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A Monster Blu-Ray Collection Is Coming From Universal This October Feat. 8 Horror Icons

A brand new Blu-ray set featuring the most iconic monsters from the Universal

family is coming our way this October, and not only is it the ideal t for film buffs and horror aficionados alike, but it's also one kick-ass collection that's absolutely jammed packed with tons and tons of awesomeness. Read on for all the details on this must-have set!!

Digitally restored from high resolution film elements in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound for the first time ever, Universal Clasc Monsters: The Essential Collection brings together the very best of Universal’s legendary monsters - imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror that launched a uniquely American movie genre. This definitive collection, which streets on October 2, 2012, features eight films on Blu-ray, a collectible 48-page book featuring behind-the-scenes photographs, original posters, correspondence, and much more. Each iconic film is accompanied by an array of bonus features that tell the fascinating story of its creation and history, including behind-the-scenes documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, storyboards, photo galleries, and trailers. Especially appealing for fans are a never-before-seen featurette about the restoration of Dracula (see a little of that below) and the first ever offering of Creature from the Black Lagoon in its restored Blu-ray 3D veron.

From the era of lent movies through the present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. Universal Clasc Monsters: The Essential Collection honors the studio’s accomplishments with the most iconic monsters in motion-picture history, including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Featuring performances by legends of the horror genre, including Bela Lugo, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains, and Elsa Lanchester, these eight iconic films also feature groundbreaking special effects and innovative makeup that continue to influence filmmakers into the 21st century.Dracula (1931)

The original 1931 movie veron of Bram Stoker’s clasc tale has for generations defined the iconic look and terrifying persona of the famed vampire. Dracula owes its continued appeal in large part due to Bela Lugo’s indelible portrayal of the immortal Count Dracula and the flawless direction of horror auteur Tod Browning. The Universal Clasc Monsters: The Essential Collection includes the original veron of this chilling and evocative tale, as well as the rarely seen Spanish veron of Dracula. Filmed multaneously with the English language veron, the Spanish veron of Dracula is an equally ominous vion of the horror clasc shot with the same sets and script. Cinematographer George Robinson and a vibrant cast including Carlos Villarias and Lupita Tovar deliver a chilling and evocative tale filled with the same terror, mystery, and intrigue.

Bonus Features:

• Dracula, the 1931 Spanish veron, with Introduction by Lupita Tovar Kohner • The Road to Dracula • Lugo: The Dark Prince • Dracula: The Restoration – New Featurette Available for The First Time! • Monster Tracks: Interactive Pop-Up Facts About the Making of Dracula • Dracula Archives • Score by Philip Glass performed by the Kronos Quartet • Feature Commentary by Film Historian David J. Skal • Feature Commentary by Steve Haberman, Screenwriter of Dracula: Dead and Loving It • Trailer Gallery

Frankenstein (1931)

Boris Karloff stars as the screen’s most tragic and iconic monster in what many conder to be the greatest horror film ever made. Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) dares to tamper with the essential nature of life and death by creating a monster (Karloff) out of lifeless human body parts. Director James Whale’s adaptation of the Mary Shelley novel and Karloff’s compasonate portrayal of a creature groping for identity make Frankenstein a timeless masterpiece.

Bonus Features:

• The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster • Karloff: The Gentle Monster • Monster Tracks: Interactive Pop-Up Facts About The Making of Frankenstein • Universal Horror • Frankenstein Archives • Boo!: A Short Film • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Rudy Behlmer • Feature Commentary with Historian r Christopher Frayling • 100 Years Of Universal: Restoring the Clascs • Trailer Gallery

The Mummy (1932)

Horror icon Boris Karloff stars in the original 1932 veron of The Mummy in which a team of British archaeologists accidentally revives a mummified high priest after 3,700 years. Alive again, he sets out on an obsesve—and deadly—quest to find his lost love. Over 50 years after its first release, this brooding dream-like horror clasc remains a cinematic masterpiece.

Bonus Features:

• Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed • He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art Of Jack Pierce • Unraveling the Legacy of The Mummy • The Mummy Archives • Feature Commentary by Rick Baker, Scott Essman, Steve Haberman, Bob Burns and Brent Armstrong • Feature Commentary by Film Historian Paul M. Jensen • 100 Years Of Universal: The Carl Laemmle Era • Trailer Gallery

The Invible Man (1933)

Claude Rains delivers an unforgettable performance in his screen debut as a mysterious doctor who discovers a serum that makes him invible. Covered by bandages and dark glasses, Rains arrives in a small English village and attempts to hide his amazing discovery, but the drug’s de effects slowly drive him to commit acts of unspeakable terror. Based on H.G. Welles’ clasc novel and directed by the master of macabre, James Whale, The Invible Man fueled a host of sequels and features revolutionary special effects that are still imitated today.

Bonus Features:

• Now You See Him: The Invible Man Revealed • Production Photographs • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Rudy Behlmer • 100 Years of Universal: Unforgettable Characters

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

The acclaimed sequel to the original Frankenstein has become one of the most popular horror clascs in film history. The legendary Boris Karloff reprises his role as the screen’s most misunderstood monster, now longing for a mate of his own. Colin Clive is back as the proud and overly ambitious Dr. Frankenstein, who creates the ill-fated bride (Elsa Lanchester). The last horror film directed by James Whale features a haunting mucal score that helps make The Bride of Frankenstein one of the finest and most touching thrillers of its era.

Bonus Features:

• She’s Alive! Creating The Bride Of Frankenstein • The Bride Of Frankenstein Archive • Feature Commentary with Scott MacQueen • 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Clascs • Trailer Gallery

The Wolf Man (19410

Originally released in 1941, The Wolf Man introduced the world to a new Universal movie monster and redefined the mythology of the werewolf forever. Featuring a heartbreaking performance by Lon Chaney Jr. and groundbreaking make-up by Jack Pierce, The Wolf Man is the saga of Larry Talbot, a cursed man who transforms into a deadly werewolf when the moon is full. The dreamlike atmospheres, elaborate settings and chilling mucal score combine to make The Wolf Man a masterpiece of the genre.

Bonus Features:

• Monster by Moonlight • The Wolf Man: From Ancient Curse to Modern Myth • Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney, Jr. • He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce • The Wolf Man Archives • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Tom Weaver • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot • Trailer Gallery

Phantom of the Opera (1943)

This lavish retelling of Gaston Leroux's immortal horror tale stars Claude Rains as the masked phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House. A crazed composer who schemes to make beautiful young soprano Christine DuBois (Susanna Foster) the star of the opera company, the Phantom also wreaks revenge on those he believes stole his muc. Nelson Eddy, as the heroic baritone, tries to win the affections of Christine as he tracks down the murderous, horribly disfigured Phantom.

Bonus Features:

• The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked • Production Photographs • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Scott MacQueen • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot • Theatrical Trailer

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Captured and imprisoned for scientific study, a living “amphibious misng link” becomes enamored with the head researcher’s female asstant (Julie Adams). When the hideous creature escapes and kidnaps the object of his affection, a crusade is launched to rescue the helpless woman and cast the terrifying creature back to the depths from which he came. Featuring legendary makeup artist Bud Westmore’s brilliantly degned monster, Creature from the Black Lagoon is an enduring tribute to the imaginative genius of its Hollywood creators.

Bonus Features:

• The Creature From The Black Lagoon in 3D • Back to The Black Lagoon • Production Photographs • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Tom Weaver • 100 Years of Universal: The Lot • Trailer Gallery

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