Lavish, colorful, extravagant 1943 remake of the 1925 Lon Chaney classic is a visual treat. Released in bright technicolor, and featuring a splendid all-star cast, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is a wonderful addition to any old Horror Fan's collection. As I already mentioned, the film is sporadically hindered by an overabudance of Opera Sequences, and don't get me wrong. The music is soaring and awe-inspiring, if a little silly at times. But, that's how it's supposed to be. Enter the excellent performance as always of Claude Rains portraying composer Erique Claudin, who lives in poverty and is disabled by arthritis pains, who falls for a young soprano Christine DuBois (Susanna Foster, in a magnificent performance), who would later find herself within the charms of baritone Nelson Eddy and Police Inspector Edgar Barrier. When Claudin goes to publish his music, a tragic misunderstanding occurs, and Claudin is splashed by acid. He prowls the sewers and haunts the Paris Opera House to enhance the singing career of young Foster. Therein is the tale. PHANTOM OF THE OPERA may have its' weaknesses, but more strengths. It has music, great acting, great cast, comedy, moments of suspense, and is absolutely unforgettable. DVD includes a fascinating documentary "Opera Ghost: The Phantom Unmasked" by Scott MacQueen, who also narrates the feature commentary. So buy the DVD, reserve your Box Five seats and enjoy PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - but watch out for the chandelier!