Originally 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 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
- E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
- National Lampoon’s Animal House
- The Sting
- American Graffiti
- The Birds
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- Pillow Talk
- Buck Privates
- 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.