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Dracula: Complete Legacy Collection
All 6 films from the original legacy (1931 - 1948)
The original Dracula is one of the silver screen's most unforgettable characters and, along with the other Universal Classic Monsters, defined the Hollywood horror genre. Dracula: Complete Legacy Collection includes all 6 films from the original legacy including the frightening classic starring Bela Lugosi and the timeless films that followed. These landmark motion pictures defined the iconic look of the famed vampire and continue to inspire countless remakes and adaptations that strengthen the legend of Dracula to this day.
- The 1931 Spanish Version of 'Dracula'
- 'The Road to Dracula' Documentary
- Lugosi: The Dark Prince
- 'Dracula' Archives
- Alternate 'Dracula' Score by Philip Glass
- Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters
- 3 Feature Commentaries
- Production Photographs
- Theatrical Trailers
Includes all 6 films from the original legacy!
The original Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, launched the Hollywood horror genre and defined the iconic look and frightening character of the famed vampire. Towering ominously among the shadows of the Carpathian Mountains, Castle Dracula strikes fear in the hearts of the Transylvanian villagers below. After a naive real estate agent succumbs to the will of Count Dracula, the two head to London where the vampire sleeps in his coffin by day and searches for potential victims by night. The inspiration for hundreds of subsequent remakes and adaptations, this classic film directed by Tod Browning is the signature adaptation of Bram Stoker’s story with its eerie passion, shadowy atmosphere and thrilling cinematography.
Dracula's Daughter (1931)
This popular horror classic picks up where Dracula left off. Dr. Von Helsing (Edward Van Sloan), thinking he has rid London of all vampires, is instead arrested for murder. Just when Von Helsing’s fate seems sealed, the bodies suddenly disappear. Soon several people are found mysteriously killed, their bodies drained of all blood. Meanwhile, beautiful and mysterious Countess Marya Zaleska (Gloria Holden) appears in London. The troubled woman seeks the understanding Dr. Garth (Otto Kruger), Von Helsing’s psychiatrist, for consultation. A mysterious sequence of events surrounding a disoriented young girl (Nan Grey) leads Von Helsing and Garth to deduce the countess must be a vampire. They set off to Transylvania after the elusive countess to rescue Garth’s beautiful fiancée (Marguerite Churchill) in this engrossing thriller.
Son of Dracula (1943)
The greatest movie vampire of all time renews his reign of terror in this atmospheric chiller from the 1940's. Lon Chaney, Jr. known for his portrayals of the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's monster, dons a black cape as Count Alucard (that's Dracula spelled backwards), the bloodthirsty son of the famous Transylvanian vampire. When Katherine (Louise Allbritton), a beautiful Southern girl obsessed with thoughts of eternal life, invites the Count to come to her mansion in the U.S., she unleashes a Pandora's box of horror on unsuspecting relatives and neighbors. Despite the heroic efforts of Robert Paige, her fiancé, Katherine becomes a disciple of the evil Count. Together they both set out to satisfy their unquenchable thirst for human blood with nocturnal killings in director Robert Siodmak's excursion into the horror genre.
House of Frankenstein (1944)
Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney Jr. star in House of Frankenstein, the classic horror thriller about revenge and madness. A deranged scientist, Gustav Niemann (Karloff), escapes from prison and overtakes the director of a traveling chamber of horrors. Niemann pulls the stake out of a skeleton, reviving the infamous Count Dracula (John Carradine) and commands him to kill the man responsible for his imprisonment. Journeying to the ruins of Frankenstein’s infamous laboratory, Niemann finds the frozen forms of the Frankenstein Monster (Glenn Strange) and the Wolf Man (Chaney) buried in an underground cavern. Niemann revives both creatures seeking revenge on those who testified against his macabre experiments with corpses but his plans backfire leading to a thrilling culmination.
House of Dracula (1945)
They're all here – The Wolf Man, Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, angry villagers and even a hunchback assistant in the House of Dracula! Horror veterans Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolf Man and John Carradine as Dracula arrive at the laboratory of Dr. Edelman (Onslow Stevens) to beg for a cure to relieve them of their killing instincts. However, while the Wolf Man is sincere, Dracula is really just scheming to get close to the good doctor’s luscious nurse (Martha O'Driscoll) whom he intends to seduce into becoming one of his "brides of darkness." The mayhem and madness reach a feverish pitch when the doctor discovers the body of Frankenstein's Monster and begins to bring it back to life. All of this is more than the nearby villagers can stand as they become determined to stop the lunacy that threatens the safety of their families and their town.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Abbott and Costello, as railroad baggage clerks, receive a strange shipment - the last remains of Dracula and Frankenstein's monster. But this deadly duo is still very much alive. So when the shipment arrives at the House of Horrors, the Monsters are not in their crates but have disappeared to a secret hideaway island. Blamed for the disappearance, Abbott and Costello follow their trail to the island, where not only do they meet up with Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and the Monster (Glenn Strange), but a Mad Scientist (Charles Bradstreet) who wants to switch Costello's brain with that of the Monster. With everyone chasing each other, the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney, Jr.) shows up to scare them all. In the end everything works out: Costello finds romance and the Monsters find their final resting places...or do they?.
The original Dracula is one of the silver screen’s most unforgettable characters and, along with the other Universal Classic Monsters, defined the Hollywood horror genre. Dracula: Complete Legacy Collection includes all 6 films from the original legacy including the frightening classic starring Bela Lugosi and the timeless films that followed. These landmark motion pictures defined the iconic look of the famed vampire and continue to inspire countless remakes and adaptations that strengthen the legend of Dracula to this day.
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The Mummy set is the best set with only one film duplication, but the Dracula set I’m reviewing here is also very good. The original Dracula starring Bela Lugosi is by far the best film on this set and the first disc features that film along with all of the bonus material (except trailers for the individual films on the other discs). Bela’s portrayal of the vampire remains the best Dracula ever. Included on this disc is the Spanish version of the film which I like as it has several shots that are very impressive. The running time which is almost twice as long as the U.S. version drags too much and of course no one can match or surpass Lugosi;s performance.
Disc two features Dracula’s Daughter and Son Of Dracula. Both films look great in high def showing impressive detail, the sound is also improved. The films themselves are not as iconic as the main features, but are atmospheric and of good quality. I’m glad Universal gave these sequels the restoration they deserved. (I am still a little salty over the lackluster treatment of Werewolf of London and She-Wolf of London!).
Disc three holds the third duplicates of The House of Frankenstein and House of Dracula, the only plus here is that we get a new disc that only has two films instead of three omitting Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman.
Disc four holds Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein which again is the third duplicate if you've been buying all of these new monster collections. Great movie and I guess I can rest assured that I will always have a copy on blu ray that works with three discs of the same film in my collection. Overall I am happy with this upgrade and at $24 it is certainly worth it.
The case is familiar looking, but it is a nice package, no sleeves, we get hubs and no stacking either. The films all look and sound great so there really isn’t much to complain about other than it would have been nice to get commentaries for the new films to blu ray as I'm sure fans would have enjoyed hearing stories regarding the making of these minor classics.The duplications are a minor irritant and I suppose if you're someone a who only wants to collect certain monster characters the inclusion of the sequels on multiple sets is probably welcome.