Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

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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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  1. 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.

  2. Garysb

    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.

  3. Malcolm R

    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.

  4. Malcolm R

    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).

  5. Brian Kidd

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

    Ronald Epstein

    I would bet this gets down to $100 at some point. I will wait for that price drop.

    Yes, I’m going to wait and also check out the UK pricing.

  6. 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.

  7. Johnny Angell

    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.

  8. Johnny Angell

    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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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

  11. dana martin

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. Garysb

    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.

  14. I think you meant House of Frankenstein and House of Dracula as the two with Dracula but yep right on the money. Essentially one copy each of all 30 films, one dupe of FMWM, and two dupes for HOF, HOD, and ACMF. And I suppose the 3D Creature and Revenge can count as semi dupes.

  15. That's asinine. Why on earth would they waste the resources of having 3 identical discs of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein in one box? It's not like they are shrinkwrapping the 6 legacy boxes together. This is unique packaging to house the discs.

  16. Mark-P

    That's asinine. Why on earth would they waste the resources of having 3 identical discs of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein in one box? It's not like they are shrinkwrapping the 6 legacy boxes together.

    Actually that is likely what they are gonna do. It was literally what they did with the 2014 DVD set and they also had overlapping films.

    [​IMG]

  17. $199.98 may seem expensive but considering we are looking at a set that has 30 titles that works out to aprox $6.66 a peice. I feel that is a steal for 30 classic titles on HD blu-ray. If this box set ever hit $100 that would be about $3.33 per title and sure that is an insane bargin but these titles in hd must be worth far more than $3.33 per title and definitely worth $6.75 each.

  18. Dave Moritz

    $199.98 may seem expensive but considering we are looking at a set that has 30 titles that works out to aprox $6.66 a peice. I feel that is a steal for 30 classic titles on HD blu-ray. If this box set ever hit $100 that would be about $3.33 per title and sure that is an insane bargin but these titles in hd must be worth far more than $3.33 per title and definitely worth $6.75 each.

    All the individual sets made their way down to around $24 on day of release. After removing duplicates, that stills comes in around $4 per movie. I believe there is a good chance the complete set hits $120 upon release and $100 within a year after.

  19. BobO’Link

    Because it's less expensive. No new packaging (the case and artwork for such) needs to be produced. If they were do do this using Megapak boxes to eliminate disc duplication they'd receive flak over that. Any other version would require more resources to create special packaging for the reduction in disc count. It's more cost effective, and actually less resource wasting, for Universal to do it this way.

    Yep – that's it exactly except the "shrink wrap" is a fancy box.

    The 6 BR Legacy sets, minus their individual slipcase/box and including POTO with new matching artwork, will be put into a large box. Even the booklet is a reproduction of the one in the "Essentials" BR set. The "unique packaging" is nothing more than the DVD set box slightly reconfigured for BR. The artwork, text, movie list, photos, everything but BR in place of DVD, is identical to the DVD box set.

    I won't need it as I'll purchase the two new sets and be complete. I already have the booklet – in two other sets. I already own Phantom in another set. The individual releases all have nice slipcovers/boxes (just as sturdy as the big box, just individualized per title).

    I don't get why this is "bad." So you get multiple copies of some movies. Big deal. Don't like it? Give 'em away or just don't purchase the set.

    Exactly. Given the choice, I much prefer duplicates to omissions any day! These aren't bulky VHS cassettes that we're dealing with.

    CHEERS! 🙂

  20. I decided to order Creature/Invisible Man Legacy sets at Best Buy at 29.99 a pop. Maybe we can contact Universal about just getting the "box only" without the discs.
    Price was a factor (rebuying what I already have ) plus I already have the other 4 Legacy blu ray sets and I just didn't want to spend money again for the sake of the outer box.
    If they had done all 30 movies from the start of the blu ray legacy sets, that would be another story ! 🙂

  21. Deceptive title. If it’s complete, where is MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1962), THE RAVEN (1935), THE BLACK CAT (1934), ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE KILLER, MEET DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, and I’m sure there are more folks on this site can add.It’s WAY TOO EXPENSIVE considering most people have 99 percent of these already. Why not just release sets of the titles not yet released? Hmmmm.

  22. warnerbro

    Deceptive title. If it's complete, where is MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1962), THE RAVEN (1935), THE BLACK CAT (1934), ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE KILLER, MEET DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, and I'm sure there are more folks on this site can add.It's WAY TOO EXPENSIVE considering most people have 99 percent of these already. Why not just release sets of the titles not yet released? Hmmmm.

    The set isn't billed as a complete set of Universal horror movies, it's the Universal Monsters set. The other 50 or so Universal horror titles from the 30's and 40's don't feature the classic monsters.

  23. TheSteig

    I decided to order Creature/Invisible Man Legacy sets at Best Buy at 29.99 a pop. Maybe we can contact Universal about just getting the "box only" without the discs.

    They'll surely be available for less than that. I think I paid less than $17 each for the first four Legacy sets.

    These two new sets are currently at bullmoose.com for $25.97 each (free shipping for orders over $30).

    http://www.bullmoose.com/p/27510023/invisible-man-complete-legacy-invisible-man-complete-legacy
    http://www.bullmoose.com/p/27510020/creature-from-the-black-lagoon-creature-from-the-black-lagoon

  24. TheSteig

    I decided to order Creature/Invisible Man Legacy sets at Best Buy at 29.99 a pop. Maybe we can contact Universal about just getting the "box only" without the discs.

    They'll surely be available for less than that. I think I paid less than $17 each for the first four Legacy sets.

    These two new sets are currently at bullmoose.com for $25.97 each (free shipping for orders over $30).

    http://www.bullmoose.com/p/27510023/invisible-man-complete-legacy-invisible-man-complete-legacy
    http://www.bullmoose.com/p/27510020/creature-from-the-black-lagoon-creature-from-the-black-lagoon

  25. warnerbro

    Deceptive title. If it's complete, where is MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1962), THE RAVEN (1935), THE BLACK CAT (1934), ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE KILLER, MEET DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, and I'm sure there are more folks on this site can add.It's WAY TOO EXPENSIVE considering most people have 99 percent of these already. Why not just release sets of the titles not yet released? Hmmmm.

    $200 MSRP is pretty cheap for 30 (or rather 31) films in HD, including two in 3-D and several being full 4K restorations. And I don't see how it's deceptive – "Classic Monsters" has consisted of these 31 films since the very first DVDs released in 2000-2001.

    I only have the 8-disc set and the Frankenstein Legacy set, so I'm definitely picking up this up. I've previously owned the 2000 8-disc set and all six of the first Legacy sets, so it'll be nice to finally have it all in one set.

  26. I have the UK original set plus the Mummy and Frankenstein ones. So all I’m missing is Dracula’s Daughter and Son of Dracula… along with the Werewolf of London/She Wolf upscales. (I need to get the former and I still have my DVDs for the latter) It’s nice they are doing a complete box but it would have been nice to not have to buy so many wasted extra discs.
    I will concur with Chris above-there a number of small issues in the HD versions, chief among them is some audio tracks sounding perhaps too cleaned up. (Admittedly I will never get used to hearing the new Dracula audio.)

  27. Spencer Draper

    I have the UK original set plus the Mummy and Frankenstein ones. So all I'm missing is Dracula's Daughter and Son of Dracula… along with the Werewolf of London/She Wolf upscales. (I need to get the former and I still have my DVDs for the latter) It's nice they are doing a complete box but it would have been nice to not have to buy so many wasted extra discs.

    Personally, I chose to view the duplicates as free extra disks and not bought considering the low amount being paid to get the distinct disks (averaging about $4.50 per distinct movie).

  28. Spencer Draper

    I have the UK original set plus the Mummy and Frankenstein ones. So all I'm missing is Dracula's Daughter and Son of Dracula… along with the Werewolf of London/She Wolf upscales. (I need to get the former and I still have my DVDs for the latter) It's nice they are doing a complete box but it would have been nice to not have to buy so many wasted extra discs.
    I will concur with Chris above-there a number of small issues in the HD versions, chief among them is some audio tracks sounding perhaps too cleaned up. (Admittedly I will never get used to hearing the new Dracula audio.)

    I’m actually ok with the current Dracula audio. It’s much better than it sounded on the 2004 and 2006 DVDs. The 1999 DVD has pretty good sound. It sounded closer to my VHS but for some reason is missing the little symphony bit that plays after Dracula says ‘There are far worse things awaiting men then death!’.

    The 1999 DVD for Frankenstein had ok audio. IMO better than what we have now but it was overly DNR’d and the volume level is too low. Now granted I will admit the current audio for Frankenstein has a much better balanced audio hiss but for the most part everything just sounds a tad muffled, almost like I’m listening through a water fall. Also the crash of the chandelier in ‘43 Phantom sounds a bit off to me.

    And there’s other little bits here and there. Is anyone aware of the disappearing branch in Bride?? The sequence of the Monster approaching the hermits cabin originally consisted of two shots. One farther, one somewhat closer. For the BD the farther shot is now enlarged to match the closer shot so the sequence looks more complete. But a tree branch that was visible in the farther shot now magically disappears as it was out of frame in the closer shot.

    But I digress. I guess films of this age have only so much the studios can work with at this point. Is there little things I hope they revisit with these in the future?? Sure. Does this mean what we have currently are bad?? Absolutely not. Quite the opposite. By most accounts they’re probably the best they’ve looked and will look.

  29. Spencer Draper

    I have the UK original set plus the Mummy and Frankenstein ones. So all I'm missing is Dracula's Daughter and Son of Dracula… along with the Werewolf of London/She Wolf upscales. (I need to get the former and I still have my DVDs for the latter) It's nice they are doing a complete box but it would have been nice to not have to buy so many wasted extra discs.
    I will concur with Chris above-there a number of small issues in the HD versions, chief among them is some audio tracks sounding perhaps too cleaned up. (Admittedly I will never get used to hearing the new Dracula audio.)

    I’m actually ok with the current Dracula audio. It’s much better than it sounded on the 2004 and 2006 DVDs. The 1999 DVD has pretty good sound. It sounded closer to my VHS but for some reason is missing the little symphony bit that plays after Dracula says ‘There are far worse things awaiting men then death!’.

    The 1999 DVD for Frankenstein had ok audio. IMO better than what we have now but it was overly DNR’d and the volume level is too low. Now granted I will admit the current audio for Frankenstein has a much better balanced audio hiss but for the most part everything just sounds a tad muffled, almost like I’m listening through a water fall. Also the crash of the chandelier in ‘43 Phantom sounds a bit off to me.

    And there’s other little bits here and there. Is anyone aware of the disappearing branch in Bride?? The sequence of the Monster approaching the hermits cabin originally consisted of two shots. One farther, one somewhat closer. For the BD the farther shot is now enlarged to match the closer shot so the sequence looks more complete. But a tree branch that was visible in the farther shot now magically disappears as it was out of frame in the closer shot.

    But I digress. I guess films of this age have only so much the studios can work with at this point. Is there little things I hope they revisit with these in the future?? Sure. Does this mean what we have currently are bad?? Absolutely not. Quite the opposite. By most accounts they’re probably the best they’ve looked and will look.

  30. John Sparks

    I only want the REVENGE OF THE CREATURE 3D, so I preordered the Creature Box Set of all 3 for $32.

    https://www.amazon.com/Creature-Bla…ack+lagoon+complete+legacy+collection+blu-ray

    Didn't someone say that TCFTBL 3D has been fixed, but I don't remember the problem?

    Bob Furmanek confirmed I think on blu-ray.com that the 3D wasn’t fixed. It’s the same disc as before. I believe the problem was misalignment.

  31. John Sparks

    I only want the REVENGE OF THE CREATURE 3D, so I preordered the Creature Box Set of all 3 for $32.

    https://www.amazon.com/Creature-Bla…ack+lagoon+complete+legacy+collection+blu-ray

    Didn't someone say that TCFTBL 3D has been fixed, but I don't remember the problem?

    crissrudd4554

    Bob Furmanek confirmed I think on blu-ray.com that the 3D wasn’t fixed. It’s the same disc as before. I believe the problem was misalignment.

    One consistent theme throughout the releases of the Universal Monster Blu-ray Legacy sets has been the use of the same encoded transfers for all Universal Monster titles that appeared on the initial Universal Essential Monsters Collection Blu-ray set from 2012 (Plus the ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN Blu-ray release from that same year!), and all subsequent standalone Blu-ray releases, to date. Disc content is also exactly identical in every case.

    Any post 2012 tweaks and use of different film elements within the 6 Legacy Blu-ray Collections (And the upcoming Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection Blu-ray set!) are limited to titles not included in the aforementioned 2012 Essential Monsters Blu-ray set, and not all of those. I'm going on the assumption that THE INVISIBLE MAN (1933) disc content and encodes will be exactly the same, as I don't recall having read about any problems, technical or otherwise, on its initial Essential Monsters Blu-ray release, so please feel free to correct me, if this proves to not be the case!

    CHEERS! 🙂

  32. I agree that this will the same as the DVD version. I paid around $80-90 for that set. Not sure who far this will go down. I don’t know if I will upgrade just yet, if at all.

  33. Wow, Gary, that is tempting.

    I may pull the plug.

    My main issue is the botched 3D job on CREATURE. And, really, that is the only main reason for buying this set.

    I have to think about this. Either I will buy this set or wait for Universal to do a standalone BD release of CREATURE.

  34. Ronald Epstein

    Wow, Gary, that is tempting.

    I may pull the plug.

    My main issue is the botched 3D job on CREATURE. And, really, that is the only main reason for buying this set.

    I have to think about this. Either I will buy this set or wait for Universal to do a standalone BD release of CREATURE.

    I don’t believe the 3D Creature is fixed in any release.

  35. Ronald Epstein

    Wow, Gary, that is tempting.

    I may pull the plug.

    My main issue is the botched 3D job on CREATURE. And, really, that is the only main reason for buying this set.

    I have to think about this. Either I will buy this set or wait for Universal to do a standalone BD release of CREATURE.

    The 3D versions of the first two Creature films are in the Creature Legacy set which is available separately. You don’t need this box set specifically for that release however I would hold off onto updates on whether Universal intends to correct the 3D AND 2D versions of Revenge of the Creature.

  36. crissrudd4554

    The 3D versions of the first two Creature films are in the Creature Legacy set which is available separately. You don’t need this box set specifically for that release however I would hold off onto updates on whether Universal intends to correct the 3D AND 2D versions of Revenge of the Creature.

    I wasn’t aware Revenge needed fixing?

    Never mind.

  37. crissrudd4554

    The 3D versions of the first two Creature films are in the Creature Legacy set which is available separately. You don’t need this box set specifically for that release however I would hold off onto updates on whether Universal intends to correct the 3D AND 2D versions of Revenge of the Creature.

    Wait a sec…

    Is REVENGE available separately? I thought the only way to obtain it was to buy the Creature set or the complete set

  38. Ronald Epstein

    Wait a sec…

    Is REVENGE available separately? I thought the only way to obtain it was to buy the Creature set or the complete set

    That's correct. Currently Revenge is only available in the big box set or the Creature Legacy set.

    When Chris said "separately," I think he meant the Creature discs are available separately from the big box in their own Legacy collection.

  39. Malcolm R

    That's correct. Currently Revenge is only available in the big box set or the Creature Legacy set.

    When Chris said "separately," I think he meant the Creature discs are available separately from the big box in their own Legacy collection.

    Correct. That is what I meant.

  40. Ronald Epstein

    Gotcha! I am going to wait until the 3D disc is available as a single, or the price of the entire set comes down substantially.

    Just keep in mind though in the Legacy set Revenge and Walks are on the same disc so they may not get a separate release down the line. The first Creature film however is available as a separate BD. 🙂

  41. Garysb

    This is very confusing. Does the 3D version of Creature released as a single disc in September 2014 have problems that were never corrected and is this the same disc that is on the legacy sets? If so, why would Universal decide to fix it now if they haven't in 4 years. Or is it just the new Revenge that has the problem?

    https://www.amazon.com/Creature-Lagoon-Blu-ray-Richard-Carlson/dp/B00L8QP0EQ

    I believe Bob F. has stated that the the problems with the first Creature 3D were not fixed. That was an issue with the film itself. The problem with Revenge is with the authoring of the disc. There is no relation between the two.

  42. Garysb

    This is very confusing. Does the 3D version of Creature released as a single disc in September 2014 have problems that were never corrected and is this the same disc that is on the legacy sets? If so, why would Universal decide to fix it now if they haven't in 4 years. Or is it just the new Revenge that has the problem?

    https://www.amazon.com/Creature-Lagoon-Blu-ray-Richard-Carlson/dp/B00L8QP0EQ

    Only Revenge has issues with the blu-ray encoding. The original Creature disc is awesome, which makes these Revenge issues even more perplexing.

  43. Malcolm R

    Only Revenge has issues with the blu-ray encoding. The original Creature disc is awesome, which makes these Revenge issues even more perplexing.

    The 3D on TCFTBL is good, but not as good as it could be. Bob wrote about it on his site.

  44. Amazon has for some time now stopped selling the blu ray 30 film box set on both the US and Canadian sites. Hopefully when they resume selling it, if they do, it will be with the corrected discs. Obviously with Halloween approaching they have missed a prime selling period for this set.

    https://www.amazon.com/Universal-Cl…swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1539262707&sr=8-3

  45. The latest word on the Blu-ray dot com website is that the 3-D version of REVENGE OF THE CREATURE (1955) has been corrected and looks good, but the 2-D version STILL looks lousy! This appears to be solely based on those who have ordered and received the revised Revenge Blu-ray disc included in the newly reissued Universal Monsters Complete 30 Film Legacy Collection Blu-ray sets. There's no word regarding the individual replacement Revenge discs going out to previous buyers as yet.

    Perhaps the SBS file was left on the Blu-ray, with that one being accessed when the 2-D option is selected, while the 3-D selection accesses the corrected file? It's the only explanation that makes sense to me! It's just speculation at this point, though.

    https://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=306538&page=67

    CHEERS! 🙂

  46. Unless these are the old set Amazon has had stashed in the warehouse (unlikely), this set should have the 2nd version of the incorrectly mastered Creature disc like at least 2 sets delivered over the weekend to Bluray.com poster. From early pictures of the boxset, it appears the newer version has the same UPC, but has a 5 digit suffix that the original didn;t. The Disc ID codes definitely are different so those getting this at least have a different disc than before.

    How corrected that disc is is still under investigation, but it sounds like the 3D version may be correct.

    At least the scalpers have been shut down and all their marks who panicked and bought it at $300 can start howling about how they've been deceived

  47. Todd Erwin

    Expected delivery date is 11/9. But at least I'm not paying full price this far after street date!

    Yes currently sold out with stock expected November 6. You can still order at the $70 price, which is good as sometimes when Deals of the Day sell out, the deal ends before the end of the day. You may also receive it earlier as people change their minds and cancel orders before they ship.

  48. Johnny Angell

    Right now, the Dracula Legacy is $17 and Frankie Collection is $19 on Amazon. Couldn't find a Creature collection.

    Edit: and the Wolfman Legacy is $20.

    All of those except Creature and Invisible Man have been $15 or less at least once since release.

    If you haven't collected them along the way then the Big Set is a pretty strong deal. If you have all the individual Legacy sets already like many (and the UK or US Monsters for that matter with the Phantom disc, Booklet, and postcards) then less of a deal. I'm just waiting for the two new Legacy sets to drop to usual go price so it's still cheaper and easier than buying the big box and selling off the individuals. I'll end spending $130-140 total in the end, but I've had a few years in hand already As it it I think I'm only 3 or 4 unique disc short anyway

  49. Of course I've bought every Blu-ray set as soon as it was released, so of course I won't be bothering with the boxed set…. which means I won't get PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in a matching case (unless Universal decides to release it on its own, which I'm not holding my breath over)… so my Uni Monster Blu-ray collection looks like this:

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    My OCD is not happy.

  50. Craig Beam

    Of course I've bought every Blu-ray set as soon as it was released, so of course I won't be bothering with the boxed set…. which means I won't get PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in a matching case (unless Universal decides to release it on its own, which I'm not holding my breath over)… so my Uni Monster Blu-ray collection looks like this:

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    My OCD is not happy.

    My OCD says that the Phantom disc would have to be after the other monster sets to maintain the look. Release order be damned. 🙂

  51. TravisR

    My OCD says that the Phantom disc would have to be after the other monster sets to maintain the look. Release order be damned. 🙂

    Yeah, but the entire shelf is ordered based on release date. THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI all the way through NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Universal is tearing me apart…!

  52. I could have lived without the big boxed set but at that price, I couldn't pass it up.

    I don't read the other site. If someone could keep us updated here as to whether Amazon is selling the corrected version in this set it would be appreciated.

    And to think the 3D is corrected but the 2D looks like a DVD copy? Is that the latest?! I wonder if there will be an outcry for yet another replacement disc.

  53. Tony Bensley

    The latest word on the Blu-ray dot com website is that the 3-D version of REVENGE OF THE CREATURE (1955) has been corrected and looks good, but the 2-D version STILL looks lousy! This appears to be solely based on those who have ordered and received the revised Revenge Blu-ray disc included in the newly reissued Universal Monsters Complete 30 Film Legacy Collection Blu-ray sets. There's no word regarding the individual replacement Revenge discs going out to previous buyers as yet.

    Perhaps the SBS file was left on the Blu-ray, with that one being accessed when the 2-D option is selected, while the 3-D selection accesses the corrected file? It's the only explanation that makes sense to me! It's just speculation at this point, though.

    https://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=306538&page=67

    CHEERS! 🙂

    But wouldn't the 2D version just be one half of the 3D version, and thus at the same resolution? So, either they're both fixed or neither are fixed. Please correct me if I'm wrong (it happens often).

  54. The people (?2) that have received it prior to the DotD have been sent the new sets with different UPC label (same UPC) and discs with different ID codes on the Inner Rings.

    It would seem rather strange to pull the bad sets for 6 weeks, store them in the warehouse, then when the corrected sets are available then start selling all the 'bad' sets. I would be willing to bet with pretty high odds that this is the set with the corrected disc (or partially corrected disc).

    The 2 reports I've seen from people who actually have the new discs say the 2D is less than stellar — you can argue whether less than stellar, but better than the previous DVD is DVD quality or just a poorer than hoped for result. So far only 1 of those 2 have played the 3D copy

    Unless there are more people who ordered same day/next day delivery when it popped back for order and aren't saying it specifically, all the comments and discussion have been based on those 1 or 2 reports of somebody else reporting on what they saw, With the DotD, the number of eyewitnesses will expand quickly by Thurs/Friday and hopefully so off those can check File Dates, BDInfo scans, and a bit more details.

    Doug Otte

    But wouldn't the 2D version just be one half of the 3D version, and thus at the same resolution? So, either they're both fixed or neither are fixed. Please correct me if I'm wrong (it happens often).

    As I understand — not necessarily. It depends on how the disc is written and what files are on the discs and how they are designed to be played.

  55. I sent Universal an email about the replacement disc yesterday. I told them about all the talk on here about the Revenge 2D version still being POOR Quality. And the 3D version being fixed. No answer as of 3:10 PM today.

  56. Craig Beam

    Yeah, but the entire shelf is ordered based on release date. THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI all the way through NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Universal is tearing me apart…!

    Monster fans are well known OCD sufferers. Universal is counting on this and is sure that you'll splurge for the new set.

  57. Ronald Epstein

    I am now reading, per Bill Hunt, that there is a new UPC placed over the old one.

    So hopefully it will be that simple to identify the corrected version.

    My set is out for delivery now. I'll let everyone know if there's a corrected UPC sticker or some other such goings on when I get it.

  58. I received my mega set yesterday (thanks for the dinged corner, courtesy of Amazon and their sub-standard box packaging) and watched the first 20 minutes of Revenge in both 2D and 3D on my BenQ DLP projector. From the info posted, this is the "corrected" disc. I never had the first version, so can't make a comparison but can only report what I see on this version.

    This looks like it's been subjected to some sort of grain management and contrast boosting in the final mastering/authoring stage. The whites are blown out and there is a lot of detail missing. The main titles look almost out of focus due to the white level. The 3D seems fine with no alignment issues that I detected. I couldn't detect any significant difference between the left or right eye, but it's tough to gauge through the glasses with one eye closed. The 2D version (as selected from the main menu) looks the same, indicating that it comes from the same master. I hope to watch the whole thing later today in 3D.

    Based on what Bob has said regarding the 4K scans, my guess is the the Archive supplied a restored master to Universal with their traditional quality (check their past work, none of it looks like this) and that a knob jockey at Universal decided to "improve" it at the last stage.

  59. I’m actually pretty disappointed with how the Creature films are presented in 2D. The image is very soft, as if it were a 4:3 image blown up to 16:9. I put in my Creaure Legacy Collection DVDs from 2004, which are in 4:3, and they’re actually sharper.

    I don’t have a 3D tv and probably won’t ever get one, so I can’t speak to that image, but the 2D is a bummer.

  60. Just finished watching Revenge of the Creature start to finish via my projector (110" diagonal) and it's better than I previously noted. Not perfect, it still looks like it's gone through Universal's old "grain management" technique. But things get considerably better after the first 15 minutes, pretty much after they arrive at Marineland. Lowering the white level on my projector about 10 clicks from calibration also helped tame the whites throughout. On the other hand, the 3D is spectacular – the underwater sequences have startling depth and off-screen effects with fish and seaweed. There are several shots from inside the creature's tank looking into interior windows that are startling. Vertical alignment is perfect, which has the inevitable side effect of pointing out the shots where the cameras were having trouble with shutter phasing and the flat shots.

    The 2D version also looks better with a lowering of the white level from my normal Rec 709 settings. In 2D, you can see the grain manipulation clearer. Still, on a smaller screen it should look good for non-3D viewers. It is definitely a little softer than I think it should be.

  61. Ronald Epstein

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    Guys, I am a little paranoid.

    Did I get a corrected copy?

    I tried peeling off the UPC code to see if there was another beneath it.

    This UPC code was actually under the shrinkwrap.

    Thanks

    Yes. That's the new UPC sticker. Main number is the same, the 5 digit suffix indicates the new version.

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