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  • Actors: Claude Rains, Nelson Eddy, Susanna Foster, Edgar Barrier, Leo Carrillo
  • Directors: Arthur Lubin
  • Producers: George Waggner
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Turkish, Romanian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Oct. 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006RHV7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,147 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Enrique Claudin (Claude Rains) is a mild-mannered violinist in the Paris Opera House orchestra. He uses his income to pay for beautiful singer Christine DuBois' (Susanna Foster) lessons - without her knowledge, as he worships her from afar. However, tragedy strikes when Enrique believes that a publisher has stolen a concerto he has written, which represents his life's work. Enraged, Enrique strangles the publisher, but has acid thrown in his face in the process. Horribly burnt, he hides in the sewers beneath the Opera House, and, now half insane, devotes himself to furthering Christine's singing career.

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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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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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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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I have always held a great regard for Claude Rains as an actor (character actor/leading actor - what you will) but his part in this film does not quite gel for me. Once masked, we are dependent for identification upon the voice and Rains had a distinctive voice; but his delivery has the stamp of contrivance, as if he is not quite sure how to put it across. In places it is downright corny.

There is some excellent “bonus” material on this disc that I would recommend all to view before the feature film itself: in that way you’ll not puzzle quite so much as to the vocal renderings of Tchaikovsky’s F minor Symphony, No. 4.

Good value when due allowance is made for the “soft” picture quality typical of Technicolor.

An historically interesting rendition of the “Phantom”.
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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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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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