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Long before Andrew Lloyd Webber would turn the story into a well-known musical, and well before Joel Schumacher would turn the musical into an appalling big screen adaptation, The Phantom of the Opera was a gothic novel that had already seen adaptation a number of times. Lon Chaney, Claude Rains, Herbert Lom and Julian Sands had all taken a shot at the role as had Robert Englund, most famous for portraying Freddy Krueger in the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET films.
The 1989 version of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA sees Englund as Erik Destler, the man behind the mask, who has made a deal with the Devil so that the world will love his music but, as is of the case with such deals, must suffer a downside, he is hideously disfigured and must hide in the shadows.
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is coming to Blu-ray in February courtesy of Scream Factory. Below are the details.
Robert Englund assumes the classic role of The Phantom in this shocking, nerve jangling retelling of Gaston Leroux’s timeless tale of music, madness and murder.
"An aspiring opera singer finds herself transported back to Victorian-era London – and into the arms of a reclusive, disfigured maestro determined to make her a star. The silver-throated Christine (Jill Schoelen, The Stepfather) enjoys success through the arrangements of her new lover (Englund)… until she realizes that he has been committing unspeakably grisly murders in her honor and won’t stop until he’s completed his masterpiece… in blood!"
- Audio Commentary with Director Dwight H. Little and Actor Robert Englund.
- Behind the Mask: The Making of “The Phantom of the Opera,” featuring new interviews with Director Dwight H. Little;
- Actors Robert Englund, Jill Schoelen, and Alex Hyde-White; Screenwriter Duke Sandefur; Special Make-Up Designer.
- Kevin Yagher; Special Make-Up Effects Artists John Carl Buechler, Everett Burrell and John Vulich; and Composer Misha Segal.
- Theatrical Trailer.
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is coming to Blu-ray February 17th, 2015.