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I’ve heard that this is supposedly coming from Shout, and includes THE BLACK CAT(1934), THE RAVEN(1935), THE INVISIBLE RAY(1936), and BLACK FRIDAY(1940). Can anyone confirm this?

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Aren't all four of these films Public Domain though?
no actually all are owned by universal, that's been doing a bang-up job on restorations of all of its old horror classics, so universal is not going to release everything they're going to go through one of the boutique labels to get rid of the other titles that they have.
 

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I have the Bela Lugosi collection on DVD that was released a few years ago that has these exact same 4 films. I believe it also has Murders in the Rue Morgue. It was part of the "Franchise Collection" by Universal. All of the films looked great in 480p. This would be a nice upgrade as I particularly enjoyed The Black Cat and the Raven.
 

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This is a dream come true. The Black Cat is a stunning film. It's pricey though.
Yeah, I get that it ain't free to license 4 movies and I'm planning on buying this on day 1 to support the effort but with a $70 MSRP, it seems like it will have trouble selling good numbers (which may stop other Universal horror movies coming from Scream).
 
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For that, they better add a lot of extras. Shout Factory, if you're listening, please let David Del Valle do the commentary!
Actually, don't! I can't stand Del Valle's "commentaries". I'd rather have someone more analytical and factual. Del Valle is too gossipy and he dishes (his commentary on TT's The Barefoot Contessa was appalling!). Of course, I don't have to listen to it.
 

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I like and want the films in this package on BR but the price prevents it being a "Day 1" purchase for me - even the ~$57 pre-order price. Universal included more films in most of their "Legacy" BR releases for a lower MSRP. Those films were also fully restored from new scans.

Had Universal released these themselves I feel the MSRP would have been the same $39.99 as the Legacy Collections where it belongs. Perhaps it was the recent issues with the Creature set that prompted them to license these rather than do the release themselves. No matter - they're coming from Shout! and we're stuck with their high price structure. I've come to expect Shout! to overprice their product and rarely put it on sale at prices I consider more "reasonable." I absolutely feel the high price will prevent sales numbers needed to encourage further Universal horror releases from Shout!/Scream.

I've spent thousands of dollars on "Day 1" purchases in efforts to encourage further release of product, both movies and TV series, with few bearing fruit and many paying dividends to those who waited. It pains me to wait, but wait I will.
 

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I hope I am wrong, but I just can't see Universal spending the money and time of transferring these titles with the care and end results of the Legacy series. My guess is they will be from hi def masters done awhile ago and looking more like WEREWOLF OF LONDON and SHE WOLF OF LONDON. I hope I am wrong because 3 of the films in this set are 3 of my favorites. I would think if these were new 4k scans, Shout would have used that fact to promote these films. But, I am hoping.....
 

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I hope the Shout web info is incorrect - it lists the aspect ratio as 1.33:1. The films were released in standard 1.37:1.
 

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And as usual the website information starts out as incorrect but will be fixed later. Nothing like fanboys crapping on an announcement just 2 days in. Relax. It's going to be fine.
 

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1.33 and 1.37 have somewhat come to be used for the same thing.
We used to say 1.33 on film productions years ago. We knew better, but one has just come to say 1.33.
 

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This is my "own" opinion and don't intend to offend but....

It seems that lately SHOUT! FACTORY (or SCREAM) has become more like KINO-LORBER STUDIO CLASSICS (ie. CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE and THE BLACK CAT) and Kino has become more like SHOUT! (ie. KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS).

Frankly, I liked it the other way.