There will officially be a “Universal Classic Monsters: Icons of Horror Collection“ coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on October 5th via Universal Studios Home Entertainment. This set comes just in time for Halloween. Four of the most iconic of the Universal Classic Monsters will be making their debut to 4K, with two celebrating their film’s 90th anniversaries and one celebrating its 80th anniversary. The films included in this set are as follows:
“Dracula” (1931) 90th Anniversary
“Frankenstein” (1931) 90th Anniversary
“The Invisible Man” (1933)
“The Wolf Man” (1941) 80th Anniversary
This set will come in a collectible boxed booklet form (as pictured below) with a page for each film in both the 4K and Blu-ray versions on each side.
Each of the four films will be presented in 2160p 4K resolution in the 1.33:1 (full frame) aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and (presumably Mono) DTS-HD Master Audio lossless sound mixes. This set will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that each film will get its Blu-ray Disc counterpart (in 1080p HD) and digital code (copies) of each will be included as well.
The bonus materials here appear to include the identical extras found on the Blu-ray Disc releases of each film, as featured in the previous “Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection” Blu-ray set. Those can get rather lengthy, so I’ll be detailing them below, after the break, and also after the official announcement issued earlier today.
The 1968 Academy Award-winning film “Rosemary’s Baby” is getting a standard Blu-ray Disc release on May 25th, via Paramount Home Entertainment, according to retailers. The film, directed by Roman Polanski, starred Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Ralph Bellamy, and Charles Grodin. The tech specs for the Blu-ray have not yet been detailed but stay tuned for an update. It is known that the release will come with a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.
The 1983 film “Trading Places“ starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd will be getting a newlimited edition Blu-ray Disc release on December 1st via Paramount Presents. The film, directed by John Landis, co-starred Ralph Bellamy, Denholm Elliott, Don Ameche, Jim Belushi, and Jamie Lee Curtis. This movie has received a new 4K remastered transfer that was supervised by the film’s director (John Landis) as described below:
“Newly remastered from a 4K film transfer supervised by director John Landis, TRADING PLACES cemented Eddie Murphy’s star status. The limited-edition Paramount Presents Blu-ray Disc™ is presented in collectible packaging that includes a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. The film will also be available on 4K Ultra HD Digital.”
The tech specs for the release have not yet been fully detailed, but hopefully, I’ll be able to give you a rundown on that soon, as I put in an inquiry to the studio about those. You can find the upcoming Paramount Presents Blu-ray now available for preorder over at Amazon.
This release, spine #12 in the series, will feature the beautiful packaging we have come to expect from the Paramount Presents line, complete with a fold-out mini theatrical poster (pictured below).
Below, you will find a list of the bonus materials set to be included on the Blu-ray release.