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A collection of all 30 Universal Classic Monster films from 1931 – 1956 with a 48-Page collectible Book and hours of bonus features including Behind the Scenes Documentaries, the 1931 Spanish Version of Dracula, Featurettes on Boris Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr. and Jack Pierce, 13 Expert Feature Commentaries, Archival Footage, Production Photographs, Theatrical Trailers and much more! Dracula (1931) Frankenstein (1931) The Mummy (1932) The Invisible Man (1933) The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) Werewolf of London (1935) Dracula’s Daughter (1936) Son of Frankenstein (1939) The Invisible Man Returns (1940) The Invisible Woman (1940) The Mummy’s Hand (1940) The Wolf Man (1941) The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) The Mummy’s Ghost (1942) The Mummy’s Tomb (1942) Invisible Agent (1942) Phantom of the Opera (1943) Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) Son of Dracula (1943) House of Frankenstein (1944) The Mummy’s Curse (1944) The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944) House of Dracula (1945) She-Wolf of London (1946) Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951) Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) Revenge of the Creature (1955) The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)

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Yumpin' Yimminy! I wonder if there will be a cheaper UK alternative like there was with the set that just contained the "big" films.
 

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Wow, what a great collection. Hopefully price point will go down a bit.
 

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Its not surprising that there would be this big set but I wish they had released all the individual series at once so that the buyer would have a clear choice to buy ether the big box or the individual series. I probably would have bought this box if i hadn't already bought a number of the previously released series. Only two new to blu series are being released this year. I am surprised no digital downloads are included. The major films had them previously.
 

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Its not surprising that there would be this big set but I wish they had released all the individual series at once so that the buyer would have a clear choice to buy ether the big box or the individual series. I probably would have bought this box if i hadn't already bought a number of the previously released series. Only two new to blu series are being released this year. I am surprised no digital downloads are included. The major films had them previously.
Same here. Not sure if they make more $$$$ on the individual sets than the collected box set, but I'd have rather had the condensed omnibus at the start rather than finding out that option was coming after I've already purchased 4 of the 6 individual sets (plus the original "Classic Monsters" set).

Much like Shout! has been doing with their TV releases. Release the complete series box set first, for those that want it all, then follow up with the individual seasons for those that might want just specific episodes.
 
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Same here. Not sure if they make more $$$$ on the individual sets than the collected box set, but I'd have rather had the condensed omnibus at the start rather than finding out that option was coming after I've already purchased 4 of the 6 individual sets (plus the original "Classic Monsters" set).

Much like Shout! has been doing with their TV releases. Release the complete series box set first, for those that want it all, then follow up with the individual seasons for those that might want just specific episodes.

Too be fair this set is likely just gonna package the individual sets in one box, dupes. That’s what was done with the 2014 DVD set.
 
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Same here. Not sure if they make more $$$$ on the individual sets than the collected box set, but I'd have rather had the condensed omnibus at the start rather than finding out that option was coming after I've already purchased 4 of the 6 individual sets (plus the original "Classic Monsters" set).

Much like Shout! has been doing with their TV releases. Release the complete series box set first, for those that want it all, then follow up with the individual seasons for those that might want just specific episodes.

But to do what you ask requires the studio to do all the restoration up front before releasing anything. In this case, that means we would only now just be having an opportunity to have any of these in HD. It takes time to do these types of restorations, and classic monsters, I'm sure, wasn't the only thing in the queue to be restored. I'm sure some have enjoyed watching the ones that were released incrementally over the past few years, rather than to have to wait until all were completed for a compiled release.

Also, from a studio perspective it makes sense to gauge consumer interest before spending all the money upfront, which is why we got the Essential set first of all the original movies. That was a test to see the marketability of HD versions of the Universal Monsters. Based on what were obviously decent enough sales led to Universal doing the sequels. Each individual monster set release provided additional information about sales for future releases, so they know how large of a run to make for the next release.

As for the mega box set vs individual monster series, all you had to do is look at the past DVD releases to know that a mega blu-ray set was inevitable, if a person wanted to wait. As far as condensed, most likely not, again for cost reasons. The mega DVD set is just a repackaging of individual sets in a box, as most likely will be the blu-ray set (see Chris's comment above), duplicates and all based on the disk counts reported.

Regarding Shout!, as well as other similar distributors, They make a conscious decision about how to handle each release (i.e., full series first, or separates first) based on how sales will go for that particular series and what will give the highest return on investment. Each series is unique in that respect (e.g., Mister Ed, Green Acres, WKRP having complete series releases first, Lou Grant and Peyton Place going the season route first).
 

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Is this set going to include the 3D version of Revenge of the Creature? There are at least 5 films (mostly the mummy sequels) that I would care not to buy again. This set will duplicate many I already have. I’m going to have to get a big damn bargain on this before I buy it.
 

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Is this set going to include the 3D version of Revenge of the Creature? There are at least 5 films (mostly the mummy sequels) that I would care not to buy again. This set will duplicate many I already have. I’m going to have to get a big damn bargain on this before I buy it.
Yeah, the discs will all be the same so the first two Creatures will be 3-D.

I don't how many of the Legacy sets you have but since they get down to about $20 a piece when they go on sale, this megaset would have had be on one of a helluva sale to be cheaper than just picking up the other ones you need.
 
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Is this set going to include the 3D version of Revenge of the Creature? There are at least 5 films (mostly the mummy sequels) that I would care not to buy again. This set will duplicate many I already have. I’m going to have to get a big damn bargain on this before I buy it.

This set will merely be the individual Legacy sets, cases and all, in one box so yes the 3D versions will be included.
 
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Since Im still fairly new here and with a Universal Monsters release being a new hot thread here at the moment I did wanna talk about my only main pet peeve with the BD releases. This is actually something that was bugging me for a few years even prior to the BDs and that is the audio quality of Frankenstein. Beginning with the 2004 DVD they switched to an audio track that IMO just sounds a bit flat and muffled. I almost feel like I’m watching the movie with ear muffs on at times. I was hoping maybe they would fix this with the BD but nope. Sounds the same. IMO my 1990s VHS sounds a bit better. The audio hiss relevant to the source is somewhat harsh but the dialogue sounds more clear. Again my opinion. Here’s a comparison video for those interested. I suggest watching with earbuds.


Additionally the BD is partially missing some sounds and dialogue evident by this video. A small piece of dialogue is missing when the people are yelling outside the door while in the other the echo to the Monster’s growl is gone.


I’ve brought this up on a few sites over the last few years with mixed opinions. I even gotten into some minor arguments with one user on Blu-ray.com about it but over time I’ve had a handful of people who agreed with me. I’m not really complaining but it is something I do bring up from time to time when I enter discussion about the video releases of these films. Is the current audio bad?? No of course not. It does it’s job and I’ve gotten somewhat more used to it the last few years though I still feel it could be better. I was hoping Bob Furmanek could shine some light on this but he mentioned on Blu-ray.com that he wasn’t involved with the 2012 restorations so strike on that. Anyways that’s about all I wanted to say. Didn’t mean to ramble. Please get these films if you haven’t already!
 

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30 films ; actually 31 because it doesn't count the Spanish language version of Dracula, and if Amazon can be counted on to be correct, 24 disc so this time, i am wondering if the doubles will follow the timeline, with the A & C films having standalone disc, also kind of agree at that pricepoint they could have offered digital codes as well
 

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30 films ; actually 31 because it doesn't count the Spanish language version of Dracula...
Yeah, it's weird that they don't count that on the Dracula set either. What's better than saying there's 6 movies in the set? Saying there's 7 so why not go for the higher number? The best that I can guess is that it's because the Spanish language version is in the special features on the Dracula disc so they just say 6.
 

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I assume there will be only one copy of "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" as it was included in several of the individual Legacy sets. By this I assume this set won't be the individual Legacy sets put in a big box.
 
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I assume there will be only one copy of "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" as it was included in several of the individual Legacy sets. By this I assume this set won't be the individual Legacy sets put in a big box.

As I mentioned before in this thread and the thread for the Invisible Man/Creature sets, if this is anything like the 2014 DVD box set, and since the individual Legacy BD sets have echoed the individual Legacy DVD sets this is highly probable, this new box set is merely the individual Legacy BD sets plus ‘43 Phantom of the Opera and the booklet from the Essentials Collection packaged together in one box set so no the duplicates will remain.