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Universal Horror Collection: Vol.1 (4 Blu-ray Collection)

 

The Black Cat (1934)                                               The Raven (1935)

The Invisible Ray (1936)                                          Black Friday (1940)

 

Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer, Lew Landers, Lambert Hillyer, and Arthur Lubin

 

Horror icons Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi created some of the most memorable characters in cinematic history. Their unforgettable performances as Dracula and Frankenstein's monster terrified a generation of moviegoers and when these two legendary actors came together for a series of films in the 1930s, audiences could not get enough. This collection includes The Black Cat, The Raven, The Invisible Ray and Black Friday.

 

 

Horror icons Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi created some of the most memorable characters in cinematic history. Their unforgettable performances as Dracula and Frankenstein's monster terrified a generation of moviegoers and when these two legendary actors came together for a series of films in the 1930s, audiences could not get enough. This collection includes The Black Cat, The Raven, The Invisible Ray and Black Friday.

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Theatrical Release: 1934 - 1940

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Review: Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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The Black Cat (1:05:31.510):

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 40,241,901,030 bytes

Feature: 21,534,314,496 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

The Raven (1:01:17.041):

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 27,728,313,163 bytes

Feature: 18,424,412,160 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

The Invisible Ray (1:19:13.000):

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 29,785,977,703 bytes

Feature: 23,906,875,392 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Black Friday (1:10:01.166):

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 29,397,845,242 bytes

Feature: 22,047,191,040 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Black Cat Blu-ray:

Bitrate The Raven Blu-ray:

Bitrate The Invisible Ray Blu-ray:

Bitrate Black Friday Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1818 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1818 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentaries:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1818 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1818 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz /

or

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Shout! Factory

 

Edition Details:

DISC ONE: THE BLACK CAT
• NEW Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Gregory William Mank
• NEW Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman
• NEW Dreams Within A Dream: The Classic Cinema Of Edgar Allan Poe – Narrated By Doug Bradley (56:02)
• NEW A Good Game: Karloff And Lugosi At Universal Part One: The Black Cat (23:34)
• Vintage Footage – The Black Cat Contest (0:49)
• Still Gallery (8:47)

DISC TWO: THE RAVEN
• NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements
• NEW Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Gary D. Rhodes
• NEW Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman
• NEW A Good Game: Karloff And Lugosi At Universal Part Two: The Raven (17:25)
• Audio Recording: Bela Lugosi Reads “The Tell-Tale Heart” (13:22)
• Still Gallery (8:18)

DISC THREE: THE INVISIBLE RAY
• NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements
• NEW Audio Commentary With Authors/Film Historians Tom Weaver And Randall Larson
• NEW A Good Game: Karloff And Lugosi At Universal Part Three: The Invisible Ray (16:36)
• Re-Release Theatrical Trailer (1:44)
• Still Gallery (7:00)

DISC FOUR: BLACK FRIDAY
• NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements
• NEW Audio Commentary With Filmmaker/Film Historian Constantine Nasr
• NEW A Good Game: Karloff And Lugosi At Universal Part Four: Black Friday (17:04)
• Inner Sanctum Mystery Radio Show: “The Tell-Tale Heart” Starring Boris Karloff (26:45)
• Theatrical Trailer (1:55)
• Still Gallery (6:37)


Blu-ray Release Date:
June 18th, 2019
Thick Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12 X 4

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Shout! Factory Blu-ray (June 2019): Shout! Factory have transferred four early Universal Horrors onto their own Blu-ray disc in a new package entitled the 'Universal Horror Collection: Vol.1'. This collection includes The Black Cat, The Raven, The Invisible Ray and Black Friday. Only missing from the 2005 Universal Bela Lugosi DVD set (reviewed HERE) is Murders in the Rue Morgue (which is on French Blu-ray with an augmented score. (reviewed HERE.) The source condition of these films is exceptional, as were the DVDs, and the transfers are on their own dual-layered disc with max'ed out bitrates for all 4 films. Grain texture is beautiful and there are slight surface scratches. The Raven looks poor for the first 10-minutes or so before it shifts to be as strong as the rest of the set. There is only minor contrast flickering and I saw one, outlier, instance of macro-blocking but it may have been a function of my capture software. Overall, these look amazing and extremely film-like with rich black levels (impressive source density) on my system. With all but The Black Cat as cited as being new 2K Scans from the original film elements.   

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On their Blu-ray, Shout! Factory use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel mono tracks (24-bit) in the original English language. They are at the mercy of the original production technology and there can be imperfections and slight hiss. The scores are dramatic and wonderful by Franz Waxman (Untamed, Rebecca, Dark Passage, Bride of Frankenstein, Rear Window, Sunset Boulevard), Clifford Vaughan, Heinz Roemheld (I, Jane Doe, Ruby Gentry, Dangerous, The Monster that Challenged The World, The Land Unknown, The Mole People, 1933's The Invisible Man), Hans J. Salter (The Killer that Stalked New York, The Strange Door, Cover Up, Man Without a Star, Scarlet Street, The Land Unknown, The War Lord, The Mole People) and Frank Skinner (The Appaloosa, Madame X, Magnificent Obsession, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, All That Heaven Allows, and The Naked City). There is minor depth but the scores augment atmosphere. Shout! Factory offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray (despite being from Universal -whihc are always Region FREE.)

The extras are abundant. On The Black Cat Blu-ray, there are two new commentaries with Gregory William Mank (author of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff: The Expanded Story of a Haunting Collaboration, with a Complete Filmography of Their Films Together) and a second with Steve Haberman (author of Silent Screams: The History of the Silent Horror Film). They fill the film with so much detail about the actors, the production, crew, producers, cast - and they are all generally fun. Haberman does another for The Raven, where there is a second one by Gary D. Rhodes (Bela Lugosi and the Monogram Nine) - another excellent one on The Invisible Ray by Tom Weaver And Randall Larson and a thoroughly enchanting one on Black Friday by Constantine Nasr. These are very valuable supplements. On the video extras front we get the documentary A Good Game: Karloff And Lugosi At Universal directed by Constantine Nasr with one part for each film. The total running time is almost 1.5-hours and is excellent with input from Mank, Rhodes and others. Included on The Black Cat Blu-ray is the the 56-minute Dreams Within A Dream: The Classic Cinema Of Edgar Allan Poe narrated By Doug Bradley and also direct by Nasr. It is said that the films really represent a trio - Lugosi, Karloff and Poe. There is some vintage footage of children bringing their black cats for an audition for the film with Lugosi and Karloff greeting them. There are stills galleries for each film, re-release trailers for The Invisible Ray and a beat-up on for Black Friday, and we get audio recordings of both Lugosi and Karloff reading “The Tell-Tale Heart”.

These are all some of the most re-watchable horrors from this (or any) era. I am so pleased with all the extras on the Universal Horror Collection: Vol.1 Blu-ray. as well as the impressive video. Our highest recommendation!

Gary Tooze

 


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