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  • Actors: Paul Williams, William Finley, George Memmoli, Harold Oblong, Archie Hahn
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Feb. 2014
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00G5IVA0U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,758 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Brian De Palma's glam rock version of the famous 'Phantom of the Opera' story stars singer-songwriter Paul Williams as Swan, a music business tycoon who steals the work of talented composer Winslow Leach (William Finley), along with his girlfriend Phoenix (Jessica Harper). Leach plans to get revenge, but his plans soon go horribly wrong and he ends up with a terrible facial disfigurement. Assuming a mask to hide his injuries and his identity, Leach's next move is to sign a pact with a Swan to write a rock opera version of 'Faust'.

Review

A highly inventive updating of the Phantom of the Opera story to the rockbiz world - complete with borrowings from Faust and The Picture of Dorian Gray --Time Out

There's something for everybody here: horror, comedy, rock music and romance. If you can't find something to like in this movie, then a movie may not be able to help you --Cultflicks

Brian De Palma's direction and script makes for one of the very rare 'backstage' rock story pix, catching the garishness of the glitter scene in its own time --Variety

There's something for everybody here: horror, comedy, rock music and romance. If you can't find something to like in this movie, then a movie may not be able to help you --Cultflicks

Brian De Palma's direction and script makes for one of the very rare 'backstage' rock story pix, catching the garishness of the glitter scene in its own time --Variety

There's something for everybody here: horror, comedy, rock music and romance. If you can't find something to like in this movie, then a movie may not be able to help you --Cultflicks

Brian De Palma's direction and script makes for one of the very rare 'backstage' rock story pix, catching the garishness of the glitter scene in its own time --Variety --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By G. Miller on 1 Aug. 2002
Format: DVD
I first saw this movie in the 70s as a double bill with "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", which was the film I actually went to see. I'd never heard of "Phantom" before, but enjoyed it far more than "TRHPS". The movie is best described as a black comedy/theatrical rock/horror/fantasy, you'll see what I mean. Based loosely around the "Phantom Of The Opera" story and the legend of "Faust", but in a modern (70's) rock setting. Directed by the now legendary Brian De Palma, he brings excellent performances from Paul Williams (deminutive American singer/songwriter, best known in the UK for the "Bugsy Malone" score) as the villan, Gerrit Graham as the brilliantly camp character "Beef", and William Finley as the "Phantom" (how anyone can convey such emotion with just one eye showing still amazes me). De Palma also uses his split screen technique to good effect. Looks very dated, but apparently a cult classic now (I thought it was just me). This is a movie you'll love or hate. Definately different. Hope this was helpful to you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Murphy on 28 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
If you have slipped upon this out of curiousity make sure you click and buy it now. Featuring tremendous direction, great performances and superb songs this is the movie Rocky Horror wishes it was. Great fun
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Dec. 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Great film, great soundtrack (be wary of the CD though, see my review on that) A brilliant satire on the Rock industry mixed with a touch of Phantom of the Opera and possibly just a nod to The Rocky Horror Show. Well worth buying for "Beefs" antics alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. Arts TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
*****THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE ARROW BLU-RAY******************

Picked this up directly from Arrows site in order to get it early. I've been a big fan of this film for many years. Phantom is a psychedelic rock opera that fuses Phantom of the Opera, Faust and the picture of Dorian Grey together with an excellent soundtrack from Paul Williams, who also appears as the villainous record Executive Swann.

Swann steals naive songwriter Winslow Leach's work and has him framed and sent to prison. After escaping he becomes horribly disfigured 'phantom' who haunts Swann's club the Paradise, sabotaging giggs and trying to further the career of the girl he loves, Phoenix (Jessica Harper) The whole film uses its dark faustian storyline to take major swipes at the money men who take artists work and corrupt it in order to make money. While the films plot seems to mainly be aimed at the music industry it could easily apply to film. Swann not only steals Leach's work and identity but in one memorable scene even steals his voice. The music is excellent and the whole film holds up well to this day. Certainly in my opinion it even gives Tommy a run for its money!

Arrows Blu-ray release looks and sounds excellent. It's loaded with bonus features from a previous French release. It's important to note here that the French documentary has clips from the film that look too bright and lacking in detail suggesting that Arrow may have even gone back to the source material and improved things somewhat. So if you already have that French release it might be worth considering ditching it for this. It also has a new bonus feature as well, a conversation between Guillermo Del Toro and Paul Williams that is also very interesting to watch and new to this Arrow release.

Overall then I would say this is well worth checking out. The film is certainly very different to a lot of DePalma's other films but really delivers the goods. You certainly won't see anything like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colonel Decker on 5 May 2014
Format: DVD
Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise is really unlike anything you have ever seen. Think Phantom of the Opera but with a rock funk 70s fusion and you're getting close. But not close enough. The Phantom is played by the late great William Finley whose music career aspirations get sold down the river by the seemingly evil Simon Cowellesque Swan played brilliantly by Paul Williams. Swan is obeyed and loved by EVERYONE, but is a real weasel and with those glowing locks of hair, his small height and that cheeky smile that a million dollars could not buy, Williams fits the part perfectly. He needs the Phantom's music, but he also needs rid of him.

The beautiful Jessica Harper who is perfect here plays Phantom's would be lover, but turns to the darkside quick enough- what does the Phantom have to live for? Well he could stick around and watch B movie hero Gerrit Graham bang out a few pumping tracks of his own.

Completely over the top, razzamatazz, but the film never loses its grip and its sense of being a very great film. Not for everyone, but for the rest of us, Phantom of the Paradise deserves our attention.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By spencear on 8 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Loved this movie for years. A great transfer and some fantastic extras. A wonderful addition to my shelves. Looks Good
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Bates on 26 Feb. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I remember seeing this on first release. It's even better with the benefit of hindsight. Pure 70's musical madness. Good extras package too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on 11 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A remake of the Phantom of the Opera in a New York setting, in the days of rock and roll and of show business and of records and rock operas. That must have some kind of filiation or descent from the Rocky Horror Show from London, and it does, but not entirely. I just wonder if it is not also inspired by Anne Rice's Lestat de Lioncourt in his rock star episode of the Queen of the Dead. That sure reveals all the shortcomings and drawbacks of show business and the "mythology" that goes along with it. But it has another dimension that has to do with Brian de Palma too. He had to criticize society and its over-exploitation of artists. But that was easy. So he had to criticize the gullibility of performers of any type, particularly women, and of the audience. They believe anything that comes from the honey sweet mouth of a producer. The audience comes to the show only to experience the impossible or the improbable, and they applaud to the death of a person because that's too much, I mean it is real, really real, perfect, etc. They yell and clap when someone gets cut up and sliced on the stage because that smells like blood and blood is good on a stage, any stage, provided it is fresh and hot and they can get splashed with it. The audience also come because in a show like that they can do what they couldn't do on the sidewalk outside the theater and there Brian de Palma remains very suggestive but no more than suggestive. But what makes that film in a way superb is the fact that Brian de Palma uses his camera and his special effects so well that we really don't have to suspend our disbelief when something odd is happening; it is just normal in the odd situation we have been soaked in for a while.Read more ›
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