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Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection

Since the era of silent movies through present day, Universal Pictures has always been known as the home for the greatest movie monsters. This review will showcase a collection of 8 of the greatest, most iconic movie monsters every enshrined on celluloid by Universal Pictures and Carl Laemmle and his son: Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933 ), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Wolf Man (1941), The Phantom of the Opera (1943), and The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954). All have been painstakingly remastered from the original film stock and rendered in full high definition 1080p. All films are in their original 1.33:1 format with the exception of The Creature From the Black Lagoon, which is in 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The audio has been re-master into DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono and they all sound fantastic. The Collection has over 12 hours of bonus features, some in 1080p and some in standard def, that were culled from previous DVD releases. Also included is a 48 page collectible booklet with pictures, posters and trivia.  Reviewed by our own Monster-loving Senior Editor, Jim Milton.

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