I taped most of the Universal Classics off of TV, cutting out commercials and the occasional Horror Host. I used Dymo tape to label the VHS boxes, usually two movies to a tape.
I only had FRANKENSTEIN and DRACULA on prerecorded VHS (FRANKENSTEIN because of the restored Maria scene; DRACULA because of the Lupita Tovar interview (the first VHS extra?)
I never bought the other Universal VHS tapes. Why? Because I'm neurotically completist and I opted to tape movies off of TV rather than spend lots of money for pre-records.
Many don't remember, but the leap from VHS to Laserdisc was a jump in picture quality that changed everything, and to my mind truly started the high-end video revolution.
'Look, you can see Bela's nose hairs!' I exulted to my brother as we watched FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN when he visited for Christmas.
Anyhow, I had every Universal and classic horror/scifi I could find on Laserdisc. All of them.
The laserdisc box sets for THE MUMMY and THE INVISIBLE MAN collections were as beautiful as anything I've ever owned!
The quality of DVD was even better, and truly digital, and I have every Universal DVD release, and every collection except the redundant 30-film set. Thanks to David J. Skal, the classic Universals had tons of extras, which are still repurposed in new releases today. (Aside: David taped me for his planned extras on SON OF FRANKENSTEIN and other Universal sequels, but those projects never came to fruition. Not sure those tapes even exist anymore; lost in a Universal fire?).
Even better than DVD, I again have all the collections except the big 30-film set. While sometimes it is subtle, I see things on Blu-Ray I never noticed on DVD (the water dripping by the stairs in Dracula's tomb; the cravat worn by the Invisible Man, Henry Frankenstein's notes in his laboratory).
More like quadruple dipping, but the Universals are Bible to me and you can't have too many.
I have said often, though, that the constant reissues of the Universal Classic Monsters shows the continuing popularity of these films. The more they reissue them, the more they will be purchased by new families and shown to new generations.
-- FINAL NOTE:
I used to group my DVDs by genre, with all the Frankensteins together, etc. Lately I've switched to alphabetical, but BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN being under the Bs while FRANKENSTEIN is under F, keeps me awake at night!! (A discussion for another time).
'But I can't leave them. I can't!'
I'm sure they are more then happy boxed here!