In this period piece set in 1950s London, a meticulous tailor for the rich and famous (Daniel Day-Lewis) suddenly finds himself in love with a working-class woman (Vicky Krieps). Their worlds collide as the tailor's obsession with her begins to disturb his orderly professional life. Lesley Manville, Camilla Rutherford, and Jane Perry co-star. Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.~Garrett Spake
Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson
Daniel Day-LewisReynolds Woodcock
Gina McKeeCountess Henrietta Harding
Philip FranksPeter Martin
Paul Thomas AndersonProducer
Jonny GreenwoodComposer (Music Score)
Mark TildesleyProduction Designer
Adam SquiresArt Director
Adam SomnerExecutive Producer
Chelsea BarnardExecutive Producer
Peter HeslopExecutive Producer
Mark BridgesCostume Designer
Veronique MelerySet Decorator
Adrian BellProduction Sound Mixer
Chris ReynoldsSpecial Effects Supervisor
John MidgleyProduction Sound Mixer
Paul EngelenMakeup Designer
Period Film,Romantic Drama
Year of Release
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray
Phantom Thread [4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray] 
EVEN IF THE MOVIE ISN'T WHAT I HOPED FOR THIS ACTOR'S LAST MOVIE TO BE DOESN'T CHANGE THE GREATNESS THAT IS DDL. HE IS A PURE JOY TO WATCH WORK, AND IF HE WAS STANDING IN FRONT OF A WHITE WALL ACTING SOLO, I'D STILL WATCH IN AMAZEMENT. THE MOVIE IS STILL ENTERTAINING,BUT SLOW-PACED AND JUST WEIRD. WHAT ELSE TO EXPECT FROM A PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON FLICK! HAD TO OWN IT!
This was not at all what I was expecting; I'm a PTA fan and went in a little blind but was pleasantly surprised. Paul shot the film gorgeously and the performances are top notch - the bu ray transfer is beautiful as well. The audio is top notch and score is fantastic. I wish the supplements offered a little more but the package looks and sounds great, fitting for a great film.
Perfection in cinematic form is rarely achieved, even in the greatest of films, but one that comes close is Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread”, the story of a fictional renowned fashion designer in London in the mid-1950s who finds his muse in the body of a clumsy, lower class immigrant girl (who might have been a Jewish refugee). Daniel Day-Lewis plays the obdurate couturier Reynolds Woodcock; Vicky Krieps, the muse Alma; and Lesley Manville, Reynolds’ sister and manager Cyril – the three characters comprise the trio of ‘instruments’ of P.T. Anderson’s cinematic chamber film in which every composition, every camera movement, every character nuance is marked by his superior directorial control. The acting of the three stars is incomparable, each perfectly matched to play off each other – sometimes in harmony, sometimes in extreme dissonance – and this may be the finest performance of Day-Lewis’s career, even considering his “Lincoln’ of 2012. But it is Anderson who controls the film with utter mastery, his camera lovingly focusing on close-ups of colored threads guided through lace and thick fabrics, gliding sensuously over luxurious dresses, traveling through the many ornate rooms of the House of Woodcock. Anderson not only directed, he co-wrote the script over several years with Daniel Day-Lewis, and even served as his own cameraman (uncredited). Actually a precise cinematic allegory of the romantic relationship paradigm, the film often echoes Hitchcock (“Vertigo”, “Rebecca”, even “Psycho”) in its portrayal of an obsessive love that serves as a direct metaphor for the forming of a romantic bond with another, yet it also reaches into the rich baroque luxuriousness of Max Ophüls. How much does one have to give up in a relationship? How does one balance a personal creative calling with another’s needs? Do we always “hurt the one we love?” Clichés are both encompassed and transcended in “Phantom Thread”, one of the most intimate, insightful and stylish films of recent years. P.T. Anderson himself operates uncompromisingly here, using every filmmaking technique on a creatively heightened level, and in the service of his own personal art. Even Jonny Greenwood’s opulent score with its twisting piano chords and rapidly-moving strings conveying hallucinatory neuroticism with ghostly melancholy occasionally runs simpatico with the characters, but sometimes intriguingly counter to the image, conveying relationship disharmony, becoming an emotional synthesis for the moment. In future years there is no doubt this film’s reputation will tower. This is the film Anderson has been working towards his whole career, and, so far, his masterpiece.
This is Daniel Day Lewis last film before he retired from acting. I wouldn’t call it his greatest or most memorable but Phantom Thread is a good film nonetheless. PT Anderson once again makes a beautiful film feel like those movies you’ve watched on TCM from yesteryear. I recommend Phantom Thread.
Phantom Thread isn't a flashy or fast paced spectacle, but a rare, well-made and very welcome character study in this day and age of billion dollar Marvel franchises. After There Will Be Blood, I didn't think PT and Daniel Day could capture lightning in a bottle again, but I was certainly wrong.
It's not everyone's cup of tea, I'm sure. Some may be put off by the near perfect script and subtle, nuanced performances. Just accept the lack of car chases or the fact that no one will save the world and check out, what I consider, the year's best picture.
As a history professor, I use several Daniel Day-Lewis films in class (There Will Be Blood, Gangs of New York, etc.). He's an amazing actor. Phantom Thread is not the type of movie I would usually enjoy, but he's just such a great actor. Recommended.
PTA does it again with a beautiful movie that features an equally beautiful soundtrack. In an age filled with sequels, prequels, reboots, forced diversity, SJW tokenism and cinematic universes, PTA dared to do something that hasn't been done very much in a while. He directed an original film that he wrote himself. Next time you think you may go see a superhero film or big blockbuster, do yourself a favor. Watch something creative that someone wrote themselves and support art or it will fade away.