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The Phantom of the Opera 1962

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The corrupt Lord Ambrose D'Arcy (Michael Gough) steals the life's work of the poor musical Professor Petry. (Herbert Lom). In an attempt to stop the printing of music with D'Arcy's name on it, Petry breaks into the printing office and accidentally starts a fire, leaving him severely disfigured. Years later, Petry returns to terrorize a London opera house that is about to perform one of his stolen operas.

Starring:
Heather Sears, Edward de Souza
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
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Runtime 1 hour 24 minutes
Starring Heather Sears, Edward de Souza, Ian Wilson, Renee Houston, Herbert Lom, Miles Malleson, Thorley Walters, Michael Gough, Martin Miller
Director Terence Fisher
Genres Horror
Studio MEDIA SALES
Rental release 21 July 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 24 minutes
Starring Heather Sears, Edward de Souza, Ian Wilson, Renee Houston, Herbert Lom, Miles Malleson, Thorley Walters, Michael Gough, Martin Miller
Director Terence Fisher
Genres Horror
Studio Media Sales
Rental release 21 July 2014
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

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Format: DVD
The Phantom of the Opera is out of Hammer Film Productions and directed by Terence Fisher. Based on the Gaston Leroux novel, the screenplay is written by John Elder and it stars Herbert Lom, Heather Sears, Edward de Souza and Michael Gough. Filmed in Eastman Color, cinematography is by Arthur Grant and music by Edwin Astley.

The latest opera production of Joan of Arc is beset with problems, prompting many to believe it's the work of a mysterious phantom who haunts those involved with the show.

It has been the basis for a number of adaptations, the Leroux novel's core story proving to be fascinating enough to prompt writers, film makers and musical directors to produce their take on it. Of the film versions, it's still the Lon Chaney silent of 1925 that carries the highest horror value, but for style and substance I feel Hammer's version is the best of the bunch. Fisher's film is played wonderfully straight, the production is given much care and consideration, but in the main the makers let the story sell itself. The characters remain interesting and in the case of the phantom himself, he smartly gets a back story shown late in the day amid off-kilter camera angles. This really gives the film a dramatic thrust as it heads into the finale, where the pay off is exciting and emotionally tight (one of the finest tear sheds in cinema is right here).

A voice so wonderful that theatres all over the world will be filled with your admirers.

Cast wise the film is led superbly by Lom's performance as the sad and tragic phantom. Lom manages to elicit sympathy with minimal dialogue and pure body language, giving this phantom an irresistible vulnerability that hits home hard as the film closes down.
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Format: Blu-ray
Hammer's remake of the classic tale benefits from the fine performance of brooding Herbert Lom as the phantom.The script is strong and there is an aura of mystery which effectively enshrouds this production. The blu-ray has a very good picture and sound quality in my opinion and there are English subtitles.
It's a pity that Amazon didn't list the subtitles.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Hammer horror blu-rays always seem to divide opinion. A significant number of releases now have attracted a wide range of responses from "unwatchable" to "Outstanding". This release itself is now causing significant controversy and ironically this time its not because of the aspect ratio or whether it is 1080i or 1080p. The casual viewer or less "techy" of Hammer fans would perhaps not be as concerned so much with this, but rather whether it was decent PQ. So I will come at this release from that angle.....

Hammer's Phantom Of the Opera has not had the best history on home physical release with previous region 1 and 2 dvds looking a bit rough around the edges. Personally I was looking forward to this on Blu-ray and I had high hopes for a more colourful and sharper presentation as one would expect from a HD release at this stage. Is this that release? sadly no.
Initially my exact thoughts were Underwhelming and disappointing, and I still maintain that. The image is quite soft and not that well defined for HD and the colours remain dull (possibly down to the original cinematography, I don't know). There is some print damage, and some would argue higher levels of grain to one is accustomed to.
This all sound s negative, but you have to put this into perspective. The dvd was never that great and the negative or print must be in poorer shape now than it was a few years ago. I would assume a lot of money would have to be spent in order to restore this, and sadly I don't think that will ever happen.

All these things considering, It really isn't as bad as some are making out. On my second viewing I came to appreciate the Blu-ray more, because my expectations were adjusted.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is pure classic 60`s hammer horror as good as the 1st hammer horror titles- Dracula, curse of Frankenstein and the mummy!
A great horrific looking gothic phantom with some good British gore included too-well acted-great original soundtrack-full colour-highly recommended for hammer horror fans and the likes!
I didn`t get bored or nod off watching this-gripped me from the beginning to the end-grab this rarer, hardly seen classic hammer horror movie today! you won`t be disappointed!
This Blu-ray version also includes a cool making of docu too-also very interesting to watch.
Hammer Horror at it`s Best!
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Having waited 52 years for this film it was worth the wait. Yes there are some grain effects on the blue ray but this does not spoil it in any way.
The commentary on the disc is very interesting gives a good in site as to where it was all made. I hope that the rest of the Hammer
series will be the same, price paid well worth it...
S.Scott..
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
'Final Cut' are to be congratulated for issuing this film and giving it a second lease of life. When it was first issued in 1962 my only reservation was that is was toned down because of the need to give it an 'A' certificate instead of an 'X', but despite this, it has proved to be a film that has stood the test of time.

Along with 'Shadow of the Cat' (also from 'Final Cut'), this is the first time this film has been released on DVD in the UK, and both releases are to be thoroughly welcomed. Any chance, of 'The Snorkel' another under-rated gem of a 'Hammer' film being released? Currently this is only available as part of a six 'Hammer Icons of Suspense' set from the States.

I note that some reviewers have moaned about the 'Blue Ray' disc not being very good. I can't comment on this since I bought the ordinary DVD which I found to be a very acceptable print. This film is 53 years old for God sake, and I am left feeling that some people don't make any allowances, and expect things to be as pristine as something that was made yesterday. To anyone seeking this film therefore, I would recommend buying it without any hesitation whatsoever. It's the best copy I have ever had, and far superior to any legit VHS copies or any bootleg DVD's that have been through my hands over the years!
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