DVD365.net
Phantom of the Paradise artwork

Phantom of the Paradise

Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the release of Brian De Palma's seminal horror fantasy Phantom of the Paradise coming to Blu-ray for the first time in the UK on 24th February 2014.
Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper
Brian De Palma
Arrow Films
Unknown
24/02/2014

Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the release of Brian De Palma's seminal horror fantasy Phantom of the Paradise coming to Blu-ray for the first time in the UK on 24th February 2014. One of 2014's most hotly anticipated titles from the Arrow Video label, this feature-packed disc will be released as both a Limited Edition SteelBook and deluxe Blu-ray featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Red Dress. This exciting Blu-ray release will also include an exclusive collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by festival programmer Michael Blyth and an exploration of the film's troubled marketing history by Ari Kahan, curator of SwanArchives.org, illustrated with original stills and promotional material.

Featuring a bumper crop of bonus features such as Paradise Regained, a 50 minute documentary on the making of the film featuring director Brian De Palma, producer Ed Pressman and members of the cast, The Swan Song Fiasco, a new video piece exploring the changes made to the film in post-production plus alternate takes and bloopers from the cutting room floor, original trailers, a gallery of rare stills and most excitingly a newly filmed 70 minute interview where renowned director Guillermo del Toro interviews Paul Williams.

Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise came hot on the heels of his early horror film Sisters. De Palma planned both films at the same time but the complex production design and sets forced Phantom into second place due to budgetary constraints. For those who found Sisters to be too much of a Hitchcock rip-off Phantom of the Paradise is a very different film and finds De Palma working with his most wicked sense of humour in this gothic masterpiece.

Phantom's devoted fans not only claim this to be De Palma's best film but also far superior to the Rocky Horror Picture Show for cult musical madness. Phantom of the Paradise also claims many celebrity fans including Edgar Wright, Guillermo del Toro and Quentin Tarantino.

Brian De Palma's inspired rock 'n' roll fusion of Faust, The Phantom of the Opera and The Picture of Dorian Gray boasts an Oscar-nominated score by Paul Williams, who also stars as an evil record producer who not only steals the work of composer/performer Winslow Leach (William Finley) but gets him locked up in Sing Sing - and that's not the worst that happens to him along the way.

Few revenge scenarios have ever been so amply justified, but the film is also constantly aware of the satirical possibilities offered by the 1970s music industry, exemplified by Gerrit Graham's hilariously camp glam-rock star. Jessica Harper (Suspiria) appears in her first major role as the naïve but ambitious singer, on whom Winslow secretly dotes.

Prodigiously inventive both musically and visually, this is one of De Palma's most entertaining romps, not least because it was so clearly a labour of love.

The super-deluxe package, which is available both as a standard Blu-ray and as a limited edition Blu-ray SteelBook, is full of special features and bonus material. The special features for this edition include:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the feature, available in the UK for the first time!
  • Original uncompressed Stereo PCM / 4.0 DTS-HD Master Audio options
  • Isolated Music and Effects soundtrack
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Paradise Regained - A 50 minute documentary on the making of the film featuring director Brian De Palma, producer Ed Pressman, the late star William Finley, star and composer Paul Williams, co-stars Jessica Harper and Gerrit Graham and more!
  • Guillermo Del Toro interviews Paul Williams (72 mins, 2014)
  • The Swan Song Fiasco: A new video piece exploring the changes made to the film in post-production
  • Archive interview with costume designer Rosanna Norton
  • William Finley on the Phantom doll!
  • Paradise Lost and Found: Alternate takes and bloopers from the cutting room floor
  • Original Trailers
  • Radio Spots
  • Gallery of rare stills including behind-the-scenes images by photographer Randy Black
  • Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by festival programmer Michael Blyth and an exploration of the film's troubled marketing history by Ari Kahan, curator of SwanArchives.org, illustrated with original stills and promotional material
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Red Dress [Amaray release only]
  • Limited Edition SteelBookT packaging featuring original artwork [ SteelBook only]
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by John Kenneth Muir, author of The Films of John Carpenter, as well as a re-print of an interview with production designer John Lloyd and make-up effects artist Steve Johnson on the design and effects of the film, illustrated with archive stills and poster
  • None or TBC

Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.

The Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, arriving on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on 9th April 2018 from Walt Disney Home Entertainment.Read more
Buck Rogers in the 25th ... artwork
In a nostalgic throwback to post-Star Wars opportunism, fully restored and in hi-definition, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Complete Series is released on Blu-ray 2nd April 2018 from Fabulous ...
Stronger artwork

Stronger

DVDBD20/02/2018

Space Truckers artwork

Space Truckers

BD20/03/2018

Jumanji artwork

Jumanji

DVDBD4K-UHD3D-BD03/04/2018

Early Man artwork

Early Man

DVDBD4K-UHD12/04/2018

Marcella artwork

Marcella

DVD21/03/2018

Lady Bird artwork

Lady Bird

DVDBD23/04/2018

In Lady Bird, arriving soon on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Pictures (UK), Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the ...
12 Strong artwork

12 Strong

DVDBD24/04/2018

Troy artwork

Troy

DVD23/04/2018

Brigsby Bear artwork

Brigsby Bear

DVD23/04/2018

Benidorm artwork

Benidorm

DVD21/04/2018

Looking Glass artwork

Looking Glass

DVD22/04/2018

Trauma

News14/02/2018

Trauma, released on DVD 19th February 2018 from ITV Studios Home Entertainment, is an intricate, fast-paced thriller that explores what happens when the very institutions established to protect us let ...

Kicking and Screaming

Review21/11/2005

A life long victim of his fathers competitive nature, Phil Weston starts to coach a rival kids soccer team when his father trades his own son to a rival team. Sounds like a vital nail biting head to ...

Hostiles

News04/04/2018

A star-studded cast leads the powerful and critically acclaimed western, Hostiles, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD 30th April 2018 from Entertainment in Video.
"All I need is possible"
Doctor Strange (2016)

Truly, Madly, Deeply

DVDBD24/04/2018156

Will and Grace

DVD23/04/201897

The Handmaid's Tale

DVD21/04/201894

A Bad Moms Christmas

DVDBD24/04/201880

Broken City

DVDBDNOTES23/04/20183485

Fast Girls

DVDBDNOTES24/04/20181653

The Ghost

DVDBDNOTES24/04/20181512

Escape Plan

DVDBDNOTES23/04/20181438

Racing Stripes

DVD24/04/20182345

Austin Powers

DVD24/04/20181335

The Simpsons

DVD22/04/2018831

Bombshell

DVD29/03/2018

Troy

DVD19/04/2018

Pyewacket

DVD08/03/2018

800 Words

DVD04/04/2018

Get a free daily news update. DVD365.net works with the Amazon Alexa flash briefing skill