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4.3 out of 5 stars
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4.3 out of 5 stars
The Phantom Of The Opera [1925] [DVD]
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on 11 September 2015
Poor quality transfer, not high definition quality. I would be interested to see whether these people actually have the rights to covert this to HD DVD. I left poor feedback, but they moaned like little girls to Amazon. Do not buy these transfers. Looks better on Video Cassette.
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on 12 December 2003
Along with Nosferatu this is the best horror film of the silent era. The film on this DVD has been produced by David Sheppard and has really good picture quality and quite a nice score. At the moment this is the best edition of the film availble in the UK. There is also a trailer of the films 1929 rerelease and an interesting 12 minute audio essay.
So why not five stars?.
Firstly I have deducted a star because there is an even better restoration of this film which could have been put on the DVD (By Photoplay Productions with a score by Carl Davis).
I am deducting another star because this is the 1929 re-issue with about twenty minutes of footage missing. The reason for this is that the re-issue version is the only one existing with superior picture quality. However on the American Milestone editon of this film both versions appear in the same set, so you are able to compare them. (You can choose between poor picture quality or scenes cut from the film).
This is still a worthwhile DVD to add to your collection, at least until some else releases a better region 2 edition.
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on 2 May 2014
At long last this magnificent Silent Film Score has been released and it really is a wonderful achievement by Roy Budd at every level of film scoring. It has everything a symphonic score should have.... action...suspense...mood and tragic music that adds to the aura of The Phantom . Budd has given the listener a tour de force of themes that follow in the mode of Hollywoods swashbuckling adventure dramas such as The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Sea Hawk with their opulent symphonic scores by the likes of Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Max Steiner . Budd proves particularly adept at utilising the full orchestral forces to all the films scenes....and is capable of some truly wonderful moments of musical understatement. This is without doubt THE film score release of 2014 ......and hopefully many of todays so called leading film composers will pick up a copy.....listen ...and learn as to how film scoring should be from a real great music composer who sadly is with us no longer .....but his legacy will thankfully live for generations to come.....
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on 2 February 2017
Good
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on 7 February 2017
Item just as described, fast delivery
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on 3 March 2010
This is easily one of the most a visually impressive silent films I have ever watched. From the lavish sets and extraordinary costumes to the magnificent score and eerie lighting. Everything is truly remarkable for a film of its age. And in the middle of the dark corners and creepy shadows is a truly frightening and unforgettable colour sequence. When the Phantom ascends the staircase at the masked ball, dressed as the Red Death. This scene will stay with me forever. Lon Chaney Sr. Performance as Erik is easily one of his best. His famous Phantom make-up is still frightening today. Even if you are not a fan of or have never watched a silent movie. I highly recommend you give this ago. You will not be disappointed.
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on 27 December 2011
The PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with Lon Chaney that most everyone knows is not the original version of the film. It is a 1929 reissue with several changes made to accomodate the addition of sound. Ironic that one of the most famous silent films of all time should be known from a sound version that lost its voice. New footage was shot, characters were changed and most important of all whole scenes were rearranged or eliminated altogether. This makes the storyline much harder to follow and interrupts the flow of the film when compared with the original which sticks much closer to Gaston Leroux's novella except for the rousing chase scene added at the end by the studio. Now thanks to this handsome 2 DVD set you can have both versions and make the comparison for yourself. As the 1929 film is the one most people have seen and are familiar with, I shall focus on the original 1925 version.

The problem is that, like Lon Chaney's other classic Universal horror film THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, the orignal PHANTOM exists only in 16mm reductions made for the home market back in the 1920's. While the quality will never be that of the 1929 version which exists in 35mm, it is possible, as in the case of the Ultimate Edition of HUNCHBACK, to significantly improve the picture quality. There have been reports that a restoration is underway but so far, nothing. I continue to look forward to that possibility as I much prefer the 1925 version for a clearer storyline and better motivated characters. Raoul and Christine have more depth (the Angel of Music scene is there) and Inspector Ledoux of the Secret Police actually makes sense. While longer than the 1929 reissue, it seems shorter due to the way the story unfolds. It is a true silent film rather than one reedited for sound.
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on 30 October 2001
I am a HUGE Phantom fan and bought this video mainly because of that. This video was suprisingly enjoyable. The story does differ from the original novel but that is of no importance as it is a beautiful adaption. The skating is magnificent! Especially look out for the characters of Mr & Mrs Midnight who are particularly immpresive.
The production is set on a stage & not an arena as some people had thought but it does not lose any of its charm. The music is one aspect that wont be forgotton. It's unbelievable and fits perfectly with the story.

The only flaw as far as I can see is the presence of the character Raoul. He is a great skater but i did not enjoy his performance very much although I have to admit my personal dislike for the character.

Superb dancing, beautiful costumes, enchanting music, great characters & a phantastic story, a wonderful performance.
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on 28 January 2014
A beutifully produced set which preserves the wonderful Photoplay restoration shown at the London Film Festival some years ago. Picture quality and Carl Davis's orchestral score show the piece to best imaginable effect and we have the luxury of a scholarly comparison between this 1929 version and its earlier 1925 format as well as ther extras and notes.

The famous story has surely never been more grippingly shown than in this silent version (and Chaney is magnificent), although its ultimate effect is more romantic than horrific. In this respect, a bit like the Lloyd-Webber musical which was clearly inspired by it.

Bravo BFI for presenting this to us for home viewing, and please let us have more of the Photoplay silent movie restorations to preserve the work of Kevin Brownlow and his colleagues!
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on 24 December 2014
If there was ever a competition to determine which edition of this classic masterpiece was the best, this one would win hands down., and not just because it gives you it on Bluray and DVD in one go. The 1929 version is beautifully revitalised in both High and Standard Definition; there is not a single thing wrong with its quality, although I do find the music change quite jarring (I grew up knowing the soundtrack IML Digital Media and Eureka Video used for the film).

The special features are quite excellent as well. Inside the edition's case, there is a little booklet which basically covers the film's production, its place in cinematic history, and of the time and effort it took in making the remastering possible. Then of course there's what are on the discs. There's a restoration souvenir programme you can access through your computer, the famous documentary on the life of the movie's title star Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces, the enigmatic 'Man with the Lantern' sequence, and a special look at a 12 minute segment of the otherwise completely lost sound version of the film.

Everything on this edition is fantastic, but there is one thing it has that makes it stand out from the rest. The icing on the cake, as one would say. For decades, viewers and Phantom lovers had to make do with the 1929 version, which to put it plainly was a reshoot. Now for the first time in years, and on Bluray and DVD, one can finally watch the original 1925 cut of the film. Although not as wondrously remastered as its reversion, it is fully there for you with all of its glory that made audiences scream and gasp with shock. I won't say anymore than this, otherwise I'll be spoiling many surprises of why the original cut is more great than the reshoot.
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