Friday, July 31, 2015

'Phantom of the Opera' to Return to Blu-Ray This October

While we keep our fingers crossed that Universal will issue some as-yet-unissued monster classics on Blu-ray sometime soon-ish, the studio's very first monster classic will be returning to the format on October 13 courtesy of Kino Classics. Rupert Julian's (or Lon Chaney's, if you prefer) Phantom of the Opera will appear in three different edits on a bonus-packed double-disc edition distinct from Image Entertainment's 2011 iteration

Here are the specifics announced today on Blu-ray.com:

Disc One: 
24 frames-per-second version (78 Min.)
Music composed and performed by Alloy Orchestra
Theatre organ score arranged and performed by Gaylord Carter
20 frames-per-second version (92 Min.)
Musical setting composed by Gabriel Thibaudeau. Performed by I Musici de Montréal. Conducted by Yuri Turovsky. Claudine Côté, Soprano 
Audio commentary by film historian Jon Mirsalis

Disc Two: 
1925 Version (Standard Definition) 
Musical Setting Arranged and Performed by Frederick Hodges

Extras: 
Original Screenplay
Montage of Stills
Interview with composer Gabriel Thibaudeau
Two travelogues by Burton Holmes, depicting Paris in 1925: Paris from a Motor, A Trip on the Seine
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