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Watch Before It's Too Late
By Reymund Alvarenga
I Finally Can Say That This Movie Has One Great Story A Diffrent Cast & One Of Thoes Cast Members Is Michael Gough Who Here In America Was Known Best For Playing Alfred Bruce Wayne/Batman's Servent This Film Was Remade Countless Times Then But When Universal Studios Sold There Rights For Thee Universal Monsters The Phantom Of The Opera Was One Of Thoes Monsters This Version By Hammer Films Is Right Up There With The Legendary Villan Himself Sir Lon Chaney Who Gave An Iconic Performance For The Phantom Now Herbert Lom Was To Take The Mask To The Next Level In Diffrent Way & I Will Say This He Did It Brilliantly The Set's Are Amazing The Mask Is Beautiful & Herbert Lom Gives A Performance I Will Never Forget He Takes It Beyond With This Tale Monstrosity Of Gorgeous Music Kind Soul That Never Meant No Harm Of A Story This Film Is In My Horror Collection For All Eternity I Hope Ever Reads This Will Do The Same Never Judge A Brilliant Book By It's Magnificent Cover Of Great Sets Awsome Cast & Breathtaking Directing
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My Personal Favorite Hammer
By V. Risoli-Black
I had nightmares after seeing 1962's Hammer/Universal version of "Phantom of the Opera." It was the organ music especially that caused me what had become a claustrophobic feeling in the nightmares. (Roger Corman's "The Premature Burial" and Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" were the other two films to cause nightmares). But Hammer's film which thankfully did not star Cary Grant (who is touted to have been considered for the part) in the Edward de Souza role was especially noteworthy as it was a Hammer film tailored for kids of the G-rating variety. I was a kid then but they let me in to see a disturbing film like "The Birds" with no question. Despite critics who found the film straying drastically from the classic original, it is the most satisfying entertainment-wise except the villain does not significantly get his just desserts all too apparently, but then the main characters investigate the truth of the matter so thoroughly during the course of the film that one can be certain they will set the matter straight. Herbert Lom has one of his best roles here as the sympathetic Phantom, perhaps the film's greatest asset, the portrayal of the Phantom in Lom's performance and the script by Hammer's John Elder. The film was directed by Terence Fisher, the prolific director of a vast amount of Hammer's successes, and in my opinion, is at the top of his craft here. De Souza as the hero and Michael Gough as the villain are commanding and Heather Sears is a very good "Christine." Everything about Hammer's version succeeds in making the film memorable. Universal, which had presented this film as part of their Hammer Horror Series, which froze and locked on my DVD players upon a second viewing as this discs degraded, had provided a beautiful transfer as were all of the films in the set. This Universal Vault Series edition (which had previously produced a very faulty edition of Curtis Harrington's 1967 "Games" wherein all copies should have been recalled for a speeding up of the last ten minutes which took them months to correct and causing me to be stuck with a defective product that I have to overlook every time I watch it) is not as good a transfer. Universal has become the most notoriously shameless studio going.
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Herbert Lom shines as the Phantom!
By KT Liz
I have my issues with this version of Phantom, but I am more pleased than displeased. Of course changing the Phantom's history and identity rankles, but the choices made make sense to the rest of the story line and I can let that go. I think if you disregard the book entirely, Hammer makes a solid film.
The music was lovely and Lom was spot on as our scarred, tortured genius. He simply had a strong, commanding presence. So much so that I wish he had more screen time and there was more relationship development between him and Christine. Not necessarily a romantic relationship (though I do admit a happy ending for the Phantom is always on my wish list), but something that grows mutual respect and admiration. Given the movie's time constraints, I can see why this was not developed further.
This is a nice addition to any PotO collector's video library, so I would definitely recommend picking it up. It's up there in my top 5 Phantom films.