Monster Blu-ray Set in Time for Halloween

Unless you shop at JB H-Fi, you may be unaware of a fantastic Blu-ray set Universal Pictures has released of its classic monster movies.

It’s essentially the same content, only remastered in HD, that was released about 10 years ago on DVD featuring Dracula, Frankenstein, The MummyThe Wolf Man, The Phantom of the OperaThe Invisible Man and Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Boris Karloff does double-duty as Frankenstein and the Mummy while Claude Rains is not only The Invisible Man and The Phantom of the Opera but also papa to the Wolf Man.

Dracula’s Bela Lugosi turned down the part of Frankenstein because it wasn’t a speaking role but went on to play him in Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man (ironically he starred opposite Lon Chaney, the original choice for Dracula).

If you’re a trivia freak, then these discs will really get your heart racing.

Each is packaged with a commentary and a making-of documentary that, in most cases, are as much fun as the movies they celebrate (did you know 1954’s Creature was inspired by an anecdote at an Orson Welles dinner party?).

A couple of the commentaries are too earnest and academic — the campy Bride Of Frankenstein a masterpiece to rival Citizen Kane? — but all breathe new life into shadowy sensations that, at their height, should have seen Universal dubbed Monsters, Inc.

Among the content exclusive to the Blu-ray is a Blu-ray 3D of Universal’s first foray into 3D, Creature.

Univeral Monsters: The Essential Collection appears to be a JB H-Fi exclusive until mid-December, for $96 — which is cheaper than the $US140 Amazon.com wants but frightfully more expensive than Amazon.co.uk’s £36.

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3 Responses to “Monster Blu-ray Set in Time for Halloween”

  1. Unaware it was to be released here, I bought this set from Amazon UK. A superb collection of Universal’s iconic monster films. So far it’s my pick for the best 2012 BD release.

  2. I’m not surprised you didn’t know. Universal released it under the radar and has not promoted it to media. I only happened to see it listed in a JB Hi-Fi flyer. It’s so frustrating to see top titles like this literally buried upon release.

  3. I read your post/saw it in JB on the same day. Universal are dipsticks for not promoting this set.

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