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I'd like to see Universal's Monster Collection (Dracula/Frankenstein/The Mummy/etc)

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Thread Starter 
Dracula/Frankenstein/The Mummy/The Invisible Man/The Bride of Frankenstein/The Wolf Man/The Phantom of the Opera/The Creature from the Black Lagoon

I would love to see a HD universal monster set at years end.
maybe start with a single release of "BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN"
"WOLFMAN" and "DRACULA"

then a multi disc set of the above 9 movies.
post #2 of 23
WTF!!
I suggest a title change because this one got me good

-Gary
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Originally Posted by Gary Murrell View Post

WTF!!
I suggest a title change because this one got me good

-Gary

I know. What a buzz kill.
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I was ready to buy...
post #5 of 23
What others are saying...

When you are asking about certain movies it's appropriate to put a question mark in the title. In this case, many including myself are assuming by the title you are providing information on the release of the titles...instead of asking about the potential release.

Another reason why I am not a fan of "wish threads" We all have certain titles we would love to see on HD-DVD or BD....the forum would be clogged with this type of thread, if we all started wish thread on our most wanted titles. (end rant )
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Originally Posted by rboster View Post

What others are saying...

When you are asking about certain movies it's appropriate to put a question mark in the title. In this case, many including myself are assuming by the title you are providing information on the release of the titles...instead of asking about the potential release.

Correct. Could you please edit your thread title?
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Title edited.
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Title edited.

You da man!
post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 
sorry guys

I jumped the gun!

would anyone else jump at a set like this?

post #10 of 23
Obviously there is no one here with any interest at all.
post #11 of 23
i was always a big fan of the wolf man, so id buy all the movies featuring lon chaney jr as the wolf man. i would also pick up frankenstein and bride of frankenstein. i would pass on dracula, that movie is too boring
post #12 of 23
I've seen many of these on Monsters-HD on dishnet. They've shown The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, and a few others. They looked very poor on this channel, so they must need some restoration work. I realize they're old, but they definitely can look bettre.

Hopefully they are done right when they finally arrive.
post #13 of 23
Dracula and Frankenstein have been the rumored monster movies to debut first.
post #14 of 23
I would buy them all. I'd especially love to see BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN on HD, my all time favorite movie.
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i would pass on dracula, that movie is too boring

you are insane.

i have many versions of all these movies and i doubt that HD can do much to improve these movies. i think all that will happen is that we will see the scratches a lot better. besides, are we gonna see a dolby thrue hd 5.1 mix for a movie from 1931?

that said, i'd be a sucker and buy them all, especially if dracula came with the Spanish version and Creature was in the original 3D!

btw, the Frankenstein Legacy Collection has the best version of the unedited "it's alive" scene. i have yet to see the 75th anniversary legacy collection version, but i really don't see how it could be improved upon.

when the hell is someone gonna find London After Midnight?????
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Originally Posted by Primus67 View Post

you are insane.

i have many versions of all these movies and i doubt that HD can do much to improve these movies. i think all that will happen is that we will see the scratches a lot better. besides, are we gonna see a dolby thrue hd 5.1 mix for a movie from 1931?

I've been amazed at what dedicated film restoration experts can accomplish.

FYI, scratches on the film (plastic) side should be easily removed during the telecine process. Various techniques for this have been around for over 20 years, such as wetgate technology.

Another FYI, take a look at the Kino release of the restored Metropolis. I've seen several versions over the years and this is amazing. There is a documentary on the disc that details the restoration process. Remember, this is a 1927 film that has a long history of poor storage, missing prints, etc.
post #17 of 23
I would be all over this like a fat kid on a smartie.
post #18 of 23
Anything???

Thanks.
post #19 of 23
Since Universal is re-making The Wolf Man for February, 2009, it would seem the ideal timing for revisiting the classics in HD. Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del Toro will be starring in the re-make. Uni is also re-making Creature From the Black Lagoon for sometime in 2008, though that may end up pushed to '09 as well. Seems we'll be seeing some vintage monsters in the next couple of years.
post #20 of 23
I agree.

If they could do for these films what was done for Casablanca, or The Adventures of Robin Hood - it would literally bring me tears of joy.
post #21 of 23
Wolf Man an Creature for me please
post #22 of 23
Unfortunately, there is a little problem with the Universal Monsters films on HD, and it's simply that, from what I am told they do not survive in uniformly excellent condition, DRACULA being the worst-off of the bunch.

The problem is that Universal has always kept these films in print, and in most cases has burned-through the original internegs, many of the sources are at least second and third generation. That's not to say they couldn't comb the planet and come up with better elements such as Warner did with their 3-year restoration of KONG, Universal did do a marvelous restoration on FRANKENSTEIN. However, I'm sure some films in the canon truly only exist in multi-generational form.

In my opinion they would still benefit from the boost of increased resolution HD offers, but DRACULA can probably never be made to look like CASABLANCA. I think they gotta wait for people to realize that "much-improved" is still a good thing when "near-perfect" is no longer an option.
post #23 of 23
That's sad but good info to know. I'd retire my dvd set though if they came out.
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