The Air Itself Is Filled With Monsters… In High Definition!
by Ben Bussey
Confession time: I am an HD virgin. Yep. No Blu-ray or massive flatscreen TV in my house, and certainly no 3D. But right now, I rather wish I had them. Just saw over at High Def Disc News that this October will see the release of Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection, unleashing all their great original monster movies onto Blu-ray: Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Wolf Man (1941), Phantom of the Opera (1943) and finally The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), which will appear as originally intended in 3D.
What can I say… monsters. Cool.
You can read the full details on the disc specs at the link above; from the look of things the extras are the same as those on the existing Universal classic DVDs, though there’s also a supplemental booklet. The never-pleased nerd in me wishes they’d thrown in some more of the sequels, but hey, the Spanish language version of Dracula is also included.
None of these films really needs any introduction here, but it’s good to see them getting the next generation treatment. And, God help me, I even find myself curious about 3D now, for the sake of getting some sense of how The Creature From The Black Lagoon was for its original audiences. Kind of feels like how I felt a few years ago, back when 3D seemed like it really might have been the future… but I digress. Once again: monsters. Cool. Out on Region 1 Blu-Ray October 2nd.
And now, as they say in the shampoo commercials, here comes the science.