|PHANTOM OF THE OPERA RARE UNRATED DVD Dario Asia Argento Julian Sands|
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First of all, I love the horror movie genre. This movie had the awesome director Dario Argento. It starred Asia Argento and Julian Sands. Julian Sands has played the lead role in many horror movies. This was an excellent and slightly erotic cover of the classic phantom movie. The acting was pretty good and the story was a little different than just a hideous person chasing around a pretty singer.
The Phantom of the Opera, written by Gaston Leroux, is the story of the deformed Erik, who befriends and falls in love with Christine, an understudy at the Paris Opera. The novel has been made into film several times. The Universal film of 1925 starring Lon Chaney is undoubtedly the best. While usually considered a horror film, it is also a tragic romance. Erik, because of his deformity has never been loved, and therefore does not know how to love. The unmasking scene and Chaney’s incredible makeup are one of the greatest moments in American cinema. In 1943 Universal remade the film, starring Claude Rains as the Phantom. This movie was largely a vehicle for Nelson Eddy, and the plot changes, as Erique (the Phantom) is a violinist at the Opera who is convinced music publishers are stealing his masterpiece and is burned by acid during an encounter with the publisher. The sets are impressive (many are recreations of the sets used in the 1925 movie), and the Technicolor is beautiful. But the movie is disappointing. The 1962 Hammer production stars Herbert Lom as the Phantom, the first to wear an ugly mask, and is similar in plot to the 1943 film. The 1989 version starring Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) is a slasher version of the story. It has a few moments that are fun (in the slasher genre definition of fun), and Jill Shoelen is probably the most beautiful Christine in all the films. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical was made into a film in 2004, and focuses on the tragic romance between The Phantom and Christine. The play and the movie popularized the Phantom for a new audience, and is definitely worth watching.
Now we turn (unfortunately) to this version. “Directed” by Dario Argento, the film begins with a distraught mother casting her baby into the sewers of Paris in a basket (for a moment I thought I was watching the baby Moses in the bulrushes). The basket drifts into the catacombs where it is rescued by rats (no, I am not making this up). The rats raise the baby (fortunately we don’t get to see them suckle the infant). Fast forward 25 or 30 years, and we behold Fabio (well, the Phantom is nameless in this film, but looks like he’s imitating the Italian model Fabio with his long flowing hair). So, it’s Phantom as Italian Hunk, instead of being deformed, he is of half human and half rat nature (well, that’s what he tells Christine). Phantom Fabio battles Ignace the rat catcher, the Ignace Ratkillermobile scene has got to be one of the most ridiculous in all of cinema. The only saving grace in this movie is Nadia Rinaldi’s over-the-top portrayal of Opera Diva Carlotta. But that can’t begin to save this horrid adaptation. My advice – avoid this one like the plague, dust off the 1925 Chaney version or Webber’s version instead.
Simply a God-Awful version of a great story. Nudity, crudeness, and a sophmoric attempt at humor make a wreck of the story. It's sure to disappoint any true fan of Gaston Leroux's original novel or the excellent movies that followed it. The 1925 Lon Chaney silent film by Universal should be seen. The following 1943 Universal with Claude Rains is worth it for those who like the story as is the Herbert Lom version of 1962 by Hammer Films. Andrew Lloyd Webber does the story and the music true justice. Go for one of those and jettison this piece of flotsum, obviously slapped together to make a quick buck.
I am a movie buff so I cannot help but collect many movies. I have almost every version ever made of the Phantom of the Opera.
I am also aware that Dario Argento has a great fanclub behind him but to be honest, I do not know what the fuss is all about with this particular movie. I was not impressed with his version of the classic story, especially the fact that the Phantom himself is not even a monster. I think the fact that he could not be a part of humanity because of his ugliness was in the center of the Phantom's fury and frustration with his fellow men.
In this movie, Argento relies on simple gore sequences to make this film scary and seriously miss the intent.
The only thing interesting in this movie is Asia Argento playing Christine. She, also has a great fanclub behind her and one can truly understand. She is such a delight to watch.
If you are a fan of Asia, you might appreciate this movie. Or if you are a diehard fan of her father. But otherwise, this movie will probably disappoint you also as an horror film.
I heard about this movie years before I had the opportunity to watch it. I finally got the chance, but I can't say it lived up to expectations. If you're looking for an Argento film, this really isn't in the category. This honestly felt like a made-for-TV movie. The interpretation of the phantom is really the only thing that sets this version apart, of course a psychic phantom that looks like Fabio and lives in the sewers completely by choice is not something most of us are interrested in. Worth a watch but only if you're a huge phantom or Asia Argento fan.