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Info: a Universal Monsters preservation discussion thread

crissrudd4554 said:

Just a short list

Dracula- Early video releases had the censored audio track that lacked Renfield’s death screams and Dracula’s death groans. This same track oddly was used for the 2004 DVD but aside from that most video releases from the 1990s onward have the restored audio track though the 1999 DVD for some reason is missing the musical cue at the end of the opera scene. Additionally the Blu-ray recreates portions of the opening credits to fix a jump cut

Frankenstein- Early releases featured the films censored film which cut a few scenes notably the Monster killing the little girl. Most of these cuts were restored around 1986 and have been intact ever since although it was until 1999 that Colin Clive’s line “Now I know what it feels like to be God” was fully restored. This film has also had a history of audio issues which you here about here…

…and here.

The Mummy- Nothin significant offhand

The Invisible Man- The theatrical release had the piece “La Rosita” playing in one scene but most video releases replaced it with “Hearts and Flowers”. The BD restores “La Rosita”.

Bride of Frankenstein- The sequence of the Monster approaching the hermits cabin is re-edited on the BD.

The Wolf Man- Nothing significant offhand

Phantom of the Opera ‘43- Nothing significant offhand

Creature from the Black Lagoon- 1980 VHS has the film in 4:3 open matte and in the 1970s anaglyph format. Subsequent video releases have it 2D. The BD is the first to have the film in its theatrical widescreen version in both 2D and 3D so apparently the 3D effect is reversed in some shots.

There’s many more films I know but I’m at work and just wanted to name check a few things real fast.

thankyou so much for the fast reply, thats pretty much exactly aall the info i was looking for personally

Info: a Universal Monsters preservation discussion thread

thought id start a thread dedicated to preserving the varous uniquely different transfers that exist for the universal classic monsters

i know for a fact that the 1999 (“Universal Classic Monster collection”) dvds of frankenstein, dracula, and bride of frankenstein, contain an earlier restoration effort

would anyone here know if the other “classic monster collection” dvds use different restorations and if so, what would the main differences be?

(i have also heard that the original discovision lds of dracula/frankenstein/bride of frankenstein were taken from nitrate prints, can anyone confirm if this is indeed true? and or if they do indeed appear significantly different)

Raiders of the Lost Ark 35mm LPP Theatrical Experience - v1.0 (Released)

Jmarsh2001 said:

So this happened in what, 2016. Its still not available at any source that the common non 12yo person has time to try to access?! I haven’t been on myspleen since…2007? 08? When all of these pussy repositories went private in the late oughts what did it accomplish? Nothing but closing off access because I never ran into too many normies there to begin with. If THEY want them shut down they will be shut down. You don’t think that all of the posts across the internet saying what copyrighted property was available where is enough to get these things destroyed? I don’t belong to any private trackers so how do I even attempt to sign up to blutopia etc. This is all very shortsighted. Frankly these things should be spread across the web so they have a better chance of surviving the inevitable destruction of these dinosaur sites. There are multiple scans of Song of the South on internet archive for crying out loud. Man up zoomer-boomer internet, the only ppl that fall into these cliques on the internet are 12/55yos. Even this site does the thing where “oh, we don’t post things that these companies can use to take us down” but…you allow ppl to collect money to scan films to distribute them? You know ppl have been caught up in a lot of legal problems for less than that right? Why can’t the scan just have a nice searchable name and file size attached to it and ppl can find them where they may. Its 4 years later and this shit is still unfindable. Very sad, boomers.

if instead of writing an entitled and childish rant, you actually put effort into finding it you wouldve already gotten it by now

it literally took me 6 MINUTES to find a user that had it and was willing to share it with me

but after that rant?, have fun trying to find anyone whos going to be willing to help you now

Info Wanted: The Evil Dead trilogy - what are the best versions?

counting official releases only, the best ones are as follows

german unremastered bluray for the first one, has the original english mono and 1:78 or 1:33 aspect ratios

uhd release for ed2 (no original audio unfortunately)

and the shoutfactory set for army of darkness

the primitive screwhead fan edit is essentially the directors cut of ed2 with some of the lines changed to the us theatrical ones, and every deleted scene crammed in where appropriate, and an altered 5.1 surround mix