The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera ★★★★

(1929 Reissue at 20fps) There are no less than 3 versions of this on the bluray put out from Image so I watched the version with the middle running time since it was in HD. A fantastic film, I’ve certainly never seen this version before. I think the cut I had previously seen was somewhere between this one and the 114min 1925 original silent version. Anyways, it holds up surprisingly well. The Orchestral score by Gabriel Thibaudeau fits the film wonderful and avoids feeling modern and distracting like some scores do on silent pictures. The film itself is still a joy, the plot moves at a pretty quick pace and the iconic scene where the Phantom is unmasked still packs a hell of a punch. I might have to watch the long version later.