Reviews and Problems with Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection
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Bride of Frankenstein review
3 October 2013
Excerpt: In this picture we see what happens to Frankenstein. The over acting of certain background characters were evident and we only see a glimpse of the Bride of Frankenstein. The build-up was not enough and the conclusion seems rushed much like the first. Screenplay was effective with so many quotable lines: "We must work together." "Creation of life is enthralling." "Your welcome my friend whoever you are." "It is bad to be alone...friend good.
Excerpt: My ratings for movie, video, audio, and extras are cumulative (and should be more like 4.8), as some films deserve a 5 for movie and video, and others a 3.5 for movie, but never less than 4.5 or possibly a 4 for video or audio. Extras are all wonderful, mostly ported from the "legacy" DVD editions (although more new HD extras would have been nice, not just the generic Universal centennial mini-documentaries on all the other Universal classics released this year).
Excerpt: Here is as we all know some early 3D in wonderful Black & White and the BD is really quite good. From the very start with the explosions of the earth being created the 3D effects are very good, OK not up to today's productions but at least it was shot in 3D. The PQ is for the most sharp with good contrast except of course for the underwater content but all in all this is a good restoration job with little to no artefacts.
Excerpt: I can't help but wonder something, and here's where my technical knowledge of Blu-Ray falls short...but isn't there enough room on these 50G discs for Universal to have included the subsequent sequels, etc. that were on the Legacy Collection discs? (Son of Frank, Ghost, House of Frank, etc.). Someone with more technical know-how could weigh in on this.
Excerpt: The only gripe I have with this set is the inclusion of The Phantom of the Opera. I would have loved to see The Incredible Shrinking Man instead. Regardless, a very stellar BD set and worth owning.
Excerpt: "Bride of Frankenstein" is probably the best of the Universal Frankenstein films of the 1930's and 1940's. Boris Karloff reprises the role for this film and manages to show a subtle evolution of the character, creating a sympathetic monster who longs for true friendship. Realizing that he will never find companionship among humans, he is encouraged by his creator's decision to make him a female mate. As you can imagine, this doesn't go as well as the monster had hoped.
The focus is different, but the story is the same.
21 December 2007
Excerpt: 1943's Phantom Of The Opera is usually quite criticized for straying too much from the original story, and for having too much focus on the opera. The heart of the story remains true to the classic story, and the first filming: A phantom stalks the Paris Opera House, and is attempting to get an opera starlet into the spotlight. The opera scenes are well staged, well sung and well acted.
Summary: I was very pleased with the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection, cheap compared to other websites the movies themselves look amazing considering their age. So far, I have have watched " the mummy" and "dracula" and whilst not scary they are good fun and well made! There are some nice extras include lobby cards and a booklet, the actual discs are well protected in a firm gatefold sleeve. But the outer casing is a bit flimsy.