Universal Monster Collection

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Every Movie, Every Monster, All in the One Pack!

Every Movie, Every Monster, All in the One Pack!

 

 

To have every one of these films in one pack is pretty huge. I myself have had to collect these classics almost all individually, with only some coming in twin movie packs. For fans of these original classics this set will be a blessing as a lot of titles have been very hard to get. It’s only recently that Universal has made them more accessible.

 

 

The box set also includes heaps of extras which are enormously special on their own!

 

 

 

 

Here are all the titles featured in the set:

Dracula, Dracula’s Daughter, Son of Dracula, House of Dracula.

Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, Ghost of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, House of Frankenstein, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.

The Mummy, The Mummy’s Hand, The Mummy’s Ghost, The Mummy’s Tomb, The Mummy’s Curse, Abbott and Costello Meet The Mummy.

The Invisible Man, The Invisible Man Returns, The Invisible Woman, The Invisible Agent, The Invisible Man’s Revenge, Abbott and Costello Meet The Invisible Man.

Werewolf of London, The Wolf Man , She Wolf of London.

Phantom of the Opera.

Creature from the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creature, The Creature Walks Among Us.

 

And here are all the extra’s:

The 1931 Spanish version of Dracula which was made at the same time, within the same studio and using the same props as the American film.

Behind-the-scenes Documentaries.

Features on stars, Bela Lugosi,  Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr. and makeup artist Jack Pierce.

13 expert feature commentaries providing more insightful info.

Archival Footage, Production Photographs, Trailers, plus a 48 page collectible booklet.

 

Film Quality

In 2002, each original feature received a quality restoration in order to clean up dust/static issues, contrast and general deterioration problems with the original prints. This was done for the release of a “Legacy Collection” which was highly prized at the time. The films within this newest box set are from the same restored quality prints. While not being Blu-Ray disks, they are immaculately improved. Many have stated that a Blu-ray edition is not necessary as this collection has been upgraded to a near perfect standard.

Gone is the visual static already mentioned and the popping and crackling of old film audio.

The most important improvement on the “Legacy” set is the notorious issue with playback. It was common for disks from the Legacy series to skip, freeze or refuse to work all together. This was due to the use of duel-sided disks. This has been addressed with only one side of each disk used in this new 30-film pack.

The packaging for this collection is first class! This is not your average flimsy, thin cardboard case. What we get is a very sturdy, hard box package which features embossed writing and is aesthetically very pleasing. Each of the 7 original Universal Monsters then has it’s own individual DVD case.

Here’s what the whole package looks like:

 

Universal Monsters 30-film Pack

 

In Summery: This really is an amazing collection and yes, I would definitely recommend it. All of these Universal classics here together and in such pristine appearance with pristine sound and so many extras…How could I not?

However, this set does have it’s gripes.

For one, the edition of Phantom of the Opera here is not the famous silent classic featuring Lon Chaney but the 1943 version starring Nelson Eddy and Claude Raines. While this is quite a good color remake of the classic tale, it’s kind of slow and uninspired in a lot of scenes and does not measure up to the spectacular 1925 film which brilliantly showcased the genius of Lon Chaney and inspired the birth of Universal Horror in the first place. That this version was not included here is really disappointing.

One other issue I have with the set is the fact that a few films are featured twice. Films like Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man is found in both the Frankenstein pack and the Wolf Man pack. Not a big issue but maybe other features could have been offered instead. Overall though, this huge collection is a very worthy prize! Definitely a must for classic horror fans, collectors and even for those curious about the historic origins of these universally famous and recognized classic monsters.

 

Universal Monsters Complete 30-Film Pack

Price: $99.77 on Amazon or around $62.00 on eBay (new!)

My Rating: 9/10

 

 

Other Contenders

While Universal’s 30-film Pack is a fantastic package, showcasing all of their monsters in one place with beautiful restorations and loads of extras, there are other similar sets which may be of interest to those who may want to grab only specific titles.

Blu-ray Collection

Blu-ray Collection

 

Similar options would be: the Universal Monsters Essential Collection Blu-Ray pack featuring 8 of the original monster films on Blu-Ray. This superb pack has the 8 originals of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Phantom of the Opera (1943) and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. This excellent set also includes loads of outstanding extras. Each classic film has it’s own impressive amount of them!

The major difference between this and the 30-film pack is of coarse the number of titles. The Essential Collection does not feature any of the sequels of the other set. This would be suitable for many who just want the original masterpieces on their own, albeit on Blu-Ray and including a wealth of extras. For the die hard fan though, the curious viewer or ‘completest’, the 30-film pack with all the classic monster titles and extras would be the go-to set. Also, from personal experience these classic films have a way of captivating the viewer and leaving them wanting to check out more titles in the Universal Monster universe.

For those prone to collecting, I would suggest considering the 30-film pack over the Essential Collection.

For those who are looking to buy these films individually, you can, of coarse buy each one by itself either on Blu-Ray or DVD. A great choice would be those releases which have had film and audio restorations as there are many releases available which have not been “cleaned up” and as with any older film, suffer from signs of age/deterioration.

 

The Wolf Man Complete Legacy Collection Pack

Another superb option would be the Complete Legacy Collection series released by Universal in 2014. These packs contain the original monster film (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy etc.) then the original titles’ sequel and ensemble films. Then there’s heaps of extras such as Documentaries, featurettes, commentaries, trailers, archives photo’s etc. The only issue these excellent sets have are reports of disks skipping/freezing. As stated above, this was due to features being pressed onto both sides of the disk and causing problems.

 

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11 Comments

  • Craig says:

    I really like the page, Jdeen. The background is highly relevant and suits the site perfectly. It’s a great idea giving your personal rating, and also including links to where the titles can be purchased. You’ll just have to be mindful that the prices you have on there are likely to change, but that’s just a very minor point.

  • James says:

    This is pretty cool I’m not gonna lie. I love horror movies so much so I’m glad that this is around. I thought you had to buy them all separately. The classics are always in style, though I think. What’s your favorite one? Mine is Frankenstein because he looks like something that can be done in the future.

    • admin says:

      Hey there James. Really liked those comments, “The classics are always in style”. Yeah exactly, not so long ago, you did have to search for them all separately. And they weren’t all ‘cleaned up’ and enhanced either. Far from it!

      My fav would have to be Dracula. But yeah, I so agree about Frankenstein. And Karloff’s performance in the original is very believable! He really looks like the dead brought back to life!

      Thanks heaps for your comments and visit my friend and fellow horror buff!

  • Caito Junqueira says:

    Hi, Jdeen,

    Being a former film producer, makes me a apreciate your article even more.

    It is very well writen and thoroughly explained.

    All those classics were my preferred selection when I was a kid and that brings a nostalgic sense when reading your article.

    I’m really glad to know that there is a collection of them.

    Keep the great work.

  • thegoodpaella says:

    Very nice niche and very specialized also. Clear concept and directs links in amazon, nice ! About the graphics, I think that the title on the main page “classic horror movies” should be more shocking. Another comment about graphics is about the empty space at the left side of the page and the size of text, at the right side, too small in my opinion. In general, the graphism of the terror movies, currently, it is more visually striking while being a serious view page with direct links to buy movies. Imho

  • Amanda says:

    This is really cool you’ve just made my day! I’ve been wracking my brain for pressie ideas for a mate who is just so damn hard to buy for. He absolutely loves horror movies and it was only the other day they were debating what we thought the classics were (most of it went over my head as I don’t watch horror – cause I’m a chicken hehe). I’ll have to have a sneaky look at his collection and order him some. Your a life saver – thank you!

    • admin says:

      I’m really excited I could help Amanda!! Thank you so much for dropping by!! Have fun choosing those presents!!

  • Kris says:

    Hi this is a great review of something you are obviously so passionate about. With the price of the box set, is that for bluray or DVD?
    Can you purchase this set as a digital copy at all?
    It looks like a great set and, for me is a great gift idea for someone who has always been a fan of these classic cult horror films.
    Thanks for sharing, Kris

    • admin says:

      Hi there Kris, thank you for that kind feedback. This box set is actually DVD although Blu-ray versions of the 8 main films are available in the box set further down the review page. While the Blu-ray set includes many cool features, it does not include all the many sequels which the DVD box set has. I hope this helps.Thanks again, Jamie

  • MissMone says:

    More great content on a niche site. Thanks Jamie.

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