Universal: Why no Universal Classic Horror titles this year?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by James Reader, Jun 10, 2002.

  1. James Reader

    James Reader Screenwriter

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    I'd heard various rumors about there being no 'Universal Monsters' discs this year from various sources. Then I heard that 'It Came From Outer Space' was coming out in the summer. "That's odd", I thought, "Isn't this a Classic Monster release?" Then I saw the cover - missing the distinctive "Classic Monster Collection" design. Then the existing discs were withdrawn. Now I've heard in another Home Theater Forum thread that Universal will not be releasing any 'Universal Monster' discs this Halloween.

    It seems a shame when there are so many unreleased 'Classic Monster' titles you have chosen not to release any this year.

    I know it is probably too late for this year, but I - and many others - request that these great and historic unreleased titles can be released on DVD as soon as possible. - some like the 'Invisible Man' and 'Creature' sequels are ideal for double features.

    At the very LEAST us monster fans deserve a David Skal special edition of 'House of Dracula' ASAP - it has special significance as it is regarded by many as the last movie to include the 'Classic' Universal Monsters.
     
  2. Ben Motley

    Ben Motley Supporting Actor

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    Yep. I definitely, desperately want the Invisible Man sequels. That's my topmost concern, but I also would love to have the Creature sequels and House of Dracula. Universal, if any representatives are out there and can divulge any information, it really would be nice to hear some word on the decision to put the line on moratorium, and also to hear word on the future of your Classic Monsters line.
    Thanks. [​IMG]
     
  3. Bill McA

    Bill McA Producer

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    Maybe Universal is actually taking the time to digitally clean up the prints and sound as they did with Frankenstein.
    I hope so!
    Quality wise, many of the last releases left alot to be desired.
     
  4. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    I have to say I'm very disappointed with this decision.
    Many genuine classic Horror titles I was looking forward to purchase are now left out in the cold.
    ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, THE BLACK CAT, RAVEN, (Hammer) BRIDES OF DRACULA, CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF,etc, etc, etc.
    All I can say is it looks like just WARNER, COLUMBIA & MGM will be getting my money this Halloween.
    Very bad decision to drop these. [​IMG]
     
  5. Jay E

    Jay E Cinematographer

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    I can't believe that a studio with the Horror & Sci-Fi catalog that Universal has, is only releasing one new title for Halloween (Cat People). Universal has never been one of my favorite studios, but this is disappointing even for them.
     
  6. Steve Phillips

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    I heard a while back from someone on the inside that Universal was planning double feature DVDs of a lot of the Hammer material they own. I wouldn't be surprised if they appear in 2003.
     

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