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Phantom of the Opera [Switchblade Symphony Soundtrack] [DVD] [1925]

  • SKU: 12890295
  • Release Date: 05/07/2002
  • Rating: NR
Lon Chaney's classic performance as a musician driven to madness by love and betrayal gets an aural update in this special DVD edition. This release of the 1925 silent classic The Phantom of the Opera (available in a number of different home-video editions) has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. This version includes a new musical score by noted goth/industrial band Switchblade Symphony, which has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Bonus materials include a biography and discography for Switchblade Symphony, and a music video featuring the group.
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    75% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 4)

    Special Features


    • Switchblade Symphony biography & discography
    • Switchblade Symphony music video

    Synopsis


    The Phantom of the Opera
    Lon Chaney stars as Erik, the Phantom, in what is probably his most famous and certainly his most horrifying role. Produced by Universal, the film shot in 1923 and shelved for nearly two years, and was subjected to intensive studio tinkering. While many expected a disaster, the film turned out to be a rousing success. It was both the stepping off point for Chaney's run as a superstar at MGM and the prototype for the horror film cycle at Universal in the 1930s. The story concerns Erik, a much-feared fiend who haunts the Paris Opera House. Lurking around the damp, dank passages deep in the cellars of the theater, he secretly coaches understudy Christine Daae (Mary Philbin) to be an opera star. Through a startling sequence of terrors, including sending a giant chandelier crashing down on the opera patrons, the Phantom forces the lead soprano to withdraw from the opera, permitting Christine to step in. Luring Christine into his subterranean lair below the opera house, the Phantom confesses his love. But Christine is in love with Raoul de Chagny (Norman Kerry). The Phantom demands that Christine break off her relationship with Raoul before he'll allow her to return to the opera house stage. She agrees, but immediately upon her release from the Phantom's lair, she runs into the arms of Raoul and they plan to flee to England after her performance that night. The Phantom overhears their conversation and, during her performance, the Phantom kidnaps Christine, taking her to the depths of his dungeon. It is left to Raoul and Simon Buquet (Gibson Gowland), a secret service agent, to track down the Phantom and rescue Christine. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Lon Chaney
      Lon Chaney - The Phantom
    • Mary Philbin
      Mary Philbin - Christine Daae
    • Norman Kerry
      Norman Kerry - Vicomte Raoul de Chagny
    • Arthur Edmund Carewe
      Arthur Edmund Carewe - Ledoux, the Persian
    • Gibson Gowland
      Gibson Gowland - Simon Buquet



    Customer rating

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

    75%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Region Free UK Release

      Posted
      derpalerpa
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Aside from this being a fantastic silent horror movie, when you order this version, you're getting the UK release which is region free (Blu ray only). It also contains both black and white and colorized versions of the film. The DVD's however contain PAL content.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      great movie bad copy

      Posted
      thetruth1977

      The only other review seems to assume that Lon Chaney made a lot of sound movies he made only one

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome movie

      Posted
      Eyrdie
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I love this movie, looks great on Blu-ray! I love the bonus features too.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      chaney

      Posted
      frankreview

      i love this movie chaney is at his best when he is with the silent movies

      I would recommend this to a friend



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