Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced the individual Blu-ray releases of four classic horror movies originally available as part of the Universal Classic Monsters Essentials Collection box set: The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), Phantom of the Opera (1943) and Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). All four titles (dubbed Wave 1) street on June 4th.
Classic Monsters Wave 2 will presumably include Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and The Wolf Man (1941), and is currently expected to arrive this Fall, in time for Halloween.
Synopsis: The Mummy features horror icon Boris Karloff in a legendary performance as the Egyptian Imhotep who is accidentally revived by a team of archaeologists after 3,700 years. Imhotep was once a high priest, embalmed alive for trying to revive the vestal virgin whom he loved after she had been sacrificed. Alive again, he sets out on an obsessive and deadly quest to find his lost love. Featuring groundbreaking makeup by Jack Pierce and artful direction by Karl Freud to achieve a mysterious atmosphere, this terrifying classic inspired countless sequels, spoofs and spin-offs that continue to fuel the legacy of the monster to this day.
The Blu-ray edition of The Mummy features a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track and the following extras:
Feature Commentary with Makeup Artist Rick Baker, Filmmaker Scott Essman, Screenwriter and Film Historian Steve Haberman, Sculpture Studio Owner Brent Armstrong and Collector Bob Burns
Feature Commentary with Film Historian Paul M. Jensen
Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed
He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce
Synopsis: The signature adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel of the same name stars Claude Rains as a mysterious scientist who discovers a serum that turns him invisible. Covered by bandages and dark glasses, the scientist arrives at a small English village and attempts to hide his amazing discovery. He soon discovers, however, that the same drug which renders him invisible is slowly driving him insane and making him capable of committing unspeakable acts of terror. Directed by James Whale, the horror classic features groundbreaking special effects by John P. Fulton that inspired many of the techniques that are still used today.
The Blu-ray edition of The Invisible Man features a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track and the following extras:
Feature Commentary with Film Historian Rudy Behlmer
Synopsis: One of the most popular stories of all time, Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera is the legendary horror tale of the masked Phantom of the Paris Opera House. Following a tragic accident that leaves him disfigured, crazed composer Erique Claudin (Claude Rains) transforms into a masked phantom who schemes to make beautiful young soprano Christine Dubois (Susanna Foster) the star of the opera and wreak revenge on those who stole his music. A heroic baritone (Nelson Eddy) tries to win the affections of Christine as he tracks down the disfigured "monster" who has begun murdering those who resist his mad demands. Inspired by the original 1925 silent film, this lavish Technicolor production remains one of the most unforgettable adaptations ever to be filmed.
The Blu-ray edition of Phantom of the Opera features a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track and the following extras:
Feature Commentary with Film Historian Scott MacQueen
Synopsis: Perfectly blending Universal's classic monster heritage with the science-fiction explosion of the 1950s, Creature from the Black Lagoon tells the mythical story of a dangerous half-human, half-fish creature lurking in the depths of the Amazon. After discovering a unique prehistoric claw fossil on an expedition deep in the jungle, archaeologists investigate its origins which lead them directly to a mysterious creature. Led by marine life specialist David Reed (Richard Carlson), the men try to capture the monster who has become obsessed with David's assistant, Kay (Julia Adams). Originally released in 3D, this thrilling adventure inspired sequels, TV series and more that continue to strengthen the monster's legacy to this day.
The Blu-ray edition of Creature from the Black Lagoon features 3D and 2D presentations of the film, a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track and the following extras:
I'm shocked they didn't do Frankenstein and Dracula first, although I suppose they'll bring those in around October. Ironically enough I actually like Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, and The Invisible Man with the latter being my favorite of the universal monster movies.
A friend of mine had the Universal Monsters Collection and brought 'Creature' over to play on my 3DTV. We didn't watch whole thing but I was jealous. Despite some film grain some of the 3D was VERY impressive. Fish were swimming in front of my eyes.
i nearly got a heartattack when i first read this..."monster wave" but then when i saw it was only the titltes we allready have it was a bummer:(
anny serious classic sci-fi & monster movie collector has bought that box set ages ago and is waiting on the legacy...to compleet each "monster"
well just have to wait then i guess....
I'm waiting for the Legacy Collections (or Dracula/Frankenstein "ultimate" editions) so Universal can benefit from me re-buying the titles I already have in the first box set (and multiple times on DVD).... this first "wave" of individual releases I will live without.
I'd love to have the remaining Movies released on bluray, maybe in a Classic monsters volume 2 set. The first set is great but as a completest i'd love to have all the sequels, plus i'd love to be able to get rid of my Legacy collection DVD's. I had to hold onto them just to keep the missing installment from the Bluray set. Any word on if the remaining films are being released?