Phantom [Blu-ray] [Import]
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This plain-vanilla version of the old Lee Falk comic strip stars Billy Zane as a 1930s incarnation of the Phantom, an African-based, masked hero whose forefathers have all donned the costume at one time or another. Sworn to crush evil, the Phantom leaves his jungle lair to venture to New York, where he takes on a charming but criminal mastermind (Treat Williams). There's no oomph to this film at all. The very capable director Simon Wincer (Phar Lap) seems to be working with a leaden production and an inferior talent pool behind the camera. The talent in front of the camera do their best, but it isn't enough. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The film has many great action-sequences filmed in the South Pacific, where the Phantom resides. The scenery is breath-taking, and The Phantom truly is a super-action comic book hero. I enjoyed this film. The Phantom has a great moralistic side. He is indeed human afterall. He is a friend of nature, and all it's animal friends. He is also out to fight for justice, and protect honest hard-working folks. In other words, this film still resonates with a minority today. Folk's who honour collective values, and not primarily - the self. This film would appeal towards this branch of people, and probably most comic book fans in general.
Many "super"-type heroes have elements of the PHANTOM's lifestyle: Batman, for instance, ripped off the Skull Cave with his Batcave and his wealth; but unlike the PHANTOM Batman isn't saving the world 24 hours a day. Batman clocks in at sundown, works all night, then sleeps it off the next day. Presumably, too, crime in Gotham City isn't always afoot; Batman, as billionaire socialite alter ego Bruce Wayne, mixes it up with the nation's wealthiest 1% whenever possible. And who built the Batplane, the Bat-o-cycle, the Batmobile, the Batboat, etc? If Batman's got his own pygmies building this stuff for him, let's see 'em! And what kind of "hero" ADOPTS a teenage boy (Robin) and votes Republican?
The PHANTOM, on the other hand, would drop everything to come to the aid of some pygmy whose ox ate too many dung beetles. When the Bandar have a bake sale, the PHANTOM bakes a pie. Diana been away for a month and hasn't had a chance to write? The PHANTOM broods for about two seconds and puts on a hat, sunglasses, and a checkered trenchcoat, leaves town for the States, and breaks heads until he finds her and knows she's OK. Is that love or what?Read more ›
The style of the film is neither deadly serious (a la pretentious modern comic books like Watchmen) nor tongue-in-cheek "camp" (like the 60s Batman TV show); it is a pleasant middle of the road that offers a basically straight plot but never forgets that comic books are also supposed to be fun.
A great movie? No. A good old-time adventure film? Yes. Watch it on a rainy Saturday or Sunday afternoon, looking for sheer escape, and you won't be disappointed.
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DVD arrived in mint condition. Fantastic movie, I loved it in 1996 and it holds up well in 2014.Published 18 months ago by B. Kirby
best quality perfect condition and the item is as said on the ad
overall the purchase was amazing
This film featuring the classic Phantom is a must have for any Phantom fans.
Fun film with action... adventure.... and pretty ladies. ;)
Nice little movie about a very intriguing comic book character...I do believe it could have been better but it's pretty good & well worth buying...especially at that price!Published on July 26 2013 by Steff66