- Actors: Herbert Lom, Heather Sears, Edward de Souza, Thorley Walters, Michael Gough
- Directors: Terence Fisher
- Writers: Anthony Hinds, Gaston Leroux
- Producers: Anthony Hinds, Basil Keys
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
- Rated: Not RatedUnrated
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
- VHS Release Date: July 11, 1995
- Run Time: 84 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
- ASIN: 630346470X
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,392 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Phantom of the Opera VHS
This 1962 version of the horror story comes from Britain's Hammer Films, and is unusually ornate for that studio. Herbert Lom gives an affecting performance as the disfigured composer who wreaks vengeance beneath an opera house. The film is low on violence and strong on the character's psychological state, and the Phantom's lair is very haunting in its own way. A subplot involving a police investigation is mere (and distracting) padding, but otherwise there is a lot of merit to this 1962 production. --Tom Keogh
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The music was lovely and Lom was spot on as our scarred, tortured genius. He simply had a strong, commanding presence. So much so that I wish he had more screen time and there was more relationship development between him and Christine. Not necessarily a romantic relationship (though I do admit a happy ending for the Phantom is always on my wish list), but something that grows mutual respect and admiration. Given the movie's time constraints, I can see why this was not developed further.
This is a nice addition to any PotO collector's video library, so I would definitely recommend picking it up. It's up there in my top 5 Phantom films.