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  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: German
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HC2LOY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,555 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An interesting silent film, with a strong plot told in a straightforward manner and some impressionistic moments showing the hallucinations the protaganist has as his mental state deteriorates. An excellent print, very little marking and clear and steady with good tinting. The (modern) sound cut out momentarily several times in the first half hour, though not after that, but as it was pausing not muting the sound was several seconds delayed from then on, resulting in the music not starting or changing until several seconds after it should have.
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By S. Smith-walton on 20 May 2015
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Excellent little film
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Another Outstanding Flicker Alley Release. 27 Sept. 2006
By Chip Kaufmann - Published on
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Here comes another outstanding silent film release from the folks at Flicker Alley. First there was THE GARDEN OF EDEN a very obscure film from director Lewis Milestone with Corrine Griffith. Next came JUDEX a celebrated serial from Louis Feuillade which was unavailable for decades and now there is F.W. Murnau's PHANTOM which was made after NOSFERATU in 1922. Despite the title there is nothing supernatural about PHANTOM. It is based on a novel by Gerhard Hauptmann as adapted by Thea von Harbou and deals with the principal character's obssession with a woman whose visage "haunts" him to the exclusion of everything else. It is also the study of a family in crisis brought about by the changing times and morals of Germany after the First World War. Obssession and familial crisis are themes that von Harbou would return to again and again in her films for Fritz Lang. While it is not top drawer Murnau it is certainly more than worthwhile and paves the way for his masterpieces THE LAST LAUGH in 1924 and SUNRISE in 1927. The film has been lovingly restored with beautiful tints and a wonderful score from Robert Israel. It also comes with a booklet on the restoration. This is how all silent films should be treated allowing the viewer of today to get some idea of the viewing experience audiences had when silent films first played in theatres. With this and the other releases mentioned earlier Flicker Alley has shown themselves to be the Criterion Collection of silent films on DVD and I can't wait for their next offering whatever it may be.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Excellent DVD, exceptionally good film 24 Sept. 2006
By Barbara Underwood - Published on
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The Flicker Alley Collection has done a superb job with this fabulous restored edition of German director F.W. Murnau's "Phantom", adding many special bonus features and also a booklet to delight all serious film historians and silent film enthusiasts. F.W. Murnau was one of Germany's foremost directors, competing with the likes of Fritz Lang and G.W. Pabst, and his most famous films are no doubt the award-winning "Sunrise" from 1927, and the ever-popular horror classic, "Nosferatu", based on Bram Stoker's `Dracula'. Just after completing "Nosferatu" in 1922, Murnau embarked on this small-budget project, "Phantom", which was based on a novel by the respected and popular German author, Gerhart Hauptmann. Both novel and film were very popular at the time, and for today's audience this release of "Phantom" adds further dimension and range to Murnau's work. After directing "Nosferatu", it is clear to see Murnau's film directing quickly becoming more sophisticated, the editing smoother and more precise, and the depth of drama and sensitivity increasing, leading him to great cinematic works such as "Faust", "The Last Laugh" and no doubt the pinnacle of his success, "Sunrise".

In this sensitive and compassionate portrayal of an honest man's slide into mental illness and crime, the "Phantom" refers to images or hallucinations of a woman with whom the poor man has become obsessed, and which consequently lead him to more desperate acts. The story shows how a few unfortunate circumstances and association with two questionable characters (one of them being his own wayward sister) combined with his pathological obsession with a woman he hardly knows, quickly cause his life to spiral downward out of control. The focus is on Lorenz's good and honest character, and the equally good-hearted woman who loves him and believes in him despite everything. All characters are wonderfully portrayed by some of the finest European actors of the time, such as Alfred Abel as Lorenz, and Lil Dagover as his devoted Maria, whose love and faith restores his life to happiness in the end. Visually, this film is quite marvellous, with beautiful scenes and photography, some interesting effects and traces of classic German Expressionism, all enhanced by good restoration and careful colour-tinting, and the entire 130 minutes of this smooth-flowing story is a delight to watch. A masterful classical orchestral score by silent film composer, Robert Israel, lifts this film to even greater heights. For a very satisfying and fulfilling silent cinematic experience the film itself is already enough, but for more background information and better appreciation of the work involved and circumstances surrounding the filming, the short documentaries in the bonus features are also of a high standard, as are the biographies of everyone involved in the film, including Thea von Harbou who wrote the screenplay for "Phantom" - as she did for many other famous and classic films. Definitely a top-class production for its time and still a pleasure to watch today!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
One of Murnau's best visually told films 3 Jan. 2007
By Thorkell Agust Ottarsson - Published on
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The transfer is really good and the music is beautiful. I was a bit disappointed that the inter titles are in English and tinted green but other than that, I have no complaints.

The film was good. It is extremely well told with some unbelievable scenes. It is really worth buying the DVD just for those scenes. I had how ever problems with the story (I just could not believe that an honest man like that would loose his head so easily). I also thought that Alfred Abel was to old for the part, even though he was good in the role.

This is not one of Murnau's best films but it is one of his best visually told films.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Stunning ! 16 Jan. 2007
By Sevisan - Published on
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Perhaps not the best Murnau film, but surely the best edition of a

silent film I have ever seen. Wonderful!
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Hardly a Pleasant Suprise 31 May 2007
By Therefore and On - Published on
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Although visually stunning, this film was far from watchable simply because of the plot. I suppose it's a personal complaint, but the leading man became incredibly annoying. His "slip into madness" over the mere sight of a beautiful woman is hardly believable and it's certainly not sympathetic. To be honest, I found him to be rather pathetic. It just didn't seem like there was enough motivation for his downward spiral. As the film drew to a close, I found very little that could redeem this massive character flaw outside of his brutal death. I admit that's a bit harsh, but this film became frustrating at that point. I should be fair and say that I had high expectations of this film though.

A few positive remarks: Like I mentioned earlier, the visuals are stunning. I was interested in seeing this movie because of my respect (make that love) for Murnau and German Expressionism. Murnau's directing was not at fault here. Alfred Abel was better in other films, but my problem was not with the actors. The acting was superb. Almost all of the elements were satisfactory. Almost.

In summation, everything can be perfect, but if the story is not grabbing, the film can't rise above mediocre.
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