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Universal Classic Monsters Limited Edition Collection [8 X 4K Ultra HD and Coffee Table Book]

 

Dracula (1931)      Frankenstein (1931)      The Mummy (1932)     The Invisible Man (1933)

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)         The Wolf Man (1941)

 

Phantom of the Opera (1943)       Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)

 

From the era of silent movies through present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection showcases 8 of the most iconic monsters in motion picture history including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Starring Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester in the roles that they made famous, these original films set the standard for a new horror genre with revolutionary makeup, mood-altering cinematography, and groundbreaking special effects. Featuring over 12 hours of revealing bonus features plus an exclusive collectible book, each film has been digitally restored from high resolution film elements for the ultimate classic monster experience.

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Theatrical Release: February 1st, 1931 - February 12th, 1954

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Distribution Universal - Region FREE - 4K UHD
Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1847 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1847 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DUBs:

DTS Audio French 448 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 448 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio German 448 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Italian 448 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / 24-bit
Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Chinese, None
Features Release Information:
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Universal

Includes 4K UHD, Blu-ray and a digital copies (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)

Edition Details:

4K UHD 1 - Dracula (1931):

4x Sharper than Full HD with High Dynamic Range (HDR10)
Dracula (1931) Spanish Version
The Road to Dracula
Lugosi: The Dark Prince
Dracula: The Restoration
Dracula Archives
Trailer Gallery
Monster Tracks
Play Movie with Alternate Philip Glass Score

 

4K UHD 2 - Frankenstein (1931):
 

Commentary by Rudy Behlmer
Commentary by Christopher Frayling
The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster (44:53)

Karloff: The Gentle Monster (37:58)
Universal Horror documentary (1:35:26)

Frankenstein Archives (9:24)
Boo! - short film (9:30)
100 Years Universal

Monster Tracks

 

4K UHD 3 - The Mummy (1932):


Commentary by Rick Baker, Scott Essman, Steve Haberman, Bob Burns, Brent Armstrong
Feature Commentary by film historian Paul M. Jensen
Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed (30:11)
He Who Made Monsters - The Life and Times of Jack Pierce (24:56)
Unraveling the Legacy of The Mummy (8:07)
The Mummy Archives (9:56)
Trailer gallery
100 Years of Universal: The Carl Laemmle Era
Digital copy of The Mummy (1932) - Subject to expiration
 

4K UHD 4 - The Invisible Man (1933):


Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed!
Production Photographs
Trailer Gallery
100 Years of Universal: Unforgettable Characters
Feature Commentary with Film Historian Rudy Behlmer
 

4K UHD 5 - The Bride of Frankenstein (1935):


Feature Commentary with Scott MacQueen
She's Alive: Creating The Bride of Frankenstein (38:54)
The Bride of Frankenstein Archive (13:11)
100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics
Trailer Gallery

 

4K UHD 6 - The Wolf Man (1941):
 

Commentary by Tom Weaver
Monster by Moonlight (32:38)
The Wolf Man: From Ancient Curse to Modern Myth (10:02)
Pure in Heart: The Life and legacy of Lon Chaney Jr. (36:53)
He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce (24:56)
The Wolf Man Archives (6:46)

Trailers for all the Wolf Man sequels
100 Years of Universal (9:25 in 1080P)

 

4K UHD 7 - Phantom of the Opera (1943):


The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked
Production Photographs
100 Years of Universal: The Lot
Theatrical Trailer
Feature Commentary with Film Historian Scott MacQueen
 

4K UHD 8 - Creature From the Black Lagoon:


Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954):
Commentary by Tom Weaver
Back to the Black Lagoon (39:40)
Production Photographs (11:29)
Theatrical gallery
100 Years of Universal: The Lot
Digital copy of Creature from the Black Lagoon (Subject to expiration)


4K UHD Release Date: February 13th, 2024

Custom 4K UHD Case

Chapters 9

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below 4K UHD captures were taken directly from the 4K UHD disc.

ADDITION: Universal 4K UHD (February 2024): Firstly, we don't own this set, with the 'Coffee Table Book' but we have reviewed (linked) five of the eight Classic Monster Films in this 4K UHD Package. It has Dracula (1931) Frankenstein (1931) The Mummy (1932) The Invisible Man (1933), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Wolf Man (1941), Phantom of the Opera (1943) and Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) with High Dynamic Range (HDR10.) We've added some captures below.

What is unclear is if the Blu-rays are also included because while it states that they are on Amazon supplements listing, but they are not in the package image. Amazon says 8 discs but if it had the Blu-rays it would be 16 discs. Perhaps most significantly for this would be the Creature From the Black Lagoon 3D Version that was only on the included Blu-ray, presently in Universal's 4K UHD Monsters: Icons of Horror Collection or individually. So, best to be aware if this if it happens to be a deal-breaker for you.

You can see our individual reviews for specifics on the extras (12 hours worth), commentaries and a/v. This is limited to 5,500 copies worldwide and new adopters, that don't have any of these discs, might wish to strongly consider this. It is described as "Book-Style" packaging with photos, bios, trivia, and exclusive artwork by Tristan Eaton. These 4K UHD discs are all 'keepers' and I'm sure the book is special. So it's somewhere around $15 per movie on 4K UHD disc and you get the limited edition book. I'm okay if the Blu-rays are not included and the Creature From the Black Lagoon 3D is not essential for me (I have it.) We can report here if we can find out any more information. This is a sweet enticement.   

Gary Tooze

 


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