Universal Release Mega Halloween Catalogue with Classic Pre 1960's Horrors and 80's/90's Horror

This Autumn almost 100 years since the studio made its very first horror films; Universal unveils some of its iconic titles in a new collection of Blu-ray and DVD releases – available from 3rd October 2011.

Cult Sci-Fi BoxsetThe Best of Cult Sci-Fi

The Best of Cult Sci-Fi is a collection of some of the most instantly recognisable and most-watched cult horror films on this planet. From alien invasions to radiation disasters, this four film box set is designed to entertain and will make you jump! To coincide with the hotly anticipated theatrical remake of The Thing this December, this box set includes the original 1950s Sci-Fi classic The Thing From Another World (1951), plus other must-own movies Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954), The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) and It Came From Outer Space (1953). The box set comes packed with a wealth of bone chilling bonus features including commentaries and featurettes. RRP: £19.99

Creature From The Black Lagoon: Special Features
–          Back To The Black Lagoon Documentary
–          Audio Commentary By Film Historian Tom Weaver
–          Theatrical Trailer
–          Production Photographs

It Came From Outer Space: Special Features
Special Features
–          Audio Commentary By Film Historian Tom Weaver
–          The Universe According To Universal: An Original Documentary On It Came From Outer Space
–          Photograph And Poster Gallery
–          Theatrical TrailerThe Best of Classic Horror

Best of Classic Horror

Some of the greatest horror actors of all time appear in this incredible gothic gore DVD collection. The great Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney and Elsa Lanchester, as the mesmerising and beautiful bride of Frankenstein, appear as some of the scariest characters on film.  A must for every fan, this boxset of four iconic horror films is a nail-biting round-up of some of Universal’s most memorable all-time horror moviesFrankenstein (1931), Dracula (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and The Wolfman (1941). With an array of special features spread across the discs the Best of Classic Horror is the perfect Halloween purchase.

Frankenstein: Special Features
–          Audio Commentary By Rudy Behlmer
–          The Frankenstein Files Documentary
–          Frankenstein Archives
–          Boo
–          Theatrical Trailer

Bride of Frankenstein
Special Features
–          She’s Alive! Creating The Bride Of Frankenstein Documentary
–          Audio Commentary By Scott MacQueen
–          The Bride Of Frankenstein Archive
–          Theatrical Trailer

The Wolfman
Special Features
–          Audio Commentary By Tom Weaver
–          Monster By Moonlight Documentary
–          The Wolfman Archives
–          Theatrical Trailer 

Creature from the Black Lagoon Blu-Ray

Also available as single DVDs is a range of newly released Classic Universal titles including House of Dracula, Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman and The Creature From The Black Lagoon. BOX SET RRP: £19.99, SINGLE DVD RRP: XXX




The Thing

This winter, Universal Pictures is bringing the prequel to the iconic 1982 movie The Thing to the big screen. To mark the occasion, Universal is re-releasing the original science-fiction horror onto Blu-ray and DVD. Both versions feature a plethora of special bonus features that offer a fascinating insight into the making of a movie designed to chill you to the bone!

John Carpenter directs this terrifying tale, as a group of weary scientists endure the winter in an isolated camp deep in Antarctica. They think they have made the find of a lifetime when they chance upon an alien spacecraft and its perfectly preserved alien pilot buried in the ice. But when the scientists bring the alien body back to camp and thaw it out it awakens, and begins to terrorise the camp – taking over the identities of the scientists, one by one in a gruesome fashion.  It is the job of helicopter pilot MacCready (Kurt Russell) to lead the surviving men in a mission to destroy the alien, whilst at the same time facing the shocking realisation that some of the camp’s residents are no longer human.  Critically acclaimed for its ground-breaking special effects, The Thing is sure to petrify today’s viewers. BD RRP: £19.99, DVD RRP: £9.99  

The Thing: DVD Special Features  
–          John Carpenter’s The Thing: Terror Takes Shape*                                                
–          Feature Commentary with Director John Carpenter and Kurt Russell*             
–          Production Background Archive (static menus)                                     
–          Cast Production Photographs (static menus)                                          
–          Production Art and Storyboards (static menus)                                     
–          Location Design (static menus)                                  
–          Production Archives (static menus)                                         
–          Outtakes (play static frame by frames or full motion)*                                         
–          Post Production (static menus)                                 
–          Theatrical Trailer                                          
–          Production Notes                                         
–          Cast and Filmmakers’ Notes       

The Thing: Blu-ray Special Features
–          Feature Commentary with Director John Carpenter and Kurt Russell*             
–          John Carpenter’s The Thing: Terror Takes Shape*                                                
–          Production Background Archive (static menus)                                     
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?       Cast Production Photographs (static menus)                                          
–          Production Art and Storyboards (static menus)                                     
–          Location Design (static menus)                                  
–          Production Archives (static menus)                                         
–          The Saucer (play static frame by frames or full motion)                                       
–          The Blairmonster (play static frame by frames or full motion)                            
–          Outtakes (play static frame by frames or full motion)*                                         
–          Post Production (static menus)                                 
–          Theatrical Trailer

The Frighteners Blu-Ray

The Frighteners

Released for the first time ever on Blu-ray, The Frighteners (1996) was one of the first Hollywood films directed by King of Cult Horror, Peter Jackson – the director behind The Braindead. Starring Michael J. Fox as a psychic private investigator sent to investigate a series of mysterious deaths in his hometown, it soon becomes clear that even with the help of three ghostly assistants the investigation will be far from easy to solve. With its winning mix of humour and suspense The Frighteners will have you gripped.

To mark its release, the disc includes hours of bonus features including a Peter Jackson commentary, ‘making of’ featurette, cast interviews and blooper reel.  BD RRP: £19.99

The Frighteners: Blu-ray Special Features
–            Peter Jacksons 10th Anniversary Intro                                   
–            The Making of the Frighteners (see below)                                           
–            Peter Jacksons Intro                                   
–            Ghost Stories                                               
–            Script Development                                   
–            Michael J. Fox & Trini Alvarado                                                
–            Jim Fyfe, Chi Macbride, John Astin                                          
–            Rehearsing                                   
–            Lyttelton as Fairwater                                                
–            Introduction to WETA                                                
–            Scene 28                                      
–            Ghost Effects                                               
–            Motion Control and Blue Screen                                             
–            The Jackson Boys, Peter’s Cameo and Billy Jackson                                             
–            Stunts                                            
–            On the Set                                    
–            The Reaper                                  
–            Rustler                                          
–            The Gatekeeper                                          
–            Jeffrey Combs                                             
–            Miniatures                                   
–            Dee Wallace Stone and Jake Busey                                         
–            Trini’s Bruises                                              
–            Slimeface and Blobman                                             
–            Wallpaperman & Portraitman                                  
–            Acceleration                                                
–            The Worm                                    
–            The Gatekeeper, The Judge & other deleted stories                                           
–            Music (Interview with Danny Elfman – Includes lengthy sound effect vs. score comparison)
–            Bloopers                                                                       
–            Ratings and Final thoughts                                        
–            credits                                          
–            Storyboarding                                             
–            Theatrical Trailer                                        
–            Feature Commentary with Director Peter Jackson

Candyman Blu-Ray


Also new to Blu-ray this October is the best-selling modern horror classic Candyman (1992). This taut thriller tells the cautionary tale of folklore student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) whose thesis research leads her into the urban underworld of Chicago’s housing projects. There the residents are genuinely terrified of Candyman, a legendary figure with a hook for a hand. Sceptical, she herself decides to attempt to summons him in front of a mirror and discovers to her horror that he’s not only real but deadly. BD RRP: £17.99

Cult Modern Horror

American Werewolf in London Blu-Ray

Bolt the doors and pull down the blinds this Halloween for an unforgettable scary movie fest. Don’t miss these Cult Modern Horror films from Universal including Last House on the Left, The Unborn, Boogeyman, The Strangers featuring Liv Tyler and the John Landis directed cult classic, An American Warewolf in London now all available on Blu-ray and DVD. BD RRP:

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I love practical effects, stop-motion animation and gore, but most of all I love a good story! I adore B-movies and exploitation films in many of their guises and also have a soft spot for creature features. I review a wide range of media including movies, TV series, books and videogames. I'm a massive fan of author Hunter S. Thompson and I enjoy various genre of videogames with Kingdom Hearts and Harvest Moon two of my all time favs. Currently playing: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Yakuza Zero and Webbed.

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