For the first time ever, eight of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of the horror genre are available together on Blu-ray as Universal 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 of Creature from the Black Lagoon in its restored Blu-ray 3D version.
The original 1931 movie version of Bram Stoker's classic tale has for generations defined the iconic look and terrifying persona of the famed vampire. Dracula owes its continued appeal in large part due to Bela Lugosi's indelible portrayal of the immortal Count Dracula and the flawless direction of horror auteur Tod Browning.
Boris Karloff stars as the screen's most tragic and iconic monster in what many consider to be the greatest horror film ever made. Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) dares to tamper with the essential nature of life and death by creating a monster (Karloff) out of lifeless human body parts. Director James Whale's adaptation of the Mary Shelley novel and Karloff's compassionate portrayal of a creature groping for identity make Frankenstein a timeless masterpiece.
Horror icon Boris Karloff stars in the original 1932 version of The Mummy in which a team of British archaeologists accidentally revives a mummified high priest after 3,700 years. Alive again, he sets out on an obsessive - and deadly - quest to find his lost love. Over 50 years after its first release, this brooding dream-like horror classic remains a cinematic masterpiece.
The Invisible Man
Claude Rains delivers an unforgettable performance in his screen debut as a mysterious doctor who discovers a serum that makes him invisible. Covered by bandages and dark glasses, Rains arrives in a small English village and attempts to hide his amazing discovery, but the drug's side effects slowly drive him to commit acts of unspeakable terror.
The Bride of Frankenstein
The acclaimed sequel to the original Frankenstein has become one of the most popular horror classics in film history. The legendary Boris Karloff reprises his role as the screen's most misunderstood monster, now longing for a mate of his own. Colin Clive is back as the proud and overly ambitious Dr. Frankenstein, who creates the ill-fated bride (Elsa Lanchester). The last horror film directed by James Whale features a haunting musical score that helps make The Bride of Frankenstein one of the finest and most touching thrillers of its era.
The Wolf Man
Originally released in 1941, The Wolf Man introduced the world to a new Universal movie monster and redefined the mythology of the werewolf forever. Featuring a heartbreaking performance by Lon Chaney Jr. and groundbreaking make-up by Jack Pierce, The Wolf Man is the saga of Larry Talbot, a cursed man who transforms into a deadly werewolf when the moon is full. The dreamlike atmospheres, elaborate settings and chilling musical score combine to make The Wolf Man a masterpiece of the genre.
The Phantom of the Opera
This lavish retelling of Gaston Leroux's immortal horror tale stars Claude Rains as the masked phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House. A crazed composer who schemes to make beautiful young soprano Christine DuBois (Susanna Foster) the star of the opera company, the Phantom also wreaks revenge on those he believes stole his music. Nelson Eddy, as the heroic baritone, tries to win the affections of Christine as he tracks down the murderous, horribly disfigured Phantom.
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Captured and imprisoned for scientific study, a living "amphibious missing link" becomes enamored with the head researcher's female assistant (Julie Adams). When the hideous creature escapes and kidnaps the object of his affection, a crusade is launched to rescue the helpless woman and cast the terrifying creature back to the depths from which he came. Featuring legendary makeup artist Bud Westmore's brilliantly designed monster, Creature from the Black Lagoon is an enduring tribute to the imaginative genius of its Hollywood creators.
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Overall a great collection of films but delivery takes awhile and would like better and more protective packaging..
The Packaging material is awful doesn't protect my items at all received damaged box sets cracks and dings on it please use better shipping boxes or you are going to lose loyal customers that's my advise to Zavi shipping material.
I have only managed to watch Dracula - it looks brilliant. Only issue is the sound, it sounds perfect but there is a slight static noise over the top which can be distracting during the quiet periods. The product itself, is great! Especially the movie poster cards that come along with it. A well designed product for Monster fans! The design on the discs are also a nice feature. Picked this up for a steal on Black Friday, bought a couple products of Zavvi now and they are great!
This is a great box for an unbeatable price. The 8 films look great on Blu-ray; a lot better than their dvd versions. Even though some are them are more than 75 (!) years old, the upgrade in image quality warrants a purchase on Blu-ray. On top of that, the 3D version of 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' in this collection looks amazing, it's almost reason enough by itself to purchase this great collection. The box also contains a nice 48 page booklet with pictures and info, as well as 8 postcards.
8 classic movies on blu-ray for only €19 in the Zavvi clearance sale, what a price. Each movie was meticulously restored, video and audio. Critics mentioned how the movies had not looked that good even when released theatrically in the 1930's. Any horror fans dream. This boxset takes pride and place in my collection.
great movie in a good box. a must have.
I was very impressed with the picture quality of the movies in this set. I can say with confidence that the image on my 58" HDTV is sharper and clearer than anything that was shown in the theaters when these titles were released. If you are a fan of the genre, this set is for you.
It's amazing to watch these 8 cult movies completely restored. Universal has made an impressive work. Legends of terror and cinema history to watch as they looked the day of the premiere.
I was very pleased with the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection, cheap compared to other websites the movies themselves look amazing considering their age. So far, I have have watched " the mummy" and "dracula" and whilst not scary they are good fun and well made! There are some nice extras include lobby cards and a booklet, the actual discs are well protected in a firm gatefold sleeve. But the outer casing is a bit flimsy. I am playing them on my ps3 through my pioneer kuro TV coupled with my bose cinemate they do indeed look and sound better than ever so I will be recommending this as a definite purchase for all you movie buffs out there!