Classic Universal Horror Arrives on Blu-ray from Scream Factory

These are some serious horrors that have come to Blu-ray, direct from the archives of Universal Studios, courtesy of Scream Factory. There may be no Draculas or Frankenstein’s here, but you’re sure to find some solid monstrosities in this bunch.

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SCREAM FACTORY’S UNIVERSAL COLLECTION VOL. 1

Celebrating horror icons Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, Scream Factory’s Universal Horror Collection Vol. 1 will be made available on Blu-ray™ on June 18, and is available now for pre-order. Loaded with new commentaries and featurettes, this collection includes The Black Cat (1934), The Raven, The Invisible Ray and Black Friday.

Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi created some of the most memorable performances in cinematic history. Their unforgettable performances as Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster terrified a generation of moviegoers and when these two legendary actors came together for a series of films in the 1930s, audiences could not get enough. Scream Factory now pays homage to these legendary actors with the first of two collections, presenting classic films with all the care that horror fans have come to expect from the brand.

THE BLACK CAT
Special Features:
NEW Audio Commentary by author/film historian Gregory William Mank
NEW Audio Commentary by author/film historian Steve Haberman
NEW Dreams Within a Dream: The Classic Cinema of Edgar Allan Poe – narrated by Doug Bradley
NEW A Good Game: Karloff and Lugosi at Universal Part One: The Black Cat
Vintage footage – The Black Cat Contest
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THE RAVEN
Special Features:
NEW 2K scan of the original film elements
NEW Audio Commentary with author/film historian Gary D. Rhodes
NEW Audio Commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman
NEW A Good Game: Karloff and Lugosi at Universal Part Two: The Raven
Audio Recording: Bela Lugosi reads “The Tell-Tale Heart”
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THE INVISIBLE RAY
Special Features:
NEW 2K scan of the original film elements
NEW Audio Commentary with authors/film historians Tom Weaver and Randall Larson
NEW A Good Game: Karloff and Lugosi at Universal Part Three: The Invisible Ray
Re-Release Theatrical Trailer
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BLACK FRIDAY
Special Features:
NEW 2K scan of the original film elements
NEW Audio Commentary with filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr
NEW A Good Game: Karloff and Lugosi at Universal Part Four: Black Friday
Inner Sanctum Mystery Radio Show: “The Tell-Tale Heart” starring Boris Karloff
Theatrical Trailer
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Andy’s Note: I’ve had a chance to sit with a review copy of this set, and it is excellent. The four part documentary A Good Game: Karloff and Lugosi at Universal is completely fascinating, delving into the history and relationship between these two titans of horror. The two legends do some great work together, especially in the outstanding The Black Cat.

You can order Scream Factory’s Universal Horror Collection Vol. 1 here.

 

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