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Baron Victor Von Frankenstein (Udo Kier) admonishes his

Baron Victor Von Frankenstein (Udo Kier) admonishes his wife (Monique Van Vooren) when she requests time alone with the Baron 's newly created Male Zombie (Srdjan Zelenovic) in " Andy Warhol's Frankenstein. " Credit: None

UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION

 

Movies Why wait for TCM's Halloween-night run of "Frankenstein," "The Mummy," "The Wolf Man" and "The Invisible Man"? They're all gorgeously restored to high-def clarity of both sight and sound in this new 8-disc boxed book-page package. (Sigh, clean glue off disc edges.) Also included: "The Bride of Frankenstein," Lugosi's "Dracula," Rains' "Phantom of the Opera," and widescreen "Creature From the Black Lagoon" (in cool 3-D, too!).

Extras Film historian Kevin Brownlow's "Universal Horror" clipfest, plus carried-over commentaries, featurettes, archive materials, 1931 "Dracula" Spanish film on same sets with different cast, tributes to makeup men and studio execs. New booklet packed with old posters/info.

List price $160 Blu-ray (seek below $120); same films on DVD in 2 sets of "Classic Monsters Spotlight Collection," $20 per set; from Universal.


Also out Tuesday:

ALCATRAZ J.J. Abrams' single-season Fox suspenser tracks '60s prisoners time-tripping to today; $40 DVD/$50 Blu-ray, Warner.

MAD MEN: SEASON 5 AMC's Emmy magnet hits 1966, with usual bounty of historical/design featurettes, commentaries; $50 DVD or Blu-ray, Lionsgate.

TRIPLE TERROR COLLECTION Stephen King miniseries "The Shining," "It," "Salem's Lot"; $20 DVD, Warner.

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