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Universal Classic Monsters Box on Blu-ray

Horror classics arriving October 2012

In october, Universal will initiate a worldwide release of a Blu-ray box that brings us in total 9 films (Dracula is included in 2 versions). The release is entitled Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection. Here, the studio put together some famous classics that have been released in a DVD box before. Now, many of those films are available on Blu-ray for the first time ever. The box delivers a lot of bonus materials (audio commentaries, making of's, etc.) but also new features that focus on the HD restauration process, for example.

In this news, we provide you with a summary of the titles with information regarding the versions that - in part - have a long-lasting history with censorship. Especially noteworthy is Creature from the Black Lagoon which will be available in its original 3D version for the first time in home cinemas.

 

US: Pre-order the Blu-ray Monster Box at Amazon.com ($111,99)

UK: Pre-order the Blu-ray Monster Box at Amazon.com ( £36.00)

 

 
Dracula (1931)

THE classic in this box is available in 2 versions. Firstly, there's the English-speaking one with Bela Lugosi and secondly, there's the Spanish version with Carlos Villarías starring in the main role. Back in the day, it was common that foreign-language versions were shot on the same set as the original. Mostly, they were filmed at night when the original actors went home. The majority of those versions have vanished and Dracula is one of the rare cases where this version does still exist. Interestingly, many people think that the Spanish version is the better one since it was filmed directly after the English variant and improved on the mistakes that were done previously and then avoided with the Spanish crew.

 
 
 
Frankenstein (1931)

In different states of the US, the film was more or less censored. Especially since the introduction of the Hays Code in 1934, the censorship of four scenes endured for many centuries. Among them, there's the scene with Maria at the pond, the puncture of a syringe, the threating of the monster with a torch and  finally the use of the word "God" in the line: "Now I know what it feels like to be God!". It was drowned out by thunderclap. Those scenes were back on the last DVDs and will be on the Blu-ray as well. Furthermore, there will be an alternate ending (happy end, no happy end). The happy end is the broadly known one, but with the release of the sequel Bride of Frankenstein, the unhappy ending without the wedding was shown, too, since the sequel refers to this ending. The Blu-ray will show the wedding, though.

 
 
 
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Even before its first release, the producers forced cuts of 12 minutes against the will of the director. The plot was shortened and violent and romantic scenes were reduced. Unfortunately, the uncut version is lost.

 
 
 
Mummy, The (1933)

Except the fact that there were many scenes that didn't make it into the final film, everything went normal on this one.

 
 
 
Invisible Man, The (1933)

Here, we have a difference in the audio department since Universal couldn't secure the rights for a music piece. This is the case in all home cinema releases.

 
 
 
Wolf Man, The (1941)

Basically, this film remained unchanged since its first screening. There's no info on adjustments.

 
 
 
Phantom of the Opera (1943)

The protectors of the Hays Code that was responsible for common decency in the US theaters were bothered about some shots of Christine's breasts. Unfortunately, it's unknown whether that was changed or removed. In the end, the film received its rating.

 
 
 
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Included are the 2D and 3D version of the movie. The latter is the one that the film was originally shot in and shown in many theaters.

 
 

 

US: Pre-order the Blu-ray Monster Box at Amazon.com ($111,99)

UK: Pre-order the Blu-ray Monster Box at Amazon.com ( £36.00)

 

 

 

Artwork of the US release

Release: Jul 18, 2012 - Author: Bob - Translator: Doc Idaho

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