Blu Ray Screencaps from Phantom Of The Opera.
Phantom Of The Opera hails from 1943 and used the three strip Technicolor process, there have been numerous version’s of the story made for film and television including a silent version from 1925 which starred Lon Chaney, this edition features Claude Rains as Erique Claudin aka The Phantom, i will not go into too much detail about the plot since the story is already so well known suffice to say this is a satisfying tale which every horror fan should see albeit some people may find this version of the tale more musical than horrific.
Image quality on this release is a mixed bag, there are misregistration problems with colours, let’s call that colour bleed even though it’s technically incorrect, i also spotted edge enhancement in a number of scenes, on the plus side despite the registration errors i thought the colours were bold and vibrant, skintones looked very good, black levels excelled and detail was mostly good, i just wish Universal had fixed the misregistration errors and laid off the edge enhancement.
If only Universal had been more careful and had spent a little bit more money on correcting the Interpositive that was used for this release, registration problems can be cured these days, for example Warner have their Ultra Resolution process which aligns the three Technicolor images perfectly so that misregistration is never a problem and you end up with a pin sharp image, other studio’s have their own version of this technique but it works well and unfortunately has not been done for this title, overall i am disappointed by the image quality because it could have been so much better.
Sound quality is a 2 channel mono mix using the DTS HD Master Audio codec, dialogue is clear, the musical scenes were fine and overall i would say that apart from some minor distortion in a few scenes the sound was fine.
View some blu ray screencaps from The Phantom Of The Opera below.