The Phantom of the Opera [DVD] [1943]

  • SKU: 3985058
  • Release Date: 04/12/2005
  • Rating: NR
This Technicolor retelling of the Gaston Leroux "grand guignol" classic The Phantom of the Opera has a little more opera than phantom, but that's because the stars are soprano Susannah Foster and tenor Nelson Eddy. Claude Rains carries the acting honors on his shoulders, playing a pathetic orchestra violinist who worships aspiring opera-singer Foster from afar. The girl is unaware that Rains has secretly been financing her music lessons with instructor Leo Carrillo. When he runs out of money, Rains attempts to sell the concerto that he's been working on all his life. Mistakenly believing that his precious concerto has been stolen from him, Rains attacks and kills the music publisher he holds responsible. Terrified, the publisher's mistress throws a pan full of acid into Rains' face. Rains runs screaming into the night, and is not heard from for the next reel or so. Soon afterward, the Paris Opera house is plagued by a series of mysterious accidents. The managers are informed via letter that the "accidents" will continue if Foster is not immediately promoted to leading roles. Only after reigning diva Jane Farrar is drugged into incapacitation is Foster given her big break. Farrar accuses Foster's boyfriend, police inspector Nelson Eddy, of doping her in order to advance Foster's career. Farrar is later strangled, and Eddy is accused of the crime. The culprit is, of course, Rains, who now poses as the masked-and-caped "phantom". Maniacally determined that no one will impede Foster's success, Rains causes a huge chandelier to crash down on the opera audience when Foster fails to appear onstage (she'd been kept from performing by police-chief Edgar Barrier, who hoped in this manner to flush The Phantom out of hiding). A chase through the catacombs below the opera house ensues, with Rains holding Foster prisoner. When Rains briefly lets down his guard, the tremulous Foster removes his mask. It's "yecccch," all right, but nowhere near as frightening as the unmasking scene in the silent Lon Chaney version of Phantom of the Opera. The same can be said for the rest of this 1943 remake, though in fairness it appears as though the film wasn't really designed to scare anyone, but instead to serve as a suspense yarn with musical interludes. Hume Cronyn makes his second film appearance in Phantom in a microscopic role. The huge sets designed for this picture were hastily reused for the 1944 Universal melodrama The Climax, starring Boris Karloff and (again) Susannah Foster.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (13 out of 13)

Special Features


  • "The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked"
  • Feature commentary with film historian Scott MacQueen
  • Production photographs
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Cast and filmmakers
  • Production notes

Synopsis


The Phantom of the Opera

Cast & Crew


  • Nelson Eddy
    Nelson Eddy - Anatole Garron
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    Susanna Foster - Christine DuBois
  • Claude Rains
    Claude Rains - Enrique Claudin
  • Edgar Barrier
    Edgar Barrier - Raoul D'Aubert
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    Jane Farrar - Biancarolli



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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Blast from the past

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    Rosebud
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    Maybe the oldest version of this film? Anyway for it's time it was spectacular. Would recommend for film buffs only. A bit corny & slow at times but the color is great. This is not a colorized black & white movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic film from Universal Studios Golden Age.

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    original6goalie
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    Awesome version of the classic Phantom of the Opera story. the Blu-ray quality is fantastic. Really enjoyed the movie. A must have for anyone wanting to have a collection of the classic Universal horror films.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent classic horror flick

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    Timma
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    This is one of the great original classic horror flicks. For this price, you have to get it. Goes great with the other horror collectibles - Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman, ...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great edition for collection of "originals"

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    Read the original story and found movie matched,characters had the depth of emotion not found in of the modern story versions.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic with vudu, great

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    Brokebrain
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    Never saw this movie as a kid so when I saw it with vudu I couldn't resist. Rushed home and watched it right away. Next will be to see it live.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great film

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    UncleChad
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    I'd never seen this film or play before but I'd heard a lot about it. I'm happy to have added it to my collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic!

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    gn21048
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    Classic tale, with great picture. Nice to have the older thought provoking films be released in the Blu-ray format

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    classic

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    Alex
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    Glad to see this great movie release in blu ray disc . Great movie to watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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