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Phantom of the Paradise Blu-ray

United Kingdom
Arrow | 1974 | 92 min | Rated BBFC: 18 | Feb 24, 2014

Phantom of the Paradise (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (34.79 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: LPCM 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Music: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region B (locked)

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Video 3.5 of 53.5
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 4.5 of 54.5
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Phantom of the Paradise

 (1974)

Phantom of the Paradise Blu-ray offers solid video and superb audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

When a record producer steals a composer’s music and girlfriend, the composer becomes “The Phantom” of the producer’s rock palace and attempts to exact his revenge.

For more about Phantom of the Paradise and the Phantom of the Paradise Blu-ray release, see Phantom of the Paradise Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Director: Brian De Palma
Writer: Brian De Palma
Starring: Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham, George Memmoli, Robin Mattson

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Phantom of the Paradise Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Arrow Video.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray release:

"Phantom of the Paradise was transferred from original pre-print material by Twentieth Century Fox in the USA. This was delivered as a restored file on a master to Arrow Films.

Technical supervisor: James White.
Authoring: David Mackenzie."

I have mixed feelings about this new release of Phantom of the Paradise. Its basic characteristics are unquestionably superior to those of French label Opening Distribution's release, which we reviewed in 2010. Indeed, grain is better resolved, dirt and specs have been carefully removed, and the encoding is superior. The color timing and contrast balance of this new release, however, are drastically different. In fact, the discrepancies between the two releases are so big that when comparing the two it actually feels like they enhance entirely different qualities -- the look of the French release supports the kitschy qualities of De Palma's film, while Arrow's release supports the film's lusher musical qualities. Generally speaking, on the Arrow release there is a much wider range of well saturated browns and yellows, which appear to have replaced a good range of nuanced reds/pinks that are prominent on the French release (compare screencapture #1 with screencapture #4 from our review of the French release). The contrast and brightness settings are also different. As a result, the film looks darker but also lusher (screencapture #6 with screencapture #2 from our review of the French release). However, not knowing whether the new color scheme has been in any way approved or endorsed by director De Palma, one will have to rely on one's instincts to choose the 'correct' version of the film. My feeling is that the color adjustments performed at Fox are too strong. (Note: This is a Region-B "locked" Blu-ray release. Therefore, you must have a native Region-B or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


Phantom of the Paradise Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There are two standard audio tracks on this Blu-ray release: Enlgish LPCM 2.0 and English DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0. Also included on the disc is an Isolated Music & Effects LPCM 2.0 track. For the record, Arrow Video have provided optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

I viewed the film with the LPCM 2.0 track and was enormously pleased with it. The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio track (4-track original stereo track) definitely introduces a new range of nuanced dynamics, but both tracks serve the film very well. The music is vibrant and well rounded while the dialog is exceptionally crisp, free of hiss, and easy to follow. For the record, there are no pops, cracks, or distortions to report in this review.


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Phantom of the Paradise Officially Announced - January 16, 2014

British distributors Arrow Video have officially announced and detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of Brian De Palma's cult comedy Phantom of the Paradise (1974), starring Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper, George Memmoli, and Gerrit Graham. The ...

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Arrow Video have revealed that they are planning to add a number of exciting titles to their Blu-ray catalog in 2014: Donald Cammell's White of the Eye, Tinto Brass' Frivolous Lola and Cheeky, Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise, Teruo Ishii's Blind Woman's ...

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