Universal Monsters on Blu Ray [Monsters]

Universal Monsters on Blu Ray

Universal Classic MonstersIt takes some bravado to call something “The Essential Collection, ” but Universal, over the course of its 100-year history, has basically written the rule book on monster movies, so a bringing together of their classic monsters under one Blu-ray box should be given a bit of slack. Not that it needs the slack, as the set is filled to the brim with good stuff for horror fans. Between the years of 1931 and 1954, Universal Studios produced some of the most iconic and influential horror films in the history of cinema, based on some of the most influential spooky stories in history. It began with Carl Laemmle Jr., the son of Universal founder Carl Laemmle, whose passion for literature and enthusiasm for seeing these great stories brought to life yielded two box office hits in 1931 with Dracula and Frankenstein. Even years after Laemmle had lost control of the studio, the legacy he forged lived on. These films would go on to inspire generations of film lovers and film makers, many of whom are still scaring us today.

To celebrate in 2012, the year of the 100th birthday of Universal, we fans have been given this Universal Classic Monsters Blu-ray release, a celebration of the original eight, the most popular and iconic of the bunch. Many have been retold, rebooted and remade, but the originals still stand the test of time, from Bela Lugosi’s glowing eyes to Millicent Patrick’s iconic design for the Creature from the Black Lagoon, they are the forefathers of modern cinematic horror. Born of great ingenuity and a passion for the magic of the moving picture. And for those of us with about 0 extra dollars, it’s time to experience them again in a form unseen prior to this day.

The Set

The eight films are presented on separate Region Free Blu-ray discs found inside the study book-style packaging, each with its own carefully decorated page/sleeve. Included in the set is a wonderful 46-page book featuring stills from the films and their productions and an essay from Universal Horrors author Tom Weaver looking back at “A Legacy of Horror.” As many a reader of this site may note, I don’t pretend to be an expert on the genre of horror, as I’m a little light on courage in a dark room, but I do know a thing or two about presentation. To Universal’s credit, the Classic Monsters set is a hefty box that celebrates some of the great art designed to promote these films. The eerie drawing of Lugosi on the Dracula poster greets us as we open to the first page, along with a quick summary of the film and the disc’s special features. From there, it’s time to dig into the set film-by-film.


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Q&A

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Is there a normal DVD version of Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection not blu ray?!? | Yahoo Answers

There is. I found it at Amazon, but it is a little pricey. Check it out and see if you can do it, or you might want to check Ebay for it. Hope that helps! EDIT: Meh, looks like I screwed up. The link is for the Blu-Ray, but it's less than the brand new one, and I still think ebay would have it...


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