|Theatrical Movie Poster (1925)|
Chaney's performance in the film is without question absolutely incredible. Born to deaf parents, Chaney learned to communicate to them through sign language and body language, which helped him to became one of the greatest actors of the silent film era. Another attribute that Chaney had was his make-up capabilities. Having to put himself through long and often painful make-up, Chaney played everything form scared-faced gangsters to deformed cripples. With his role as Erik, Chaney outdid himself by creating horror's most iconic characters, and scaring audiences for generations to come.
The film was released by Universal Pictures in 1925, but was re-released in 1929. In the '29 version, several scenes that were shot from a second camera were integrated with the film. In 1953 Universal failed to renew the copyright, and thus the film became in the public domain. But regardless, the film was chosen by the Library of Congress for preservation in its National Film Registry.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has been hailed as masterpiece by both silent and horror fans, as well as by film scholars and critics. Its impact has never diminished, and because of its success, there has been no less than six remakes of the film, has become a Broadway musical, parodied, and Chaney's Erik, along with several other Universal monsters, became immortalized by appearing on a postage stamp. Eighty-six years after the film's original release, there seems to be no stopping this phantom!
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will be released on Blu-Ray by Image Entertainment on November 1, 2011. To pre-order your copy, visit their website at www.image-entertainment.com
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