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Phantom of Opera [DVD] [1943] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Nelson Eddy , Susanna Foster , Arthur Lubin    DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nelson Eddy, Susanna Foster, Claude Rains, Edgar Barrier, Leo Carrillo
  • Directors: Arthur Lubin
  • Writers: Eric Taylor, Gaston Leroux, Hans Jacoby, John Jacoby, Samuel Hoffenstein
  • Producers: George Waggner, Jack J. Gross
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 12 April 2005
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 078324097X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,183 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This 1943 version of the horror story is more Technicolor musical than scare piece. Claude Rains plays the unfortunate, masked anti-hero, but he doesn't get the room to showcase a promising and sympathetic performance. Susanna Foster and Nelson Eddy, on the other hand, get plenty of screen time to warble. Well worth a visit just for the look of the film, which won an Oscar for cinematography. --Tom Keogh

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Phantom Goes Hollywood Musical 22 Aug 2003
Format:DVD
Gaston Leroux's penny-dreadful novel was hardly the stuff of great literature, but it did manage to tap into the public consciousness with its gas-light-gothic tale of a beautiful singer menaced by a horrific yet seductive serial killer lurking in the forgotten basement labyrinths of the Paris Opera. Lon Chaney's silent classic kept the basic elements of the novel intact--and proved one of the great box office hits of its day, a fact that prompted Universal Studios to contemplate a remake throughout most of the 1930s. Although several proposals were considered (including one intended to feature Deanna Durbin, who despised the idea and derailed the project with a flat refusal), it wasn't until 1943 that a remake reached the screen. And when it did, it was an eye-popping Technicolor extravaganza, all talking, all singing, and dancing. The Phantom had gone Hollywood musical.
In many respects this version of PHANTOM anticipates the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical, for whereas the Chaney version presented the Phantom as a truly sinister entity, this adaptation presents the character as one more sinned against than sinning--an idea that would color almost every later adaptation, and Webber's most particularly so. But it also shifts the focus of the story away from the title character, who is here really more of a supporting character than anything else. The focus here is on Paris Opera star Christine Dae, here played by Susanna Foster. In this version Christine is not only adored by the Phantom; she is also romantically pursued by two suitors who put aside their differences to protect her.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
Are you phantom fans ready for a night at the opera?Yes!
From all the versions I saw this is my favourite.no doubt,gentlmen and ladies.It is beacause starting form the very begining with film's wonderful opera house set and stage.The music and opera sequences are wonderful and memorial in every way.Claude Rains is the best phantom with his elegant voice and charismatic performance through the film.There a few moments that the phantom really frightening.All in all,this technicolor horror,romance,thriller and fantasy movie is worth watching.
And there is also a wonderful end,a thrilling one.much more then lon chaney's 1925 version's end.
Phantom fans-what are you waiting for?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not enough "phantom" and too much music. 2 Nov 2006
Format:VHS Tape
rather a letdown considering this was made by the leading studio in "horror" films, this version concentrates too much on the music rather the title character.

claude rains easily outshines everyone in the entire cast as the disfigured masetro; why he wasn't given top-star billing for this film i do not know. his being cast as the phantom is inspirational but he is also my second favourite actor to play the part after lon chaney.

it is the romance between nelson eddy and suzanne foster that takes centre stage which verges on becoming tiresome.

i have to admit that the costume worn by claude rains, is the best one ever used as far as i'm concerned. his lurking around corners and casting shadows is quite creepy indeed.

the makeup, alas, is one of the worst that i've ever seen; certainly no match for the work of art designed and applied by lon chaney in the 1925 version. this 40s attempt doesn't even cover all of claude rains's face. a pity. the unmasking scene lacks any real dramatic impact as a result.

the scene in which rains changes from a peaceful but stressed person to a raving lunatic when his music is stolen, is acted with the kind of conviction that i have rarely witnessed in all the films i've seen(and i seen a lot of them over the years).

for those who like musicals, this film will be right up your street. otherwise, have patience and enjoy another splendid performance from claude rains.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best phantom movie version ever.Perfect! 24 Oct 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Are you ready for a night at the opera,phantom fans?
For me,this is the best phantom movie version ever.Starting from it's begining,with it's beautiful set and stage.the music and opera sequences are wonderfull and full of memorial moments.Rains is the best phantom,with his elegant voice and charismatic performances.He really has frightening moments.
All in all,this is the best phantom version with horror,thirilling,romance and fantasy which perfect in every one.
The end is such an exciting and winderful one,not like the end of the 1925 lon chaney version.
Phantom fans-what are you waiting for?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To me, the most enjoyable of the Phantom films 13 Oct 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Of the three Phantoms (prior to the musical remake), the Claude Rains version remains my favorite. A good combination of horror, comedy, and music, plus the lush Technicolor cinematography, bring it to the forefront, as far as I am concerned. Claude Rains is a violinist who is driven mad when he thinks his concerto has been stolen by a music publisher. Of course, getting a tray of photochemicals searing into his face probably did nothing to calm his nerves. Before this, the violinist had been a gentle man who was secretly using his salary at the Paris Opera House to pay for the lessons of a young singer (played by Susanna Foster).

NOT-EXACTLY-A-SPOILER ALERT: I menton this because it was a theme cut from the film, so doesn't it doesn't hurt the viewing. The commentary reveals that the violinist was secretly the young singer's father, but she didn't know this. There was at least one scene filmed between an opera singer (Nelson Eddy) and her aunt in which it is revealed, but it - and the subplot - was cut from the film, partly because the powers-that-be at Universal feared the relationship between the Phantom and the young singer would look a bit incestuous. Now, with that removed, it looks like he is an old man trying to hit on her, LOL. It's better to just watch it with the father-protecting-his-daugher theme in mind. It works much nicer and brings a sensitivity to the performance of Claude Rains as the violinist. END OF NOT-EXACTLY-A-SPOILER ALERT.

The high-definition transfer is several steps up from the DVD release. No, it is nowhere even close to today's standards, naturally, but it still looks very good, and, boy, do I miss Technicolor! Lush colors abound, far superior to the DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phantom of the opera 1943.
It was nice to see a movie with such elegance. Claude Raines was very good as the violinist and composer who thought his concerto was being stolen..
Published 1 month ago by Sir Kim Jennings-Draculea
1.0 out of 5 stars reason i cannot rate it
I have ordered this dvd and did not realise that it was blue ray and cannot play it because I do not have the appropriate equipment to view
Published 5 months ago by joseph jesmont
3.0 out of 5 stars Unremarkable, but not awful
It changes the story a lot - Erique Claudin (the Phantom) is not disfigured from birth, he is burned by acid. There are two Raoul characters. There is no masquerarde ball. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sarah Jane
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
Didn't like this very much,but then again I bought it for my daughter in law who has never heard of or seen the original version of this story. Read more
Published 8 months ago by merlin
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful movie
Excellent modified version the audio is beyond good I really cannot rate it any higher.I bought 2 copies 1 for a very good friend who loves that sort of movie
Published 11 months ago by Jimbo
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
this was a gift to my husband who has wanted this particular film for ages,have not been able to find this anywhere else so am very happy with it
Published 14 months ago by nicola hovvels
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A present for my friend's birthday (not for another two weeks) so I am hoping that she will like it. I think that it is very good value for money. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs Thelma Thorose
3.0 out of 5 stars Well it's one of the most beautiful Universal Horror movies out...
Phantom of the Opera is directed by Arthur Lubin and features a collective of writers adapting from Gaston Leroux's novel. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2011 by Spike Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic experience
I first saw this film in the late 1940's and it remained in my mind as excellent viewing, supported with beautiful music. Read more
Published on 23 May 2010 by Charles Cane
5.0 out of 5 stars an overlooked classic
THIS VERSION OF PHANTOM IS ONE OF THE OVERLOOKED CLASSICS OF THE 1940'S
IN STUNNUING TECHNICOLOR AND WITH A GREAT PERFORMANCE BY CLAUDE RAINS,
HOWEVER AS OFTEN MENTIONED,... Read more
Published on 10 April 2009 by B. Gilbert
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