Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection (Dracula / Frankenstein / Bride of Frankenstein / Wolf Man / The Mummy / and more)
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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 of 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 with revolutionary makeup, mood-altering cinematography and groundbreaking special effects. Featuring hours of revealing bonus features, these landmark movies defined the horror genre and are still regarded as some of the most unforgettable characters ever to be filmed.
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Drácula (Spanish version) (1931)
Dracula's Daughter (1936)
Son of Dracula (1943)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
The Mummy (1932)
The Mummy's Hand (1940)
The Mummy's Tomb (1942)
The Mummy's Ghost (1944)
The Mummy's Curse (1944)
THE INVISIBLE MAN
The Invisible Man (1933)
The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
The Invisible Woman (1940)
Invisible Agent (1942)
The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944)
THE WOLF MAN
Werewolf of London (1935)
The Wolf Man (1941)
She-Wolf of London (1946)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)*
Revenge of the Creature (1955)*
The Creature Walks among Us (1956)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
House of Frankenstein (1944)
House of Dracula (1945)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)
The Phantom of the Opera (1943)
*NOTE: Both `Creature from the Black Lagoon' and `Revenge of the Creature' were originally released to theaters in 3-D. Neither of the 3-D versions is included here.
This set strikes me as a prototype by Universal for a similar Blu-ray boxed set which may or may not already be in the works. (Indeed, at least ten of the above films have already been released on Blu-ray.) This latter boxed set may be an inevitability, or yet to be greenlit, with Universal waiting to gauge the reception of the DVD version. Either way, here are the pros and cons of "The Complete 30-Film Collection" as I see them:
- All of the original classic Universal monster movies in the same place for the first time
- Takes up fairly little shelf space
- Consists entirely of single-sided discs, unlike the double-sided discs in the problem-plagued `04 Legacy Collections
- The informational booklet contains the exact release dates of the films, so you can watch them in the order of release without having to do time-consuming research (they are also listed in chronological order on the back of the box)
- Not available on Blu-ray
- Nothing new added (special features, et al.) vis-à-vis the Complete Legacy Collections (or, so far as I can tell, vis-à-vis the original Legacy Collections)
- 3-D versions of `Creature from the Black Lagoon' and `Revenge of the Creature' not included
- The largely unremarkable (and not especially "monstrous") 1943 version of `The Phantom of the Opera' is included, beating out more resonant offerings like `Island of Lost Souls' (1932), `The Black Cat' (1934), the Ape Woman trilogy (1943-1945), or even the original Lon Chaney version of `Phantom' (1925).
In summary, this boxed set appears to be a curious stepping stone between the Legacy Collections of a decade ago and a future Blu-ray "ultimate edition." To anyone who already has the Legacy Collections ('04 or '14), this set is redundant, while to anyone who is waiting patiently for HD, this set feels like a shameless tease. In the meantime, I, for one, am just hoping that "Universal Classic Monsters: The Complete 30-Film Collection" is a portent of even better things to come. Fingers crossed....
That is all the bad I have to say..
This is the collection to have!! Great collection from the past. Many documentaries and a nice booklet included.
The films are fine DVD level Black and White movies. There are some repeat DVDs included due to the seven DVD collections probably sold separately at some point. Worth the buy when you can get a good deal.. I was asked if I wanted to cancel my order a few times and just put it on wait for the price I had... and they finally turned a copy loose..lol
I give the collection "FULL MARKS!"
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