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New Universal Monsters Blu-ray Box Set Will Make You Forget About the Dark Universe



If you still haven’t washed the bad taste of Universal’s Dark Universe out of your mouth, this might help. A new Universal Monsters Blu-ray box set will be hitting shelves just in time for the Halloween season, offering up 30 black and white horror classics.

The original Universal Monsters movies are – for the most part – unbeatable. Starting with Dracula in 1931, Universal realized there was money to be made in scaring the bejesus out of unsuspecting audiences. From the ’30s all the way through the late 1950s, Universal adapted classic gothic novels and other folkloric traditions into a series of moody, atmospheric chillers, and popularized the horror genre in the process. In years to come, Hammer would inject blood-red color into these stories and adapt them for a new generation. And as the horror genre evolved, it would become more graphic, more political, more brutal. But those Universal classics still prevail, even after Universal themselves tried to tarnish their legacy with the abysmal Dark Universe.

The Universal Monsters films have found their way to DVD and Blu-ray before in various collections devoted to each series – i.e. the Dracula collection, the Frankenstein collection, and so on. But now, Universal is going to unleash them in one massive Blu-ray box set containing 30 films. The box set will arrive on August 28, which is just in time to kick-off the Halloween season (we all know Halloween season begins the last week of August, right?).

Here’s what’s included in the set:

“Dracula” (1931)

“Frankenstein” (1931)

“The Mummy” (1932)

“The Invisible Man” (1933)

“The Bride of Frankenstein” (1935)

“Werewolf of London” (1935)

“Dracula’s Daughter” (1936)

“Son of Frankenstein” (1939)

The Invisible Man Returns” (1940)

“The Mummy’s Hand” (1940)

“The Invisible Woman” (1940)

“The Wolf Man” (1941)

“The Ghost of Frankenstein” (1942)

“Invisible Agent” (1942)

“The Mummy’s Tomb” (1942)

“Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman” (1943)

“Phantom of the Opera” (1943)

“Son of Dracula” (1943)

“The Invisible Man’s Revenge” (1944)

“The Mummy’s Ghost” (1944)

“House of Frankenstein” (1944)

“The Mummy’s Curse” (1944)

“House of Dracula” (1945)

“She Wolf of London” (1946)

“Abbott and Costello Met Frankenstein” (1948)

“Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man” (1951)

“Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954)

“Revenge of the Creature” (1955)

“Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy” (1955)

“The Creature Walks Among Us” (1956)

I’m thrilled that the Abbott and Costello movies are included here as well, as they were always my personal favorites. There are also hours of bonus features, including trailers, documentaries, and the Spanish-language version of Dracula (which is actually slightly better than the English-language one, don’t @ me). A 48 page collectable book is included with the collection.



The Universal Monsters Blu-ray box set can be purchased here, and will run you $149.98. That may seem pricey, but come on – you must own She Wolf of London on Blu-ray, folks.
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Well it looks beautiful, but I already own a lot of them.



Somebody wanting to start educating themselves on classic horror couldn't really go wrong with that collection though.
 

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Well it looks beautiful, but I already own a lot of them.



Somebody wanting to start educating themselves on classic horror couldn't really go wrong with that collection though.
I've bought all of these movies more times than I would care to admit, so I'm probably going to purchase this set.

 

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Oh Universal, you cheeky bastards. You always get my money when it comes to these films.

That collection is about perfect. The only ones missing are from the silent era (Phantom of the Opera and Hunchback of Notre Dame especially), but other than that, that's the definitive Universal monster collection.
 

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God I love these movies!

The Universal Frankenstein Movies, no joke, is my favorite horror series ever. The original? Classic. Bride? My favorite of the Universal monster films. Son? Awesome. Ghost? Wacky and insane, but memorable. Meets The Wolfman? Good and the first major crossover. The two "House of" movies are meh and the weakest entries featuring the Frankenstein Monster, but significant for crossing over the three main monsters in the same movie. Karloff is masterful as The Monster, and I love how his performance developed from the first film to the second. And the series always seemed to have these memorable side characters like Dr. Pretorious, Fritz, Ygor, The Inspector, and a few others. Wonderful string of films.

The Dracula movies aren't quite as strong, but have their moments. The original is a classic obviously, though doesn't hold up quite as well as the original Frankenstein (the 2nd half is nowhere near as good as the first half), but I love Lugosi as Dracula. Its a shame that he only played him twice on film (the 2nd being Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein) because he was measuring stick for the character. Now Dracula's Daughter is one of the hidden gems in the Universal library. It gets overlooked because it doesn't have any of the key stars in it (Karloff, Lugosi, Cheney) but it quite good and kind of ahead of its time. Gloria Holden's performance really carries the film and there are some interesting themes at play with the character. Its amazing to me because Son of Dracula is more well known for the ALUCARD gimmick, but is a vastly inferior film.

The Werewolf films aren't really connected but are all different attempts by Universal at the werewolf tale. The Wolf Man with Lon Cheney Jr is BY FAR the best one, and its easy to see why that version persisted as the definitive cinematic werewolf tale. Werewolf of London (which predates The Wolf Man by nearly a decade) feels like a poor man's version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. She Wolf of London....gah! Okay, the build up and mystery of this film is fantastic and I was legitimately interested in what was going on, but then it pays it off with one of the lamest endings I've ever seen. Its a shame because they were onto something good and then it just goes out with a fart. But yeah, with Werewolves, its Cheney or bust.

The Mummy was one I was never a huge fan of, but I've kind of warmed up to in recent years. I watched all the Mummy films last year and I actually kind of enjoyed them. They get very repetitive with each sequel, but there are some fun moments throughout, and they are pretty short for the most part, so they are breezy watch. The first Mummy film, with Imhotep, I still criticize for being too similar to Dracula, but Karloff is fantastic in it and there are some very striking visuals. The Kharis Mummy films are were the repetition comes in, but they kind of serve as the first slasher series as the Mummy goes around killing and claiming victims. Because of its ending, I wish The Mummy's Ghost had been the last one as that would have been the perfect ending to Kharis' story. Oh well.

The Invisible Man is one of the very best Universal films too and Claude Rains' lends a perfect vocal performance to the character. Not only is it groundbreaking for its visual effects, but it is just a damn fun movie with plenty of humor and intrigue. The Invisible ____ series mostly went well with the sequel starring Vincent Price and providing a great entry. Invisible Agent is radically different from the rest, but fun for what it is, and Invisible Woman is okay. Invisible Man's Revenge is a solid closer. Not a bad one in the set, at least for me.

The Creature From The Black Lagoon was the last big star and what a great creation. One of my greatest joys is that The Gill Man has avoided being remade and has been allowed to stand on his own (outside of parodies and films like Monster Squad of course). The original Black Lagoon is probably the last great one of that monster cycle, and the sequels are solid, increasing the tragedy of the monster. The Creature Walks Among Us was especially tragic, breaking the gill man lower than any of the other monsters had ever been, including The Frankenstein Monster. It makes for a nice little trilogy.

Now for the Abbot and Costello Movies...the best one is Meets Frankenstein for this simple reason: the monster that are included (Dracula, Wolfman, and The Monster) act as they would in any other film, playing it straight, and that allowed Abbot and Costello's goofiness to be more of a contrast and ultimately make the film funnier. Meets The Invisible Man was okay and had its funny moments, but it felt like an excuse for gag bits rather than a faithful representation of The Invisible Man interacting with the comedy duo. And Meets the Mummy was just a straight up parody...and a bad one.

And the final one, Phantom of the Opera, is solid, but I prefer the silent movie version.

Oh and I just thought of more that got left out. There are some standalones that are pretty great like The Old Dark House, The Raven, and The Black Cat that aren't in there, but hey.

Still a fantastic collection though.
 

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Pretty cool they finally lumped all of them together for a massive set. Although already got Dracula, and the rest aren't really any particular favorites, so it might be a pass. All depends on if I can still get the Dracula sequels on blu ray. (Which I believe I can, I'll just have to settle for a double)
 
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