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From the studio that created the horror genre comes five terrifying films that will send chills down your spine and bring terror to your heart in the Universal Horror Classic Movie Archive! Unearthed from the vaults and on DVD for the very first time, Universal Pictures invites you to journey through fog-filled moors, into haunted mansions and through secret hallways to meet a chilling collection of mad scientists, crazed circus performers, mysterious butlers, maniacal killers and one very ape-like woman! Prepare yourself for hours of pure terror starring some of the most iconic actors in the history of horror, including Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney, Jr. The Black Cat Bela Lugosi and Basil Rathbone star in this mystery about a group of greedy heirs stuck in a creepy mansion where, one by one, both cats and people turn up dead. Man Made Monster When a mad scientist transforms a carnival performer (Lon Chaney, Jr.) into a murderous monster, he creates a path of destruction leading to an edge-of-your-seat climax! Horror Island What started out as a treasure-making scheme ends up deadly for a group of people stuck in a seemingly haunted castle with a killer known only as “The Phantom.” Night Monster Bela Lugosi stars in this horrific tale filled with strange characters, secret passages, dark storms and a murderer who’s mastered the art of “mind over matter.” Captive Wild Woman A mad scientist turns an ape into a beautiful, but deadly, woman (Acquanetta) in this frightening film featuring groundbreaking make-up effects.

Special Features

Disc 1 - The Black Cat (1941):
  • The Black Cat Trailer


  • Disc 1 - Horror Island:
  • Horror Island Trailer


  • Disc 2 - Night Monster:
  • Night Monster Trailer

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., Dick Foran, John Carradine
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
    • Subtitles: French
    • 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: 2
    • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2009
    • Run Time: 326 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000WNHTCC
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,384 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    4.3 out of 5 stars

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    79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Shawn McKenna on November 7, 2007
    Format: DVD
    I wish sets like Universal Horror Classic Movie Archive would not be specific to a chain (Best Buy for this set) since the availability tends to be too small and after they sell out the prices become ridiculous (like The Classic Sci-fi Ultimate Collection another Best Buy exclusive). Of course, as soon as I saw this for sale I knew I needed to add it to my early horror collection. All of these are on DVD for the first time and the transfers look quite good. Several of these were made quite quickly like "Man Made Monster" and "Horror Island" and a couple of these like "Captive Wild Woman" are not really horror (though nowhere near as bad as the advertising on the "The Boris Karloff Collection" also on Universal), but fans of the 40's monster/horror genre are going to want (need) this on their shelf. Now only if Universal had added some supplements.

    Black Cat (1941): This movie is not a remake of the superior 1934 version nor bares resemblance to Poe's short story. It does have two stars at that time with a fading Bela Lugosi (somewhat played against type so that is interesting) and Basil Rathbone (there is a nice little in-joke referencing him as Sherlock Holmes). Neither is the lead though which would belong to future Academy Award winner Broderick Crawford who plays a character who wants to buy the estate. The plot of a heiress inviting relatives over to discuss her will and subsequent death and subsequent trapping of the rest of the guests in the house (bad weather) as they slowly get killed off seems stereotypical of this genre which was similar to the "Cat and the Canary" films (1927 & 1939). Gale Sondergaard who plays the maid here performs a similar role in the 1939 version (and other films).
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    53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By P. Wolske on October 4, 2007
    Format: DVD
    This collection of five Universal films aren't classics, but every one is fun, with good production values. And note that "The Black Cat" is NOT the 1934 Lugosi/Karloff film, but a 1941 film with Lugosi, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard, Broderick Crawford, Anne Gwynne, and Hugh Herbert! If those names mean anything to you, you'll really love this set. Other actors include John Carradine, Lionel Atwill, Lon Chaney Jr, Evelyn Ankers, and many more. For $17 as a Best Buy exclusive, that's only 3 1/2 bucks a movie. Picture quality is pristine, and they're even closed captioned. Hurry, because when they've sold out, that's it.
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    26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b VINE VOICE on February 28, 2008
    Format: DVD
    I bought this DVD set around Halloween 07, it was an exclusive Best Buy 2 disc DVD set and I am finally getting to it now. I've got so many horror films to catch up on! This DVD set contains five rare Universal films from the 40's. The prints are clean and there some trailers, but the best reason to buy this set is because all the films included are seeing their first DVD releases! If your a Universal fan it's a great set. I will review each film as I watch them, so I will be adding to this. The first film 'The Black Cat' is a film I had never seen. When I bought the set I thought it was the 1934 classic with Karloff and Lugosi....I'm glad it wasn't as I already have that film on the Bela Lugosi collection.......anyway..... 'The Black Cat' on this set is a murder/mystery/comedy from 1941. The film stars Basil Rathbone and Bela Lugosi in a fun supporting character. I did like this fun film full of secret passages and things that go bump in the night. The next film 'Man Made Monster' is a very good Lon Chaney Jr. film. The Third film 'Horror Island' is a misleading title as there isn't much horror going on, on this island! It's actually a mystery/comedy film that doesn't have much comedy in it either. This is the weakest of the five films on this set. I have reviewed these films on the individual release or VHS release. Please look for those releases.

    The Black Cat(1941)3 1/2 Stars
    Man Made Monster 4 1/4 Stars
    Horror Island 2 1/4 Stars
    Night Monster 4 Stars
    Captive Wild Woman 3 Stars
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jack on February 8, 2010
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    I had been searching for a copy of NIGHT MONSTER for years on DVD but to no avail so it was great when Universal released it along with 4 other titles. Although none of these films reached the iconic status of the legendary Universal movies that featured the Wolfman, Dracula, etc. they are nevertheless, snappy little films with enough style and substance to be very enjoyable, esp is you like the classic black & white Universal tradition of old-fashioned horror. And the quality is surprisingly good. Well worth the price.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Buckshot Jones on October 7, 2013
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    I purchased this set for one (1) DVD. Man-Made Monster!! I remember it as a small child. My mom would cover the couch with a blanket & give me some milk & cookies. So there I was, waiting for "Shock Theater" to come on! At 10:30 pm cst., it was on. I was ready for a night of fear. On this Saturday night, it was Lon Chaney in, "The Electric Man!" AKA "Man-Made Monster!" It's as good now, as it was then. No CGI takes, just use what you could find. It is a classic B movie. If you haven't seen it or have seen it & like B Movies, add this to your collection. This is a great buy for you! It's a real "SHOCKER"!!!!!!!!!
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Snook on June 29, 2010
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    Here are some of the less well-known entries in the Universal horror cycle. But each is a gem! This collection is a great way to expand your horror collection or view these films for the first time. Highly recommended!
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