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Phantom of the Opera (1925) (Silent) [Blu-ray] (1925)

Lon Chaney , Mary Philbin , Rupert Julian  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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Product Details

  • Actors: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry
  • Directors: Rupert Julian
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, NTSC, Silent, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FQ2H0A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,834 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Lon Chaney is Erik, the horribly disfigured Phantom who leads a menacing existence in the catacombs and dungeons beneath the Paris Opera House. When Erik falls in love with a beautiful prima donna, he kidnaps her and holds her hostage in his lair. This horror classic, presented in its 1929 re-edited reissue version, features a rare early 2-color Technicolor sequence.

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289 of 302 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Length: 1:34 Mins
*** UPDATED DEC-09-2012: ADDED REVIEW OF 2011 IMAGE/BLACKHAWK BLU-RAY EDITION ***

*** UPDATED DEC-09-2012: ADDED REVIEW OF 1997 IMAGE/BLACKHAWK DVD EDITION ***

*** ORIGINAL REVIEW POSTED SEPT-30-2003: 2003 IMAGE/MILESTONE 2-DISC DVD EDITION ***

I'm lumping my reviews together, just like what Amazon is doing! The above 3 video editions of the Lon Chaney silent classic will be covered in this review. Also, see my video clip at the top of this review to see disc covers, film clip comparisons, etc. (For those who can't see my video clip, especially iOS users who can't see flash video, I posted an external link to the video in the comment section, but you need to go to Amazon's FULL site to see the comment section.)

The 2011 Blu-ray edition of the 1925 Lon Chaney horror classic "The Phantom of the Opera" is produced by Blackhawk Films (owned by restorer David Shepard) and distributed by Image Entertainment. It has no corresponding DVD release. Blackhawk and Image also released the 1997 DVD edition, and this Blu-ray carries over some of its material.

The initial release of the Blu-ray on Nov 1, 2011 had several manufacturing defects, but a corrected edition was released soon after, and a disc replacement program was set up. Unfortunately, the replacement program was cancelled in December 2013. So if you buy used copies from third-party sellers, be sure to ask which version is being sold.

The disc packaging does not indicate which edition is the corrected one. The only way to identify it is to look at the menu screen. The corrected disc has a menu that shows more information about the disc's content, while the uncorrected one only shows the score composers' names. See my video clip above for what they look like.
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120 of 127 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An extra "ghost" in box 5 on the Milestone 2-disc set October 22, 2003
Format:DVD
For starters, I agree with all the positive things said about this 2-disc set.
Unfortunately, there a couple of things about the discs that just spoiled the whole experience for me and may do so with you.
First, there is a "motion blur" or "ghosting" artifact that runs throughout the 1929/30 restoration. It looks similar to what a transfer from PAL video format to NTSC video format looks like only more exaggerated (images appear to be overlapped or double--sometimes triple--exposed). During the unmasking, Chaney's face is unnecessarily blurred, even when using freeze frame and stepping through the scene frame by frame.
Milestone has acknowledged the "ghosting", attributing it to adjusting the frame rate of the film during transfer from video master to video master. Incidentally, the original video master was in PAL format and was converted to NTSC for US, but Milestone claims PAL to NTSC was not the cause. Since they performed the additional restoration/picture cleaning on the overly "ghosted" transfer, it became a trade-off as to whether to present the cleaned up version or the "unghosted" version. Why such extensive restoration was done to a video master with excessive motion blur is beyond me.
For some folks, this will be a minor thing. For others, it will be very distracting and cast a dark cloud over what looks like to be the cleanest `print' of this movie in existence. I will be keeping the other Image DVD edition with the David Shepherd restoration.
Secondly, for the special features, the pause, fast forward, and reverse functions have been disabled. This can be a bit of a nuisance. For example, there is a 21 minute "restored version" of the films' original premiere utilizing stills and expository text. This I was excited about.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phantom of the Opera Release is an Upgrade for Sure November 1, 2011
By ELC
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
***Update. Feb.4, 2012. I just received a replacement Blu-ray sent from Image and although the menu is easier to access-- for example the version listed as 20 fps Gabriel Thibaudeau score and the 1929 24 fps version with the Gaylord Carter score, etc. the menu is the only upgrade. The momentary "freeze" moments which is in the first release on the 20 fps version are, sadly, still there. From what I can tell, only the menus were made better, which is both good and bad. It is nice the menu is easier to access for people who buy this new version but sad that the 20 fps movie still has several moments where for a split second the image freezes. Why they left that the same I have no idea. Okay, back to my original review in early November:

I just finished watching one of three versions available on "The Phantom of the Opera" Blu-ray starring Lon Chaney and since then I have checked out the other two versions. First I watched the 20 fps (frames per second) version because I love Gabriel Thibaudeau's score. I was blown away by how sharp the picture looked. I definitely picked up on details I had not noticed before. When the Phantom is in the water, for instance, you can see just how wet the coat is when he climbs back out and details on his face as well. There is also no motion blur as there was on the Milestone release. The one quibble I do have is that there are a few instances in which the movie freezes for a second and then continues running. One place this happens is when Christine jumps up from the couch in the Phantom's cellar. There is a momentary freeze and then also when she wakes up in the morning. It wasn't in Image's DVD release but this appears to be a different print. I have read another writer's review about this problem and he made note of it too.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
The movie was sized too big for the screen. It was unusable for our organ club presentation.
Published 23 hours ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars OK, it's official--I am now a die-hard Lon Chaney fan!
Up to now, I'd never seen the entireity of Lon Chaney's portrayal! I'd only remembered seeing pictures of him as the Phantom in a book of movie monsters in a neighbor's house... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Michael D. Kuhlman
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas gifts
This was requested from a grandchild as a Christmas gift and that child was thrilled beyond reason. Entertaining to say the least.
Published 1 month ago by grandmajia
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of 10 stars
Gaze upon this ghost, this phantom, stranger than you ever
dreamt him to be, yet the inspiration for Andrew Lloyd Webber's
superb musical. Read more
Published 1 month ago by hawkeye
1.0 out of 5 stars DONT ORDER
I DID NOT REALIZE IT WAS A SILENT MOVIE AND THE QUALITY WAS TERRIBLE. I GUESS I SHOULD HAVE RESEARCHED IT BETTER.
Published 2 months ago by LRT
4.0 out of 5 stars 1929 re-release DVD of Lon Chaney's PHANTOM has great music and...
After a reviewer's review told me that his DVD with the 1929 re-release of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA had lovely colour tinting of the black and white done in 1929 of the film and a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jonhayashi1
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and unique
The film is well known but this version in Blu ray with a high quality of image is superb.
A masterpiece to must have for someone who is a true fan of the Phantom of the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. M. JUAREZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon overlooks main features
When one is going to watch a silent film on DVD in the 21st century, two things are of paramount importance: the quality of the image restoration, and the soundtrack that... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steve H
5.0 out of 5 stars A step back in time
Its a very old movie , so the quality is terrible . While watching it with my father , who was gagging , It felt like I was watching it in a theater and reminding him that , this... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jennifer Munoz
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly great edition
I really loved this edition - it was exact what I hoped it would be. Lots of extra material, and the quality was outstanding. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ulf Salvin
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They could've picked a more appropriate image for the front of the sleeve!
Totally agree. It's abominable, and not only for the spoiler aspect (which, as you say, isn't necessarily such a catastrophe when it comes to such an old, well known story and film--though it's still just plain dumb), but also in pandering to the apparent need to conform to today's SIMPLISTIC,... Read More
Nov 2, 2011 by Chazzz |  See all 3 posts
Jon C. Mirsalis score on Blu-Ray?
Yes, but it isn't a score - it's an audio commentary.
May 29, 2013 by Sup dude |  See all 3 posts
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