Sunday, October 21, 2012


What better way is there to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Universal Pictures' classic monster movies than to watch them? Universal Pictures has made it even more appealing by releasing 8 of their vintage titles in Blu-ray.

Now, if you're like me, you may already have several editions of films like DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN, and THE WOLF MAN. But the prospect of viewing these gems with the latest in video technology is about exciting as it could get.

And the word from (mostly) safisfied customers is that the transfers are great. There is even a UK "coffin box" version being released next week that looks to be 30 or so dollars less expensive than the US version.

I am waiting to receive this as a gift, so I can't offer my first-hand opinion. But, from what I've heard, it's time to turn your old copies into frisbees for Fido, as this Blu-ray version is the one to have. Until a hologram version becomes available, I will be in horror heaven the day this comes in the mail.

Here is the promo ad copy for the product:

"From the era of silent movies through present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection showcases 8 of 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 Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester in the roles that they made famous, these original films set the standard for a new horror genre with revolutionary makeup, mood-altering cinematography and groundbreaking special effects. Featuring over 12 hours of revealing bonus features plus an exclusive collectible book, each film has been digitally restored from high resolution film elements for the ultimate classic monster experience."

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