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Universal Horror Collection: Volume 6


The Black Castle (1952)          Cult of the Cobra (1955)

The Thing That Couldn't Die (1958)       The Shadow of the Cat (1961)

 

Volume 6 of the Universal Horror Collection includes four tales of terror from the archives of Universal Pictures, the true home of classic horror. Boris Karloff stars as a doctor who risks his own life to save the captives of a mad count in The Black Castle. Vengeance is sworn against six men who witness a ceremony where beautiful women turn into serpents in Cult Of The Cobra. In The Thing That Couldn't Die, when a young psychic discovers a box that contains the living head of an executed devil worshiper ... heads will roll! A cat witnesses the murder of her owner ... and this cat is hell-bent on revenge in The Shadow Of The Cat.

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Theatrical Release: November 20th, 1952 - May 1st, 1961

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

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Runtime

The Black Castle: 1:21:34.389

Cult of the Cobra (1955): 1:19:59.085

The Thing That Couldn't Die (1958): 1:09:18.070

The Shadow of the Cat (1961) : 1:18:41.633

Video

The Black Castle (1952)

1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 28,415,005,878 bytes

Feature: 24,002,469,888 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Cult of the Cobra (1955)

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,528,515,570 bytes

Feature: 23,534,518,272 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

The Thing That Couldn't Die (1958)

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,789,057,551 bytes

Feature: 20,386,959,360 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

The Shadow of the Cat (1961)

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 29,599,187,296 bytes

Feature: 23,154,757,632 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.

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Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1064 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1064 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentaries:

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

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

 

Edition Details:

The Black Castle (1952)
NEW Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Tom Weaver
NEW Universal Horror Strikes Back! A Look At Universal Horror In The 40s (13:50)
Still Gallery (2:27)

Cult of the Cobra (1955)
NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historians Tom Weaver, Steve Kronenberg, David Schecter, And Robert J. Kiss
Theatrical Trailer (2:15)
TV Spots For The Double Feature Of REVENGE OF THE CREATURE/CULT OF THE COBRA (1:24)
Still Gallery

The Thing That Couldn't Die (1958)
NEW Audio Commentary By Authors/Film historians Tom Weaver And C. Courtney Joyner
Theatrical Trailer (1:57)

The Shadow of the Cat (1961)
NEW Audio Commentary By Author/Film Historian Bruce G. Hallenbeck
NEW In The Shadow Of Shelley An Interview With Barbara Shelley (24:29)
TV Spot For The Double Feature Of THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF/THE SHADOW OF THE CAT (1:03)
Still Gallery


Blu-ray Release Date:
August 25th, 2020
Standard Thick Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 12 X 4

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Shout! Factory Blu-ray (April 2020): Shout! Factory have transferred Universal Horror Collection: Volume 6 to four separate Blu-rays which include The Black Castle (1952), Cult of the Cobra (1955), The Thing That Couldn't Die (1958) and The Shadow of the Cat (1961). They are all cited as being from a "NEW 2K Scan From A Fine Grain Film Element". We have previously viewed "Universal Horror Collection: Vol. 1" HERE, Vol. 2 HERE, Vol. 3 HERE and Volume 4 HERE. From Volume 5 we individually reviewed; The Monster and the Girl, Captive Wild Woman, Jungle Woman and The Jungle Captive.

Each image has a max'ed out, flat-line, bitrates. They all look quite strong - no damage and some impressive close-up detail, especially, in Cult of the Cobra and The Black Castle. I don't have much to add to simply viewing the full-res screen captures; they look good in 1080P, no digitization, appreciated film textures. We compared both Cult of the Cobra and The Shadow of the Cat to the respective DVDs (UK Pal Shadow covered HERE) and it is 'nessun contesto'. The Thing That Couldn't Die looks the weakest, but its wholly watchable. 

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On their Blu-ray, Shout! Factory use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) track in the original English language. In The Black Castle some may recognize Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik [K.525]. In Cult of the Cobra it's, uncredited, score is from Irving Gertz (Plunder Road, It Came From Outer Space, Blonde Ice and The Deadly Mantis among others) ), William Lava (Moonrise, S.O.S. Tidal Wave, War Arrow, The Night Riders, Retreat, Hell!), Lou Maury and Stanley Wilson who composed for many 40's and 50's westerns like Ride a Crooked Trail,, Woman They Almost Lynched and as well as Republic serials Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe, The Invisible Monster and Flying Disc Man from Mars. On The Thing That Couldn't Die, I definitely recognized the theme from This Island Earth in the opening but the score is credited to Henry Mancini (Days of Wine and Roses, Oklahoma Crude, Wait Until Dark, Operation Petticoat, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, Experiment in Terror, Charade). On The Shadow of the Cat the score is by Mikis Theodorakis (Iphigenia, State of Siege, Zorba the Greek, Serpico, Z). Many seem to be sampling of previous generic horror, sci-fi scores. They sound solid and clean if not dynamically deep. Shout! Factory offer optional gaudy yellow English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-rays.

The Shout! Factory Blu-ray offers a new commentaries by film historians Tom Weaver on The Black Castle - Tom Weaver, Steve Kronenberg, David Schecter, and Robert J. Kiss on Cult of the Cobra - Tom Weaver And C. Courtney Joyner on The Thing That Couldn't Die and Bruce G. Hallenbeck (author Poe Pictures: The Film Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe) on The Shadow of the Cat. I've only sampled them focusing more on my favorite Cult of the Cobra with Weaver making a loose but interesting case that Rico's Bowling Alley sequences is the counterpart of Cat People's swimming pool scene - nice observation! Briefly included are Steve Kronenberg (lauds the film - I agree), David Schecter for 10-minutes (music score expert), and Robert J. Kiss - cult TV stars in the film including Richard Long (The Big Valley), Jack Kelly (Maverick), David Janssen (The Fugitive), Edward Platt (Get Smart) etc. I liked the 1/4 hour Universal Horror Strikes Back! a look at Universal Horror in the 40s - on The Black Castle Blu-ray. Also is a new 25-minute program - In The Shadow Of Shelley an Interview with 88-year old Barbara Shelley (Beth Venable.) This is found on The Shadow of the Cat Blu-ray disc. There are stills galleries, theatrical trailers, and double-feature TV Spots for REVENGE OF THE CREATURE / CULT OF THE COBRA and THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF / THE SHADOW OF THE CAT.

I wasn't very keen on Universal Horror Collection Volume 5 but I loved Volume 6. I was always big on Cult of the Cobra for Faith Domergue and brief David Janssen. The Thing That Couldn't Die certainly evokes 1961's Tormented with the severed heads. The Black Castle has Boris Karloff, Rita Corday and, briefly, Lon Chaney Jr. - great shadows! Also I have always loved this description of Shadow of the Cat; "A normally placid pussy turns into a ferocious feline hell-bent for revenge against the treacherous trio who murdered her mistress in this interesting horror film." Lovely. So the Shout! Factory package of four Blu-rays is absolutely recommended - weak films totally embraceable. Nostalgia value through the roof. Fans of these gems shouldn't hesitate. Very rewatchable for this reviewer.

Gary Tooze

 


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The Black Castle (1952)

 

Cult of the Cobra (1955)

The Thing That Couldn't Die (1958)

The Shadow of the Cat (1961)


 

 

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