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The Phantom of the Opera: The Ultimate Edition (1925 Original Version and 1929 Restored Version)

Lon Chaney , Mary Philbin , Lon Chaney , Edward Sedgwick    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Milestone version is the best! May 1 2004
Format:DVD
Over the years, I have just about bought every version of the silent PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. In my opinion, the Milestone version is THE BEST. The elements have been cleaned up and the image is crisp, clear with good contrast for 90% of the film. This two disc set has both the 1929 and hybrid 1925 original. Actually the film is cleaner and better looking in this version than a lot of the official Universal thirties classic that have come out.
It has an excellent commentary by Scott MacQueen and a real treat is hearing the music originally composed for the sound version accompanying the action from original sound elements.
The Technicolor sequences are the nicest I have seen and through proper use of the colorization process, other scenes originally in color, are presented and match the actual color stuff very well.
This version has been made from the initial Photoplay restoration which also includes Carl Davis' original stereo score for those that must have modern stereo for their films, however, I prefer the mood and music of the original '30 soundtrack. There are a plethora of extras, and I don't think it is false hype to say this is the ULTIMATE EDITION of this classic film.
That's my two cents.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Image Entertainment's "Phantom" Is a Winner April 8 2004
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Format:DVD
I assume that just about anyone reading this review is familiar with Chaney's Phantom of the Opera, so I intend to concentrate on the particular aspects of this release rather than on performances and/or story, since such reviews are the ones I personally find most helpful when doing resesarch.
This print is the version of the film prepared for re-release in 1929 (the film was originally released in 1925). The ballet and opera sequences were reshot and the entire film was re-edited; I believe it's shorter than the original release. This print isn't perfect (this is, after all, a VERY old film), but it's in astonishingly good shape, has been gorgeously remastered by David Shepard, and is a pleasure to watch. It has been remastered to its correct running speed of 20 frames/second, so there's none of the hurky-jerky movement that's often found in public domain issues of silents. The film is tinted according to Universal's original specs, and the Bal Masque sequence appears in its original two-strip Technicolor aspect. The digital stereo score, written by Gabriel Thibaudoux, is entirely appropriate to the film, although one wonders what the original score was like.
An informative essay by Chaney scholar Michael F. Blake is included and there are a few nice extras consisting mainly of shots from the production of the film; the re-release trailer is also included, although it lacks music and doesn't appear to have been remastered.
I'm very pleased with this disk. I can't compare it to the two-disk set released by Milestone because I don't own it yet. I seem to recall reading reviews to the effect that one can't fast forward, pause, or reverse the Milestone set (this would drive me insane)--such isn't the case here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lon Chaney: The Art Of Horror Feb. 23 2004
Format:DVD
This DVD has restored the original 1925 and 1929 versions of Lon Chaney's incredible performance in "Phantom Of The Opera". It's got better sound quality and picture, uses sequences from the Charles Gounod French opera "Faust", dialogue and musical soundtrack/score. It's a must have for fans of Lon Chaney and for those who admire the art of early horror in cinema. Lon Chaney was the first, real horror film star. He was known in his day as "The Man With A Thousand Faces". His films were tinged with horror, violence (whether external or internal), and heavy tragedy and melancholia. He morphed into different characters by putting on layers and layers of costume and make-up. He could be everything from the tragic murderer-clown in "Laugh Clown Laugh" (inspired by the Leoncavallo opera "I Pagliacci") the hunchback Quasimodo in The Hunchback Of Notre Dame and in this case the frightening living spectre in Phantom Of The Opera.
The Phantom Of The Opera was first a French novel. By the time of the 1925 and 1929 Lon Chaney film, it was already popular and a familiar story to many. Later, it would enjoy even more success in other film versions and even as a Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The simple but tragic story involves a pianist/organ player who was scarred for life in a fire in a theatre and forced to live under the new Paris Opera theatre. He has fallen in love with the soprano Christine.
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Ah, yes! How could I, as Amazon's horror hostess, avoid discussing this haunting silent film classic? Released way back in 1925, "The Phantom of the Opera" displays the extravagance of live theatre, a delightful feast for the eyes. Set in the Paris Opera, the film stands out in its grand opulence; its lavish sets include the wide staircase, endless statue carvings, a full orchestra pit, the building's five tiers, and a chorus of petite ballet girls leaping in starch-white linen. Let's not forget the immense crystal chandelier which falls upon the terrified audience, triggering a spread of screams and terror. The Masquerade Ball is stained in Technicolor and shows the coquettish merriment of 19th century aristocrats. Even actress Mary Philbin is granted a gorgeous introduction as the tale's beautiful chorus girl, Christine Daae; crowned with golden curls that cascade down to her waist, she rises above the stage on angel's wings during her aria in "Faust." Despite a few plot alterations (including its violent ending), most of the film is drawn from Gaston Leroux's 1911 novel. The cast itself is quite extraordinary to watch; Norman Kelly's role as Christine's lover, Raoul de Chagney, reflects that of a hero drawn forward by curiosity and concern. Arthur Edmund Carewe's Ledoux (a substitute for Leroux's Persian character) is mysterious enough to make viewers wonder who's side he takes, until it's finally revealed that he works for the Secret Police. Virginia Pearson performs her role as Carlotta's Mother with a prima donna gusto; fiercely determined to boost her daughter's career, she's a woman who will won't let an Opera Ghost get in her way. Speaking of the Opera Ghost, no actor can bring the grotesque and somber Erik to life like Lon Chaney, the Man of 1000 Faces. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Milestone's The Ultimate Edition
This is a 2 disc collection. The films are colour tinted and total run time of the discs is 4 hrs 28 mins. An incredible set. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Keith Little
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazon still shipping the defective product
May 2013 - I still received the Defective Blu-ray disc from 2 years ago instead of the fixed version. Amazon still has them in stock and is sending them to customers. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lafe Fredbjornson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
This is a beautiful (an absolutely beautiful) movie, one of the best I've ever seen. Lon Chaney, Sr. Read more
Published on July 2 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars 1925 Better than 1929
I am greatly disappointed with the 1929 version of the film. I thought it was going to be better than the silent one because it had sound, but I was wrong. Read more
Published on June 18 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disapointment
i had never seen any version of Phantom Of The Opra before, but i figured since it was about an ugly dude living beneath an opra building and falling in love with a pretty(too... Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by [inactive user]
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic Soundtrack!
This film, already a classic in its own right, is definetely enhanced by the dreamy, hypnotic music of Switchblade Symphony. Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by Janine Koenig
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
After the closing sequence of this phenomenal movie ended and the word "Finis" flashed on the screen i applauded for five whole minutes to the television at home. Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Ben Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Come On Get Up and Buy This DVD! Cause it's Covo Vida Loca!
If you wanna live your life you have to live it right don't wanna waste it! you know you gotta live it right it's not a watse of time get up in taste it Let's Get Loud! Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Great film, lousy video quality
Well, the other reviews have said it - this is a FANTASTIC restoration, and the availability of the 1925 version makes it even better. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2004 by Mark Pollock
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