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Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection

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Phantom of the Opera (1943) Review

DoBlu
21 February 2013
  • Excerpt: Driven mad by his retirement from the Paris Opera, a dirty publisher, and an acid bath, Enrique Claudin (Claude Rains) dons the mask of the Phantom. Universal was here before with their now public domain silent version (and they would return in the ’60s), Lon Chaney’s immeasurably disfigured face an instantly recognizable icon. Rains interpretation does not carry that same prominence.
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Audio 8
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Extras 6
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The Wolf Man (1941) Review

DoBlu
4 February 2013
  • Excerpt: Something is unusual about The Wolf Man : remorse. Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) is the only Universal monster to feel sorrowful over what he has done. He experiences all of the emotions, from denial to acceptance, but none are more powerful than his remorse. This is the least creature-driven film of the original horror cycle, a somewhat meandering film that comes across so short, there is little time for anything aside from Talbot’s own tormented mind.
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The Mummy (1932) Review

DoBlu
25 January 2013
  • Excerpt: The Mummy spends 10-minutes in 1921, a flashback to an exhumed tomb of a great Pharaoh. If you remember this film after some time, that is the sequence that stays with you. The camera focuses in on an unrecognizable Boris Karloff, draped in bandages and barely moving. A young archaeologist assistant is driven mad by the site of a living corpse, and the camera fades to black. So effective is that sequence, it would become the framework for each sequel.
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Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection

digitalbits.com
5 October 2012
  • Excerpt: Studios don’t really have personalities or identities anymore. Today, we think of the major studios as divisions of larger corporations, weighing risks and seeking to deliver a profitable product. Disney is kind of an exception but their identity is so firmly entrenched that they could start producing nothing but hard-R torture porn and people would still remember them as a family-friendly studio.
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Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection

High-Def Digest
4 October 2012
  • Conclusion: Universal Studios' impact and influence in the cinema of horror is virtually irrefutable, responsible for popularizing the genre and for creating some of the most iconic figures in film history. Their indelible mark is fairly obvious and most felt every year around the Halloween season, and the faces of these monsters are permanently etched into our collective cultural memories when thinking of horror.
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The Mummy (1932) - Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection

High-Def Digest
30 September 2012
  • Summary: One aspect Universal Studios is best remembered and remains highly regarded for is their collection of monster features. Their immense impact and influence in the horror film genre is virtually irrefutable. More than any other movie production company, the studio has left an indelible mark in the cinema of horror, pretty much becoming synonymous with the genre and creating some of the most iconic figures in all the history of film.
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The Wolf Man (1941)

High-Def Digest
30 September 2012
  • Summary: One aspect Universal Studios is best remembered and remains highly regarded for is their collection of monster features. Their immense impact and influence in the horror film genre is virtually irrefutable. More than any other movie production company, the studio has left an indelible mark in the cinema of horror, pretty much becoming synonymous with the genre and creating some of the most iconic figures in all the history of film.
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Overall 8
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Phantom of the Opera (1943)

High-Def Digest
30 September 2012
  • Summary: One aspect Universal Studios is best remembered and remains highly regarded for is their collection of monster features. Their immense impact and influence in the horror film genre is virtually irrefutable. More than any other movie production company, the studio has left an indelible mark in the cinema of horror, pretty much becoming synonymous with the genre and creating some of the most iconic figures in all the history of film.
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Overall 9
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Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

High-Def Digest
30 September 2012
  • Summary: One aspect Universal Studios is best remembered and remains highly regarded for is their collection of monster features. Their immense impact and influence in the horror film genre is virtually irrefutable. More than any other movie production company, the studio has left an indelible mark in the cinema of horror, pretty much becoming synonymous with the genre and creating some of the most iconic figures in all the history of film.
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