So today marks the release of the long awaited Universal Classic Monsters Essential Collection on Blu-ray, an 8 disc affair that's comprised of Universal's most popular monster films, in high def, each packaged with a monstrous collection of bonus features (over 12 hours of bonus content alone!!). I'm not about to list all the features here and now, but you can check out the full rundown by clicking here. That said, I will mention that one of the highlights of the package is Creature From The Black Lagoon in 3D, as it was originally filmed. Yea, 3D was around even back in the 50's (gasp!). Oh, and speaking of 50. There's also a nearly 50 page book included with the set. Gadzooks!
While this release may seem like an absolute must buy, I urge you to avoid buying the US release of the set, and instead import it from the UK. The UK version of the set was released today (October 1st), and is superior in every single way to the US set. For one, it's a hell of a lot cheaper to import the UK version, than to buy the US one. Over on Amazon, the US set is currently gonna run you $111.99, while Amazon UK has it for grabs for less than $60! Yep, nearly half the price for the exact same set. In fact, the UK set appears to come with some mini posters that the US set does not. Best of all, the UK set is Region Free, so it can be played on any Blu-ray player/PS3 in the country!
Now here's where things get even better. Over in the UK, there is a Limited Edition version of the set, housed inside of a snazzy coffin shaped case, and importing that is going to cost you less than $70, still a whole hell of a lot cheaper than the US set, in the regular old boring box. Sometimes, 'too good to be true', is actually true!
Obviously, armed with this knowledge, which one you should buy is an absolute no brainer. Which is why I wanted to arm you with this knowledge. It will take you a bit longer to get either set from the UK than it will to get it from the US, but I think saving nearly half your money more than makes up for the wait.
Don't be an idiot ... IMPORT THIS SHIT!!