Now Is The Time To Buy The Universal 100th Anniversary Collection

universal 100Originally released a year or so ago, the Universal 100th Anniversary Collection had a purpose that’s right there in it’s name. There are 25 films in the set, a bonus disc of studio-centric documentaries and animated shorts, a CD of soundtrack favourites and a 72 page book.

I never actually bought it because I had too many of the 25 films to make the economics work, but now Amazon are offering it at a cut price, I’m chewing it over.

The DVD version is currently going for $119.99 down from $299.98, and the Blu-ray version is $149.99 down from $349.98. That’s either $4.80 or $6.00 per film, thereabouts.

The list of films included each set is almost exactly the same. They both include:

  • Despicable Me
  • Mamma Mia!
  • The Bourne Identity
  • The Fast and the Furious
  • Apollo 13
  • Jurassic Park
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Field of Dreams
  • Out of Africa
  • Back to the Future
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Scarface
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
  • National Lampoon’s Animal House
  • Jaws
  • The Sting
  • American Graffiti
  • The Birds
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Spartacus
  • Pillow Talk
  • Buck Privates
  • Dracula
  • All Quiet on the Western Front

But the Blu-ray version also includes the Spanish version of Dracula, while the DVD set comes with Schindler’s List – a film that has only more recently received its HD disc release.

The strongest draw for me, seeing as I have most of the films in the set that I would actually want, is the supplement disc. There are loads of otherwise unavailable bits and pieces on it, including those toons…

Okay, I’ve just talked myself into it… I can sell on my single-title copies, I’m sure.

Oh, and with the exception of The Birds, Pillow Talk and Dracula, the Blu-ray discs are all region free – and The Birds and Pillow Talk definitely work in at least regions A and B.


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