Amazon: Phantom of The Paradise (Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray]: Paul Williams, Jessica Harper, William Finley, Brian De Palma: Movies & TV
- Also, there are any number of fascinating ‘bells and whistles’ that enhance the disc(s) greatly.
- Most of the add-ons are translated from a French release from a couple of years back, that made it into the market DVD unplayable except in District Two, but all the same it’s nice to see that pretty much everyone involved still has the same affection for the movie as they ever had.
- The only major quibble I have with this disc is that THE SUBTITLES ARE HORRIBLE!!!
- Addendum as of the Blu Ray release: The aforementioned bells and whistles from the French release have been refigured into District 1, plus other goodies that make this a true treasure.
- The subtitles are still horrible, and the only thing I can postulate is that they weren’t done by a human being at all, but by a computer with only sketchy command of the English language, which doesn’t extend to logic or syntax.
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Phantom Of The Paradise is a ground-breaking cult film favorite from acclaimed writer/director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Dressed To Kill).
Paul Williams wrote the acclaimed score for this musical horror classic, and stars as an evil record tycoon haunted and taunted by the disfigured composer Winslow Leach (William Finley, Sisters) he once wronged. Cheered by the Los Angeles Times as a delightful, outrageous…visual triumph, and also starring Jessica Harper (Suspiria, Shock Treatment) and Gerrit Graham (Used Cars, Terrorvision), this hilarious send-up of the glam rock era is pure entertainment from beginning to end.
The 40th Anniversary Blu-ray from Scream Factory contains more extras than you can shake a really big stick at. On top of the gorgeous transfer, there is a new commentary by Harper, Graham, and the three members of the Juicy Fruits (Archie Hahn, Peter Elbling, and Jeffrey Comanor), interviews with Brian De Palma, Paul Williams, and make-up effects artist Tom Burman, a feature-length making-of documentary, an hour-long conversation between Williams and Guillermo del Toro, alternate takes and scenes, trailers, outtakes and more. Its a LOT of material and will give you everything you could possibly want to know about this weird and glorious bit of 70s cinema –Nerdist, August 5th 2014
This is one of the most unappreciated and mis-marketed films of all time, and the transfer does credit to its excellence despite a world of hassles during and after its inception. Also, there are any number of fascinating ‘bells and whistles’ that enhance the disc(s) greatly. Most of the add-ons are translated from a French release from a couple of years back, that made it into the market DVD unplayable except in District Two, but all the same it’s nice to see that pretty much everyone involved still has the same affection for the movie as they ever had. The only major quibble I have with this disc is that THE SUBTITLES ARE HORRIBLE!!! Not only did the individuals doing the subtitling not pay attention to the script, they didn’t even bother to pay attention to sense and context. Oh, well.
Addendum as of the Blu Ray release: The aforementioned bells and whistles from the French release have been refigured into District 1, plus other goodies that make this a true treasure. The subtitles are still horrible, and the only thing I can postulate is that they weren’t done by a human being at all, but by a computer with only sketchy command of the English language, which doesn’t extend to logic or syntax. Oh, well again. However, it’s still one of my personal favorite movies, and in my opinion, both dePalma’s and Williams’ best work.
An early Edward R. Pressman gem of a movie which the masses have passed by. Back in my theatrical days I ran this in 35mm 4 track magnetic (a stereo sound system dating from the the birth of CinemaScope). I say that only to emphasize that this sound track, as good as it is does not measure up to the one I remember from the theater (although it is close). I waited in long anticipation for the Blu-Ray version which I find not quite as good (despite the higher resolution) as the DVD. However, it is acceptable and worth buying. Fell in love with Jessica Harper (a Fox exec did too and married her – lucky man), she is perfect as the naive hopeful pitted against the corrupt strong.
William Finley as the Phantom is drawn in by the love of his art (the music), quickly corrupted by agents of the dark, falls in love with Harper who has eyes only for the prize. Not to spoil things but good does triumph over evil. To see how it is all here.
Would you believe this came out BEFORE Rocky Horror Picture Show? Not that they don’t sprout from the same zeitgeist, but it is interesting to note just how different the finished products were. This is a story about show-biz, and writer/director Brian DePalma wears his influences like badges of honor. A guy who later in his career became a Hitchcock revisionist here shows off his taste in favorite horror gems such as “Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” “Faust,” “Frankenstein,” and of course, “Phantom of the Opera.” Does it feel a little dated? Sure it does. But that doesn’t dilute any of its intrinsic charm.
Wow…. it had been many years since i saw this movie and now its on blue ray… It brought back memories of my youth… It still looks sharp and you can feel for poor Winslow…
The music is dead on for its time period and Paul Williams ( who just won a grammy with his calaboration with Daft Punk..) shows off his brilliant song creativiety. This shows he still got it and still is a music genius. I highly recomned this movie. Its well explained in the Extras feature. It came quick and was well packaged. If you have some time to kill, i think you will get a nice laugh out of it. Despite its sad ending, there is a powerful message in this which still resinates wiith Hollywood today with regards of the price one can pay for fame and fortune.. I see why it became a cult classic……………. Awesome!!!
I originally saw this in New York City when it came out. One theater (the Thalia, I think) tried to turn it into a midnight movie, but it didn’t take. This was before Rocky Horror came along. For this, the film deserves a place in film history. At the time, I thought the film was okay, but seriously flawed. Time has done nothing to change my opinion. For me, at least, part of the problem is the music. Paul Williams is a very talented songwriter, but his style feels all wrong here. I really want to like this movie more than I do. As a rule, I love Brian De Palma’s films, but this one just doesn’t do it for me. I know a lot of people who think it is great, so YMMV.
When I was a young boy back in the 70’s and 80’s, ABC ran a weekly half-hour documentary-like show called “That’s Hollywood!”. In one of the episodes, it featured the scene of a “bird-like helmeted man”, dressed in neck-to-toe black leather, who wields a neon-blue lighting bolt and sends it into the back of an unsuspecting victim. That image always captivated my imagination, and it wasn’t until my teenage years that I caught this Brian DePalma masterpiece on the CBS late show. The Phantom of the Paradise is a zany mash-up of Broadway Musicals meets The Phantom of the Opera meets Faust. It tells the tale of a young and naive composer, Winslow Leach, who inadvertently sells his soul to a Mephistopheles-like record producer searching for the perfect score of music to open his fabled concert hall “The Paradise”. What really makes this a genuine treat is the brilliant musical score of Paul Williams who plays Swan, the Luciferian record producer with a demonic hold on the music world. The film also features the debut of Jessica Harper playing the ingenue, Phoenix, whose vocals make her a standout on instant-classic numbers “Special to Me” and “Old Souls”. I’ve listened to the soundtrack a million times on YouTube before I said to myself… “you have to have it”. So I bought both the movie and CD soundtrack… and happily, with absolutely no regrets!