- Format: Black & White, Silent, NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region A/1
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: eOne Films
- Release Date: Nov. 1 2011
- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
- ASIN: B005FQ2H0A
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,910 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Phantom of the Opera [Blu-ray]
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Lon Chaney is Erik, the horribly disfigured Phantom who leads a menacing existence in the catacombs and dungeons beneath the Paris Opera House. When Erik falls in love with a beautiful prima donna, he kidnaps her and holds her hostage in his lair. This horror classic, presented in its 1929 re-edited reissue version, features a rare early 2-color Technicolor sequence.
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Disc 1 - 1929 restored version, 2 soundtracks including the original 1930 soundtrack edited to fit this version, commentary by Scott MacQueen, 1925 & 1930 theatrical trailers, stills gallery featuring deleted & missing scenes, bonus audio only feature: selections of dialogue sequences from the 1930 version not found in the restored version
Disc 2 - 1925 original feature version, musical score by Jon Mirsalis, Carla Laemmle Remembers - a video interview with David Skal, Faust opera extract from the 1929 Tiffany sound feature Midstream, bonus audio only feature: interview with cinematographer Charles Van Enger
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. But he is feared and hated by those who work in the theatre- the ballerinas, conductor, musicians and singers ( who incidentally are rehearsing for performances of Gounod's Faust, an opera about the man who sold his soul to the Devil and regarded as Gothic and scary in its day) The sheer scale of suspense and horror in the film is tame by today's standards but it was great back then. It really is a film of great art. It would be a perfect addition to you're film collection. If you love Lon Chaney, this film is the one to get. You can always build upon Lon Chaney films since his movies are numerous. Five stars well earned.
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