The Phantom Of The Opera (1989) Blu-ray Review
The 1989 “The Phantom of the Opera” is a flat adaptation.
An up and coming opera singer (Christine) poised for stardom in NY finds herself strangely transported back in time to Victorian London. While there, she encounters a disfigured composer (The Phantom AKA Erik) who wants Christine to be the lead in a production of “Faust.” What Christine doesn’t know is that Erik a murderous psycho who loves her completely.
“The Phantom of the Opera” is a story that has been told time and time again in cinema. Instead of being a traditional telling the 1989 version takes a different approach by adding a time travel element and slasher horror style violence. Despite this inventive spin on the story, however, the execution leaves a lot to be desired.
While “The Phantom of the Opera” has worked as a movie and a musical, it doesn’t quite work as a more violent horror film. Rather than being a strictly unique take on the classic story, it feels like a glorified horror film with weird story changes, bloody murders and gruesome makeup (which is effective). All of these elements feel like forced gimmicks to try and stand out from other ‘Phantom’ films.
There is one saving grace here and that is actor Robert Englund. He really commits to the titular role with a truly unnerving performance. He carries the movie on his back and gives great depth to the character. I wish I could say Jill Schoelen was also good, but she’s miscast here as Christine. She was far better in the original “The Stepfather” (which is a must see). While they have little to do in the movie, keep an eye out for a young Molly Shannon and Bill Nighy. It’s fun to see them here.
Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect to see some dirt specs and grain, but overall, it’s a solid hi-def upgrade.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? An extremely lively track. Whether it’s a music number or an action sequence, the track delivers.
* “The Phantom of the Opera” trailer.
* TV spot, radio spots and a still gallery.
* The 38 minute “Behind The Mask: The Making of The Phantom of the Opera” contains film clips, makeup tidbits, interviews with cast and crew members (including Robert Englund), “The Phantom of the Opera” discussions, cast and character breakdowns, and more.
* A delightful commentary by Dwight H. Little and Robert Englund that is filled with tons of behind-the-scenes stories.
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