Videodrone Announcement: 'The Avengers' Assemble and a Classic Movie 'Monster' Mash on Blu-ray
'The Avengers is set for September 25 and 'Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection' arrives on October 2
"Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection" (Universal) features the Blu-ray debut of nine classic horrors from the golden age of Universal horror movies. The official press release only claims eight -- "Dracula" (1931), "Frankenstein" (1931), "The Mummy" (1932), "The Invisible Man" (1933), "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), "The Wolf Man" (1941), "Phantom of the Opera" (1943), and "Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954) -- but among the supplements is a ninth feature that should be treated as an equal in this company: the 1931 Spanish language version of "Dracula" produced on the same sets with a different cast.
Universal has lavished attention on previous special editions of these films on DVD and all of those supplements (including information-packed commentaries from horror movie historians and featurettes on each and every film) are included, and more, such as the home video debut of the original 3D version of "Creature from the Black Lagoon" (no information on format) in addition to the standard presentation.
The collection, scheduled for release on October 2, will also include a 48-page book with stills, art, and other paraphernalia.