Universal Pictures has announced a 25-film Blu-ray collection to commemorate the studio’s 100th anniversary, and it’s a genuinely great box set. The “Universal 100th Anniversary Collection” includes 25 of the studio’s finest films, a 15-track music CD chock full of iconic film scores, a “100 Years of Universal” 72-page collector’s book and more. Though the inclusion of HD versions of films like Dracula, Jurassic Park, The Sting, Back to the Future, Jaws, Do the Right Thing, and To Kill a Mockingbird alone would have been worth the purchase, the box set includes a number of vintage cartoons and shorts as well as a collection of featurettes covering the studio’s entire history.
The 25-disc Blu-ray set and 26-disc DVD collection (Schindler’s List is included in the DVD set only) will be available for a limited time starting November 6th. A price has yet to be announced, but I don’t expect it’ll be cheap. Hit the jump to read the full rundown of films and special features.
Universal Pictures has been around for 100 years and to celebrate their 10-carat diamond anniversary, the studio has big plans for 2012. The most exciting aspect of this celebration is the studio’s plan to restore and release 13 of their classic titles including All Quiet on the Western Front, The Birds, Buck Privates, Dracula (1931) , Frankenstein, Jaws, Schindler’s List, Out of Africa, Pillow Talk, Bride of Frankenstein, The Sting, and To Kill a Mockingbird. To Kill a Mockingbird will be the first out the gate with the release of the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack on January 31st. The restorations will also be released as a limited edition collector’s set, and near the end of the year we can look forward to Blu-ray releases for Universal’s Classic Monster and Alfred Hitchcock series. Here’s hoping the restorations are worthy of their movies.
Hit the jump for the full press release, which also includes info on Universal’s planned events and promotions for their centennial celebration.
Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front is an incredibly powerful and harrowing book about World War I and the 1930 film adaptation (which won Best Picture) nails the heart of the novel despite the inability to show the graphic violence Remarque describes. Seventy-one years later, director Mimi Leder (Pay It Forward) will helm a new adaptation from a script by Ian Stokell and Lesley Paterson. “With this version, most of it takes place in the last 24 hours of the war. WWI fighting was brutal, hand-to-hand and ugly, and it practically wiped out a generation of young men,” Leder tells Deadline, adding “What is so compelling is the catastrophic levels of violence, this mind-numbing savagery, and what happens to a boy who in the journey to becoming a man has to become an animal.”
Hit the jump for Leder’s additional comments on her plans for the adaptation and my concerns with her take on the project.
Daniel Radcliffe has signed on to star in an update on the World War I tale All Quiet on the Western Front, though not anytime soon. Following a decade spent on various Harry Potter sets, Radcliffe will spend most of 2011 in the Broadway production How to Succeed Without Really Trying, with Western Front scheduled for a spring 2012 production.
Author Erich Maria Remarque created the character — young German soldier Paul Banner — earmarked for Radcliffe in his 1929 novel, which director Lewis Milestone adapted for cinemas the following year; the film went on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. More after the jump: