Phantom of the Opera [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Well, I can assure you that it's not. It's in widescreen 16.9. It looks like 1.85.1 to me.
At first glance the picture isn't brilliant - but it DOES look better than the DVD version.
Edit: Having now watched the film I can confirm that it is a massive improvement over its DVD counterpart; but it's not brilliant. There are still some shots that are a bit soft and grainy - but none of it is too distracting. The sound is PCM 2.0 and does an adequate job; but given the films music-derived plot I can't help feeling that a 5.1 DTS audio track would have made a difference. Oh well.
Disappointed that there are no extras. The only menu options are Play and Chapters. Also, there are no subtitles at all.
All in all, this is an OK release of an OK film, but if like me you're a fan of the film you won't really care. It's a worthy upgrade from the DVD and that's what matters.
For anyone who's never seen the film it's a bit more gruesome than other adaptations but pretty much follows a similar storyline. A few liberties have been taken but they're acceptable. Other people have given more in depth review - which is why my review focuses only on blu-ray.
Anyway, Robert Englund is easily the best actor in the entire movie. Even though the character is, in some ways, very like Freddy Krueger, but the character is different enough that I never thought "Hey, it's Freddy in Phantom". Actually, in some parts his performance is quite moving. Some of his one-liners could have been quite cheesy, but they work even better than some of Freddy's one-liners in the Nightmare movies ("Bon Appetit" from the fifth movie is a perfect example).
I highly recommend it.
And now I am a happy girl!! :D
I really enjoyed the film, as I found it to have the right balance of horror and unlike many other horror film, it actually had a story to it. I must admit that I was a little disappointed with the phantom make up, as it was Robert England playing him and it was the same special effects guy that did his freddy Krueger make up on some of the elm street films and so it just looked like they were using left over freddy make up most of the time.
Apart from that, the film was enjoyable enough and even featured the massively underrated 80's horror scream queen jill shoelen.
The blu ray was a little bit of a let down because it was very soft and looked more like a dvd, but being that I never saw this before, I cannot compare it to any previous release. All in all it was a really good movie with an acceptable blu ray transfer, it's not something I would rush out and purchase but, if the price went down to say £7 then it's worth a look on blu ray, as I feel it's not worth much more than that.
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U.K. Distributor 101FILMS have released their Blu-ray of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
with Robert Englund as the Phantom
well it's terrible insulting Blu-ray version mainly cause... Read more
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This is not the musical but Robert Englund having a break from Freddy is very good as the Phantom and it has a different twist to the story.
Good horror but not too violent.