Phantom Of The Opera (1998)

Overview

A-Pix Entertainment brings Italian master of horror Dario Argento's faithful adaptation of Gaston Leroux's classic Phantom of the Opera stateside in this handsome and well-presented disc, which offers some exciting extras for film buffs and Argento fans alike. A duel-sided, single-layered disc offering the film in either full-screen 1.33:1 or anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1 (16 x 9 enhanced for widescreen TVs), A-Pix did a fantastic job of maintaining the film's moody cinematography courtesy of Ronnie Taylor. The ...
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Overview

A-Pix Entertainment brings Italian master of horror Dario Argento's faithful adaptation of Gaston Leroux's classic Phantom of the Opera stateside in this handsome and well-presented disc, which offers some exciting extras for film buffs and Argento fans alike. A duel-sided, single-layered disc offering the film in either full-screen 1.33:1 or anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1 (16 x 9 enhanced for widescreen TVs), A-Pix did a fantastic job of maintaining the film's moody cinematography courtesy of Ronnie Taylor. The darks in the Phantom's elaborate cavern are bold and solid, and the colors of the opera house are rich and vivid. Skin tones are beautifully captured and though the film shows slight signs of compression artifacting, it is for the most part a flawless presentation. The audio, presented in English Dolby Digital 5.1, more than adequately fills the room with the lurid, vivid sounds of horror as the low-frequency rumblings complement discomfort and tension in the appropriate scenes. Though Ennio Morricone's grandiose score, with its ominous organs blasting, doesn't carry the resonance one might expect, voices haunt the Phantom's cavern with an eerie echo that utilizes the multiple channels to create a complex and ultimately satisfying audio scheme. Optional, easy-to-read Spanish subtitles straddle the lower letterboxing of the picture without becoming obtrusive to the image. The first thing that will catch the viewer's eye on this disc is the attractive and functional full-motion "Main Menu" screen. Blasting with fire and screams at each selection made, and accompanied by Morricone's creepy score, it's a pleasure to watch while selecting the disc's numerous special features, which include a detailed filmography section, a photo gallery, a Fangoria article interviewing Argento's brother and collaborator Claudio, an insightful three-minute interview with star Julian Sands, theatrical and video trailers, and a fun, ten-minute, behind-the-scenes montage of Argento doing what he does best.
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Special Features

16:9 anamorphic widescreen and full-frame versions; Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound; Photo gallery; Filmographies; Theatrical and video trailers; Spanish subtitling; Fangoria article; Interview with Julian Sands; Behind-the-Scenes footage
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/1999
  • UPC: 783722701331
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Allumination
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,178

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julian Sands The Phantom
Asia Argento Christine
Andrea Di Stefano Raoul de Chagny
Nadia Rinaldi Carlotta
Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni Honorine
Corlina Cataldi-Tassoni Honorine
Istvan Bubik Ignace
Zoltan Barabas Poligny
Technical Credits
Dario Argento Director, Screenwriter
Roberto Alberghini Sound/Sound Designer
Claudio Argento Executive Producer
Gérard Brach Screenwriter
Giuseppe Colombo Producer
Antonello Geleng Production Designer
Agnes Gyarmathy Costumes/Costume Designer
Alessandro Ingargiola Asst. Director
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Anna Napoli Editor
Peter Racz Asst. Director
Aron Sipos Producer
Sergio Stivaletti Special Effects
Csaba Stork Production Designer
Peter Szilagyi Special Effects
Ronnie Taylor Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Index
1. Main Title [3:24]
2. Paris 1877 [9:33]
3. Up in the Clouds [12:35]
4. Dance School Pupils [9:59]
5. Beware of the Phantom [8:59]
6. Jaded Spirits [8:39]
7. Butter and Jam [9:21]
8. Singing Lessons [11:47]
9. Curse of the Opera House [10:24]
10. Phantom Arrives [4:56]
11. "Christine!" [6:06]
12. Credits [3:36]
Side #2 -- Pan & Scan
0. Scene Index
1. Main Title [3:24]
2. Paris 1877 [9:33]
3. Up in the Clouds [12:35]
4. Dance School Pupils [9:57]
5. Beware of the Phantom [9:01]
6. Jaded Spirits [8:40]
7. Butter and Jam [9:20]
8. Singing Lessons [11:47]
9. Curse of the Opera House [10:25]
10. Phantom Arrives [4:56]
11. "Christine!" [6:06]
12. Credits [3:36]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play Movie
   Audio Options
      Stereo
      5.1 Dolby Digital
   Subtitles
      Spanish: On
      Spanish: Off
   Bonus Material
      Julian Sands Interview
      Photo Gallery
         To Gallery
      Filmography
         Dario Argento
         Julian Sands
         Asia Argento
      Fangoria Article
      Behind the Scenes
   Trailers
      Theatrical
      Video
Side #2 -- Pan & Scan
   Play Movie
   Audio Options
      Stereo
      5.1 Dolby Digital
   Subtitles
      Spanish: On
      Spanish: Off
   Bonus Material
      Julian Sands Interview
      Photo Gallery
         To Gallery
      Filmography
         Dario Argento
         Julian Sands
         Asia Argento
      Fangoria Article
      Behind the Scenes
   Trailers
      Theatrical
      Video
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THAT'S THE WRONG TRAILER!

    That is the wrong trailer for the movie. The trailer set to this is The Phantom of the Opera Musical Film (2004) Joel Schumacher. I own that one, and trust me this is not it. I really think you should get the correct trailer. I'd like to see what this movie looks a bit like before I want to buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Abused Version

    Dario Argento was (and still is) widely panned for this "sub-par" revamping of this classic story of "dark eroticism" and terror. However, I feel that this film has been labeled unjustly: it is very interesting. So many points in the film seemed to steer off into "campy" territory but yet the moments of beauty really did shine through, and personally, I think that anyone who watches the film will remember the haunting screams of Asia Argento before the motorized, rat-killing sequence. Yes, when compared to Argento's masterpiece's of the likes of Suspiria, the film falters, but there is something about the turn in plot and the way the scenes in the catacombs were shot the scenery was very beautiful. There are some bad acting moments as well, but again, it's pretty much taken in stride. Also, much of the supporting cast seemed to revel in their roles, especially the jealous rival of Asia Argento's character, whom she cannot stand, nor tolerate anyone daring to call her a "fat cow." It should be noted that there is more gore and nudity than you would think of in such a film, but it never really went over the edge it worked together nicely. Although the whore-house/bath scenes were a little out of the blue. I am happy to have seen it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An interesting version...

    I found this version particularily haunting. There are so many elements not in keeping with the original story, but its good nonetheless. You may want to rent it before you buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2004

    Its amazing

    this is an amazing story that i like theirs many difrent books and movies that are simular to this

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