PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Director: Dario Argento

Starring:  Julian Sands, Asia Argento

Dario Argentoís Grand Guignol 1998 version of Lerouxís novel, starring Julian Sands and Asia Argento, is a startling contrast to the 1925 adaptation; a blunt reminder, if one were needed, that the times they are a changiní. 

Itís an uninspired remake that rarely demonstrates Argentoís gift for inventiveness and, even when there are sparks, it seems as if Argento is merely rehashing Sergio Stivalettiís Wax Mask, (which he wrote and produce). 

Tartanís production standards are as lax as ever: their disc is presented in anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1), but only offers 2.0 audio (the US disc is in 5.1). The disc comes with a subtitled behind the scenes documentary il Fantasma díArgento (Argentoís Phantom) (25 minutes), but quality is compromised by Tartanís cheapskate decision to present both film and featurette on a single-layer disc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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