Thursday, June 26, 2014

It's Official: Bad News About Classic Universal Monster Movies on Blu-Ray

Last week I wrote about Universal's rerelease of some classic Hammer horror films on DVD while blu-ray upgrades remain a mystery. Today, the home video company has released a new publicity update about upcoming releases, and it's not looking good for monsters fans hankering to see some lower profile titles in hi-def. While Universal is already rereleasing such essential titles as Dracula, The Wolf Man, and Frankenstein on blu-ray with new packaging on September 2, sequels such as Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, Dracula's Daughter, House of Frankenstein, Revenge of the Creature, and The Mummy's Hand are also being rereleased...but on standard definition DVD only (also on September 2). 
For those who never got their hands on all of Universal's wonderful Monster Legacy Collection DVD box sets, this is good news since Dracula and The Wolf Man are currently out of print. Plus, the "Abbott & Costello Meet the Monsters" comedies have been added to the mix, which is also being released as a 21-disc box set. 

For those who'd like to see some of those second-tier monster movies receive upgrades, Universal's decision to rerelease them on DVD-only made me wonder if the company doesn't believe there is sufficient interest to give them the blu-ray treatment. While only the hardest of hardcore monster maniacs will lament the absence of, say, She-Wolf of London on blu-ray, it wouldn't be outrageous to get a bit up in arms that we may not see some of the sequels mentioned above in hi-def anytime soon. So I reached out to Universal:
I'm just writing to find out if USHE has any plans to put out blu-rays of the titles on these collections that aren't already on blu-ray (such as Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, Dracula's Daughter, House of Frankenstein, Revenge of the Creature, and The Mummy's Hand) in the near future.
Later in the day, a representative from Universal responded:
To answer your question, the Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection will be available exclusively on DVD September 2, 2014.  Universal Studios Home Entertainment has no plans to release this collection on Blu-ray in the immediate future.
Same applies to the specific titles you inquired about below.

So there you have it. It's a sad day in Vasaria.

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