Phantom of the Paradise
Release Date: 24 February 2014
Starring: Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Synopsis: 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.
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the feature, available in the UK for the first time!
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 Edward R. Pressman, the late star William Finley, star and composer Paul Williams, co-stars Jessica Harper and Gerrit Graham and more!
All new 72-minute interview with Paul Williams by Guillermo del Toro
The Swan Song Fiasco: A new video piece exploring the changes made to the film in postproduction
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
Gallery of rare stills including behind-the-scenes images by photographer Randy Black
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Red Dress
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.
Cat No: FCD895
Aspect Ratio: TBC