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Universal Monsters: The Essential Collection [Blu-ray]
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For the first time ever, eight of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of the horror genre are available together on Blu-ray asUniversal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection. Digitally restored in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound. This essential set includes a never-before-seen featurette about the restoration of Dracula and the first ever offering ofCreature from the Black Lagoon<
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Also included in the box set is a nice collectible booklet and eight poster cards (measuring just under 6" x 5").
This product is a UK Import, but the discs are region-free and will function perfectly in US Blu-Ray players.
I finally broke down and got a Blu Ray player - an Oppo 105 Darbee. Having owned a bunch of Oppo DVD players and with a big collection of SACDs, I was curious since the 105 is such an audiophile / videophile fave.
Before I ordered it, I bought the Universal Monsters 8-disc collection. The British one can be had for about $45.
I finally got the player, hooked it up, and put on "Dracula". My wife happened to enter the room and immediately said "Oh my God!"
This disc is crystal-clear. The greyscale is perfect. The disc is 24 fps - the same frame rate as the film. The transfer was wet-gated, which takes out most of the scratches. Then each frame was inspected and fixed. Any flaw that was once there - the jump in size during the credits and the wow in Swan Lake - is gone. You can see details that I had never seen before. I guarantee you that Tod Browning had never seen this film look or sound this good. I honestly felt like I was visiting the set during the shoot instead of merely watching the film.
Frankenstein is similar - it felt like a new movie that I hadn't seen before. The Mummy is beautiful, but I don't think that they put the same amount of money into restoring it as they did with Frankie and Drac.
Highly, highly recommended. It's worth buying a player to experience it.
Aside from the UK version lacking a commentary for Dracula, this is just about identical to the US set. The biggest reason to buy the UK set, other than it being FAR cheaper, is the much better packaging. In the US version, the discs slide into tight sleeve pages. They say, oh, you don't have to worry. They're blu-rays. They won't get scratched. Bull. No matter how durable blu-rays are, if you slide them in and out of sleeves enough times, they'll get scratched. The disc in the UK set are in plastic digitrays and don't touch each other or slide in and out of sleeves. I can't believe that the people that put together the US set were so cheap when they were making the sets.....
If you're any kind of classic monsters fan, you need to get this set. There tons of great features like documentaries about the makeup artists, the making of the movies, the history of monster movies and Universal Studios, and at least one, sometimes two, commentaries for each movies.
The only downside to the set, to me at least, is the inclusion of the colour version of Phantom Of The Opera instead of the silent 1925 version. The Lon Chaney version is the one that people want to see again and again.
Not these films.
You can make out the blades of grass, and the signage in the villages. You can hear breathing, see shadows, and the expressions of the extras. Speaking of extras, each blu-ray comes with hours of additional documentaries and commentaries. Who knew that Carla Laemmle (the first person to speak in a modern Dracula film) graced us with so many years of memories?
These transfers are worth the cost - find them, and reintroduce yourself to why these films are great.
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Serious fans, however, will balk at the absence of Son of Frankenstein, Daughter of Dracula and countless other essentials.
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