I don't care how many of my friends email me, forward me links, tag me on Facebook or @ me on Twitter. I can't get enough of hearing about Universal FINALLY putting some of their classic monster films out on Blu-ray.
"Some of their classic monster films?" Excuse me . . . I mean, some of their BEST classic monster films.
This particular collection of Universal classics have already been assembled once before in a DVD collection back in 2009, but I already had these titles before either as part of their Legacy collection or their Legacy series or whatever. I have double-dipped for these titles before, and I'm eager to make this Blu-ray collection the last time I have to.
Besides, Creature from the Black Lagoon is going to be presented in 3D. 3D. How cool is that? I've been fortunate enough to see the film in 3D a few times over the years, and to know that Universal spent some time and money to clean this print up has me salivating!
They're billing this as an 8-movie set, but in truth, it will contain 9 films as the Spanish-language version of Dracula (filmed concurrently with the Lugosi-film) is included as a special feature on the Dracula Blu-ray disc.
Now, I am a LITTLE disappointed that most of what I'm finding online about this release seems to indicate that only Dracula got the full-on restoration treatment. I'd love to see all of these prints get a good once over, as I've played some of the DVDs of these films on my Blu-ray player, and the upconversion doesn't always pan out for the best.
That said, I'm still REALLY excited. Universal seems to be giving these films a bit of attention right now, and that's always a good thing. (I'd love to see more, of course, but I'll take what I can get for now!)