2013/03/28 19:33:59 UTC

Universal Announces First Wave of Individual Classic Monsters on Blu-ray, Including The Mummy and The Invisible Man

The-Mummy-box-3After their boxed set of classic horror titles were released last year, Universal has announced that they are splitting up the set and selling the movies as individual Blu-rays. The first wave will be released on June 4th, and includes The Mummy, Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Invisible Man. Continue reading for a look at the cover art and a list of bonus features for each title:

Creature From the Black Lagoon: ” Perfectly blending Universal’s classic monster heritage with the science-fiction explosion of the 1950s, Creature from the Black Lagoon tells the mythical story of a dangerous half-human, half-fish creature lurking in the depths of the Amazon. After discovering a unique prehistoric claw fossil on an expedition deep in the jungle, archeologists investigate its origins which lead them directly to a mysterious creature. Led by marine life specialist David Reed (Richard Carlson), the men try to capture the monster who has become obsessed with David’s assistant, Kay (Julia Adams). Originally released in 3D, this thrilling adventure inspired sequels, TV series and more that continue to strengthen the monster’s legacy to this day.”

Bonus Features:

• Creature from the Black Lagoon (3D Version)
• Back to the Black Lagoon
• Production Photographs
• Feature Commentary with Film Historian Tom Weaver
• Trailer Gallery
• 100 Years of Universal: The Lot

The Invisible Man: “The signature adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man stars Claude Rains as a mysterious scientist who discovers a serum that makes him invisible. Covered by bandages and dark glasses, the scientist arrives at a small English village and attempts to hide his amazing discovery. He soon discovers, however, that the same drug which renders him invisible is slowly driving him insane and capable of committing unspeakable acts of terror. Directed by James Whale, the horror classic features groundbreaking special effects by John P. Fulton that inspired many of the techniques that are still used today.”

Bonus Features:

• Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed
• Production Photographs
• Feature Commentary with Film Historian Rudy Behlmer
• Trailer Gallery
• 100 Years of Universal: Unforgettable Characters
• My Scenes

The Mummy: “The Mummy features horror icon Boris Karloff in a legendary performance as the Egyptian Imhotep who is accidentally revived by a team of archaeologists after 3,700 years. It is revealed in a flashback that he was a high priest, embalmed alive for trying to revive the vestal virgin whom he loved, after she had been sacrificed. Alive again, he sets out on an obsessive – and deadly – quest to find his lost love. Featuring groundbreaking makeup by Jack Pierce and artful direction by Karl Freud to achieve a mysterious atmosphere, this terrifying classic inspired countless sequels, spoofs and spin-offs that continue to fuel the legacy of the monster to this day.”

Bonus Features:

• Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed
• He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce
• Unraveling The Legacy of The Mummy
• The Mummy Archives
• Feature Commentary with Rick Baker, Scott Essman, Steve Haberman, Bob Burns and Brent Armstrong
• Feature Commentary with Film Historian Paul M. Jensen
• Trailer Gallery
• 100 Years of Universal: The Carl Laemmle Era
• My Scenes

The Phantom of the Opera: “One of the most popular stories of all time, Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera is the legendary horror tale starring Claude Rains as the masked phantom of the Paris Opera House. Following a tragic accident that leaves him disfigured, crazed composer Erique Claudin transforms into a masked phantom who schemes to make beautiful young soprano Christine Dubois (Susanna Foster) the star of the opera and wreak revenge on those who stole his music. A heroic baritone (Nelson Eddy) tries to win the affections of Christine as he tracks down the disfigured “monster” who has begun murdering those who resist his mad demands. Inspired by the original 1925 silent version, this lavish Technicolor production remains one of the most unforgettable adaptations ever to be filmed.”

Bonus Features:

• The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked
• Production Photographs
• Feature Commentary with Film Historian Scott MacQueen
• 100 Years of Universal: The Lot
• My Scenes

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