« on: January 02, 2013, 09:36:28 am »
We don't have a generic film viewing thread in the vein of the "now spinnning" thread, so I thought it might be useful to have something like that for limited reporting, rather than necessarily opening a new thread for every film!
Treated myself last week to a recently released blu-ray boxed set of 8 Universal Studios classic horror films from the 30s-50s - Dracula, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon (the last one has been remastered in a 3D version too, for those people with 3D televisions). I've only watched Dracula so far (which somehow I've never seen before) - Lugosi is marvellous, as is the guy playing Renfield, though some of the "cockney" characters are a bit weird, and the film doesn't have much sense of "urgency" to give a real thrill. It all looks lovely, though, and the remastering is stunning. The disc also features an alternative Spanish version made at the same time, so I'm aiming to watch that soon, but it also features the original film with the "alternative" score that Philip Glass wrote 15 odd years ago (I say alternative, but there's no real score in the film anyway - there's a bit of Tchaikovsky for the opening titles, and a scene at a symphony concert featuring the closing bars of a Wagner overture, but otherwise, the studio didn't attempt to dub in incidental music). Might give the Glass version a bit of a spin out of curiosity, but I don't think I'll stick with the whole film! Plenty of other extras on the disc too, and similar extras across the whole set. And the whole set is pretty inexpensive too!