Best version of Phantom of the Opera?

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Favorite version of Phantom of the Opera?

  1. The Phantom of the Opera (1925) starring Lon Chaney

    50.0%
  2. Phantom of the Opera (1943) starring Claude Rains

    5.0%
  3. The Phantom of the Opera (1962) starring Herbert Lom

    7.5%
  4. The Phantom of the Opera (1983) starring Maximilian Schell

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. The Phantom of the Opera (1989) starring Robert Englund

    15.0%
  6. The Phantom of the Opera (1990) starring Charles Dance

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. The Phantom of the Opera (1990) starring David Staller

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Phantom of the Opera (1998) starring Julian Sands

    10.0%
  9. The Phantom of the Opera (2004) starring Gerard Butler

    12.5%
  1. RyanPC

    RyanPC Guest

    Vote for your favorite version of Phantom of the Opera.

    I went with the 1989 version starring Robert Englund. The cinematography was great and I loved the unique spin they put on the story. :)

    There was a 1916 film made before the Lon Chaney 1925 version, but I have excluded it from the poll because it is lost. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I doubt anybody still living has even seen it.
     
  2. DeathDealer

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    Dario Argento's Phantom Of The Opera Is The Greatest Film Of All Time. Asia Argento And Julian Sands Give Defining Performances Of Their Entire Carrer. This Beats The Living Shit Out Of Suspiria. :glasses:
     
  3. hell ya!

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    The Lon Chaney version by far, none of the others even come close.
     
  4. onebyone

    onebyone Guest

    Exactly.
     
  5. life_o_petey

    life_o_petey Guest

    is there any reason to buy argento's phantom? i've never seen it, and its only $6...despite how awful everyone says it is, i'm mighty tempted.

    oh and lon chaney's was best.
     
  6. RyanPC

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    It's pretty bad, but there are a few entertaining and intentionally/unintentionally hilarious moments. I'd say for $6, go for it. Hell, at that price even I'm tempted.
     
  7. Horrorfan

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    Lon Chaney hands down. There is no other Phantom.
     
  8. Katatonia

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    I just watched the '62 movie the other day, but I have to go with the '89 version. There's just something eerie and surreal about that version.
     
  9. Ash28M

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    I would say buy it. Overall it's not so great but it has some good merits as well. (i.e the set's, costums, Asia and a strange mesmerizing quality to it)
     
  10. VenicuS

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    Argento's version was fairly lame, IMO. I mean, Asia was decent (and nekkid), as long as you don't mind the horrible lip-synching during the operatic sequences, and Julian Sands was just too pretty. Lon Chaney, was, is, and always will be The Phantom. And if you're shopping around for Chaney's version on DVD, I'd recommend the 2 disc "Milestone Collection" edition, which features both the 1925 and 1929 restored versions. Awesome stuff. Oh, and Andrew Lloyd Webber can lick my nads.
     
  11. rxfiend

    rxfiend Joe Six-Pack

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    the Lon Chaney version by far. I picked up that Milestone DVD a few years ago. It was my first time seeing the film and i was amazed on how well it was.
     
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    Robert Englund Version
     
  13. CasEjonz

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    Chaney without a doubt!!
    Looking at the list I hate seeing the andrew Lloyd Webeer film even in the list, and the Argento one was a dog disappointment!! still for what they had for optins back in the 20s, puts this one over any of the modern ones that have unlimited options and effects.
     
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    I just re-watched the 1962 Hammer version starring Herbert Lom (finally in widescreen), recently released as part of the 8 film Hammer collection by Universal. Directed by Terence Fisher, this version has always been a personal favorite.
     
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    Chaney's is the best IMO.I was lucky enough to see this in a theater with a live organist and it was a real treat.Claude Raines was a wonderful actor,and his version looks great,but theres not enough "Phantom " in it for my taste.By the way,the Hammer PHANTOM was originally written for Carey Grant (!),who eventually bailed out of it.Because of Grant's image though,(and before he dropped out)the script was tailored so that the Phantom's henchman did most of the dirty work.
     
  16. _pi_

    _pi_ Peace, bitch

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    Giving Andrew Lloyd Webber some due credit! :)
     
  17. JW77

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    The only redeeming quality of Argento's Phantom of the Opera was Julian Sands, who portrayed a Phantom who wasn't actually physically damaged. Which was, I thought, an interesting take on the concept. But it's still a lousy movie.

    The Robert Englund version was surprisingly good, with a decent amount of Hellraiser-style gore.

    I saw the Andrew Lloyd Webber version the other day on cable and can't really recommend it. Now, Emmy Rossum is a damned fine little piece of ass if I may say so, but the rest of the movie just fell flat for me. I also wasn't terribly impressed with Gerard Butler's vocals or performance as The Phantom. (Actually, Nightwish's bass player did a better vocal on the song "Phantom of the Opera" on the band's cover than Butler did in the movie.)
     
  18. Chad

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    The Lon Chaney version. The Claude Rains, Herbert Lom (Hammer) and Robert Englund versions come in with a very close three-way tie for second.
     
  19. Grim

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    I really liked the newest one. Beautiful film in my opinion.
     
  20. bigdaddyhorse

    bigdaddyhorse Detroit Hi-on

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    Only seen Argento's, so I won't vote.:)

    This thread got me interested in the Robert Englund version though, so now I'll have to check that out. Just under $10 online so I'll shop around a bit or wait for the next DDD 20% off sale.
    Ya'll bednot steer me rong.;)
     

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