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The Phantom of the Opera 
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Chaney is Erik, the horribly disfigured Phantom who leads a menacing existence in the catacombs and dungeons beneath the Paris Opera. When Erik falls in love with a beautiful prima donna, he kidnaps her and holds her hostage in his lair.
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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.....
The story is by now a well known one.The Paris Opera House sits over the multi-layered catacombs of passages long closed,but with their own sinister histories.The House itself is being sold to new owners who,after sale,hear of its' possible association with a phantom ghost that frequents its floors.The opera's main contralto has received lettered threats from this phantom not to sing in its upcoming show,but to let a new up and comer do so,Christine Daee'. She does so, to much acclaim and rebukes her boyfriends pleas to marry him,telling him she must stay true to her art.However what he does not realize is that she has been getting help from a mysterious cloaked figure behind the scenes,and it is he that has propelled her career to the heights it is now.
The Phantom one day decides it is time that Christine meet him in person,and he does so by telling her to walk into her dressing room mirror.Once through she finds herself in the catacombs and facing a cloaked but masked figure.She is repelled by his visage but he pleads with her not to judge her by his appearance but by his love for her and her career.He takes her far below the Opera House to his lair.There he keeps her, warning her not to touch his mask.When she wakes the next day she finds him playing the organ.She listens but cannot control her urge to see what is under the mask.When she lifts it he stands and turns.She is horrified,falls to the floor and can barely speak.After much pleading the Phantom eventually relents and allows her to return to the Opera House above.But he warns that she must never see her boyfriend again.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished on April 23 2014 by Keith Little
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 morePublished on June 15 2013 by Lafe Fredbjornson
This is a beautiful (an absolutely beautiful) movie, one of the best I've ever seen. Lon Chaney, Sr. Read morePublished on July 2 2004
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 morePublished on June 18 2004
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 morePublished on April 28 2004 by [inactive user]
This film, already a classic in its own right, is definetely enhanced by the dreamy, hypnotic music of Switchblade Symphony. Read morePublished on April 23 2004 by Janine Koenig