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The Phantom [Blu-ray] (1996)

Billy Zane , Treat Williams  |  PG |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy Zane, Treat Williams, James Remar, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kristy Swanson
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XUBDYM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,235 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The story begins as an expedition lands on the island of Bengalla, seeking the legendary skulls of Touganda. Believed to harness an energy force of immeasurable power, the skulls could spell disaster for mankind. And that’s exactly what ruthless tycoon Xander Drax (Treat Williams) has in mind unless one man can stop him. Now evil has met its match and great movie adventure has a new name – THE PHANTOM!

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85 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT ADAPTION OF A TRUE ORIGINAL June 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:DVD
It is rare when a movie is so close to the book or comic on which it is based. Even Phantom creator Lee Falk was proud of this baby. Both the portrayal of the characters and the storyline follow closely the 63 year-old newspaper strip on which it is based. Billy Zane IS The Phantom, a character as mysterious as Michael Keaton's Batman, but as much fun to be with as Christopher Reeve's Superman. Treat Williams gives an all out performance as villainous Xandor Drax. And Kristy Swanson is great as tough, smart Diana Palmer, the Phantom's girlfriend. This woman is no stereotypic sceamer like Lois Lane. She gets in her own punches with the bad guys and figures out who the masked hero is on her own. The story has it all--chase scenes, explosions, sword fights, and the search for a mysterious supernatural power. But like the Indiana Jones movies, it's the characters that make the movie. Plus, it's a movie the whole family can enjoy!
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment the whole family can watch! August 2, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
My wife and I saw this movie when it was in the theater. When we left, we regretted we had not taken our then 11-year-old child to see it also. Is it the greatest movie ever made? No, but it doesn't try to be and that's part of the appeal. Unlike the top-heavy Batman and Superman films, The Phantom is a fun, simple movie. It's got a lot of action, very little profanity, and a sex-and-violence level that would be hard-pressed to offend anyone. Billy Zane is terrific as the title character, tongue firmly in-cheek and looking like he's having a great time. Treat Williams chews scenery like a dog gnawing on a bone as the over-the-top villain. And yes, that is Catherine Zeta-Jones as the femme fatale. The action sequences and special effects aren't up to the level of Indiana Jones, but I doubt they were given the budget of an Indiana Jones film considering the source material--a comic book character no one under the age of 21 has ever heard of--but it doesn't really matter. It's a fun movie that stays true to the source material (which explains the purple costume criticized by so many other reviews here). This movie, just like Alec Baldwin's underrated "The Shadow" (another superhero no one under 21 has heard of), is worth a look.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
The Phantom is an enjoyable movie and true to the comics. The film's setting being in the 1930s really captures that time period, from the costumes to the vehicles. Billy Zane was just excellent in the role of the title character (with real muscles not fake rubber muscle suits like the Batman movies). He brought this classic comic book character to life with great personality, from humour to the serious, making a great superhero. Kristy Swanson (the original "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") plays the Phantom's love interest, Diana Palmer. She was just great in this movie as well, reminding me how underrated this actress is. This movie also stars Catherine Zeta Jones (the sexy lady in 1998's "The Mask of Zorro" film). She didn't have much to do here unfortunately. Treat Williams is the bad guy in this film, who, for some odd reason, portrayed it campy. This movie has some great stunts and action scenes but fails to be an Indiana Jones movie wannabe (ironically written by "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" writer Jeffrey Boam, who's also written "Lethal Weapon 2" and "Lethal Weapon 3"). The film's story could have been much better. Overall though, its still enjoyable to watch. Film director Joe Dante served as one of the executive producers on this movie.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Adventure Tale July 5, 2006
Format:DVD
It doesn't surprise me that "The Phantom" failed at the box office. It lacked the star power of other films of that time, relied on the name recognition of a hero who isn't as flashy as Batman, Spiderman, or a multitude of other characters, and, honestly, it wasn't summer blockbuster material. Perhaps if it came out in the dead of winter when most studios toss out their artsy flicks hoping for Oscar recognition, it would have done better.

With that said, I have to admit that "The Phantom" is a wonderful flick to watch. Granted, it doesn't have flying heroes or webslingers, but it does have a wonderful story to it in the classic vein of those old 1930's cliffhangers. Billy Zane is game as Kit Walker/Phantom. He has that classic Hollywood look to him that makes him perfect for the role. Kristy Swanson (the original Buffy) does a wonderful job as Diane Palmer, the damsel in not-so-much-distress. Catherine Zeta Jones, James Remar, and the underrated Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa head up a stellar supporting cast. The real "treat" here, however, is Treat Williams as Xander Drax, the evil mastermind behind all of the Phantom's problems in this film. He's completely over the top, delivering smug lines like, "Show me the power!" with enough cinematic flair that you can't help but love his devilish character.

The story involves the search for three skulls: one of bronze, one of jade, and one of gold, that will give their owner ultimate power. Drax, being the power-hungry man that he is, is on the hunt for these three skulls. The only things in his way are the Sang Brotherhood, who are responsible for creating the Phantom many centuries ago, and the Phantom himself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good old time serial
If you enjoyed the old radio series, this movie updates it with an interesting story line and good cinematography. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Denise Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Long time Phantom Phan
I have been a fan of the Phantom a long time - from the comics back in the '30s and '40s to the old movie serial, to the present day release. Read more
Published 1 month ago by William Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant
The item arrived intact with no damage. The sound and picture and features playback is superb. it was worth the wait.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Andrew Curry
5.0 out of 5 stars Phantom
A Wonderful movie. Everything I remember it to be. I have enjoyed it from the first time I saw it VHS.
Published 2 months ago by Joseph R. Arteaga
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
The movie was delivered when I was told it would be here. This movie takes me back to my childhood. It's kind of corny, but I love it.
Published 2 months ago by Melanie Chavez
4.0 out of 5 stars Slam Evil!
The Bangalla Jungla. 1938. A group of men, led by the surly and short-tempered Quill, forces a young native boy to guide them to a cave deep in the jungle, despite the boy's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kooshmeister
5.0 out of 5 stars Phantom
loved it, have not seen it in years but i loved it then and i loved it again, thumbs up
Published 2 months ago by LaTrese Pickens
4.0 out of 5 stars superhero
If you like the older cheesy kind of superhero movie this is for you. Over all not that bad of a movie for it's time.
Published 2 months ago by Dena L A Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie
One of my personal favorites, and I enjoy watching it again and again. I actually purchased this as a gift for my son.
Published 2 months ago by Cindy J Schulz
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Phanton movie.
I wish there had been a sequel because it felt like there was going to be one. I would like to have seen the marriage and carrying on the tradition.
Published 2 months ago by Nancy G. Baran
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