The British Film Institute has officially announced and detailed its final Blu-ray release for 2013: Rupert Julian's The Phantom of the Opera (1925), starring Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, and Norman Kerry. The three-disc release will be available for purchase on December 2.
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...
Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition;
Original 1925 version (b&w, 103 mins) with newly commissioned piano accompaniment by 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;