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5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Collection, November 18, 2002
This review is from: 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) (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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Initial post: Aug 8, 2009 9:28:04 PM PDT
[Deleted by the author on Nov 22, 2010 6:03:49 PM PST]

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2010 12:47:04 PM PDT
konstantine says:
I agree with the original poster. Chaney's is great, Rains is snore.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 6:03:21 PM PST
I Love this collection,if you are an original horror picture enthusiast this is the best.My brothers and sisters and I grew up watching these movies on late night horror shows.My parents would let us stay up late on fridays and saturdays and we would cook popcorn and stay up as late as we could watching these great movies.I for one prefer the Herbert Lom version of "the phantom of the opera" which is available on"The Hammer Horror series" And as far as I know thats the only place to find it.
But this collection is the best Ive found so far!

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 6:06:03 PM PST
One more comment....even though I didnt like Claude Raines as the phantom I loved him in "The Invisable Man" He was GREAT in it!

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 8:42:33 AM PDT
Are these movoes colorized? ldcaldera@yaho.com

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 8:42:35 AM PDT
Are these movoes colorized? ldcaldera@yaho.com

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2011 10:06:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2011 10:07:05 AM PDT
No; they are in the original black and white, except PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, which was originally made in color.

Gary

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 5:39:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 28, 2012 5:39:42 PM PDT
Brian T says:
Clips from a fully restored version of THE INVISIBLE MAN recently screened at various industry gatherings and apparently it fixes a LOT of the flaws and damage visible on the print of this film for decades, in all formats. If that version is not included in this set, it would be a shame. Restoration work was performed on DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN as well, and I believe those new versions are included in this set, but I've heard no confirmation about the INVISIBLE MAN's restoration being included. One would like to think that it will be, as this will truly be the legacy set, as it's unlikely any disc-based versions will ever appear after this one. Fingers crossed . . .

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2012 10:51:55 PM PDT
great deal for fans old and new who do not have these classic films already these films will never die

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2012 12:35:48 AM PDT
i disagree rains is by far better.I know he scared the bgeebees out of me as a child.who wants to guess what their saying.
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