Blu-Ray News #247: Universal Horror Volumes 2 & 3.

Scream Factory has two more collections of Universal horror pictures on Blu-Ray on the way.

Actually, I think Volume 2 is already out. Just take a look at how many feature Lionel Atwill or were directed by George Waggner — true signs of quality.

Universal Horror Collection: Volume 2

Murders In The Zoo (1933)
Directed by A. Edward Sutherland
Starring Charlie Ruggles, Lionel Atwill, Gail Patrick, Randolph Scott

The Mad Ghoul (1943)
Directed by James Hogan
Starring Turhan Bey, Evelyn Ankers, David Bruce, George Zucco, Robert Armstrong, Milburn Stone

The Mad Doctor Of Market Street (1942)
Directed by Joseph H. Lewis
Starring Lionel Atwill, Una Merkel, Nat Pendleton

The Strange Case Of Doctor Rx (1942)
Directed by William Nigh
Starring Patric Knowles, Lionel Atwill, Anne Gwynne, Ray “Crash” Corrigan, Samuel S. Hinds

Universal Horror Volume 3

Tower Of London (1939)
Directed by Rowland V. Lee
Starring Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Barabara O’Neil, Vincent Price

Man Made Monster (1941)
Directed by George Waggner
Starring Lon Chaney, Jr., Lionel Atwill, Anne Nagel, Frank Albertson

The Black Cat (1941)
Directed by Albert S. Rogell
Starring Basil Rathbone, Hugh Herbert, Broderick Crawford, Bela Lugosi, Alan Ladd

Horror Island (1941)
Directed by George Waggner
Starring Dick Foran, Peggy Moran, Leo Carrillo, Eddie Parker, Fuzzy Knight

The first volume, which focused on Karloff and Lugosi, is terrific. It features one of the great horror films of the 30s, Edgar G. Ulmer’s The Black Cat (1934), looking splendid!

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Filed under Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi, DVD/Blu-ray News, Edgar G. Ulmer, George Waggner, George Zucco, Joseph H. Lewis, Lionel Atwill, Lon Chaney Jr., Randolph Scott, Shout/Scream Factory, Universal (-International)

3 responses to “Blu-Ray News #247: Universal Horror Volumes 2 & 3.

  1. john k

    These Shout Factory sets are getting rave reviews on DVD Beaver
    not only for stunning picture quality but also the tasty extras.
    The two WaGGner’s on Vol 3 are personal favourites and it will be a
    dream come true to get them in high def and the same goes for the
    delightfully cheesy TOWER OF LONDON.
    Albert S Rogell had an interesting career going right back to the silents-
    early 20’s – with loads of B Westerns.He did squeeze in the occasional A
    like The Duke’s WAR OF THE WILDCATS.
    Football star turned (briefly) B Western Cowboy Reb Russell told an
    amusing Rogell tale at one of the 1970’s London B Western Conventions.

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    • The first set is wonderful. I NEVER thought I’d see these movies looking this good. It was great to be able to freeze the picture and really study Ulmer’s sets for The Black Cat.

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  2. john k

    Over at Toby’s Western Blog one of the regulars there mentioned
    that Shout Factory have lined up some sort of deal with Paramount.
    If they have,it will surely be for much sought after (in high def) George
    Pal titles like WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE,WAR OF THE WORLDS,
    CONQUEST OF SPACE and THE NAKED JUNGLE.
    I very much doubt if the Republic,Allied Artists and RegalScope Westerns
    that Paramount own,(the lot as far as Rebublic go and some as far as the
    others) will be part of the deal.
    The sheer purchasing power of Horror/Sci Fans is aptly demonstrated on
    one of the Horror forums regarding Shout Factory’s LUST FOR A VAMPIRE
    as opposed to the Studio Canal UK release. One cat is not even going to
    wait to see which one has better picture quality-he’s getting them both.
    One thing’s for sure the Shout Factory version has far superior graphics.
    Studio Canal’s artwork is terrible,as always.
    LUST FOR A VAMPIRE is no great shakes either,Hammer was way into
    their decline when this one was made.

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