I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! Between a 24 Hour Horrorthon and the traditional festivities of Halloween night, we have had a fun and exhausting few days. Now that the holiday is (sadly) over, we can all relax a little. It’s time to leisurely enjoy some horror at home. What would I recommend first? One new release comes to mind.
Phantom of the Opera (1925) Blu-Ray edition
For readers with Blu-Ray players, I am referring to the new edition of the 1925 classic, The Phantom of the Opera.
Lon Chaney is Erik, the horribly disfigured Phantom who leads a menacing existence in the catacombs and dungeons beneath the Paris Opera House. When Erik falls in love with a beautiful prima donna, he kidnaps her and holds her hostage in his lair. This horror classic, presented in its 1929 re-edited reissue version, features a rare early 2-color Technicolor sequence.
This Blu-Ray includes three versions:
- Brand-new HD digital transfer of the 24fps version of 1929 reissue (Academy Aspect Ratio; 16×9 pillar-boxed) from the 35mm negative, with tinted sequences including the Bal Masque sequence in two-strip Technicolor. Featuring a brand new music score by Alloy Orchestra, plus Gaylord Carter’s famous theatre organ score, released for the first time in stereo;
- Brand-new HD transfer of 20fps version of 1929 reissue with tinting, Technicolor and hand-coloring. Symphonic score composed by Gabriel Thibaudeau, performed by I Musici de Montreal, conducted by Yuri Turovsky with Claudine Cote, soprano presented in stereo, along with a new full-length audio essay by Dr. Jon Mirsalis;
- Standard definition presentation of the original 1925 release from a 16mm tinted source copy. Accompanied by a new piano score by Dr. Frederick Hodges.
The following special features are included:
- PHANTOM OF THE OPERA TRAILER
- Gabriel Thibaudeau Interview
- Photo Gallery
- Phantom Script
- Phantom Souvenir Program Reproduction
My information comes from the listing on Amazon, the product page at Image Entertainment, and Image’s original press release. I’m definitely checking this out as soon as possible. If the film quality is as beautiful as I’ve heard, you should do the same.