Product Information of Universal Classic Monsters Complete 30-Film Collection DVD Box Set
|Directors: Arthur Lubin||Number of discs:21|
|Writers: Eric Taylor||Producers: George Waggner||Language: English|
|Region: Region 1||Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1||DVD Release Date:2014|
Studio: Universal Studios
Keep Case 1: DRACULA: Complete Legacy Collection
Dracula (1931) It's the same restoration as appeared on the Blu-ray Essential Collection, plus all the docus and featurettes that have accumulated since the Legacy Collections began. Has a second audio track with Philip Glass's Kronos Quartet score. With separate commentaries by David J. Skal and Steve Haberman. Also included, a trivia track (English only).
Dracula's Daughter (1936) Almost racy enough to be pre-code? maybe the sex inferences went over the censors' heads.
Son of Dracula (1943) Pure pulp art... Robert Siodmak surely used this a s springboard to noir assignments.
House of Frankenstein (1944) A little unsteady in the main titles, as was the old DVD.
House of Dracula (1945) Very clean-looking. This is the one with the glamorous hunchback.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) With the amusing 'Meet the Monsters' docu with David J. Skal; commentary by Gregory Mank.
Universal Horror This is the classy 85-minute network docu directed by Kevin Brownlow and narrated by Kenneth Branagh, sporting terrific interview material with Gloria Stuart, Fay Wray, Turhan Bey, Rose Hobart, Rouben Mamoulian, Arianné Ulmer Cipes, Gavin Lambert, Lupita Tovar, Ray Bradbury, Nina Foch, James Karen, Carla Laemmle, Sara Karloff, Forrest J Ackerman, George E. Turner, Curtis Harrington, Fritz Lang & Curt Siodmak. Nice glimpses of the Ackermansion. Many clips from non-Universal pictures too; the show illustrates some of David J. Skal's interesting theories for the origin of '20s and '30s horror.
Drácula (1931) The 'good' version with the missing reel (19 min- 29 min.) found in the ICAIC vault in Havana. With an introductory Lupita Tovar interview, still charming and sexy at an advanced age.
Keep Case 2: FRANKENSTEIN: Complete Legacy Collection
Frankenstein (1931) It's the same restoration as appeared on the Blu-ray Essential Collection, plus all the good docus and featurettes. The commentary is by Sir Christopher Frayling.
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) This definitely looks like the improved restoration to me. The titles carry the MPDA seal and the 'glowing' cross in the hermit's cabin is on-screen. The commentary is by Scott MacQueen.
Son of Frankenstein (1939) No trailer on this one.
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) Yes, the 'Ygor-Monster speaks' sequence suggests new directions the series didn't explore.
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) This is the most beat-up of the transfers. A big splice breaks the titles when Ilona Massey's name comes up, and a shot of the moon before the monster fight has a really gnarly scratch. Love the structure of this picture: a full hour of preliminaries for a battle that seems to end before it begins!
House of Frankenstein (1944) Same as in the Dracula set.
House of Dracula (1948) Same as in the Dracula set.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Ditto, same as in the Dracula set.
Keep Case 3: THE MUMMY: Complete Legacy Collection
The Mummy (1932) It's the same great restoration as on the Blu-ray Essential Collection, plus the excellent docus and featurettes previously produced. This is THE movie where slowness, stillness, stasis = death = horror. Two separate commentaries, one with Paul M. Jensen and another with Scott Essman, Haberman, Bob Burns & Brent Armstrong.
The Mummy's Hand (1940) Some of the source element is a little rough, and the repeated flashback from Mummy #1 is pure padding. Terence Fisher's Mummy takes the character names from this one.
The Mummy's Tomb (1942) Hey, hey, it's Turhan Bey! Kharis comes to America. This time a full reel of flashbacks, from Hand.
The Mummy's Ghost (1942) Love that Amina with the white-streaked hair. At age 12 the grim ending was a real shockeroo. Carradine's on the job, in a campus setting.
The Mummy's Curse (1944) Martin Kosleck! Virginia Christine! But the formula is really running out of Tana juice.
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) This encoding is not matted widescreen as seen on TCM. It's like a Hope & Crosby Road pic but with fewer laughs. Kharis is now called Klaris, but we get Richard Deacon, Michael Ansara and sexy Marie Windsor.
Keep Case 4: THE INVISIBLE MAN: Complete Legacy Collection
The Invisible Man (1933) It's the miraculous restoration as on the Blu-ray Essential Collection: compare the opening sign shot with the old DVD. Includes all previous docus and featurettes. The commentary is by the great Rudy Behlmer.
The Invisible Man Returns (1940) This is another 3-title disc, and here's where I first saw what looked like bit-rate starvation effects. Love Vincent Price on this, even if he's mostly a voice.
The Invisible Woman (1940) Much more amusing that I thought it would be.
Invisible Agent (1942) 3-title disc but this one looks pretty clean. Nice seeing a separate title card for John Fulton.
The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951) The bit rate shows a bit here too.
Keep Case 5: THE WOLF MAN: Complete Legacy Collection
The Wolf Man (1941) It's the fine new restoration from the Blu-ray, although this particular title has always looked good. All the docus and featurettes are here too. The commentary is by Tom Weaver. Considering the cheapo budgets in the '40s, this one now looks relatively lavish, especially with its class-A cast. One really bad continuity cut grabbed my attention, though. Wounded Larry Talbot is helped into the big house, and across a cut there's a full four footsteps' worth of action overlap.
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) Repeat title.
House of Frankenstein (1944) Same as in the Dracula and Frankenstein sets.
House of Dracula (1945) Same as in the Dracula and Frankenstein sets.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Same as it ever was.
WereWolf of London (1935) Totally different concept than the Curt Siodmak formula; weird relationship between Henry Hull and Warner Oland.
She-Wolf of London (1946) Pretty sad non-horror horror picture that could have been called "The She-Neurotic of London". Glad June Lockhart wasn't hurt by this.
Keep Case 6: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: Complete Legacy Collection
Phantom of the Opera (1943) It's the restoration from the Blu-ray Essential Collection, plus all the docus and featurettes from previous editions. Was looking forward to a Technicolor logo, but the show has none. The show seems sadder now, as they've just torn down the Phantom Opera House set 89 years after it was first used on the silent version. The commentary is by Scott MacQueen.
Keep Case 7: CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON: Complete Legacy Collection
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) It's the widescreen restoration from the Blu-ray Essential Collection, but not in 3-D. Includes all the docus and featurettes that have accumulated since the Legacy Collections began. The commentary is by Tom Weaver, with help from Lori Nelson and Bob Burns.
Revenge of the Creature (1955) Big disappointment: not in original widescreen.
The Creature Walks Among Us (1956) Ditto disappointed that it's not in widescreen, but there appear to be no new transfers here. The Creature design couldn't be improved; I don't want to see a redesigned Gill Man.