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Phantom of the Paradise [Blu-ray]
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on 10 June 2015
The film is something special but I'm presuming you've seen it and want to know about the extras. Well, they are good but there is another release which has a cast commentary and this doesn't have it. Never the less, it's a cheap price and the other extras are very interesting.
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on 15 August 2009
I'd recommend the Phantom of the Paradise for any fan of glam, goth, 70s rock excess, the music industry in general, De Palma's films, sophisticated pop harmony, horror, Paul Williams, or just good movies that are a bit different. In many ways it's like a cross between Body Double and Rocky Horror, retaining the best traits of both. Williams' songwriting is very interesting, much better than his more famous songs for Bugsy Malone, The Muppets, Streisand, or The Carpenters. It's a much overlooked treasure of music, dark humor, and decadence.

Phantom of the Paradise is also a must-see for fans of Stevie Wonder or of electronic instruments. Bob Margouleff and Malcolm Cecil's legendary modular synthesizer T.O.N.T.O. ("The Original Neo-Timbral Orchestra"), which they used for all of Wonder's albums from 1972-75, makes a guest appearance as the instrument the Phantom uses in his suite. It's a beautiful instrument visually, as well as aurally, and it's nice to see someone actually playing it.
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on 7 January 2015
Extrodinary movies modern for 1974 brian de palma it is genius rock'n roll movies its a super classic nice actors very good costume thanks you brian this history is imtemporel for decades,
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on 6 December 2010
A very interesting Horror thats along the lines of.......you guessed Phantom of the opera but far more inventive if Horror is where you're at!
Alchemy.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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. There is no innuendo or half measures or maybe some interrogations about the fact the main singer is gay like in the Rocky Horror Show. He is so gay that he edges onto the caricature without really slipping on the other side. And the language within the producing team about it is just homophobic enough to be believable, but not too much though, just what we can hear on a sound stage or in the wings of a theater in such a situation, though certainly no diplomacy about it, absolutely none. Just plain and simple homophobically gross. So it can end in a total slaughter of everyone available on the last night with knives, daggers, electricity, weapons, machine guns, you name it you have it. And it looks so nice, all those dead bodies floating in blood galore. Apart from that decadent artistic perfection, the film is nothing but a remake of two or three films and nothing else. The electric guitars are not noisier that a couple of cimbaloms.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, University Paris 8 Saint Denis, University Paris 12 Créteil, CEGID
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on 23 December 2014
A VERY great bluray edition with a lot of bonus features...All Bluray shoulb be done like that.
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on 26 October 2014
Love this film good story great catchy tunes bit dated but very watchable
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on 31 July 2015
not exactly a classic film, but very entertaining all the same
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on 6 November 2014
Prompt delivery...strange ( funny) DVD
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on 16 March 2015
Great and greatly overlooked film!
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