Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Is Universal Working on a Frankenstein Franchise Blu-Ray Release for 2016?

I usually don't like to make reports until the information is confirmed, but a current rumor circulating on several online forums is too intriguing to keep under my hat. Apparently, Universal released its quarterly report yesterday, and among the company's planned projects for the fourth quarter of 2015 is a 4K restoration of all five films in its Frankenfranchise of the thirties/forties. That means Son of Frankenstein, Ghost of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meet the Wolfman, House of Frankenstein, and House of Dracula (Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, of course, have already been available in HD for a couple of years). The fact that the rumored report includes a now-confirmed 4K release of Spartacus makes it seem probable, and if it is, then we could be looking at some sort of Frankenstein sequels Blu-ray set or individual releases of the films sometime in 2016. This would be great news since they help make up cinema's first truly great franchise, and because it means that Universal hasn't given up on its (for lack of a better term) second-tier classic monster movies as I reported it had a year ago (sometimes I like being wrong). Could Dracula's Daughter, The Black Cat, The Mummy's Hand, The Raven, or Revenge of the Creature be far behind? I'm keeping my claws crossed in the hope they're not.

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