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Phantom of the Opera (Universal Studios Classic Monster Collection) (1943)

Nelson Eddy , Claude Rains , Arthur Lubin  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nelson Eddy, Claude Rains, Susanna Foster, Edgar Barrier
  • Directors: Arthur Lubin
  • Writers: Eric Taylor, Samuel Hoffenstein
  • Producers: George Waggner
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 078324097X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,701 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Phantom of the Opera (Universal Studios Classic Monster Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked
  • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Scott MacQueen
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Production Notes

  • Editorial Reviews

    This spectacular retelling of Gaston Leroux's immortal horror tale stars Claude Rains as the masked phantom of the Paris opera house - a crazed composer who schemes to make a beautiful young soprano (Susanna Foster) the star of the opera company and wreak revenge on those who stole his music. Nelson Eddy, the heroic baritone, tries to win the affections of Foster as he tracks down the disfigured "monster" who has begun murdering those who resist his mad demands. This lavish production remains a masterpiece not only of the genre, but for all time.

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    46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars glorious Technicolor adaptation of the Leroux novel February 21, 2005
    Format:DVD
    This 1943 version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is simply stunning. As other viewers have noted, this version is more colourful musical than bloodcurdling horror (and more in tune with Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical than the Lon Chaney silent).

    Claude Rains plays the Phantom. In this version the Phantom is a violinist in the opera's orchestra, trying to get his own music published. Because of arthritis in one of his hands, he gets fired from the orchestra and left virtually destitute. A case of jumping to the wrong conclusion leads him to be severely scarred by acid, and he retreats to the cool and dark of the sewers for refuge.

    Susanna Foster plays Christine DuBois, a young singer in the opera chorus, who graduates to the lead roles when the resident diva is murdered by the Phantom. Nelson Eddy plays Anatole, the resident lead baritone who is in love with Christine.

    The Technicolor photography is lush and vibrant, superbly reproduced for this DVD. Susanna Foster (and her amazing voice which roams several octaves) is perfectly showcased in the well-executed opera scenes. Also starring Edgar Barrier, J. Edward Bromberg and Jane Farrar.

    Followed by THE CLIMAX (which featured Susanna Foster being menaced by Boris Karloff).
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    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Film March 25, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:VHS Tape
    I saw the 1943 version of "The Phantom of the Opera" before I read the book and (last) saw the 1925 version. I have to admit that it was not like the book at all, but the Lon Chaney version was a little. Claude Rains was very convincing as the tormented and lovesick Phantom, and was always more interesting than Lon Chaney. But Claude Rains was not given very much screen time, except near the beginning and end of the film. The sets were fabulous. Nelson Eddy and Edgar Barrier were almost constantly trying to win over Christine, and even though these scenes were funny, I've noticed that they can very easily become distractions that seem designed only to de-emphasize Claude Rains, which only hurts the film. Susanna Foster and Nelson Eddy sang a lot, and while these numbers were very nice and a joy to listen to, they were the only time Nelson Eddy really got a chance to shine, which is unfortunate. However, Susanna Foster fared well throughout the entire film. I would not recommend this film to anyone who doesn't like opera, or to anyone who wants to see a lot of the Phantom.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Technicolor, Glorius Technicolor October 24, 2007
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    Years ago I taped "The Phantom of the Opera" off an old TV Channel. Not to long before I bought my new copy I hauled out the old tape and watched the film. All the colors had shifted and the copy looked like it was old and tired out.
    I bought the new print when I saw it was available and had been cleaned up and beautifully restored. I got goose bumps when I saw this new copy.All the life was back and restored. Susanna Foster looked beautiful as the Opera Saprano and Nelson Eddy was in Fine Voice. Not to mention the gorgeous sets in vivid color. I've always said there is nothing like Technicolor. No other process even comes close. The Music is beautiful.Claude Rains makes a fine Phantom. The Screenplay is very good also. Warner Bros. is doing a fine job restoring these old films. I had to give this one 5 stars. I know this is a Horror Flick but it's a beautifully done Horror Flick.
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    51 of 66 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars The Phantom Goes Musical June 26, 2003
    Format:DVD
    Gaston Leroux�s penny-dreadful novel was hardly the stuff of great literature, but it did manage to tap into the public consciousness with its gas-light-gothic tale of a beautiful singer menaced by a horrific yet seductive serial killer lurking in the forgotten basement labyrinths of the Paris Opera. Lon Chaney�s silent classic kept the basic elements of the novel intact�-and proved one of the great box office hits of its day, a fact that prompted Universal Studios to contemplate a remake throughout most of the 1930s. Although several proposals were considered (including one intended to feature Deanna Durbin, who despised the idea and derailed the project with a flat refusal), it wasn�t until 1943 that a remake reached the screen. And when it did, it was an eye-popping Technicolor extravaganza, all talking, all singing, and dancing. The Phantom had gone musical.
    In many respects this version of PHANTOM anticipates the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical, for whereas the Chaney version presented the Phantom as a truly sinister entity, this adaptation presents the character as one more sinned against than sinning�an idea that would color almost every later adaptation, and Webber�s most particularly so. But it also shifts the focus of the story away from the title character, who is here really more of a supporting character than anything else. The focus is on Paris Opera star Christine Dae, here played by Susanna Foster. In this version Christine is not only adored by the Phantom; she is also romantically pursued by two suitors who put aside their differences to protect her.
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    10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Nelson Eddy revives his opera career July 13, 2005
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    What a quaint idea to cast an actual opera singer, Nelson Eddy, as the baritone. His whole film career at MGM never allowed him to display his talent so beautifully. Claude Raines was very effective as the Phantom, and Susanna Foster, in her first film role was a beautiful and talented Christine. The opera scenes were well staged, and for a 1943 film at Universal, it was quite lavish. The underground lair of the Phantom was chilling--I do believe I read that part of the set was where the Lon Chaney version was filmed. A bit of trivia--this is the only film in which Mr. Eddy did not win the leading lady at the end. Hopefully this convinced him to never dye his blond hair black again and grow a mustache:)
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
    This is one of the older versions of the original story. Claude Raines is the phantom and he makes you love him. I bought this to replace my worn out vhs version.
    Published 1 month ago by jbkb
    5.0 out of 5 stars Phantom is Great
    I had seen this show 50? years ago and loved it then. Claude Rains was as good as I remembered him.
    Published 1 month ago by John Paul Goodman
    5.0 out of 5 stars OLD MOVIES
    GREAT MOVIE BETTER THAN SOME OF TODAY'S MOVIES.NO MOVIE LIKE THE OLD MOVIES.THEY {THE MOVIE MAKERS}COULD TAKE A LESSON FROM THE OLD MAKERS.
    Published 2 months ago by George Cebisch
    5.0 out of 5 stars Different music then current version, but equally lovely.
    The phantom is well-played, and the old diva is truly annoying -- as she is supposed to be. The voices are beautiful and set decoration hits the mood mark perfectly. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Lacemaker427
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent early work
    Very good restoration and faithful rediscovery of an early rendition of the Phantom. Outstanding performances by actors of the time. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Online purchase
    4.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing for POTO fans
    The classic 1943 version, this version is historical in the Phantom of the Opera evolution as well as a fine example of early movies of that era. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Lynn Covington
    5.0 out of 5 stars The classic
    This is the classic Phantom movie. Claude Rains is one of the greats and has done a Great job in many movies playing his character role.
    Published 5 months ago by Adriana
    5.0 out of 5 stars historical significance
    This movie gives a great perspective of the 1930's and is a must for everyone who likes Andrew L. Weber's version.
    Published 6 months ago by Jolene
    5.0 out of 5 stars good
    this is a good movie to watch and maybe learn about this in the opera and watch as much as you want
    Published 6 months ago by Marguerite Poll
    1.0 out of 5 stars Way too much opera and too little phantom.
    I vaguely remember seeing this when quite young. At that time, the phantom and the removal of his mask obviously made a big impression on me and I looked forward to seeing it... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Joan C. Forster
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