The Universal Classic Monster Movie Collection on Blu-ray
I am sure much younger age groups will laugh and maybe shocked about their favorite monster movies in their original format-black and white film. Certain age groups will know only the color remakes of the originals, the TV shows, while older groups may have seen the originals incarnations to which all subsequent horror films came.
Watching this classics now on blu-ray is REALLY like seeing them when they were released some 80 years ago. The restoration of these classics is simply stunning-all scratches, debris, crackle, hiss and other aging issues with film are gone!
The genesis of history's horror films with sound all began within the 1931, Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi. Yet, it was the Spanish language version shot on the same location with a different cast and director, that really gave Dracula a following for its creepiness. That same year, Frankenstein, followed. While the first such film was done in 1910, it was silent. Sound made all the difference to the movie going audience. In it, Boris Karloff, breathed so much life and fright into his character, it became more popular than Dracula (movies back then cost 10 cents). But wait! In 1932, the Mummy, again with Boris Karloff, was even more eerie and scary because of the its German director, Karl Freund. Then there is the more comical than scary, The Invisible Man, 1933, that would cause just as many remakes as any. What happens when a scientist discovers a serum that makes him invisible? There is the good, scary and bad. As if any of the previous horror films were not enough, 1935 brought two more: Werewolf in London and Bride of Frankenstein. The first of these, failed to capture the attention of the audience but this all would change when Lon Chaney was the creature in the 1941, The Wolf Man! Chaney gives the character such realism and creepiness, it still is hard to beat. While the Bride of Frankenstein would appear to be a satire or comic film, it remains quite the opposite. The bride was played by Elsa Lanchester. Freaky! Two other films in the set are the 1943, Phantom of the Opera (in color), which pales in all aspects to being scared to the 1925 silent of the same name starring Lon Chaney. The 1943 remake is truly more of a musical and comedy and stars Nelson Eddy! If you seek fright-go with the 1925 original. The last film in the collection is the iconic, 1954, Creature From the Black Lagoon, which some think is campy, well, yes, but there are fright moments. This release provides 3D viewing in the underwater scenes.
There are many younger age groups that are very turned off by black and white movies, these are mostly under 20 yrs. This set of horror flicks is targeted for the film historian student or those who saw the films on TV as kids. I suspect very few buyers will be those who actually were kids when they were first released.