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The Phantom of the Opera on 3-disc dual format in December

9 November 2013

When Erik, the Phantom (Lon Chaney) falls in love with the voice of Christine, a young opera singer (Mary Philbin) he drags her to the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House and forces her to sing only for him...

Lon Chaney, the man of a thousand faces, stars in The Phantom of the Opera, the original 1925 adaptation of the celebrated novel by Gaston Leroux. Now newly restored, Rupert Julian's lavish production is brilliantly scored by Carl Davis and complemented by many special features. Presented in a 3-disc Dual Format Edition and released in December, it is the last of nine home cinema titles released by the BFI as part of GOTHIC: The Dark Heart of Film.

The Phantom of the Opera will be released as a UK dual format edition (presenting the film in high definition and standard definition) on 2nd December 2013 by the BFI as part of GOTHIC: The Dark Heart of Film.

Extra features will include:

  • Original 1929 version (bw 2013 mins), with newly commisioned piano accompaniment bt Ed Bussey

  • Original 1925 trailer and 1929 sound reissue trailer
  • Reel 5 from lost 1929 sound reissue: the only surviving element, discovered in the Library of Congress archives

  • The 'man with¬†the lantern' sequence: mysterious footage thought to have been shot for non-English speaking territories

  • Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000, Kevin Brownlow, 86 mins, DVD only): the definitive documentary on the legendary actor and make-up artist

  • Channel4 Silents restoration souvenir programme (PDF)

  • Illustrated booklet featuring new essays, an original review and film credits