Phantom of the Opera (Universal Studios Classic Monster Collection)
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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).
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.Read more ›
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.
The movie was beautifully done with a grand scope and gorgeous cinematography. Of course, it is always a treat to watch a great actor like Claude Rains perform and I loved the beautiful voices of Susanna Foster and Nelson Eddy. I guess the only problem I had with this movie was I wish there could have been more Phantom and more of his history and interaction with Christine.
Overall, a well done movie and I recommend this to all phans as an addition to your collection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great old movie! Love the costumes and home decor in these old movies.Published 10 days ago by Julie H.
I've been collecting the classic monster movies and this is the first time I've ever seen Phantom of the Opera, this one is definitely the odd one out. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Rick
There is no mystery who the Phantom is so the story is simply a crime drama to hunt for him. His ultimate motive (check IMdb for that) was left out of the final cut. Read morePublished 15 days ago by F. Theilig
great service good movie rounds out my collection universal horror filmsPublished 19 days ago by sampickett
Campy and fun compared to Andrew Lloyd Weber's masterpiece! A childhood memory...Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Spectacular stage settings and costumes, well-trained operatic voices, and a compelling scenario, could have led to a wonderful musical. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Yiannis P
It was okay for the year it was filmed. It was nice to watch it and compare it to the 2004 movie and the Broadway Play.Published 1 month ago by TeaPea
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