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Product details

  • Actors: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmond Carewe, Snitz Edwards
  • Directors: Rupert Julian
  • Producers: Carl Laemmle Jnr
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Park Circus
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Dec. 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005G48Q9M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,155 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Directed by Rupert Julian, and based on a novel by Gaston Leroux, classic horror masterpiece The Phantom of the Opera stars Lon Chaney, in one of his most grotesque performances as the crazed man without a face, who lives in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera, and falls in love with the voice of a young opera singer. Infatuated, he kidnaps her, dragging her to the depths below where she will sing only for him.

This 2-disc Ultimate Edition includes an all-new restoration of the film, with the Bal Masque sequence in two-strip Technicolor and other scenes hand tinted, and features both the 1925 and 1929 versions. It also includes a brand new score by The Alloy Orchestra, in addition to Gaylord Carter s famous 1974 score released for the very first time in stereo and Gabriel Thibaudeau's 1990 score. Together with new audio commentary by Dr. Jon Mirsalis, this edition features the following extras:

  • Still Frame Gallery
  • Original Trailers
  • Interview with Gabriel Thibaudeau
  • Reproduction of the 1925 Souvenir Programme and Script

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By chojin on 7 Nov. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
first off this is for the BFI 3 disc 2013 version of the original 1925 print, Amazon got it wrong for a start its the original 1925 version, (black & white, 103 mins the rest of this review is from the BFI page *BFI Video proudly presents this definitive three-disc Dual Format Edition of this celebrated classic of silent film and horror cinema.
Directed by Rupert Julian, this lavish 1925 production launched the Hollywood Gothic style - which would become the trademark of Universal horror films.
Original prints of the film were fully tinted, with some sequences in Technicolor, and a rooftop scene using a special process that enabled the Phantom's cloak to show red against the blue night sky. This Photo play restoration carefully re-instates all these effects, and is accompanied by Carl Davis' celebrated score which draws heavily on Gounod's Faust, which is the opera being performed in the film.
Extras
* Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
* The original 1925 version, (black & white, 103 mins): with newly commissioned piano accompaniment by Ed Bussey
* Original 1925 trailer and 1929 sound re-issue trailer
* Reel 5 from lost 1929 sound re-issue (12 mins): the only surviving element, newly discovered in the Library of Congress archives.
* The 'man with a lantern' sequence: mysterious footage thought to have been shot for non-English speaking territories
* Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000, Kevin Brownlow, 86 mins, DVD only): Kevin Brownlow's definitive documentary on the legendary actor.
* Channel 4 Silents restoration souvenir programme (PDF)
* Fully illustrated booklet featuring new essays, review and film credits
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By FilmFan98 on 20 Dec. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Having had the old Eureka version for many years, which I always thought was good, I was a bit apprehensive about spending the money on the Blu Ray. After all this is a silent film from 1929 and I would not have thought it could be improved that much. But I was wrong. Yes, the film elements show their age but the definition and clarity is superb. The technicolor sequences hand recreated look good. Not sure what the other reviewer felt was wrong with three versions of the film and numerous scores but I am more than pleased. Lovely packaging and superb content.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By bl on 2 Jan. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I had already bought the American blu-ray edition of the silent Phantom of the Opera, and was impressed by it. But the BFI edition is a BIG improvement on the American release. The 1929 version of the film is presented in the correct speed transferred to 24fps, with a glorious orchestral score by Carl Davis. Also, the 1925 version is presented on this disc in HD, and there is an extremely interesting booklet. Buy this edition, and you will have obtained the ultimate version of this film. I doubt it will be surpassed in the near future. I thoroughly enjoyed watching both the 1925 and the 1929 versions.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Dec. 2003
Format: DVD
Along with Nosferatu this is the best horror film of the silent era. The film on this DVD has been produced by David Sheppard and has really good picture quality and quite a nice score. At the moment this is the best edition of the film availble in the UK. There is also a trailer of the films 1929 rerelease and an interesting 12 minute audio essay.
So why not five stars?.
Firstly I have deducted a star because there is an even better restoration of this film which could have been put on the DVD (By Photoplay Productions with a score by Carl Davis).
I am deducting another star because this is the 1929 re-issue with about twenty minutes of footage missing. The reason for this is that the re-issue version is the only one existing with superior picture quality. However on the American Milestone editon of this film both versions appear in the same set, so you are able to compare them. (You can choose between poor picture quality or scenes cut from the film).
This is still a worthwhile DVD to add to your collection, at least until some else releases a better region 2 edition.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P.J.Bint on 6 Oct. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This Blu Ray has not even been released, but it has 29 reviews! When will Amazon decide to place the correct review with the correct product. Again and again I find this. Other websites like Play.com have got this sorted. It is misrepresentation of a product and very misleading. Amazon please get this sorted. Thank you.

I have put 4 stars as I know with out a doubt this will be an excellent BFI release.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allan Broadfield on 23 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
As Amazon still persists in mixing reviews up with wrong editions, this review is for the BFI edition. I received this DVD after one day of ordering, what a result!
Watching it, however, I can't help comparing it with the still definitive 'Milestone' Phantom disc set, as this BFI set succeeds and fails in equal proportions. I bought this mainly for the apparently only surviving reel (part 5) of the 'lost' 1929 sound release, in which the principle actors (minus Lon Chaney, as he was now working for MGM) were bought back four years later to fill out the feature so that a part talkie could be released.The section of the film this concerns is following the fall of the chandelier with Mary Philbin, looking slightly older, (it's 1929!) back in her dressing room.This alone was worth it for me. So the programme goes--
Disc 1. The Photoplay blu-ray version of the 1929 re release (silent) version-- fine, though the grain seemed now a little more apparent in HD, and the original 1925 release, as good as can be expected, considering the worn out 16mm origin. Also sound and silent trailers and Part 5 of the sound re release, plus the 'Man with the lantern' sequence, without any explanation.
Disc 2. The same things in standard DVD.
Disc 3. Documentary; Lon Chaney: A thousand faces.
What's missing for me is what's only in the 'Milestone' boxset---The excellent Scott MacQueen commentary on the Photoplay 1929 silent re release, and the wonderfully atmospheric organ score by Jon Mirsalis in the 1925 version. This BFI set had an adequate piano accompaniment in my opinion.
What a bonus if they could find the complete 1929 sound release print!
All in all? If you've got the Milestone edition, you've got this and more, (including trailers). If you want a tantalising glimpse of the 1929 sound release, however, you'll have to cough up for this one.
An excellent addition in this set is a booklet explaining it all.
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