The Phantom Of The Opera (1962) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

The Phantom Of The Opera (1962) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

The Phantom Of The Opera (1962) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

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The Phantom Of The Opera (1962) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Terence Fisher
Starring: Herbert Lom, Heather Sears, Edward de Souza
Rated: UR/Region A/Various/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory

Mysterious mishaps bedevil a London opera house, but when tragedy strikes during an opening night performance, it’s clear that these “accidents” are the deliberate work of a deranged madman – The Phantom. When Christine (Heather Sears), the young star of a new musical is contacted by the shadowy specter, her producer investigates, tracking the ghostly Phantom to his secret underground lair. More than an evil apparition, The Phantom proves to be a brilliant composer. Disfigured and nearly destroyed, he now demands his hellish revenge. Christine, his new star, is his one weakness, and he pays the ultimate price to keep his love alive.

Hammer’s Phantom of the Opera is a bit different from the classic Universal one as I’m sure everyone would expect. Phantom with the Hammer style is a bit of a classy affair one that seems to put forth more in the side of acting and performance than maybe even pure horror. The horror side is where the Universal one has the edge, but here with this take on the classic tale, we do have an interesting story that is held on the getting to the bottom of our opera phantom situation. Along the way, we come across a songbird that has caught the eye of just about everyone. She’s got the obvious love interest, but she’s also caught the eye of the shady man over the opera, a warning she was told of beforehand by her third suiter, the Phantom of this Opera himself. These elements all coming into place is what I found the most interesting about this movie.

So things happen, people sing opera music, and people are killed along the way as we learn about the shady of past of some folks, the motivation of the phantom, and just what everyone is trying to gain in general. It isn’t the best Phantom of the Opera movie you will ever come across but it gets the job done and I found it good enough. Another thing solid is the transfer but if you are a person who just wants to be a completist you’ll be happy to find this one here in two different ratios. You also get the TV version of the film here as well, but that does come in the form of a standard definition version. Still, you can’t be having it here even if it is in HD. A whole other list of NEW features will round out the extras for this one.

Extras

  • NEW 2K Scan From The Interpositive – Two Aspect Ratios 1.85:1 And 1.66:1
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historians Troy Howarth And Nathaniel Thompson (1.85:1 Version)
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman And Filmmaker/Film Historian Constantine Nasr (1.66:1 Version)
  • NEW The Men Who Made Hammer: Anthony Hinds
  • NEW Phantom Triumphant: Edwin Astley And Hammer’s Horror Opera – An Interview With Author David Huckvale
  • NEW Herbert Lom: The Soul Behind The Mask – An Interview With Film Historian/Screenwriter/Novelist C. Courtney Joyner
  • NEW Interview With Special Effects Artist Brian Johnson
  • “The Making Of Phantom Of The Opera” – Narrated By Edward De Souza Plus Interviews With Richard Golen, Alan Lavender, And Edward De Souza
  • The Longer TV Version (In Standard Definition)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 96%

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