We just received some great news for fans of vintage horror films: Universal Studios has, at long last, officially announced that its classic monster movies are coming to blu-ray, as part of the studio's yearlong centennial celebration, along with Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds -- joining the previously announced Jaws. More after the jump.
Online speculation that Universal would release its monster titles in high-definition was building in recent weeks, but today marks the first time that Universal has officially confirmed the project, and for this year. According to the press release we just received, restoration is underway on the 1931 Bela Lugosi-starring Dracula , the 1931 Spanish-language Dracula, the 1931 Boris Karloff-starring Frankenstein, and 1935's Bride of Frankenstein. Additionally, "Special collections will be released throughout the year, culminating in the highly anticipated Blu-ray releases of Universal's classic monster and Alfred Hitchcock series."
The Birds is the only Hitchcock title announced as undergoing restoration, but since this release mentions a "series," it's possible that Rear Window and Vertigo -- which are, along with The Birds, the most popular and acclaimed Universal Hitchcock titles as yet unreleased on Blu-ray -- will be included. Ditto the 1940s Wolf Man movies and the 1950's Creature from the Black Lagoon trilogy in the classic monster series. For more details, check out the official Universal centennial website.