Universal Classic Monsters... going on moratorium?? Can we get a confirm Dave?

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  1. mutleyhyde

    mutleyhyde Fuck it.

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    Apparently Tim Lucas of VideoWatchdog (yes, the digest magazine) posted this over at Moebius...

    I checked out the users profile at Moebius, and the email address matches that at VideoWatchdog's site, so I'm pretty sure it's the Tim Lucas, and he's not just crying wolf.

    Now, I'm fairly sure that Universal wouldn't put these on moratorium indefinitely, and would bet money that they're gearing up for both a price reduction and a box set, but it would damn sure be nice to know for sure before March 18th rolls around.

    Dave, can you find anything out for us? And if anybody else get's wind of any pertinent info, please post it, with links if you can.

    Thanks.
     
  2. mutleyhyde

    mutleyhyde Fuck it.

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  3. Dave

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    I just emailed my Universal contacts. I'll let you know what they say, if anything. Sometimes it's a "can't comment" response.
     
  4. I always considered picking these up! If this is true, I won't think again & just grab 'em!

    Anyone know anywhere online that these can be picked up for a cheapy price???
     
  5. mutleyhyde

    mutleyhyde Fuck it.

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    Thanks Dave. :)

    Peter, it "looks" like Digital Eyes is cheapest, but when you bring shipping charges into it, DVDPlanet is the cheapest. They beat DeepDiscountDVD on these, even with DDDs free shipping. But do your own research at www.dvdpricesearch.com... you never know, I could have missed something.

    I need all of the double features, and the Abbot and Costello Meet the Mummy. Damn this is hard not just going ahead and ordering them, but I am soooo suspicious that we'll see a cheap box set and a price reduction on the individual discs.
     
  6. gusse

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    I have been thinking about buying a bunch of universal's classic monster movies for some time and allmost fellt panic when I red your post. Went straight over to dv-depot.com and added the 8disc Classic Monsters box to my flexi. Hopefully there'll be some information about whats going on soon and then I'll know if i "have" to buy the movies now or if i can wait a little more. ;)

    BTW. What's the differense between
    * Classic Monsters: The Definitive Collection (21467)
    * The Classic Monster Collection (20786)
    ?

    The box I added to my flexi includes the following titles:
    "Dracula" (1931, 75 min)
    "Frankenstein" (1931, 71 min.)
    "The Mummy" (1932, 74 min.)
    "The Invisible Man" (1933, 71 min.)
    "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935, 75 min.)
    "The Wolf Man" (1941, 70 min.)
    "The Phantom of the Opera" (1943, 93 min.)
    "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954, 79 min.).
     
  7. mutleyhyde

    mutleyhyde Fuck it.

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    Gusse, the Definitive Collection only has three movies; Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Wolf Man. Not very definitive in my book. Skip that and go for the original box.
     
  8. MISFITZ

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    Well, I can honestly say if you are a fan of 'horror' you should pick these up. Most people will find them boring, judging by comments you hear now a days. (The exorcist was funny???)

    But they are the roots of horror invading the movie scene.

    I'm not too concerned over the date. Mainly because I own all of them already! :p And if they re-release another set, i could care less. I am VERY happy with the job Universal did with these disc and find them to be complete. My fav outta the bunch above is easily the creature from the black lagoon, followed by Bride of Frank. I wish Universal would have dropped more still. I would have LOVED to have a 3-pk of Creature from the black lagoon, Revenge of the Creature, and the Creature walks among us.

    Either way, snag em while you can. But I also think they will appear again.
     
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    Image's website (www.image-entertainment.com) is now listing all these as discontinued. Hopefully, Universal will be re-releasing them shortly at lower MSRPs. Otherwise, I better run out and pick up all the 2-packs to complete my collection.
     
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    Yes, this info. is true. My Universal contact confirmed it.
     
  11. Oh shit! Time to get on the BALL!!!!
     
  12. mutleyhyde

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    Well dagnabbit! :( I'll get mine, but it disturbs me that Universal doesn't feel these should be standard catalog titles. Okay, maybe the double feature movies aren't necesarrily "must-haves", but to not keep the classics in print? That just ain't right. I think the price on the double features was just too high, and they probably just collected dust on the shelves. Either this convinced Universal to restructure the price point, and this moratorium is just a necesarry step, or they've decided to do away with the series altogether. That would suck royally.
     
  13. darqleo

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    Uh... can you say RE-RELEASE? There's no way in hell Universal's going to have these movies permenantly out of their DVD catalog, some of them are real deal classics. I pity the foo' who ends up paying an arm and a leg for them, sincerely Mr. T. Actually, maybe I should put mine on eBay and cash in, then taking the profit money to re-buy the eventual bigger, better ... FASTER! versions. ;)
     
  14. KR~!

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    Holy crap! :eek:

    I better get that Dracula DVD then, I mean that the flim that got me into Horror to begin with way back when as a little boy, and I never saw the spainish version.:(
     
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    Ok, I just order this DVD for $14.99

    I feel much better now:)
     
  16. mutleyhyde

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    Darqleo, I've been saying re-release the whole time, but it's not confirmed, which is the scary part. You may be right... but you may not. :( It would be nice to know for sure either way is all.
     
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    Who might be able to tell us if these titles are going to get re-released or not? Has anyone tried to contact the pople at Universal to get a comment?

    Dave, you mailed them and asked if they realy were going to take these titles out of production and they said that that was the case. Right? But did you at the same time ask about possible re-release editions? Or did you just ask about the production-stop so to speak. I guess what I'm trying to ask is: are the universal people keeping quiet right now so that the dvd-versions currently in the market will be sold of as quickly as possible, and THEN annonce that there are new versions on the way or what? or should we persume that there wont be any new/re-release versions of these titles on the market for a long time?

    Seems strange if they would just drop these classics compleatly if you ask me. But at the same time, I would feel pretty stupid if I were to let this pass me by un noticed. I really want these movies in my collection!!
     
  18. MISFITZ

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    Assume they will be re-released.

    The films are just too much of a flag ship to the history of film and more importantly horror.

    But why wait for a re-release?

    The copies out now are great and very complete. I can't imagine them adding ANY feature that would be worth waiting x-amount of years so I can buy a better one? :rolleyes:

    It'll probably be trivial too. Like Karloff's great grand kids doing commentary. Who wants to hear that?

    Respect the history of horror.

    Man, i couldn't agree more. I like the double feature's, but c'mon brotha!!! $20 - $25?????? That's too much. Especially when MGM is putting out some old school horror gems at less than half that price.
     
  19. RandyM

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    I agree except for 2 things.
    1)Creature From The Black Lagoon. I'm still waiting for a 3-D version. There's been some good tech innovations as far as DVD and 3-D in the last year, and I hope it becomes feasible soon.
    2)Like others have said, the double feature discs are screaming for a price reduction.
    Even so, I ordered Mummy and Frankenstein yesterday after putting them off for months (I already have all the single movie discs except for Lagoon, Phantom and the A&Cs.)
     
  20. gusse

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    MISFITZ:
    According to some reviews I have red the video/audio aspects of some of the discs should have been better in the first place. The extras are supposebly first rate and don't 'need' to be upgraded in an possible re-release version. But the video/audio might be target for an upgrade and if that's the case it would be nice to know so that you don't run out and buy the current versions.

    Oh, well - if DV-Depot can get a hold of the box for me I probbably will buy it anyway. But it WOULD be nice to know whats going on - don't you think ;)

    Cheers
    /gusse
     

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