Universal: Please Release More Classic Horror and Science Fiction

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  1. Larry Sutliff

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    First, I want to say thanks to Universal for their excellent DVD of IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE. The commentary, documentary and transfer were all great.

    But I hope Universal doesn't stop here. I've heard from various sources that there will be no Universal Horror DVD's for this Halloween. I hope this is not so, and I sincerely hope that Universal will soon release the following titles to DVD(with fresh transfers):
    THE BLACK CAT(1934)
    THE RAVEN
    MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE
    ISLAND OF LOST SOULS
    HOUSE OF DRACULA
    REVENGE OF THE CREATURE
    THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US
    THE MAD GHOUL
    MAN MADE MONSTER
    NIGHT MONSTER
    MURDERS IN THE ZOO
    HOLD THAT GHOST
    TARANTULA
    THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN

    If anyone can think of any other titles to add, please do so. I hope we can look forward to more Universal Horror and sci-fi on DVD.
     
  2. Jaxon's Dad

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    How about "The Mole People" and "The Leech Woman?"
     
  3. Lafe F

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    Not classic, but retro:

    Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
    Phantasm II
    Phantasm III
    The People Under The Stairs
    Child's Play 3

    I don't see Universal releasing much catalogue titles these days. But thank you for Legend!
     
  4. Derek M Germano

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    Larry,
    I have to agree with everything on your list.
    THE BLACK CAT is one of the most incredible horror movies of the 30s- a genuine masterpiece of the genre and completely overlooked. This film really needs to be released on DVD, with a new transfer- the time compressed Laserdisc was pretty awful.
    REVENGE OF THE CREATURE and THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US should be issued in the double feature format, as was the Laserdisc.
    Also, HOLD THAT GHOST should be released with THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES, just like it was on the Laserdisc set.
    I'd like to add THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN to the list as a great horror themed comedy.
    While not a horror or sci-fi movie, I'd like to throw in a plug for MURDER, HE SAYS, which would make a pretty good Halloween season release from Universal.
     
  5. Donald W

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    I'd like to add also that Universal get The People Under The Stairs out on DVD...and I second a good SE of The Black Cat and the The Raven....please don't let these great horror films go by the way side
     
  6. Jeff_HR

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    Any or all of the titles on Mr. Sutliff's list SHOULD be made available by Universal. They would find a quick home in my film library.[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. Peter M Fitzgerald

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    I too concur 100% with Larry's want list, as well as Derek's excellent additional suggestion of the wonderful MURDER HE SAYS. I'd also love it if Universal would have Tom Weaver do his typically informative & entertaining commentary tracks for as many of these as possible, as he has done with the DVD editions of IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON and THE WOLF MAN.

    Additional suggestions:

    TOWER OF LONDON ('39)
    TERROR ABOARD ('33)
    MURDER BY THE CLOCK ('33)
    THE MAN WHO LAUGHS
    DR. CYCLOPS
    THIS ISLAND EARTH
    CULT OF THE COBRA
    CAPTIVE WILD WOMAN
    JUNGLE WOMAN
    JUNGLE CAPTIVE
    FLESH & FANTASY
    CURSE OF THE UNDEAD
    THE THING THAT WOULDN'T DIE
    THE DEADLY MANTIS
    MONSTER ON THE CAMPUS
    THE MONOLITH MONSTERS
    THE LAND UNKNOWN
    THE INVISIBLE MAN RETURNS
    INVISIBLE AGENT
    INVISIBLE MAN'S REVENGE
    THE INVISIBLE WOMAN
    ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET THE INVISIBLE MAN
    ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET DR, JEKYLL & MR. HYDE
    BRIDES OF DRACULA (Hammer)
    CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (Hammer)
    PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ('62, Hammer)
    EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN (Hammer)
    NIGHTMARE (Hammer)
    PARANOIAC (Hammer)
    NIGHT CREATURES (Hammer)
    SHADOW OF THE CAT (Hammer)
    THE NIGHT WALKER
    LET'S KILL UNCLE
    KING KONG VS. GODZILLA
    KING KONG ESCAPES
    ISLAND OF TERROR
    COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT
    THRILLER (entire run of this classic horror/suspense TV series)
     
  8. Chuck L

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    How about an actual SPECIAL EDITION of Halloween 2 like was first announced? I would like to see the see the list of classics that have been mentioned above, but at the same time, I really would like to see a company come through with what they promise.
     
  9. Derek M Germano

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    Peter,
    I have to agree with your additions as well, I'd especially like to see Universal release a special edition of THIS ISLAND EARTH, with a brand new transfer that would recapture its IB Technicolor glory.
    Also, I'd like to see all the Hammer titles issued in 16:9 enhanced wide screen, and not with the mediocre cropped Laserdisc transfers.
    Finally, we must have the entire run of THRILLER with your host Boris Karloff on DVD.
     
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    Boy, if these all came out the same day, I would have to take out a loan!
     
  11. Larry Sutliff

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    Add me in obviously. I'd buy all of the titles mentioned. BLACK CAT, ISLAND OF LOST SOULS & BRIDES OF DRACULA are at the top of my most wanted list.
    Lets hope all these will see the light of day.
     
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    The Creature sequels are a must.
     

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