‘Universal Classic Monsters’ Limited Edition 4K Collection Due Feb. 13, 2024, Exclusively on Amazon

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the Universal Classic Monsters Limited Edition Collection on 4K and digital Feb. 13, 2024, exclusively on Amazon.

From the era of silent movies through present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters and this collection showcases eight of the most iconic monsters in motion picture history. The films included in the collection are:

  • Dracula
  • Frankenstein
  • The Mummy
  • The Invisible Man
  • Bride of Frankenstein
  • The Wolf Man
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Creature From the Black Lagoon

 

Each of the eight classic films exploring the origins of the Universal monsters has been digitally restored from high resolution film elements. Starring Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester in the roles that they made famous, the films set the standard for a new horror genre with revolutionary makeup, moody cinematography, and groundbreaking special effects. The collection features more than 12 hours of bonus features including behind-the-scenes featurettes, production photographs, and feature commentaries. Bonus features include:

  • The Road to Dracula
  • Dracula: The Restoration
  • Watch Dracula with Alternate Score by Philip Glass
  • Boo!: A Short Film
  • Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed
  • He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce
  • Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed!
  • She’s Alive! Creating The Bride of Frankenstein
  • The Bride of Frankenstein Archive
  • The Wolf Man: From Ancient Curse to Modern Myth
  • The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked
  • Back to the Black Lagoon
  • Production Photographs from The Invisible Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Feature commentary from Scott MacQueen; film historians Rudy Behlmer, Tom Weaver and Paul M. Jensen; and historian Sir Christopher Frayling.

 

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The collection features book-style packaging with rare photos, bios, trivia, and original cover art by artist Tristan Eaton. Eaton has a long history creating art inspired by the Universal Classic Monsters. His murals for Dracula, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein and Creature from the Black Lagoon are on display on the Universal Studios back lot. He is perhaps best known for his large-scale public murals, found throughout the world from New York to Paris to Shanghai, which he executes in freehand spray paint. His work can be seen in the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) permanent collection as well as the Cooper Hewitt Museum and Long Beach Museum of Art. In 2023, Eaton was commissioned to create new art depicting all eight classic monster characters from Universal Pictures exclusively for this collection.

Update (10/3/23): Street date changed from Oct. 3, 2023, to Feb. 13, 2024.

Horror Comedy ‘Renfield’ Due on Digital, Disc June 6 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the Dracula spoof Renfield, with Nicolas Cage, through digital retailers and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD June 6.

The “Dracula Sucks Edition” of the film includes an hour of bonus content, including deleted scenes and featurettes.
 
Aside from Cage, the cast includes Nicholas Hoult, Awkwafina, Ben Schwartz, Adrian Martinez, Shohreh Aghdashloo, and Brandon Scott Jones. Directed by Chris McKay  and written by Ryan Ridley from a story by Robert Kirkman, the horror comedy is produced by Skybound Entertainment and Giant Wildcat.

Hoult stars as Renfield, the tortured aide to Dracula (Cage). For centuries, Renfield has slavishly served Dracula by procuring his master’s prey and doing his every bidding, no matter how debased. But now, Renfield is ready to look for a new life outside Dracula’s shadow of The Prince of Darkness, if only he can figure out how to end the toxic relationship.

Bonus content includes:

  • Deleted and extended scenes;
  • Alternate takes;
  • “Dracula Uncaged,” with Cage revealing the secrets behind turning a classic character into a memorable monster;
  • “Monsters & Men: Behind the Scenes of Renfield,” an in-depth look at Renfield’s cast, sets, costumes and more as the actors and filmmakers reveal how they modernized a famous terror tale;
  • “Stages of Rejuvenation,” a documentary on the special makeup effects through the four stages of Dracula’s transformation;
  • “Flesh & Blood,” another documentary on the making of the film;
  • “Fighting Dirty,” in which stunt coordinator Christopher Brewster leads a look at the training, choreography, and execution that went into the film’s stunts and fight scenes; 
  • “The Making of a Deleted Scene: Renfield’s Dance!,” in which  Hoult and choreographer Kathryn Burns pull back the curtain on constructing an elaborate musical number for a fantasy dance sequence; and
  • Commentaries with producer Samantha Nisenboim, screenwriter Ridley, and crew.

 

Arrow Video Announces February 2022 Slate of Streaming Titles

 Arrow Video has announced the February 2022 lineup of its new subscription-based Arrow streaming platform, available to subscribers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The slate is topped with David Buchanan’s surrealist black-and-white cyberpunk feature Laguna Ave, which debuted Feb. 1 with a host of exclusive extras. 

Other new releases that began streaming on that date include The Sleeper Must Awaken: Making Dune, a feature-length documentary exploring the making of David Lynch’s film, featuring dozens of new and archive interviews with the cast and crew of the 1984 cult classic; Avenging Angel, Spookies, Pledge Night, Blood Harvest, The House of the Dead, Demon Wind and Night Train to Terror.

Beginning Feb. 11, Arrow will  begin streaming a hand-picked slate of films from Gareth Evans, writer-director of The Raid and The Raid 2. The filmmaker’s selections, drawn from the Arrow vault, include A Snake of June, Dark Water, Versus, Audition and The Ballad of Narayama.

Other February streaming highlights include Dan Curtis’ Dracula, the 1974 TV movie adaptation from the creator of “Dark Shadows,” which begins streaming on Feb. 18.

And, beginning on Feb. 21, Arrow will stream two films available for North American subscribers only: Next of Kin, about a young woman who inherits a creaky retirement home and finds herself in a waking nightmare of murder, madness and a legacy of evil that may be inescapable, and Turkey Shoot, set in a totalitarian near future, where defiant citizens are labeled “deviants” and sentenced to brutal “behavior modification” camps. 

 

Frank Langella’s ‘Dracula’ Getting Scream Factory Blu-ray Treatment Nov. 26

Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, will release a collector’s edition of the 1979 version of Dracula on Blu-ray Nov. 26.

Directed by John Badham and adapted from a play based on Bram Stoker’s classic tale, the film starred Frank Langella in the title role, reprising his role from the stage production. The cast includes Laurence Olivier as Van Helsing, Donald Pleasence as Dr. Jack Seward and Kate Nelligan as Lucy Seward. John Williams composed the musical score.

The Blu-ray will boast a new 4K scan of the original, best available film elements, and offers two presentations of the film, including the original 1979 color timing for the first time on home video. A version with desaturated color timing, originally created by Badham for Laserdisc in 1991 to mimic the feel of 1930s black-and-white gothic horror movies, also is included.

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The desaturated version was previously released on Blu-ray by Universal Pictures in 2014 and reissued in February 2019.

The first disc of Scream Factory’s set will include the desaturated version, plus a new introduction by Badham, and new interviews with Badham, writer W.D. Richter, camera assistant Jim Alloway, editor John Bloom, makeup artist Peter Robb-King, hair stylist Colin Jamison, assistant director Anthony Waye and production manager Hugh Harlow. The disc also includes the previously released Badham commentary and the featurette “The Revamping of Dracula.”

The second disc will include the film in its 1979 presentation with a new 4K scan of the original film elements, a new introduction by Badham, a new audio commentary by film historian and filmmaker Constantine Nasr, plus the film’s theatrical trailer, radio spots and a still gallery.

Copies ordered through ShoutFactory.com will include an 18×24 rolled poster featuring brand new artwork, while supplies last.