Upon finding out that Universal would re-release the Classic Monster in 4K format, I was EXCITED!!!! I love these four films, and I was intrigued to see how these classics adapted to 4K.
Films Included: (Comes in 4K Ultra HD + Blu-Ray + Digital Code)
- Dracula (90thAnniversary)
- Frankenstein (90thAnniversary)
- The Invisible Man
- The Wolf Man (80thAnniversary)
HOURS OF BONUS CONTENT, INCLUDING:
- The Road to Dracula
- The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster
- Karloff: The Gentle Monster
- Monster by Moonlight
- The Wolf Man: From Ancient Curse to Modern Myth
- Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed
From the era of silent movies through present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. Universal Classic Monsters Icons of Horror Collection showcases four of the most iconic monsters in motion picture history including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and The Wolf Man. Starring Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr. and Claude Rains in the roles that they made famous, these original films set the standard for a new horror genre with revolutionary makeup, mood-altering cinematography and groundbreaking special effects.
When you open the package, one of the more impressive things is the box’s design inside and out. I loved the attention to detail as you flip through and see each disc. It highlights each film with gorgeous pictures and highlights the special features within each of them.
There are eight discs in the box, one for each film in 4K Ultra HD and one for Blu-Ray. The bonus content comes on each of the discs I thought was done well, so you don’t have to move from disc to disc to see the bonus stuff.
How they Look:
The movies are in BREATHTAKING quality. They capture these classics and bring them to life in a way that I could not believe. It legitimately blows my mind I was able to relive these classics in such an immersive way. The picture alone makes this worth a purchase and I haven’t even begun to talk about the bonus content.
You can tell how in-depth they went into restoring these into this quality because it plays as if these are the original movies. I think that was what I loved the most about rewatching is never once did I think otherwise.
One of the cool things I loved about the bonus content was the Frankenstein costume and makeup breakdown. The advancement in makeup, costumes, set designs have been incredible, but looking back 90 years ago, they struggled with these sorts of things.
They went in-depth about Boris Karloff in this role of Frankenstein and how the part broke him down. Whether it was the amount of makeup, the heavy boots, he embodied the role the way no one else could, but he paid for it. The bonus content talked about how his back was never the same again and he had to have multiple back surgeries because of the part.
One of the things I would highly recommend checking out first when looking at the bonus content is the restoration process of each of these films. I have tried several times to convert some old 8mm tapes over to new age equipment and it is a disaster, so when hearing how complex and delicate the process was for each of these movies is MIND BLOWING. As each person breaks down the process, you are left with your jaw on the floor.
Is it worth a purchase? Yes
I am in love with this entire box set. The in-depth look behind the scenes regarding the filmmaking, stories of the actors, and even the restoration process will make people who love these films very happy. I can’t recommend this enough to anyone who is a fan of the Monsters or anyone looking to add a unique addition to their 4K/Blu-Ray collection.
If you are looking to purchase this, it is available NOW. It would make for a great Christmas or birthday gift!
Hands on look at what it looks like