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Revisiting Post Mortem: Rick Baker

21 December 2012 | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

Rick Baker is a living legend. Plain and simple. He's been nominated for a total of 12 times for an Oscar and has won 7; his first win for the incredible transformation sequence in An American Werewolf In London. (Which is quite frankly still to this day the best werewolf transformation ever put to film.) And let's not forget his contributions to Michael Jackson's Thriller, the Men In Black movies, the amazing work he's done on Eddie Murphy over the years in films such as Coming To America (with his American Werewolf director John Landis) and The Nutty Professor. Looking over his body of work is just tremendous. And it's equally as fun to listen to the soft spoken artist speak about his love of the art, as well as all things monsters!

In Part 1 of his episode with Mick Garris for Post Mortem, Baker confesses to growing up as a "monster »

- Rob Galluzzo

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Check Out Our Review and Image Gallery for Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection on Blu-Ray

6 November 2012 1:31 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

One thing we always make time for here at Dread Central is honoring the masters, and we wanted to take a moment to point out our recent review of Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection on Blu-ray along with the overflowing image gallery Universal provided to us as a supplement.

Click Here to read our review of Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection (as you can imagine, it earned pretty high marks), and enjoy perusing the exclusive photos below.

From the Prior Press Release:

Digitally restored from high resolution film elements in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound for the first time ever, Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection brings together the very best of Universal’s legendary monsters—imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror that launched a uniquely American movie genre. This definitive collection features eight films on Blu-ray, a collectible 48-page book featuring behind-the-scenes photographs, original posters, »

- The Woman In Black

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BFI London Film Festival 2012 – ‘Argo’

20 October 2012 10:19 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Argo

Directed by Ben Affleck

Written by Chris Terrio

Starring Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Clea DuVall, Bryan Cranston, Philip Baker Hall, Scoot McNairy, Roger Cochrane

In the pecking order of the Hollywood totem pole the make-up artist would come somewhere between the key grip and caterer, an essential figure in keeping a movie meandering along during its production phase, but hardly the most celebrated of the below the line talent. Some legendary figures of this rarely lauded facet of the movies such as Jack Pierce, Lon Chaney, Dick Smith, Rob Bottin and Rick Baker to name but a few may figure on the cinéastes hierarchy of achievement, but they are not exactly household names along the celebrity alumni they paint and cosmetically enhance on a daily basis. It is no small irony then that make-up man John Cambers and his involvement in one of the CIA’s most audacious missions, »

- John

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Frankenstein Blu-Ray Review

18 October 2012 3:49 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Reviewed by Chris Risdal, MoreHorror.com

Note: This is (so far) only available on the 'Universal Classic Monsters Essential Blu-ray Box Set'.

Frankenstein’ is a classic film from 1931 that has influenced many modern horror films today and was highly controversial at the time of its released, where it was considered so horrifying that many audience members were rumored to have fainted at showings. It is not a perfect film for sure, but it’s a classic in every sense of the word and it is not to be missed for any fan of the genre.

I personally grew up on the old Universal Horror and Hammer Horror films before moving into the modern horror territory, and I feel many have done the same. These films are just fantastic for a young mind to take in and I personally was fascinated by them, two in particular being Universal’s ‘Dracula’ and »

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Mondo's Universal Monsters to be Biggest Gallery Show to Date

15 October 2012 3:00 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Mondo's next gallery show will be its biggest to date and will celebrate the art of Universal's Monsters. The show will feature the art of Martin Ansin, Rick Baker, Jason Edmiston, Jc Richard, Drew Struzan, Ken Taylor, Kevin Tong and many more. It kicks off on October 19th in Austin, TX. Keep reading to check out some of the art and to read the press release.

Official Press Release:

Mondo, the collectible art division of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, will feature the iconic "Universal Monsters" for its next gallery show, which runs from October 19 through November 10, featuring both prints and original works of art from dozens of world-renowned artists including Martin Ansin, Rick Baker, Jason Edmiston, Jc Richard, Drew Struzan, Ken Taylor, Kevin Tong and many more. The gallery opening on October 19 will be from 7:00 - 10:00pm with regular hours to follow for the show's duration.  The Mondo Gallery is located at 4115 Guadalupe St. »

- Jim Napier

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Mondo Celebrates Classic Icons Of Horror With “Universal Monsters” Gallery

15 October 2012 2:10 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

If you’re in Austin between October 19 and November 10, be sure to check out Mondo’s “Universal Monsters” gallery at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.  The gallery will feature both prints and original works of art from dozens of world-renowned artists including Martin Ansin, Rick Baker, Jason Edmiston, Jc Richard, Drew Struzan, Ken Taylor, Kevin Tong and many more. The gallery opening on October 19 will be from 7:00 – 10:00pm with regular hours to follow for the show’s duration.  The Mondo Gallery is located at 4115 Guadalupe St. in Austin, TX.

Here is a preview of some of the artwork from the gallery show:

The Mummy

Artist: Laurent Durieux

Edition: 400

Price: $50

Size: 24×36Laurent Durieux was born in Belgium and studied graphic design at the College of Advertising and Design in Brussels. After over 20 years as an illustrator, he made his way into the world of screen-printed movie posters, creating new »

- Alvin

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Mondo Releases More Drool-Worthy Universal Monster Madness

15 October 2012 12:58 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We got these images in our inbox this morning but haven't been able to get to them until now. Why, you ask? Because we've had to replace our keyboards nine times thus far because we've been drooling on them.

Follow @MondoNews on Twitter for information on exact sale times and for online sale info.

Mondo Presents "The Universal Monsters"

Mondo, the collectible art division of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, will feature the iconic "Universal Monsters" for its next gallery show, which runs from October 19 through November 10, featuring both prints and original works of art from dozens of world-renowned artists including Martin Ansin, Rick Baker, Jason Edmiston, Jc Richard, Drew Struzan, Ken Taylor, Kevin Tong and many more. The gallery opening on October 19 will be from 7:00 - 10:00pm with regular hours to follow for the show's duration. The Mondo Gallery is located at 4115 Guadalupe St. in Austin, TX.

The legacy »

- Uncle Creepy

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Blu Review: Werewolf: The Beast Among Us

4 October 2012 7:41 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences launched an entire month of celebration in honor of "Universal's Legacy Of Horror." What better way to do that than to add a new movie to the franchise? Werewolf: The Beast Among Us is Universal's latest attempt at giving the tragic hairy monster another chance to shine after the disappointing reaction to "The Wolfman." Don't let the direct-to-dvd tag fool you. This is an entertaining and intriguing addition to the genre of werewolf movies.

I still don't know what there was to be disappointed in with The Wolfman. It was the perfect blend of two of my favorite horror brands: the gory gothic world of Hammer and the classic Universal look of the monster made famous by Jack Pierce in the 1940s. I am one of the few people who actually loved the film and felt it was a great homage to »

- feeds@themoviepool.com (Eric Shirey)

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Trailer Debut for Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection on Blu-ray

2 October 2012 4:12 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Today's the day that Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection debuts on Blu-ray, and in honor of the occasion, Universal has released a trailer for the collection. See Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains, and Elsa Lanchester in the roles that made them famous!

From the Press Release:

Digitally restored from high resolution film elements in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound for the first time ever, Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection brings together the very best of Universal’s legendary monsters—imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror that launched a uniquely American movie genre. This definitive collection features eight films on Blu-ray, a collectible 48-page book featuring behind-the-scenes photographs, original posters, correspondence, and much more.

Each iconic film is accompanied by an array of bonus features that tell the fascinating story of its creation and history, including behind-the-scenes documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, storyboards, »

- The Woman In Black

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New Trailer for the Universal Classic Monsters Blu-ray Collection

2 October 2012 11:15 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

One of the biggest Blu-ray releases of the year is now available and Universal has shared a new trailer that shows off their updated classics. For those that missed our previous story, we’ve included details on the Universal Classic Monsters Blu-ray collection and another video that shows the restoration work done on Dracula:

For the first time ever, eight of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of the horror genre are available together on Blu-ray as Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection debuts on October 2, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Digitally restored from high resolution film elements in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound for the first time ever, Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection brings together the very best of Universal’s legendary monsters—imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror that launched a uniquely American movie genre. This definitive collection features eight films on Blu-ray, a »

- Jonathan James

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This week's new DVD & Blu-ray

28 September 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Universal Classic Monsters

There's no disputing the use of "classic" here: the eight films contained in this essential boxset have more than proven themselves over the years, in terms of enduring artistry as well as commercial value. These films put Universal Studios on the map and also kept them going through some very hard times. It's taken an age for them to get the hi-def, Blu-ray treatment, but the wait is justified when you see what a truly amazing job has been done here. They look alive … Alive!

Dracula, Frankenstein, The Bride Of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Creature From The Black Lagoon (with a 3D version included), The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Phantom Of The Opera: these films, spanning the 1930s to 50s, are an entertaining crash-course in film history and a much-needed slap in the face to those who think old means boring and slow. The »

- Phelim O'Neill

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Guest Blog: Scott Essman's They're Still Alive - The Universal Classic Monsters

25 September 2012 12:40 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

In celebration of the October 2nd Blu-ray release of the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, veteran horror historian Scott Essman has prepared a truly monstrous trip back through time for you classic horror fans!

It’s a quiet dusty morning in the summer of 1916 and all but a small eastern region of the San Fernando Valley is largely undeveloped, to say nothing of unpopulated. For the past year, inside of an unassuming front gate just over the hill from Los Angeles proper, two men are trying to forge their path in the fledgling motion picture business: Lon Chaney and Jack Pierce. Nascent actors Chaney, 33, and Pierce, 27, were completely unknown, but each had an angle; they could both work magic out of a simple makeup case, fully transforming their faces and even parts of their bodies to put themselves into a better position to be cast in a role. »

- Uncle Creepy

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A Chat With Barney Burman On “Grimm”

12 August 2012 5:41 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Fangoria got a chance to sit down and talk with Barney Burman, the makeup designer and creator for Grimm, who’s in charge of the many monsters that Nick, Monroe and company have to track down. In the interview, he talks about Lon Chaney Jr., and the Burman makeup dynasty, his career and the show’s monsters. It’s good stuff, so I just brought you the good stuff. If you want the full article, go here:

In charge of these shocking sights is Burman, one of the Burman makeup dynasty: “My dad’s dad made the prosthetic nose and the cane for The Wolf Man with Lon Chaney Jr., and made the pieces for Jack Pierce.” Although it’s where he wound up, Burman says he didn’t initially plan to enter the family business. “When I was a kid, I wanted to be Lon Chaney; I wanted to »

- Andy Greene

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Top Ten Tuesday – The Best of Boris Karloff

31 July 2012 7:22 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

No other actor in the long history of horror has been so closely identified with the genre as Boris Karloff, yet he was as famous for his gentle heart and kindness as he was for his screen persona. William Henry Pratt was born on November 23, 1887, in Camberwell, London, England. He studied at London University in anticipation of a diplomatic career; however, he moved to Canada in 1909 and joined a theater company where he was bit by the acting bug. It was there that he adopted the stage name of “Boris Karloff.” He toured back and forth across the USA for over ten years in a variety of low-budget Theater shows and eventually ended up in Hollywood. Needing cash to support himself, Karloff landed roles in silent films making his on-screen debut in Chapter 2 of the 1919 serial The Masked Rider.  His big »

- Movie Geeks

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Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection Blu-ray Release Date and Details

6 July 2012 12:01 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Universal's 100th anniversary celebration continues to churn out must-own Blu-ray titles, the latest announcement being Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection Blu-ray set that will be available in stores beginning October 2.

This eight-film collection includes digitally restored versions of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Included in the package is a collectible 48-page book featuring behind-the-scenes photographs, original posters, correspondence and more.

Each film will include a slew of bonus features, highlighted by a never-before-seen featurette about the restoration of Dracula. Also of note is The Creature from the Black Lagoon will be presented in its original 3D version.

Click here to pre-order Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection on Blu-ray for $111.99 at Amazon.com, 30% off the $159.98 list price.

Each film in the set is listed in chronological order below, accompanied by their »

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Universal Monsters Finally Getting the Blu-ray Treatment

29 June 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera, The Mummy and The Creature From The Black Lagoon are finally all together on Blu-ray. Universal will be releasing a massively awesome set called “Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection” on October 5th, and there are a ridiculous amount of extra features in addition to the horror flicks. Production photos, behind-the-scenes stuff, trailers, tributes to Jack Pierce and Lon Chaney, Jr. That’s the tip of the horror iceberg (which is also the name of the script I just finished. Call me, Asylum). The movies have been together on DVD before with a decent collection of features, but this Blu-ray collection seems absolutely stunning. A big upgrade for true classics. Plus, there are books involved! Everyone loves reading. The big question is…at a pre-sale price of $112, is this a necessary upgrade or a dreamy luxury?   »

- Cole Abaius

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Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection Coming to Blu-ray October 2nd

28 June 2012 11:55 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

By Michael Juvinall, MoreHorror.com

Universal classic monster fans can now officially rejoice as the studio announced today they will be bringing their highly regarded classic monsters to blu-ray in a massive Essential collection on October 2nd. 

As part of their 100th anniversary celebration, Universal Studios will release eight chilling classics from the studio that pioneered the horror genre, digitally restored and released on Blu-ray™ for the first time ever.

The ultimate box set includes 8 classic films from the Universal vault of spine-tingling terror with over 12 hours of bonus features just in time for Halloween.

From the Press Release:

For the first time ever, eight of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of the horror genre are available together on Blu-rayTM as Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection debuts on October 2, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Digitally restored from high resolution film elements in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound for the first time ever, »

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Dracula, Frankenstein & More Coming To Blu-ray in Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection!

28 June 2012 11:23 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

 

Just last week Universal & Warner Bros superb announcement of the Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection & Dial M For Murder in 3D/Strangers on a Train Blu-ray’s just about made everyone weak at the knees, this announcement will flat out knock you on your ass. Universal is bringing 9 of their classic monster films to Blu-ray with remastered HD transfers and a wallop of bonus features, all packaged in a very attractive book casing that includes an illustrated booklet. If that isn’t enough, Universal is giving us the Spanish version of Dracula as well as the 3D version of Creature from the Black Lagoon. Looks like I’ll be digging deep into my pockets for a 3d TV this year! Read on for all of the specs and details, you’ll definitely want to add this to your collection when it streets October 2nd!

Eight Chilling Classics from the »

- Justin Edwards

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Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection Debuts On Blu-ray October 2, 2012

28 June 2012 3:54 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

For the first time ever, eight of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of the horror genre are available together on Blu-rayTM as Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection debuts on October 2, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Digitally restored from high resolution film elements in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound for the first time ever, Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection brings together the very best of Universal.s legendary monsters.imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror that launched a uniquely American movie genre. This definitive collection features eight films on Blu-rayM, a collectible 48-page book featuring behind-the-scenes photographs, original posters, correspondence and much more.  Each iconic film is accompanied by an array of bonus features that tell the fascinating story of its creation and history, including behind-the-scenes documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, storyboards, photo galleries, and trailers. Especially appealing for fans are a never-before-seen featurette about the restoration »

- Michelle McCue

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Details, Artwork, and a Clip from Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection on Blu-ray

28 June 2012 10:59 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

For the first time ever eight of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of the horror genre are available together on Blu-ray as Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection debuts on October 2, 2012, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

From the Press Release:

Digitally restored from high resolution film elements in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound for the first time ever, Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection brings together the very best of Universal’s legendary monsters—imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror that launched a uniquely American movie genre. This definitive collection features eight films on Blu-ray, a collectible 48-page book featuring behind-the-scenes photographs, original posters, correspondence, and much more. Each iconic film is accompanied by an array of bonus features that tell the fascinating story of its creation and history, including behind-the-scenes documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, storyboards, photo galleries, and trailers. Especially appealing for fans are a never-before-seen »

- The Woman In Black

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