Blu Release – 4/5
Universal set the standard for horror when they released their classic monsters Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, Wolfman, the Creature, Phantom of the Opera, The Mummy and The Invisible Man. Before I was horror obsessed I was still watching these essential films with my grandmother every Halloween. Some were on television with the classic commercials and awesome television promos while others were on VHS. Over the years I have bought several of these films on VHS, DVD, and even blu because I love them that much but there was never a definitive collection with all the sequels and mash ups. That changed recently with the release of 30 of these classic films in one amazing box set.
The set includes: 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 Invisible Woman(1940), The Mummy’s Hand (1940), The Wolf Man (1941), The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), The Mummy’s Ghost (1942), The Mummy’s Tomb (1942), Invisible Agent(1942), Phantom of the Opera (1943), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), Son of Dracula (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), The Mummy’s Curse (1944), The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944), House of Dracula (1945), She-Wolf of London(1946), Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954, and includes a 3D version), Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955), Revenge of the Creature(1955 and includes a 3D version) and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956).
This is essential for any horror and Universal Monsters fan alike. These films have amazing atmosphere, the sets are beautiful, and the stories are always gripping. To review every film would be a huge task so I will speak about the set as a whole. Some of the series are better than others but the worst film in the set is still better than most of the horror films you can find in theaters today. There is an issue with Revenge of the Creature. There is replacement discs available for those that have already purchased the set and I believe that later releases of this set has the issue corrected. With Halloween approaching you really should do yourself a favor and check this set out. Well worth the price!
•3D Versions of Creature from the Black Lagoon and Revenge of the Creature
• 1931 Spanish Version of Dracula
• Featurettes on Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., and Jack Pierce
• 13 Expert Feature Commentaries
• Archival Footage
• Production Photographs
• Theatrical Trailers