23, 2012
    Format:Blu-ray
    The 'Universal Classic Monsters Essential Collection' takes most of the top tier titles from Universal's classic horror library of the 30's, 40's and 50's and puts them all together in one box set. These films have not just been remastered in 1080p but have also been meticulously cleaned up with much work done to both video and audio. The end result is an eye opening revelation for all the fans of these films.

    To call these movies "classic" is really somewhat of an understatement for fans. These are basically the gold standard for horror films and Universal has finally given them their due. I was fortunate enough to borrow a review set for 2 days in anticipation of receiving my own set that was pre-ordered the same day it was announced. One week to go and I can watch them again! I made notes as I watched and spent a great two days and nights with this set.

    With that said, this review will focus on the video/audio quality of the set and not the films' content. Basically, what everyone is wanting to know is whether or not this upgrade is a major step up from the legacy series DVD sets. Other than containing the more popular top tier titles and only one of the sequels (Bride of Frankenstein) the answer is YES this is a HUGE upgrade. In fact, once you see these transfers on a properly calibrated display you will NEVER want to watch them any other way. I simply can not imagine them looking any better when first released (other than a few missing frames here and there these days) and the audio is most definitely the best it has EVER sounded. Major kudos and hats off to the team at Universal that did this fantastic job of restoration.

    The included booklet is very nice but doesn't contain anything the more than casual fan doesn't already know.
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    134 of 143 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Blu-ray
    No series in the history of the cinematic horror genre has endured as long as the Universal Monster classics of the 1930s and '40s - a time marked by the Great Depression, the rise of Hitler's Germany and America's eventual involvement in WWII. At the outset, the Universal films were hugely successful with audiences seeking an escape, but by the time the U.S. became embroiled in the conflict, the popularity of the studio's trademark monsters became less inviting to viewers, who turned their attention to war-time enemies as the cinematic nemesis of choice. Before that happened, however, Universal established a litany of Monster Classics that would inspire long-running franchises and become favorites of viewers for generations to come.

    Universal's eagerly anticipated UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION arrives on Blu-Ray this week and pays a new, glorious high-definition tribute to eight of the studio's genre benchmarks, all presented in fresh, and impressive, 1080p AVC encoded transfers marked by a surprising amount of detail.

    Looking at Tod Browning's 1931 DRACULA is virtually like gazing upon the Bela Lugosi classic for the first time. The movie is best remembered for its opening Transylvanian set-piece that introduces viewers to Lugosi's unforgettable count, and while the London sequences tend to be static and dull by comparison, the increased detail seen here in the Blu-Ray's HD presentation even makes the talky, latter sections of the picture more interesting. In fact, without any overt use of DNR, this ranks as one of the studio's most satisfying catalog transfers to date.
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    153 of 169 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Collection November 18, 2002
    Format:DVD
    This box set is truly worth every penny it costs: a collection of eight iconographical titles in the "Universal Horror" pantheon from the 1930s and 1940s. The titles are DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUMMY, THE INVISIBLE MAN, THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE WOLFMAN, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. Each DVD comes in a plastic case sporting original poster art, and all eight are neatly packaged in a single box for easy organization. Each of the titles have been significantly restored, and although the bonus features vary a bit from disk to disk each disk has a short documentary and interesting critical audio track.

    The "Jewel In The Crown" of the set is DRACULA. While critical response to the film varies, the DVD includes both the Bella Lugosi and the so-called "Spanish" Dracula, as well as the option to play the Lugosi version with or without the recent Philip Glass soundtrack as well as memorable bonus material. The weak link the collection is THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA; the Claude Rains remake isn't a patch on the original, and it is a pity that the silent Lon Chaney version was not offered instead. Still, the Rains version has its charms, and it far surpasses later film versions of the same title.
    While each of the DVDs included can be purchased separately, those wishing to have all these titles will find the box set more cost-effective. Sure to delight fans of Universal horror classics and fans of classic film in general; strongly recommended as an essential.

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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars unerversal classic monsters:the essential collection
    everyone loves classic monster movies and i'm no exception these are the monsters i grew up on
    Published 1 day ago by Isaac Irvin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Staggering visual quality
    Review for Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection [Blu-ray]

    I first started watching these Universal Monster films in the late 50's and early 60's as an... Read more
    Published 5 days ago by Mike McCurdy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Horror at its best…...
    Well worth the money spent on this remastered onto Blue Ray. Hours of entertainment for the entire family.
    Published 16 days ago by Michael R. Mccall
    5.0 out of 5 stars My favorites as a kid. My granddaughter wanted me ...
    My favorites as a kid. My granddaughter wanted me to get them so she could watch them. She loves them too and she is 4 years old!
    Published 16 days ago by Jenny Campbell
    5.0 out of 5 stars UNIVERSAL MONSTERS BLURAY
    Its been two years since this has been released universal when is volume 2 coming out
    Published 25 days ago by BOB SZVETICS
    5.0 out of 5 stars These Universal Horror films never looked or sounded better than in...
    These Universal Horror films never looked or sounded better than in this Blu-ray collection. And it was great seeing CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON in 3D again, although it seemed... Read more
    Published 27 days ago by William Armstrong
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Loved the movie and everything arrived on tome
    Published 27 days ago by Pen Name
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Monsters
    Classic Monsters contains all of the best Monster movies. My favorite has always been The Phantom of the Opera. Claude Rains is superb in this and the Invisible Man. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by George R. Park
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Wolfman has nards!
    Happy with the collection.
    Published 1 month ago by Anthony Marrone-Cabrera
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Must have for monster movie fans
    Published 1 month ago by Jenkis
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    Universal Classics in 720p!
    They need to release a Blu-ray box set with the following movies in it:

    Dracula
    Frankenstein
    The Mummy
    The Invisible Man
    The Bride of Frankenstein
    The Wolf Man
    Creature from the Black Lagoon
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