In many ways, the Universal monster movies of the '30s and '40s represent the original cinematic shared universe. A series of popular monster characters emerged, each got various sequels, and then Dracula met Frankenstein, and they both met the Wolf Man, and it was all creepy fun. The continuity wasn't rigid. It wasn't one big story, but it was a massive cinematic crossover decades before Marvel and DC got in the game.
Universal put out Legacy Collections celebrating their various monsters on DVD years ago, but it was only recently that any of them were collected on Blu-ray. An "essential" collection gathered all of the lead-off films for each character, plus Bride of Frankenstein, but that wasn't enough to sate horror junkies like us, right? Last year, the Legacy Collections finally started to hit Blu-ray, with sets devoted to both Frankenstein and the Wolf Man. Now, two more monsters are getting a turn.
Universal announced this week that Legacy Collections for both Dracula and the Mummy will drop in May, adding two more essential box sets to collectors' shelves everywhere. Each set includes all six films in their respective original series (including the Abbott and Costello joints), collected on Blu-ray for the first time, plus documentaries, commentaries and even an alternate score for Dracula.
So if you're among the many fans who've asked for all of these films on Blu-ray, this is your year. Now we just need Blu-ray sets for the Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon, and then ... well, then I'll really be broke, won't I?
The Dracula and Wolf Man Legacy Collections land May 16. Both are already available for pre-order.
(via Bloody Disgusting)